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.

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.

Arrange Flowers for Presentation Bouquet

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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).

Wrap Stems with Seagrass, Raffia or Garden String

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Create Reef Knot with Raffia Used to Hold Bouquet

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Pull Raffia Tight to Secure Tied Bouquet

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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