So here it is….for all of you that has asked to reveal my cheap floral tips, here ya go. Every month I will do a different $20 Bridal bouquet floral tutorial with blooms that are in season. First up this month is the April bouquet. This look was accomplished by using purchased $4 hot pink Alstroemeria, wildflowers, white dogwood branches, and greenery from my own yard. This bouquet cost me exactly $4 to make. Yes that’s right….only $4. I already had green sticky floral tape and jute twine that I used on the stems. The only thing I purchased was the Alstroemeria. Proof that you don’t need to spend $400 on a bouquet that will look great in pictures!!!! Here are the steps below:
1 bunch of Hot pink Alstroemeria
Green sticky floral tape (can be purchased from Michaels)
Jute twine (can be purchased from any craft store)
Hot glue gun and glue stick
- First trim all of the bottoms of your floral and greenery. I actually trim mine and then let them sit in lukewarm water with some floral food added to it (you get this in packets when you purchase flowers from any grocery store). Lay out all of your supplies before you get started.
- I start by bunching flowers together in large groups to get my “base”. This is usually the center focal part of your bouquet. You can make your bouquet any shape, I just chose a round look I thought it would compliment the flowers I chose well. Once you get your base situated, start wrapping green floral tape around the stems to secure it. Once secured, you can start adding additional floral stem by stem. Every so often, wrap the entire stem bunch with floral tape, starting at the top close to the flowers and working your way down.
Once all of the floral and greenery have been added, take the green floral tape and wrap all the way down the stem bunch, leaving about 2-3 inches of stems showing on the bottom. Trim the bottom of the stems to whatever length you like making sure they are even. Once this is done, you can cover the floral wrap with whatever material you like. I chose jute twine for this bouquet but you could use burlap, ribbon, or whatever you like. Secure the material you chose to the top of the floral tape with a little bit of hot glue. Start at the top of the stem bunch close to the floral part and wrap the stem all the way down. When you get to the bottom trim the material and secure with a little bit of hot glue. I smear it with my finger when it cools a little to make sure it has adhered and it sealed. Easy peasy right?! Here are the finished pics of my $4 bouquet……..
What kind of design can you come up with for your own wedding? Use sites like Pintrest and Google to find looks you like and copy those. Where do you get good flowers from that aren’t terribly expensive? Below are the best places in my opinion to get your flowers…… just make sure you take a mason jar or some container with water in it so that they will stay fresh on your ride home.
Great places to buy flowers:
- Trader Joes
- Whole Foods
- Fresh Market
- The NC Farmer’s Market
- Lowe’s Foods
- Harris Teeter
Just have fun with it! Nothing has to be perfect….it just has to make you happy 🙂
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.