Flowers forever: How to create your own keepsake bouquet

A bouquet of flowers. Simple, colourful, beautiful and always received with mixed emotions. And one of the go to presents for Mum on Mother’s Day. As a florist I work the busiest day of my year arranging special bunches for the wonderful Mums in our life and it is one of my favourite occasions to celebrate with flowers. There are many hard working people in our lives but to surprise and gift our Mums for their sacrifices and dedication to the many different challenges of raising a family is a gift I enjoy being a part of.

“To give flowers, and be given them, can be such a wonderful thing” – Annabelle Hickson

So how can we top a bunch of flowers? Another thing that is synonymous with Mother’s Day is a handmade gift and I would like to show you a way to combine both flowers and handmade with a paper rose bouquet. Paper flowers are making a bit of a comeback at the moment thanks to the talents of Tiffiane Turner, Jennifer Tran, Margie Keats, Ann Wood, Amity Beane, to name a few who have showcased that paper really has no limits. I began making paper flowers six years ago and one of the easiest flowers to make is a rose. If you would like instructions on how to make your own rose please click here - How to make paper roses from crepe paper

A beautiful single paper rose. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from  @bellebouquets

A beautiful single paper rose. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from @bellebouquets

A couple of tips I have learnt along the road of my paper flower journey is embrace imperfect petal shapes, in nature they can be imperfect and beautiful and the same goes for paper flowers. Before you cut out your petals, pull gently on your strip of crepe paper, enough to soften the severity of the lines and still give you enough stretch to cup and roll. There are different weights of crepe paper, my favourite to work with is Doublette crepe paper or 100gsm weight. I find these lighter crepe paper make a more realistic flower.

After making a few of your own paper roses (I usually like to make odd numbers as it creates a better looking bouquet, I feel anyway) have a wander in your garden and pick a lovely bunch of foliage. Thankfully Mother’s Day is in Autumn here in the Southern Hemisphere which is my favourite time of year for beautiful foliage. Arrange your paper roses in the foliage, trimming your stems to the appropriate length, you might need pliers to trim the wire stems.

The tools of the trade including some foraged foliage to complement your handmade flowers. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from  @bellebouquets

The tools of the trade including some foraged foliage to complement your handmade flowers. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from @bellebouquets

Now to wrap your beautiful bouquet! There are many simple and attractive ways to finish off your bouquet, a simple ribbon, twine wrapped around and around for that rustic look but if you want to use paper and feel daunted here are some tips on how to do it.

Take two pieces of tissue paper, other alternatives are brown paper or even newspaper and fold these in half off centre. This is an important step that helps get your “points” nicely assigned around your bunch. Position the two sheets so they make an upside down V, the folded lines at the bottom. (Repeat this step with a different colour tissue paper for another look as well.)

The bouquet ready to be wrapped with paper. The paper is placed down to make an upside down V. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from  @bellebouquets

The bouquet ready to be wrapped with paper. The paper is placed down to make an upside down V. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from @bellebouquets

Place the bouquet on top of the paper right in the centre, positioning it so that the bouquet will look good for all angles once wrapped. Cupping the paper around the stems with your hands, scrunch it firm and tie off with string or a ribbon.

The finished handmade bouquet. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from  @bellebouquets

The finished handmade bouquet. Source: Lisel Vonhoff from @bellebouquets

It’s as simple as that! I hope that you enjoy making and surprising your Mum with a beautiful handmade bunch of flowers.

Love Lisel xo

Lisel Vonhoff is Florist and Paper Flower Artist, and our sponsor this week for our #cs_mymomentswithflowers challenge. Check out her instagram @bellebouquets and her website for more flowery inspiration.