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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.