How to Tie a Flower Arrangement
Tying an arrangement skillfully can make the difference between a sophisticated bouquet and a floppy bunch of flowers. Even store-bought blooms gain elegance by being unwrapped, rearranged and re-tied.
From: DK Books - Flower Arranging
The best materials to bind a bouquet are seagrass, raffia and garden string. If you want to use a ribbon, secure the bunch at the binding point first and then tie the ribbon around the flower stems.
Arrange the Flowers
Lay the flowers and foliage on a bench or table and arrange them into a loosely spiralled bunch. You can, if you prefer, arrange them as a hand-tied bouquet in your hand.
Wrap the Binding Material
Wrap a long length of seagrass (or raffia or garden string) twice around the stems at the binding point (just above your hand).
Tie the Binding Material
Bring the two ends of the raffia together and tie them together once. Then repeat the procedure with each end of seagrass to create a reef knot.
Trim the Components
Pull the reef knot tight so it is secure and then trim the ends of the seagrass and the flower and foliage stems so they look neat.