Hai! Long time no blog. My life has been HECTIC lately (yes, I use the same excuses over and over). Today is 'Leap Day' and so I've decided that I have to blog on this special day.
Get this. Today is not about food. *gasp*. Instead, I'm going to show you how to make a boutonnière and a bouquet!
I bought a group buy voucher on Living Socials and for $49, I get a 2 hour floristry course, get to keep my creations and a little goodie bag to take home. I think it's a freakin bargain because a bouquet itself is around $49+. So here it is.
Oh, please ignore my shit photography. I was very pressed for time and did everything in a rush :)
Prepare your flowers
First, we learnt about how to make a boutonnière. Select your flowers then snip them into the desired length.
Pierce or coil floristry wires
Using a floristry wire, pierce through the rose at the tip of the stem just below the flower but wrap the wire around the little bud flower cause the stem is too weak. Coil around the stem to give it extra strength.
Add floristry tape
Warm up floristry tape with your hands (you can put it in your pocket beforehand to warm it up) then wrap floristry tape around the flowers with the wire.
Using two palm leaves, make two different sized loops to form the back of the boutonnière. Wrap with tape.
Add a pin to the back of the palm leaves so you can pin it on the lapel when the boutonnière is complete then wrap with tape.
Layer on your prepared flowers and wrap it tightly with tape. Do so with every layer.
And its done!
I was quite behind as I was too busy taking photos so not a lot of bouquet pictures sorry!
Select and separate your flowers
In this bouquet, there are around 5 different types of flowers, palm leaves and 4-6 of each one depending on the size.
De thorn your roses with a 'de thorner' (you can buy one for $2.50ish). It's like, the best thing in the world for a florist.
Spread the flowers out evenly
Place the larger flowers on the bottom and alternate between them.
Layer the smaller flowers on top and alternate as well. This way, all the flowers are spread evenly.
Place palm leaves on top to give it a bit of green.
When you are happy with the arrangement, tie all the stems together with a rope then wrap the flowers up in wrapping paper.
Sticky tape the wrapping paper together then hide it with a pretty ribbon. You can even decorate the ribbon further with left over flowers.
Not only did we do hands on floristry, the lovely ladies also taught us many super easy but pretty decorating tips with flowers and what you have around the house.
At the end of the class, everyone was given a little take home goodie bag with tips, how tos, flower food and a de thorner.
Location: 826 George St, The Boardroom - Embassy Conference Centre (it's like across the st from my uni lol! how convenient!)