Calla lilies are strong, sturdy flowers, and because of this, callas are commonly chosen by brides when deciding the flower types for their wedding bouquets. Calla lilies are available in a wide array of colors, making them an ideal choice when planning the floral basics for a wedding. Making your own beautiful wedding bouquet with calla lilies is relatively simple to do.
Things You'll Need
- 20 calla lilies, any colors
- Stem cutter
- Rubber bands
- Ribbon, any color
- Corsage pins
Prepare the flowers before you construct the bouquet. Place the stems in a bucket of water to keep them hydrated while you work on individual flowers. Remove any leaves still attached to the stems as well as less than ideal flower petals on the calla lilies. Cut the stems at an angle with the stem cutter.
Assemble the bouquet by placing stems of calla lilies in one of your hands. Since calla lilies are long and sleek, your bouquet will not be circle in shape. To adjust the size of the bouquet, add more stems. Continue adding stems until you have reached the size you want. Ideally, you should have five to 10 stems in your bouquet; this number will help your bouquet stay balanced and harmonious.
Secure rubber bands around the stems to hold them in place. Place one rubber band toward the top of the stems, several inches below the flowers, and the second several inches above the end of the stems. If any of the stems are not the same length, trim them so that all flowers are uniform.
Cut a piece of ribbon a few times larger than the length of the calla lily stems. Starting at the top, tuck the ribbon in the rubber band. Take your time and cover the stems by wrapping the ribbon around the bundle of stems. How far down the ribbon goes is up to you; some brides choose to completely cover the stems, while others like having a bit of the stem poking out. When you are finished wrapping, secure the ribbon to the stems by using corsage pins.
Tips & Warnings
- To preserve the flowers and make a bouquet that is fresh, do not do this project ahead of time. Making the bouquet the morning of the wedding will ensure that the flowers are not wilted or dying.
- If you need to take a break during this project, soak a paper towel in water and wrap the ends of the stems you're working with to prevent the flowers from drying out.
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