Are you delighted by the look of an all Carnation Wedding Bouquet? Want to know How to Make a Bouquet just like this one? Then you're in the right place! Below you will find a step by step tutorial showing you how to do just that.
Pros: Carnations are an extremely sturdy flower, coming in tons of colors. They are fairly easy to work with. And they are simply one of THE most cost effective flowers!
Cons: Like all fresh flower projects, this carnation bouquet must be done very close to the wedding day (although carnations are pretty sturdy, so you may be able to get away with doing them a bit earlier). Unless careful, carnation heads can pop easily off of the stem. A gentle hand should be used.
Step 1: You will need 30 to 40 stems of standard carnations, a ribbon of your choice, floral tape, three pearl pins, scissors, clippers and a stem of pipe cleaner. Note: You may also need a small amount of double sided tape.
Step 2: Begin by prepping your carnation heads. Take any blooms that are not well open and gently “pet” the petals in an outward motion, opening the bloom more.
Step 3: Remove any undesired foliage from the stems. Tip: Always do this gently, and try not to strip any extra stem off, as it is actually through the green skin on the stem that flowers actually drink water.
Step 4: Begin the shape of your bouquet by selecting three nicely shaped blooms and holding them together in a triangular design.
Step 5: Secure the three stems with floral tape. This is the foundation of the bouquet shape.
Step 6: Begin adding more carnations to the original three. Focus on filing in between the original three stems in a circular pattern. Example: The first three stems are 1, 2 and 3, you are putting a new flower between 1 and 2, between 2 and 3, and between 3 and 1. You should begin to see the round shape of the bouquet begin to form if done correctly.
Step 7: Keep adding more stems to this base at an angle, as shown above. Continue to follow this angled design all around the base of the bouquet.
Step 8: Your spiral design should look something like this.
Step 9: And your actual bouquet should look something like this. Make sure that when you are satisfied with the shape and size of the bouquet, you secure it with floral tape. You may also want to use the fuzzy wire the secure the handle as well.
Step 10: Wrap your carnation wedding bouquet handle with your ribbon of choice. Tip: It’s easier to control the wrap if you start by wrapping a piece of double sided tape around the handle where you would like the ribbon to start, and then secure it.
Step 11: When you’ve reached the desired length, trim the ribbon, leaving just enough extra the fold under itself, hiding any ragged edges.
Step 12: Secure your wrap with your pearl pins. Make sure they slide in flat and do not poke out.
Step 13: Use the floral clippers to trim the handle to the desired length.
Step 14: Your carnation wedding bouquet is now complete! Place in water, store in a cool place and enjoy.
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