How to Create the Perfect DIY Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet | Tutorial

We love the humble hydrangea – its beautiful but understated floral dome of blue, pink, white, purple or even green flowers are the epitome of simple elegance complementing vintage and rustic themes seamlessly and bringing a romantic purity to lavish, high budget weddings. ‎Symbolic of grace and sincerity, it comes pre-dressed in its dome of many flowers meaning you don’t have to do much to turn it into your perfect wedding bouquet, and here’s how…

SOLO

Good things come in small packages, and the hydrangea’s ball of tiny flowers comes pretty much aisle ready. Follow these steps to create your a wedding bouquet.


You will need:

3 x Hydrangea stems
Florist tape
1.5 inch wide strip of burlap or ribbon
1½ inch pearl-headed corsage pins
Scissors or secateurs
Glue Gun and Glue
Water spray

Step One
Pick your flowers the day before and put them in water so they can have a good long drink. You can make your bouquet 1-2 days before your wedding, and leave them in cold water, but don’t add your burlap or ribbon until the day of your wedding.
Step Two
Strip the hydrangeas of their leaves, except for the ones closest to the top.
Step Three
Order your hydrangeas into size
Step Four
Take the largest hydrangea to use as your central flower, and layer two large hydrangeas around it.
Step Five
Manipulate the leaves so that they are all on the outside of the bouquet
Step Six
Use floristry wire to keep the stems together, then secure with floristry tape.
Step Seven
Cut the stems so to about 8 inches long (this length should sit in your hands nicely).
Step Eight
Bind them together by winding floristry tape down the length of the stems, taking care to keep the stems as straight as possible and ensuring you leave around 2 inches of stems free at the base. Then secure the end of the tape in place with a daub of glue from the gun.
Step Nine
Cover the floristry tape with burlap or ribbon (depending on the style you want to achieve), winding it down from the top of the stems to the bottom, but still keeping that 2 inches of stem free at the base. Secure the burlap or ribbon in place with more glue, or corsage pins. If you are using ribbon, try to match the colour to that of your flowers.
Step Ten
Spritz the bouquet with water.

MIXED

Augment simple domes of Hydrangea with grasses, stephanotis or eucalyptus or up the ante by mixing it up with roses or peonies in soft pastel hues.
You will need:

3 x Hydrangea stems
3-6 x White or Dusty Pink Roses
3 x Peonies
Florist tape
1.5 inch wide strip of burlap or ribbon
1½ inch pearl-headed corsage pins
Scissors or secateurs
Glue Gun and Glue
Water spray

Step One
Strip the hydrangea, rose and peony stems of their leaves.
Step Two
Sort the flowers according to size.
Step Three
Take three of the largest pink hydrangeas and secure them together at the top of the stems with floral tape.
Step Four
Take one rose stem and insert the end of its stem through the hydrangea florets halfway between the centre of the bouquet and the outside of the bouquet, and pull it through the space – a bit like pulling a needle and thread through some fabric – it helps to create a tidy colour pattern.
Step Five
Repeat with the remaining roses, evenly spacing them around the central hydrangea, then fasten in place with floral tape.
Step Six
Take one large peony stem and insert the end of its stem through the hydrangea florets towards the outside of the bouquet, and pull it through the space just as you did with the roses. Repeat with the remaining two peonies.
Step Seven
Secure in place with florist tape, and ensure all your peony petals are facing upwards. This should leave you with a nice tidy bouquet.
Step Eight
Cut the stems so they are all roughly 8 inches long, and secure together using floral tape, taking care to keep the stems as straight as possible.
Step Nine
Finish the bouquet off by wrapping ribbon around the stems, leaving 2 inches of stems showing at the end. Secure your ribbon with a daub of glue from a blue gun or by using corsage pins – taking care to push the pins into the stems vertically so they don’t pierce you when you are holding the bouquet.
Step Ten
Spritz with water.

Adding Decoration

You can add more decoration to your bouquet by winding some pearl beads around the top of your stems, securing them in place with glue, then adding a bow on top of the pearls. You could also add pearl-headed corsage pins into the florets of your flowers on the actual bouquet

Image Credits

Main image: Hydrangea World
Green and White Hydrangea Bouquet: Hydrangea World
Mixed Bouquets – white hydrangeas with poppies via Pinterest.com, pink bouquet via Hydrangea World
Decorations: From L-R – pink bouquet via etsy.com, white bouquet images via Pinterest.com


This feature was written as an advertorial in collaboration with Hydrangea World.