Hand-tied bouquets look impressive, and they’re so easy to do

How to make a hand tied bouquet


How to make a hand tied bouquet – getting started

For best results, choose no more than four or five different varieties of flowers for your bouquet and select a mix of large, medium and small-headed blooms.

Choose colours that complement each other and, where possible, choose flowers that are still in bud, as they’ll last longer.

Whether you’re using flowers and foliage from your garden or from a florist, all flowers will need a little bit of preparation before you begin. Cut the ends of the stems at a 45-degree angle and strip all the bottom leaves off. If you’re using roses, scrape the thorns off with a knife towards the stems.

Remove pollen with a tissue or scissors from flowers such as lilies. Place all the flowers in clean, fresh water before use.


  • 1 stem of bushy foliage, such as pittosporum
  • 3 stems of large-leaved foliage, such as ruscus
  • 5 large-headed flowers, such as gerberas
  • 5 medium-sized flowers, such as tulips
  • 4 stems of spray flowers, such as pink lisianthus and statis (Limonium) — cut to make further stems
  • 3 fragrant stems, such as hyacinths
  • Scissors
  • Raffia or string
  • Clear cellophane
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Ribbon


Make a hand tied bouquet - step one

1. Take the stem of bushy foliage in one hand. Choose a large-headed flower (we used gerbera) to be the focal point of your bouquet and hold it vertically against the foliage. The flower should sit just beneath the foliage.

Make a hand tied bouquet - step two

2. Take a different-shaped variety of flower — for our bouquet, we used a tulip — and place it across the stems in your hand. Then, holding the arrangement in your preferred hand, angle the tulip towards the centre and slightly rotate the whole arrangement. Add remaining tulips in the same way.

Make a hand tied bouquet - step three

3. Continue to add the remaining flowers (we used lisianthus, statis, gerberas and hyacinths), angling each stem and rotating the bouquet in the same direction after each bloom is added. Place each flower very slightly lower every time, to give a rounded shape to your bouquet. The stems will spiral out as you work. Finally, add three stems of foliage (ruscus) around the outside.

Make a hand tied bouquet - step four

4. Look at the top of your bouquet to check the position and balance of the flowers and, once happy with the size and proportion, bind the top of the stems tightly with raffia. Trim the ends of the stems at a slight angle but all to the same length, so that the bouquet can stand unaided.

Make a hand tied bouquet - step five

5. Cut two squares of cellophane and place over each other to form a star shape. Stand the bouquet in
the middle and gather up the sides, creating a “bubble” around the stems. Tie in place with raffia or string. Then, part-fill “bubble” with water to create aqua-pack and tighten raffia to prevent leakage.

Make a hand tied bouquet - step six

6. Lay a sheet of tissue paper over a square of cellophane, and fold diagonally across to create two points. Repeat with another piece. Wrap around the flowers and secure with sticky tape. Tie ribbon into a large bow around the bouquet.

All photos courtesy of www.flyingflowers.co.uk