Sometimes we use flowers to make a grand gesture like “Will you marry me?” or “Happy birthday”. Other times you just need to say, “Welcome” or “Thank you”. I wanted to give a little something to a group of teachers I’ve worked with recently. It wasn’t anything I needed to spend a lot of money on; just a nice something to say how much I appreciated them. I thought these mini bouquets were just the ticket! And the best part is, it fits right into my Dozen Roses Challenge!
These mini bouquets are a great gift when you want to give flowers, but don’t want the hassle (or expense) of a vase. Actually, the European tradition of giving flowers is rarely done in a vase. Everything from dainty posies to lush bouquets are assembled and delivered similarly to what I’ll show you with my mini bouquet floral recipe.
Floral Recipe: Mini Rose Bouquet
What You’ll Need
26 gauge wire & wire cutters
waterproof florists’ tape
Gather your materials.
You’ll want to have your materials pre-cut and handy while making your mini bouquet. Here’s what I had:
one 4” piece of wire
three 4” pieces of waterproof florists’ tape
one 15”x15” piece of cellophane
Prep flowers and greenery.
I typically prefer to use the foliage that grows with the flowers. First, it means I don’t have to buy as many other materials (yay!) and second I just like the look of a flower’s natural greenery. That being said, ….
These roses (called Cool Water, by the way) had a lot of good looking leaves all the way down the stems. So, I decided to make the most of it. I was able to make my cut in a place where I had plenty of stem for the flower and for the leaves. With this little move, you can create two stems out of one!
Keep your flower stems long; you will be making more cuts to the stems to balance everything out later.
Make a flower tripod.
The most important thing about this bouquet was that it should be able to stand on its own. So, it’s important to build a sturdy tripod and maintain balance as you work. It took me a couple of tries before I got a good tripod position, but once I figured it out, the rest of the mini bouquets were easy. Set the shape of your mini bouquet by gently pinching your flowers at their bases.
Secure flowers with wire.
Holding your nicely-balanced tripod in place, wrap the stems with wire. It will need to be tight enough to keep everything in position while you finish the bouquet, but not so tight that it cut into the stems.
Test your tripod.
Cut your stems to the same lengths and test your tripod.
If needed, adjust the size of the tripod.
I didn’t like how far out my stems stuck. I used my first piece of tape to pull the stems in a little closer together. Just under the wire, wrap your first piece of tape around the stems. See how it made the base smaller? Now, that’s just right!
I placed 3 rose foliage stems in my mini bouquet. Place your greenery around the roses and secure with tape.
Cut the stem to your desired length.
Cut with caution! It may take a couple of tries to get the stems just right. Too long and your tripod is top heavy. Too short and your base isn’t wide enough. My stems were 5” from the base of the flower to the end. The ends of the stems stretched 3” across, which made a nice sized foundation.
Make an anchor for the cellophane.
This is a super handy little florists’ trick! Sticky side down, place just the end of the tape on the bouquet. Now, reverse the direction of the tape so the sticky side faces out. Wrap that tape all the way around and secure the end on itself. This is very helpful when tying a ribbon around bouquets.
Attach the cellophane.
Set your mini bouquet in the center of the cellophane. Take the center of one side of the cellophane square and stick it to the tape. Repeat this for all 4 sides of the cellophane square.
Now, tuck in three corners of the square. Leaving one corner loose, pinch the rest of the cellophane around the bouquet.
With the last cellophane corner open, gently pour water into the well. Adding a good amount of water gives weight to the base of your mini bouquet and will help it stand on its own.
Secure cellophane with tape.
Tuck in the last corner of cellophane. Wrap tape around to secure everything in place. This is where you want to make sure things are nice and tight.
Add your finishing touches.
I’m always afraid people are going to accidentally grab these mini bouquets at the bottom and force the water out through the top. So, I like to install a handle. But dress up your mini bouquet in your unique style!
Woo hoo! Another tally mark in the Dozen Roses Challenge! See, even if you only have one dozen roses you can make four friends smile with these precious mini bouquets. Whether you want to give something extravagant or something simple, I think flowers are always the perfect gift. Hopefully, this mini bouquet post will help you share flowers with everyone you know.
For more easy flower arranging ideas follow Recipes & Roses on Pinterest. There you’ll find an entire board dedicated to simple arrangements.