There’s nothing better than bringing a bouquet of homegrown flowers to cheer up or delight a family member or friend. The act of growing flowers is therapeutic, and it beautifies your space while creating food for beneficial pollinators. Many stunning garden flowers can be grown in a home garden and the last well in bouquets. Here’s how to create your own homegrown flower arrangements for friends or family members from your own garden:
Floral Shears or Scissors
Fresh Cut Garden Flowers (instructions for cutting below)
Mason Jar or Vase
Damp Paper Towel
Personalized Hang Tags
How To Cut Flowers From The Garden
In most cases your plants can spare a few blooms to create a gorgeous bouquet. Still, cutting off any of the flowers is somewhat stressful to the plant, so it’s best to take care to ensure the health of your plant is first priority, and it will continue to produce many blooms for you to harvest throughout the season. Cut plants in the early morning before the day becomes too hot. This will give you the longest lasting blooms. Use sharp scissors or pruners to remove the flowers with as long of a stem as you can get. Snip as close to the base of the plant as you can because a long stem will be the most useful in a bouquet. Always use clean scissors openers when cutting flowers in the garden. Each cut can introduce disease into the host plant, so it’s best to carry a bucket of soapy water with you, and give the tools a quick wash between different plants.
As you cut flowers from around the garden, bring a mason jar or vase with a bit of water in it so you can put the stems right into the water immediately on cutting.
Making a Bouquet
Once you have all of your flowers selected from around the garden, it’s time to prepare them for the bouquet.
Cut a large piece of craft paper into a square. Angle the craft paper with a point towards you so it looks like a diamond shape.
Start your arrangement by choosing the largest, tallest, and strongest flowers first. Add these to the paper with the stems a few inches up from the point that faces you. Layer more flowers into the bouquet with the stem ends around the same place. You can trim the stems at the end so they are even. Soak a paper towel in water and wrap it around the stems of the flowers. Cover the wet paper towel in a plastic bag and use a rubber band to secure the bag onto the stems.
Now is the time to wrap up the flowers in the paper. First fold the point that faces you up over the bottom of the stems that are covered in the paper towel and bag. Next fold one side of the diamond paper to cover the flowers and talk the point underneath them. Roll the rest of the flowers towards the other point and use a piece of tape to secure the point closed. Finish the bouquet by wrapping with a piece of raffia and tying a bow, and add a personalized tag to your beautiful bouquet and get ready for the smile that it puts on the face of the person who’s lucky enough to get it.
Used In This Project:
- Diamond Hang Tags • I chose the “Chalkboard” style in tuxedo.
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