This past weekend, my girls had their dance and tumbling recital and I wanted to give them the traditional flower bouquet for such an occasion. They worked so hard throughout the year and I wanted to congratulate them on a job well done.
If you have been reading Cultivate Create for any length of time, you might have gathered that I love to DIY! My philosophy is why pay a lot of money for something that I can do myself for a fraction of the cost. In this instance, I adhered to that very philosophy.
I started by making a trip Winn-Dixie to pick up some fresh flowers. They were three bundles for $12. Since I was making two bouquets, I grabbed six bundles. (They did have ready-made gift bouquets, but they were $18.99 each, and they were very small.....probably a fourth as big as the ones I made. And buying a gift bouquet from a florist would've been even more money!)
I made sure I got greens, filler flowers, and showcase flowers. I wanted pinks, greens, and whites only.
Once I got all of the plastic off of the flowers, I spread them out in my sink so I could easily get to them. I kept some of the clear plastic from a couple of the bundles to use around my flowers.
Making one of these bouquets isn't like a normal flower arrangement where you try to get a uniform look all around the container. You want to try to layer with a definite "back" and "front" of the arrangement. That means starting with a green base.
Once your green base is in place, layer your filler. I used Baby's Breath.
Then, I layered the small green flowers and the largest flowers on top.
Then, I layered in my "feature" flower, the hot pink carnations. Once I got those in place, I filled in with a little more Baby's Breath to finish it out.
Once I was satisfied with the arrangement, I wrapped the bouquet with the clear plastic and secured with a rubber band.
Then, I wrapped the entire bouquet with some thick wrapping paper I already had from Home Goods, tied with ribbon and adorned the front with flower that can later be used in their hair if they want. (It has a bobby pin on the back.)
I think they may have liked them, too!