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How to make a hand tied bouquet

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Hello. I'm Rebecca Cole for howdini.com and I'm going to teach you how to make a hand tied bouquet. First you want to make sure your flowers are nicely conditioned, which would mean that you take off the leaves, the thorns, and put them in water. Leave them in water for about an hour. Have a nice good cut at the bottom. And I've done that now to all my flowers. Now I'm going to start with the green. I'm going to take three or four stems. Just lay them across my hand like this, right in a row. And then I'm going to start my flowers. Now I'm going to lay four flowers right next to each other. Some of them will be exactly the same thing. I could do something a little different, as well. So you see I have one, two, three, four, all mixed in with the greens. I'm going to pull the greens down a little bit because I want them to be staying at about the same level. OK, now I'm going to make one little twist. So I had them flat, and now I'm twisting them so that these become in the back to you, the front of me. And these greens now, instead of being just at the outer edge, are going to go into the middle. Because now I'm going to lay my hand out here again, and I'm going to start the process all over again. See? And there's just its nice flat little line. But now I'm going to take them and hold them together and do a little twist. You see how it's starting to become a little round circle. We're twisting one more time. Take either wire or tape. If you have clippers, you don't want to cut the wire where you usually cut your stems. Most clippers have, at the very bottom, a little notch that's for wire cuttery. So use that part. Still holding my bouquet. Just wrapping this around once, twice, holding on to that part I just wrapped around. Now I'm going to take the other part once. And now I just do a little twisty tie and then wrap that around. Now I'm going to do my perfect cut, which is the whole bottom. I would like it to make it a lot shorter. Hold them together. Squeeze them tight. An angle is perfect for carrying a bouquet, so if you were making a wedding arrangement, you'd want to do a nice angle. The nice thing about that is now you can see that we can really almost stand it up all on its own. All right. So it's beautiful, but we need to hide that not-very-attractice wire. And we want to do a nice tie because usually this is a present. So pick a nice kind of neutral ribbon. The best way that I think to measure this is to just put it around your neck. Have the ribbon touch the floor at the bottom and then cut it touching the floor at that side. Then not only do you have the right amount, you have the perfect half. Place this underneath my bouquet. All the way to the top. So now I'm going to wrap it around really tight once. Keep my thumb on it so that it stays tight. And let's wrap it one more time at the top. Now this time, before I just twisted both sides around again, where they meet, we take them. Have them pass over each other. And then before you take it back around the bottom, we're going to do one little twist. So that it's almost like you're creating a little knot. So now I've wrapped it around again. At the back, you just pull it around both ways, just like you were wrapping one way and then the other. And then I'm going to come back around to where that knot was. And right at that same spot, take them and twist them again. So you do one twist. And now you see my little knots are lining up nicely. Just keep doing this until we run out of ribbon. That's going to be my last one on the bottom. I'm going to come back around. And the last time at the back I'm going to pull it up slightly so that my last knot arrives more in the middle of this rather than at the end. And there you see we have a really pretty line with a really nice knot. And now we have enough ribbon that if we wanted to tie a bow, we could. I'm going to tie a little bow right here. So now we just to make one little loop. And then once you're done with it being really tight, see how the ribbon kind of stands up on its own? Now you could keep it just straight cut off like that. If you were going to use this as a wedding bouquet, you could cut a nice sharp angle right here because that makes a really perfect little finish. And voila. You have a beautiful hand tied bouquet.

Video Details

Duration: 5 minutes and 13 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Touchstorm, LLC
Director: Howdini
Views: 191
Posted by: howdini on Oct 3, 2011

One of the prettiest, and trendiest, ways to give a bouquet of flowers is to hand tie them with ribbons. Floral and interior designer Rebecca Cole shows how to make a beautiful hand tied bouquet, perfect for a bride, or any lucky recipient.

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