Step 5: Putting together the bouquet!

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So, now that the flowers are all ready you can start piecing together your bouquet. There are two ways of doing this: either from the center out, building as you go - or, making several small "picks" and then putting these together towards the end. In either case, make sure that the tops of your flowers are all at around the same level - this will be important to create a nice "œdomed" look.

As you go, use tape to put the pieces together. I used a lot of wire during the trial (yellow flowers), and it was hard to manage (and the ends were pokey!). Definitely went with tape in the official bouquet (pink flowers). You can use wire to strengthen the stems as you go.

The lovely thing about either tape or wire is that you can UNDO your work - which is going to happen (keep reading!).

If you want to add some sparkle to your bouquet - thread some fancy beads onto the florist wire and add these as you're assembling the bouquet. If you're planning to "tuck" keepsakes into your flowers, do so now too; it'll be too hard to poke them into the bouquet after it's done.

Stems will be sticking out all over the place but you'll cut these down at the end (don't cut them too early because you never know what you'll want to change). The ends will look kind of splayed apart, but that's alright - they'll get tightened up once you trim the stems and wrap ribbon around the handle.