April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. Thankfully, May is finally here and flowers everywhere are in full bloom. There are loads of exquisite blossoms to choose from and the smell is to die for. Today we’re making four colorful arrangements wrapped with color-corresponding VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Straps. These color-coordinated bouquets would be great for bridesmaids, for a Mother’s Day brunch or just for adding some natural color into your home.
– various flowers
– VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Straps BRIGHTS
– floral shears
1. Choose flowers for your arrangement.
2. Cut and process the flowers by trimming the stems at an angle and pulling off the leaves.
3. Arrange the flowers into small bouquets.
4. Wrap the stems with VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Straps in colors that coordinate with your flowers.
5. Trim the ends so that they are the same length.
First things first, you’ll need to buy flowers. If there is a flower market near you, we recommend going there to pick out your blooms. They have a huge variety and it’s more cost effective than getting them at a grocery store or a flower shop. When picking your flowers, it’s always a good idea to get a focal flower, a secondary flower and filler flowers for your arrangement. The focal flower should be a blossom that is larger than the others, one that really captures the eye. Peonies, dahlias or roses are a great option. The secondary flowers will be smaller than the focal flower and the filler will add texture and fill in the spaces.
We’re making four arrangements today. We’ve got some delicate pink flowers, some gorgeous purple blooms, some natural blue buds and some green goodies.
Once you get your flowers home you need to process them. This means that you need to cut the stems at an angle (so that they can guzzle water) and pull off the leaves. If it makes sense in your arrangement, you can leave a few leaves near the flower. Put them back in water as soon as you can.
Now for the fun part — arrangement time. Carefully select the flowers you want to use in your bouquet. Create the bouquet in one hand so that you can see what the flowers will look like together. It’s best to bunch a few of the same type of flower in your arrangement so that the bouquet doesn’t look spotted, so if you are using roses, put two or three of them right next to each other. Once your bouquet is finished, take a VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Strap and bind it tightly around the stems. If your flowers are heavy, you can add a second strap for more stability. Make sure to put the strap close to the base of the flowers so they won’t splay. Trim the stems the same length and that’s it!
How pretty is that?
We did the same with our green flowers.
And blue bloomin’ beauties!
These flowers just scream spring. They’d be great for Mother’s Day, a Bridal Shower, bridesmaids or simply to brighten up your dining room table.
What are your favorite flower arranging hacks? Talk to us in the comments below.
This post is a collaboration with Velcro Industries.