How to Make a Hand Tied Bouquet

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Making a hand-tied bouquet involves removing all of the greenery from the flowers, gathering them in a circular pattern and wrapping the stems with double-sided satin ribbon. Create a beautiful hand-tied bridal bouquet with advice from an experienced floral designer in this free video on weddings.

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Hi, my name is Christine Holanda. I'm with Lily of the Valley Florist, in La Quinta, California. Today, I'm going to show you, how to make a hand tied bouquet. First of all, you want to make sure that your flowers are free of all of the greenery. This is going to be somewhat cumbersome, when you put it together. You start with your center flower, which is the largest bloom, and you just continually wrap around, in a circular motion. See the spiral? You always want to make sure, that as you're doing your flowers, are in a nice round position. When you're finished, you want to take it to a mirror, look at it like this, and make sure that it's perfectly round, and the shape that you want it to be. Prior to beginning, you want to cut pieces of green sticky floral tape. You cut pieces about six inches long, and then you just take it, and you wrap it around the base of your flowers. Not too tight, because you don't want to break the blooms, and then you cut another piece, have that ready, and you tape it to the bottom. When you're all finished, you figure out how long you want your stems, and you cut them accordingly, on a straight plane,and then you wrap it. In order to wrap it, you're going to need double sided satin ribbon. That is the most elegant, and also these pearl or whatever type of pin you'd like to use. However, you can get these pearl pins at any floral supply. In order to wrap, you simply start from the top, and you just wrap it. You spiral it down, kind of make sure that these are even, so that it's nice and neat, and nice and tight, and again, you want to determine how far you want the ribbon to come, from the bottom of the stems. I think that looks very nice. We cut that, and then what you want to do, is you just tuck this little kind of frayed piece in, like that, and then you add your pearl pins. Now, you can use as many pins as you'd like, to give it the desired effect. You need to make sure, that when you finish doing the pins, that you put your finger along here, in case any of the pins are sticking out. You don't want anyone to poke themselves, and there's your hand tied bouquet.

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