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.
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
Step 1 Hold flowers Place the flowers one by one in your hand so their tops are more or less even. Hold them together.
Step 2 Tie together Tie the bunch together at the stems with one of the ribbons.
Step 3 Cut stems Cut the stems straight across the bottom with a pair of sharp garden shears to give them a uniform length.
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).
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.
Step 5 Place tissue paper Place the square sheets of tissue paper over the plastic in the same manner.
Step 6 Lay flowers Lay the flowers on top of the tissue paper with the stems at the bottom corner.
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.
Step 8 Wrap plastic Wrap the plastic over the bouquet in the same manner, overlapping the side corners.
Step 9 Tie bow Pull the ends of the second ribbon up around the bouquet and tie a decorative bow.
The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, has petals nearly 2 feet long and 1 inch thick.