I recently made this hand tied bouquet (which was ultimately placed in a vase for giving) for a friend of a friend, unfortunately as a sympathy arrangement after the loss of her sister. It’s comprised of creamy tri-color roses, fringed peachy gerberas, fern curls, green wheat, and safari sunset protea (botanical name: leucadendron).
For any curious DIY’ers, there is a great video tutorial here and another here on how to make a hand tied bouquet. And, after the jump, I’ve posted some close up pics of the technique I used to wire the stems of the gerberas in this bouquet as well as a nice clear shot of the ugly guard petals that should be removed from your roses.
Here is our gerbera “before” it’s been whipped into submission ; ) You can see that the stem is already whimping out on us. I like to double / criss cross wire the stems with very thin pliable wire (I used this this), so I thread my wire through leaving equal lengths on each side and enough of it to spiral all the way down the stem on each side (I wrap them opposite directions from each other so they criss cross rather than run parallel). You could also do this with just one length of slightly thicker wire, just tucking the loose end in at the top by wrapping wire around it to it lays down nicely. Either way, you start by threading the wire through the base of the poor flower’s head like so:
And then you wrap. Here’s our bud after – laced up nice and straight, strong enough even to insert into foam if you want to, ready for action!
And here is one last photo, a close up of the not so pretty, dry guard petals that come on the outside of roses. These should be removed, gingerly, to avoid bruising the other petals.