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Crafted Bouquet

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 36 2006

The luscious blooms in this bouquet are always in season. We chose shades of pink, but a bride could fashion them in any color she wishes. What's more, you can make these paper flowers, which are suitable for formal and casual weddings, in advance. They're easy: A bouquet takes only an afternoon; all you need are a few supplies and your own loving hands.

How to make flowers and leaves:
A bouquet like ours requires about 25 flowers and 10 leaves. Once you have arranged them, cover the stems in wide ribbon. You will need tissue paper, a rotary cutter or scissors, 24-gauge green cloth-covered floral wire, white craft glue in a bottle with a needle-nose tip, two Styrofoam balls (1-inch and 1 1/2-inch), artificial stamens, and green floral tape. Purchase supplies online or at crafts or floral-supply stores. If using a rotary cutter, work on a self-healing mat.

Double Leaf
To make three double leaves, stack tissue in three hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through all layers; fold in half. Trim tips into points; unfold. Twist each sheet at center. Fold 18-inch floral wire in half, slip over center of leaf, and twist. Fold tips toward each other, and curl.

Long Leaf
Stack tissue in two hues of green. Cut 2-by-3-inch rectangles through both layers. Apply glue along the upper third of a 9-inch piece of floral wire; sandwich between tissue layers. Let dry. Cut a leaf shape. Separate layers of tissue.

Folded Petal
Cut several 1 3/4-by-2 3/4-inch and 1 1/4-by-2-inch rectangles from tissue paper; fold each in half lengthwise; cut one end to be rounded, and twist other end to shape. For the center, roll white tissue paper into a tiny ball; cut out a square from white tissue paper, and wrap it around the ball, twisting tissue at its base. Attach the twisted end of the ball to a piece of floral wire by wrapping with green floral tape; add petals one at a time (start with small petals and end with large ones), taping twisted ends onto floral wire. Trim floral tape; spread out petals.

Bubble Petal
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.

Rolled Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch accordion folds. Trim and notch one end of tissue through all layers, as shown; unfold. Insert floral wire into a 1-inch Styrofoam ball; place ball near bottom of tissue strip. Roll tissue around ball; twist bottom. Remove the ball with tweezers. Wrap floral tape around the twisted tissue and wire. Trim the floral tape.

Curly Petal
Cut a 16-by-3 1/2-inch strip of tissue paper; make 2-inch-wide accordion folds. Make 3-inch-deep snips in tissue to create fringe. Wrap unfringed end around floral wire. Secure with floral tape. Run scissors blade along pieces of fringe to curl; fluff.

Comments (12)

  • patcli1 18 Feb, 2014

    How do I tie them all together when they are all completed?

  • patcli1 18 Feb, 2014

    These look fantastic!

  • wmcveigh 11 Jul, 2011

    marjibelle - The flowers on the cake were made by a company called "The Green Vase." If I remember correctly they're quite expensive (over $300 to cover the cake) but I can't see why you couldn't make them yourself. Learn the basics of paper flower crafting and then let your imagination go wild! Good luck!

  • marjibelle 23 Jun, 2011

    great! now where can i find directions for making the faux flowers topping the cake on the cover of summer 2011 diy wedding issue. HELP!

  • AJSnyder 13 Mar, 2011

    These look so beautiful! I'm wondering how you make the stamens for the bubble flowers? And does anyone know about how much the cost comes to?

  • Pumpkinpolly 10 Mar, 2011

    Floral tape is wax, not traditional adhesive. To make it stick you need to gently stretch it as you go and let the heat of your fingers warm the wax. Stretch and warm. Stretch and warm. Good luck!

  • kaliedoscopeyes1 7 Mar, 2011

    I'm having a problem with the floral tape being not very sticky. 9Pteals are loos and falling off) Is anyone else having this problem and/or used a different kind of tape? Did I buy the right kind of tape?

  • 2ot2andle 14 Jul, 2010 has a lot of different shades of tissue paper

  • KristyRivers 1 Feb, 2010

    I am going to have my 4th grader's class make paper flowers for their Valentine's Day party. I discovered They sell reams of tissue paper (20"x30") in several colors

  • CassandraAnn1016 23 Sep, 2009

    Does anyone know where I can get teal and brown tissue paper? I would like to do all teal and brown bouquets.

  • mountain456 20 Aug, 2008

    I also made flowers using only the bubble pattern and they turned out great! These are super fun to make and it's so nice to hand make something for my wedding. I am going to use this as my toss bouquet. I have pictures

  • bossykena 10 Aug, 2008

    I did this bouquet for my wedding, using only the bubble petal pattern, and everyone was amazed at the result. With experience, it took about ten minutes to do a flower... one thing leading to another, I ended up doing almost a hundred for my own bouquet, by bridesmaids, and all the corsages for the wedding party and close family members. It was one of my favorite personal touches (and as a bonus, we saved hundreds on flowers)