How to Make a Gift Bouquet of Flowers

Whether you're giving them to a friend, a hostess, or that mysterious blonde at the laundromat, a gift bouquet is easy to make and always appreciated.

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You Will Need

  • The fresh flowers of your choice
  • The filler greens of your choice
  • A pair of gardening shears or scissors
  • A square sheet of clear plastic, craft paper, or gift wrap
  • One or two large squares of tissue paper
  • Two 8 to 12-inch lengths of ribbon
  • And a flat surface

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Hold flowers

    Place the flowers one by one in your hand so their tops are more or less even. Hold them together.

  2. Step 2

    Tie together

    Tie the bunch together at the stems with one of the ribbons.

  3. Step 3

    Cut stems

    Cut the stems straight across the bottom with a pair of sharp garden shears to give them a uniform length.

  4. Step 4

    Place ribbon in plastic

    Lay the other ribbon down horizontally on a flat surface. Place a square sheet of clear plastic over the ribbon with a corner of the plastic at the top and bottom (so it's in the shape of a diamond).

  5. If you don't have clear plastic handy—and who does?—you can use a glossy gift wrap. Place the glossy side face up so it ends up against the flowers to keep their moisture from bleeding through.

  6. Step 5

    Place tissue paper

    Place the square sheets of tissue paper over the plastic in the same manner.

  7. Step 6

    Lay flowers

    Lay the flowers on top of the tissue paper with the stems at the bottom corner.

  8. Step 7

    Wrap tissue paper

    Neatly wrap the tissue paper over the stems, overlapping the side corners, so that you've formed a cone shape around the bouquet.

  9. Step 8

    Wrap plastic

    Wrap the plastic over the bouquet in the same manner, overlapping the side corners.

  10. Step 9

    Tie bow

    Pull the ends of the second ribbon up around the bouquet and tie a decorative bow.

  11. The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, has petals nearly 2 feet long and 1 inch thick.

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