How to Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

Use these step-by-step instructions to create a beautiful, compact bouquet that features a rounded, or domed, head of flowers and foliage atop spiraled stems.

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Secure the Bouquet With Raffia or String

Wrap a length of raffia or garden string a few times around the top of the binding point — immediately above your hand — and tie the ends firmly in a knot to secure the bunch. Trim off any excess raffia.

Wrap Bouquet with Raffia or String to SecureEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim the Ends

Trim the ends of the stems straight across so that the bunch can stand upright in a vase and all the stems will be in water. Re-split any woody stems.

A well-arranged, securely tied bouquet like this should be able to stand upright unaided, as the
spiral stems give it stability. Place the bouquet in a vase or, if it is a gift for someone, keep it in fresh, cool water until you are ready to wrap it and tie it with a ribbon, and then present it.

Trimming Bouquet StemsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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