How to make a

Floral Bouquet

Having fresh flowers around is always a good thing. Not only do they bring in beautiful smells, improve your mood, brighten up the room – and help to retain a more relaxed atmosphere, they also clean the air. These positives all sound like something we are all in need of right now – amidst a pandemic lock-down, when we are all self-isolating in our homes.

So if you haven’t already, here’s some easy steps of how to create a perfect bouquet of flowers to brighten up your home this weekend, prepared by a local supplier of the hotel; Amy Frank, founder of Ivy & Gold Studio.

You’ll need:
*Sharp, strong scissors for cutting flower stems
*12-16 flower stems
*Raffia or something soft to tie your bouquet with (pre-cut a length ready for tying later)
*A pretty vase filled with water
*Flower food to add to the water (if you can – it’ll just help your blooms last a little longer)

1.
– To begin, prepare yourself a nice space for your floristry, whack on some great tunes and make a cuppa (or pour a glass of vino) – depending on whatever gets your creative juices flowing…

Cup of tea for floral bouquet

Cup of tea for floral bouquet

2.
– Lay your chosen blooms out and be sure to snap some great shots for your Instagram as you go!
– I would recommend around 12 to 16 stems for a small vase arrangement.
– Think about the colour scheme or just go for bold spring colours such as featured here.

Flat blooms from Ivy & Gold Studio

Flat blooms from Ivy & Gold Studio

3.
– Grab a couple of stems to start your arrangement and begin spiralling the stems, laying them down, from top right to bottom left in your hand and turning the stems in your hand to ensure good coverage.
– TIP: Don’t put one giant flower in the centre because your eyes will be drawn to it; it’ll look a bit ‘odd’ and will throw off your design. Continue to spiral the stems laying them side by side.

Spiral the stems

Spiral the stems

4.
– Depending on your style preference, when laying your stems into your arrangement you can gently pull flower heads up or down using your free hand.
– Add textured flowers throughout – I personally love a little ‘wild’ look. So, if you do too, embrace the weird bendy stems and let them pop out – Hell, give them names and let them shine!

Displaying the blooms

Displaying the blooms

5.
– Once you’ve laid all your stems, marvel at your creation and ensure you are happy with the flower positioning, then with your free hand move your other hand a little down the stems and tie your bouquet – with the length of raffia or string you prepared earlier – just above your hand.
– Be careful not to tie too tightly or you’ll crush the stems and they will struggle to drink water, I find holding the bouquet down facing the floor whilst tying helps.
– Snip the raffia once knotted.

Tie your bouquet together

Tie your bouquet together

6.
– Finally, compare your bouquet to the vase you have and trim the stems at an angle to allow a larger surface area for them to drink.
– If you want to take photos of your bouquet before putting into your vase, then trim them slightly longer and with flat stems first so it’ll stand pretty for some photos and then re-cut the steps at an angle when ready to go into your vase of water!
– Your flowers should sit on the edge of your vase so if you can see lots of stems then re-trim until the right length.
– Pop your vase somewhere lovely and enjoy!

Your complete masterpiece

Your complete masterpiece

If you’d prefer to have a gorgeous bouquet already made for you, then you can purchase pre-made bouquet blooms from the web shop at Ivy & Gold Studio. Alternatively you can buy a floral delivery for you to practice your skills at home! These bouquets will be delivered contact-free to your door once a week.

Ivy & Gold Studio will be doing a different bouquet colour scheme and theme each week with IGTV tutorials, so you can check back here on their Instagram for the style next week.

Venue

South Place Hotel
3 South Place, London, EC2M2AF
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