When we began planning our traditional anniversary celebration, I didn’t think about carrying a bouquet until my husband mentioned that I should have some flowers. This is our 10 year anniversary and is definitely a special occasion, but it’s not the same or as formal as our wedding.
As I thought about it more, carrying a bouquet was actually a smart idea. (Great job hubs!) It would give me something to do with my hands (which I struggle with at times), it would make a nice prop for our photographs, plus holding my flowers would be a great job for one of our busy body boys when we renew our vows, keeping him focused during the ceremony and out of trouble.
Since this is our anniversary and not our wedding, I didn’t want a bouquet that was too big or full. I wanted a small bouquet of silk daffodils, since daffodils symbolize joyful love and renewal, and is the flower associated with the 10 year anniversary. I chose silk flowers instead of fresh flowers because I love to save memorable items from special occasions to one day share with our daughter.
DIY Wedding or Anniversary Bouquet
This simple DIY wedding or anniversary silk bouquet tutorial is perfect to make any type of bouquet with any type of flower. You can make your bouquet as large or as full as you want by repeating the first three steps and adding more layers of flowers.
6-10 Large Silk Flowers with Leaves
9-12 Small Silk Flowers with Leaves
2″ Corsage Pins
Clippers (to cut the stems)
Remove the leaves from the flowers and cut end loop from leaves if needed.
Put together 5 large silk flowers to form a circle. Add a 6th large silk flower in the center and let it stand a litter taller that the other 5 flowers for a rounded look.
Tightly wrap the silk flowers together with floral tape starting 2″-3″ below the base of the flowers, and overlapping the tape neatly down the length of the stem.
(Tip: Remember to stretch the floral tape as you go to make it stick.)
Layer 9 of the smaller silk flowers around the bouquet just under the large silk flowers.
Tightly wrap the silk flowers together with floral tape starting 2″-3″ below the flowers (in about the same area as last time), and overlapping the tape neatly down the length of the stem.
Layer the leaves around the bouquet of silk flowers and tightly wrap the leaves to the silk flowers with floral tape starting 2″-3″ below the flowers (in about the same area as last time), and overlapping the tape neatly down the length of the stem.
Cut the ends of the stems so the are all the same length.
(Tip: There is no set length a bouquet should be, but you should be able to comfortably put both hands around the stem.)
Loosely wrap the bouquet with tulle, wrapping multiples times around the top of the stems under the flowers.
Pin the tulle with a 2″ corsage pin.
Hold one edge of the ribbon with one hand and begin wrapping the ribbon tightly around and down the stem overlapping the ribbon neatly.
At the base of the stem, fold the ribbon over the bottom and begin to tightly wrap the ribbon back up the stem towards the base of the flowers.
When you reach the top of the ribbon wrap, fasten the ribbon with a 2″ corsage pin in the front and in the back. Trim excess ribbon.
Add additional 2″ corsage pins down the front of your bouquet to secure the ribbon.
What do you like? Do you prefer fresh or silk bouquets for your special occasions?
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