DIY: Wedding bouquets by Brittni

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Brittni is back today with an awesome post on making your own bouquets. They SEEM like you might be able to make them yourself, don’t they? But then thinking about all the logistics and where to get the flowers and how to finish them off can just be too much. Except it turns out it’s not. And Brittni is here to share how to make your flowers as pretty as a florist.


Above is a quick reminder in case you forgot how her own wedding flowers turned out… yesterday.

And now we’re going to turn it over to Brittni to share her tutorial. Even though we usually like to write out posts in our own words, it seems like in the case of a tutorial the instructions are best left to the instructor. Welcome Brittni!

“Hi everyone! Brittni here from papernstitch. I am so excited to be here today to share a tutorial for creating wedding bouquets. I made all of the floral bouquets and centerpieces for our wedding. It was much easier than expected, but also took a lot longer than expected. We purchased all our flowers in bulk from Whole Foods for the wedding. And for this tutorial I just went to the grocery and picked up what was available at the time. So, you can use any kind of flowers for this project.


I find that having a buddy help out with the bouquets is best for an extra set of hands to help hold the flowers in place at the end. Also using various sizes and shapes of flowers works well, making sure to have at least one type of flower that is large in order to make the bouquet feel full fast. I used peonies in my wedding bouquet, but today I am using mums, which work just as well.

Start by taking all of the leaves and excess stems off of the flowers you plan to work with (I would recommend around 5 different types) and then cut the bottom of the stems at an angle under some water to get everything prepared. It works well to have the different types of flowers separated out in different vases if possible, so you can just pluck them out easily when needed. Then the actual bouquet begins.


Start out with a large bloom and then began building around that, loosely holding the stems just under the bloom, as close to the flower as possible. I made sure to continually criss-cross the stems (creating something similar to an X over and over again- starts to look like the top of a teepee after a while).

You will also want to make sure that you are able to turn your hand every so often to ensure you are working your way around the bouquet evenly. Depending on the flowers you choose and how big you want the bouquet, expect to use between 15 and 25 stems total.


Now that your bouquet is more secure, you can start wrapping floral tape around the stems, to keep them compact. I wrapped the floral tape down the stems for about 5 inches and then stopped, so I could leave room for the stems to be exposed at the bottom.


Next, grab an antique handkerchief and wrap it around the stems, covering the floral tape completely. To secure the hankie, pin the top and bottom with very small sewing pins or something similar. For extra security and decorative details, wrap twine around the center of the hankie and finished it off with a decorative pendant. Then, cut off the excess length from the stems to make them shorter and easier for holding. But remember to keep the bouquet in a little bit of water until right before the ceremony if possible to keep everything fresh.”


And that’s that. See? Not so bad, right? Now that you see it all deconstructed…

Thank you so much Brittni for sharing both your lovely wedding and one of your many projects with us!

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Alexia on Sep 9, 2009

Not bad at all I would say. It looks much easier than I thought it would be!

Sarah on Sep 9, 2009

Gorgeous, Brittni! And so inspiring! I am hoping to make my own boquets for my wedding next September. I was wondering, how far in advance did you make the boquets? Thanks!

Aimee on Sep 9, 2009

I love it! I wanted to do my own bouquets, but never thought it could be that easy. I have the same question as Sarah. I just don't want to make them the day before when I'm stressing on all the other details.

Tiffany on Sep 9, 2009

Im so excited you posted this today because I am anxiously awaiting my UPS delivery of my flowers so that I can begin my biggest DIY project. This post could not have been better timing!

Jessi on Sep 9, 2009

Thanks for this post! My mom and I are doing all the flowers for my wedding next month, and this is very helpful. All of my fiance's sisters also did this for their weddings, and it was one of the funnest parts of the wedding, getting all the girls together to make the bouquets and bout's.

kristy on Sep 9, 2009

fantastic! I've been looking for the right place to get flowers for a DIY trial-who knew that Whole Foods could do bulk flowers! thanks for the tutorial and the tip!

Kelli on Sep 9, 2009

thanks so much for this. i, too, would like to know how far in advanced you did the flowers. i would really like to do mine the day/night before, but i have a feeling they will look better if i do them the morning of (my wedding is at 6pm).

katie on Sep 9, 2009

i have the same question...when would you recommend buying the flowers and making the bouquets, how far before the wedding?

Meghan on Sep 9, 2009

Gorgeous bouquets Brittni! I'm also planning on doing my own flowers for my wedding and was curious how long it took to make your bouquets? Thanks for the great tutorial!

melissa@keithpitts on Sep 9, 2009

beautiful...great job of documenting the process! I actually feel that I could make the bouquet!

Lola on Sep 9, 2009

I love how fresh the arrangement looks. So clean and sweet. Fantastic job!

The Wedding Contessa on Sep 9, 2009

Lovely bouquet! Thanks for the how to. Would be a beautiful bridal bouquet and so many possibilities for tying in flowers for the wedding line by choosing similar flowers used in the bouquet.

Becca at A Los Angeles Love on Sep 9, 2009

Oh this is lovely! And just in time for a bouquet project to help a friend (and practice my own DIY skills too).

victoria on Sep 10, 2009

What a charming bouquet!

TH on Sep 10, 2009

This is the best bouquet tutorial!! Thank you for sharing!

heather on Sep 10, 2009

It is super easy to do them and they'll look professional as long as you have the florist tape they've shown above. inexpensive at a craft store. We did them ourselves the night before for one wedding i was in, and kept them in water over night. However, the flowers were wilting by the next afternoon. Esp the hydrangea. And there was some dripping water from having kept them in water overnight. For my wedding, I'll have to do them same day but will be getting help from my bridal party. i just can't justify the cost of the florists. We'll be going down to the flower district in houston.

Angie on Sep 10, 2009

What a pretty bouquet. The colours are so pretty together. Thanks for the tutorial.

Amanda on Sep 10, 2009

Brilliant. I have never seen it laid out so simply and easily!! Blessings- Amanda

Jaimi on Sep 10, 2009

This is an awesome step by step demonstration.. can it came out so professional and chic. Love it!

Wedding Chicks on Sep 10, 2009

gorgeous bouquets! thanks for sharing the diy tips!!

Stephanie on Sep 10, 2009

So pretty!

brittni on Sep 11, 2009

Thanks so much everyone for the compliments. It really is an easy just takes a little time. All and all, it took me about 6-8 total hours to make 4 bouquets, 10 bouts (my mom made those though) and about 15 centerpieces. I made two bouquets the day before our wedding and the other two the day of the wedding. I also made all the centerpieces and finished almost all of those the day before our wedding and completed a couple last minute on the day of as well. I totally understand if you don't want to make them the day before, but I wouldn't rec. making them much more ahead of time then that because you don't want the flowers to start to wilt. Two days before I think would be okay though.... A couple of tips: Keep your flowers in as cold of a room as possible and away from direct sun and heat for as long as you can. Change out the water everyday and use the flowerfresh powder that you can get from any florist or grocery store if possible. If the day of, you are still waiting for some flowers to open up, sit them outside if it is nice out and that should help to open them up and a little warm water could help as well to sit them in.

Farah on Sep 11, 2009

Really like the elegance but simplicity of the flowers! Thanks for the timing of when to do it - that is very helpful =)

pretoria baby photography on Sep 12, 2009

nice, i like.gonna try it. jenna

Chic 'n Cheap on Sep 14, 2009

Beautiful - thanks for the easy tips!

Teresa on Sep 14, 2009

These turned out beautifully.

dewi on Dec 9, 2009

so beautiful..flower arrangement, thank for the tips.

Patti Wallington on Feb 2, 2010

What a great article. As a Wedding Planner, brides are always looking for great websites on DIY wedding bouquets. I will forward this website to them. Thank you!

Kate on Apr 21, 2010

It looks really good, i am thinking of making my own flowers as well. It is very hard to plan how much do I need to order. I am thinking of using wholesale web sites to order my flowers, but have no idea about the amount. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial, it's great to have some help!

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I relish autumn flowers.

Wedding Bouquets on Dec 9, 2010

Nice pictures really these flowers are really very amazing.

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The flowers are my life i love them! are very beautiful :)

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