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