Bridal bouquet

Ribbon Wedding Bouquet: DIY Making and Design Ideas

The bridal bou­quet is one of the most impor­tant and beau­ti­ful attrib­ut­es of the cel­e­bra­tion. Its hand­ing over by the groom sym­bol­izes the con­fir­ma­tion of the mar­riage pro­pos­al itself, which was made long before the wed­ding day. The bride does not let go of the flow­ers through­out the hol­i­day, and then, accord­ing to tra­di­tion, throws it to her unmar­ried friends. How­ev­er, not every­one wants to part with a flo­ral work of art. To do this, you can make a small under­study bou­quet of satin rib­bons, repeat­ing the orig­i­nal or con­trast­ing with it.

Variety of ideas

There are many dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als for mak­ing flower arrange­ments: del­i­cate lace, col­ored paper, poly­mer clay and many oth­er options. How­ev­er, satin rib­bons have been and remain the most pop­u­lar mate­r­i­al for a long time. This is due to the fact that dense shiny fab­ric has many advan­tages.

  • The mate­r­i­al is inex­pen­sive, and at the same time it is durable and capa­ble of not los­ing its appear­ance for decades.
  • Out­ward­ly, the satin resem­bles nat­ur­al silk, but it keeps its shape bet­ter, does not wrin­kle and does not accu­mu­late dust.
  • It goes well with var­i­ous dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments, such as beads, rhine­stones and embroi­dery. In addi­tion, the tapes them­selves can also be applied with a dec­o­ra­tive orna­ment, for exam­ple, Ara­bic or Slav­ic pat­terns. Flow­ers from such rib­bons will look very orig­i­nal.
  • Arti­fi­cial flow­ers will not with­er by the end of the hol­i­day, even in the most severe frost or heat. They will not stain the bride’s snow-white dress with pollen or juice and will not harm aller­gy suf­fer­ers.

From tapes You can make a large num­ber of dif­fer­ent col­ors. For exam­ple, clas­sic ros­es or peonies, mul­ti-col­ored ger­beras, fluffy chrysan­the­mums and asters or lacon­ic hyacinths will be in place. There are many dif­fer­ent tech­niques for mak­ing rib­bon wed­ding bou­quets.

Kan­za­shi. Kan­za­shi-style bou­quets are by far the most pop­u­lar option for wed­dings today. This tech­nique came from the east — in Japan, the hair­styles of noble women were dec­o­rat­ed with such flow­ers. The petals of these arti­fi­cial flow­ers are so neat that you want to touch them and exam­ine each detail of the bou­quet sep­a­rate­ly.

The exe­cu­tion tech­nique itself is not too com­pli­cat­ed, and even a begin­ner can han­dle it, but this work is long and very painstak­ing. Each petal is made from a sep­a­rate piece of rib­bon, and only after all the petals are ready, you can col­lect one flower. The edges of the petals can be either sharp and elon­gat­ed, or round­ed and even expand­ing towards the ends.

flat flow­ers. Such rib­bon ros­es are per­fect for a bou­quet of top­i­ary on a long thin stem. They are made from a long, sol­id rib­bon, fold­ed in a cer­tain way and sewn onto a small back­ing of burlap, soft felt, or even card­board. Such com­po­si­tions of rib­bons in pas­tel shades look very gen­tle and touch­ing in the hands of the bride.

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Lush flow­ers. Lush flow­ers with­out indi­vid­ual petals can be made with a sin­gle rib­bon and thread with a nee­dle. To do this, it is enough to fold the satin fab­ric along and sew it with long stitch­es along the edge. After that, you need to gen­tly pull the free edge of the thread, col­lect­ing the tape with beau­ti­ful flounces and twist­ing it in a spi­ral. For greater struc­ture, you can twist the tape along the axis — this will give the flower a greater den­si­ty and cre­ate a unique pat­tern.

Melt­ed petals. Bou­quets of peonies col­lect­ed with the help of melt­ed pieces of satin rib­bon look amaz­ing. You can do this with a reg­u­lar lighter, or with a can­dle flame or a gas stove. Ready-made petals are col­lect­ed in a tight or blos­som­ing bud and com­bined into one large com­po­si­tion. With a cer­tain skill, you can col­lect arti­fi­cial bou­quets, which, even from a dis­tance of two steps, can­not be dis­tin­guished from real ones. At the same time, such a bou­quet can stand in a vase not for two days, but for sev­er­al years.

Flow­ers from thin rib­bons. From thin rib­bons, the width of which does not exceed a cen­time­ter, you can make lush chrysan­the­mums or asters. To do this, it is enough to wind a long rib­bon around the fin­gers of the palm, tie it in the mid­dle with a small thread or string and cut the loops with scis­sors. A fluffy ball, pressed on the sides by the same neigh­bors, looks very sim­i­lar to gar­den flow­ers grow­ing in sum­mer cot­tages and gar­dens. With the right col­or com­bi­na­tion with ros­es or peonies from large rib­bons, even such sim­ple bou­quets will become a nice dec­o­ra­tion for the cel­e­bra­tion.

Color and texture

In order for a bou­quet of arti­fi­cial flow­ers to fit bet­ter into the for­mat of the cel­e­bra­tion, it is nec­es­sary to choose the right col­ors and size of the buds. And in order for the bou­quet to match the bride’s dress, it is nec­es­sary to take into account its tex­ture. The more airy and lighter the out­fit, the more del­i­cate and minia­ture the flow­ers of the bou­quet should be.

An excel­lent solu­tion would be to make it in the shade of a dress or dec­o­ra­tive ele­ments. If you want to bring bright­ness to a mono­chrome out­fit, then you need to select rib­bons of the same col­or as the design of the entire event. Most often, 2–3 shades are cho­sen, in which they dec­o­rate the hall and dec­o­rate tables. If the col­or scheme of the bou­quet coin­cides with them, then the whole com­po­si­tion will look more com­plete and thought­ful.

Most often, pas­tel and del­i­cate col­ors are used for wed­ding dec­o­ra­tion. The soloist, as usu­al, is white and all its shades. It dilutes the com­po­si­tion of blue, pink, laven­der and pis­ta­chio. How­ev­er, if desired, you can add bright accents in the form of red, pur­ple or bright green. Per­haps, it is worth giv­ing up only black, which is tra­di­tion­al­ly con­sid­ered a shade of mourn­ing, so it has no place at such a joy­ful event.

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Some bal­ance should be observed in the jew­el­ry of the girl her­self and her acces­sories. If the bride’s dress and hair sparkle with pearls and stones, you should not dec­o­rate the bou­quet with them either — it will look pre­ten­tious and over­loaded. On the con­trary, a lacon­ic image is well empha­sized by flow­ers with rhine­stones and brooches. In addi­tion, wed­ding styl­ists advise leav­ing elon­gat­ed bou­quets for girls, and old­er ladies opt for a spher­i­cal shape.

Necessary materials

Of course, each tech­nique will require its own set of tools, as they dif­fer in many ways. Nev­er­the­less, there is a cer­tain basic set, which can­not be dis­pensed with in any case.

  • Sty­ro­foam ball or micro­phone with a flo­ral sponge, which can be pur­chased at a flower shop. You can replace it with plas­tic, crum­pled and glued news­pa­pers or a thick rope rolled into a ball.
  • Thick card­board for the pen. You can take a ready-made card­board tube that is left over from foil or cling film after using it in the kitchen.
  • Satin rib­bons of the required col­ors and pat­terns. It is best to take them with a mar­gin to prac­tice mak­ing buds. Atlas con­sump­tion for each of the tech­niques can vary great­ly.
  • A glue gun that can be pur­chased at any craft store or ordered online.
  • Sta­pler, pins, nee­dle, scis­sors.
  • Threads in the col­or of rib­bons and con­trast­ing shades.
  • Var­i­ous dec­o­ra­tive beads and stones.

To make peonies from melt­ed rib­bons or Japan­ese-style flow­ers, you will have to addi­tion­al­ly install a can­dle or burn­er on which pieces of rib­bons will melt. Before you start needle­work, you should orga­nize a clean free space. This is best done at a work table or counter so that you can leave the unfin­ished bou­quet and return to assem­bling it a lit­tle lat­er.

Step by step manufacturing

Before you start mak­ing a satin bou­quet, you should study a few mas­ter class­es on the tech­nique that was cho­sen and prac­tice mak­ing the flow­ers them­selves. All oth­er work will not take much time and is car­ried out in stages accord­ing to a small instruc­tion.

Step 1. Making the base

First of all, a base is being pre­pared on which the buds and decor will be attached. If a ready-made ball made of plas­tic or foam is pur­chased, then it is sim­ply con­nect­ed to a long card­board han­dle. If you need to make a ball your­self, then you can crum­ple up sev­er­al sheets of news­pa­per and wrap them tight­ly with a rope. Such a home­made ball is also attached to a card­board han­dle with a glue gun.

To hide the card­board tube, wrap it with a satin rib­bon and care­ful­ly glue the ends, wrap­ping them inside the tube. In order to hide the junc­tion and the not too aes­thet­ic bot­tom of the foam sphere, a lace or satin “skirt” is glued to the junc­tion with the tube. Most often, it is made to match the col­or of the bou­quet han­dle.

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Step 2. Making flowers

The eas­i­est way to make beau­ti­ful flow­ers is the volu­mi­nous bud tech­nique. To do this, take a wide satin rib­bon and fold it in half with the right side up. With a nee­dle and thread, such a tape is sewn along the edge, after which it is tight­ened with large assem­blies and fold­ed into a small bud. To pre­vent such a bud from falling apart, the rib­bons are sewn togeth­er at the base with sev­er­al stitch­es.

Step 3. Fastening flowers

In order for the satin bou­quet to be able to with­stand all the active move­ments of the bride, her pho­to ses­sion, dance and, final­ly, the flight into the hands of her friends, the flow­ers must be well fixed on foam or a rope. To do this, a small safe­ty pin is stuck into their core with a head col­or that match­es the col­or of the tape. The sharp edge of the pin, com­ing out from the wrong side of the bud, is firm­ly and deeply stuck into the base. Addi­tion­al­ly, the junc­tion is processed with a glue gun. A high-qual­i­ty bou­quet will not fall apart in the hands of the bride and will delight her through­out the cel­e­bra­tion.

How to decorate?

In order to make a bou­quet of rib­bons more inter­est­ing and orig­i­nal, it can be dec­o­rat­ed with var­i­ous addi­tion­al ele­ments. It can be bead­ed weav­ing or indi­vid­ual large beads. Large and small pearls look espe­cial­ly good in a bou­quet of del­i­cate shades, which are sewn or glued both to the buds them­selves and to the space between them.

A small brooch in the form of a but­ter­fly, drag­on­fly or lady­bug will look great on such a bou­quet. The dec­o­ra­tion can also be themed, for exam­ple, for a wed­ding on the beach, the decor of a bou­quet in the form of small shells and starfish is per­fect. In addi­tion, ele­ments of tulle and lace are always rel­e­vant in the bride’s bou­quet — they will make the satin com­po­si­tion more del­i­cate and airy.

Beautiful examples

The most pop­u­lar form of a wed­ding bou­quet was and remains a spher­i­cal shape. It has a com­fort­able long han­dle and can be made in one or more col­ors.

A cas­cad­ing bou­quet in the form of a drop looks espe­cial­ly impres­sive using the kan­za­shi tech­nique. It can be dec­o­rat­ed with large stones and beau­ti­ful brooches.

Unusu­al bou­quets in the shape of a heart or a large flower will look very fresh and orig­i­nal. They do not need addi­tion­al decor or too bright col­ors — in them­selves they will become a wor­thy dec­o­ra­tion.

How to make a wed­ding bou­quet of satin rib­bons with your own hands, see the next video.