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Making floral bouquets take some practice and patience. They aren't the easiest to make, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes very fun.
Here's step by step insturctions on how to make a floral bouquet, wedding bouquet, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquet, or whatever you want to call it.
Step 1: Get your supplies ready. Get some floral tape. You can get these at Micheals. You may think you got the wrong kind since it's not sticky, but don't worry. It only becomes sticky when you stretch it and wrap it around the stems. To make any bouquet you need this tape.
You will also need your choice of flowers, ribbon, floral clippers, and some pins.
Step 2: Take 3 flowers and bunch them together. This will be the center of your bouquet.
BTW- from this picture you probably can tell that I'm using fake hydrangeas. I couldn't find any hydrangeas at the grocery store, and hydrangeas are always the first flowers to die in a bouquet. So I just bought some from Micheals.
Step 3: Keep adding flowers around the center flowers. Hold the stems tight in one hand, and add the flowers with your other hand. At times it may look lopsided or like one side has more flowers than the other. Keep adjusting them until you get the look your after. Don't rush this part.
Step 4: Once you are happy with the shape of your bouquet, hold it tight with one hand, and start wrapping the stems really tightly with the floral tape in your other hand. You need a really firm grip for this part. Before I wrapped mine up, I spruced it up with some pearl-wire-thingys I found at Micheals.
Step 5: Clip the stems to your desired length.
Step 6: Wrap your ribbon around the stems. Start wrapping from the top then work your way to the bottom. Wrap it very tightly. When you're done wrapping, cut the ribbon and secure it with a pin.
Oops I didn't cover some of the tape. Make sure to cover all the tape with your ribbon.
Step 6: Prettify your ribbon. I pinned a little flower on mine, but you can put anything you want, like multiple pearl pins in a verticle line, a trinket, a locket, a tiny frame with a picture in it, a bow, or more ribbon flowing down.
And that's it! Admire your finished product.
This bouquet used up 3 fake hydrangeas and around 16 roses from the grocery store. I had some leftover roses that used to make other arrangements. The whole thing costed me about $45. Purchasing a bouquet like this one from a florist would at minimum cost you $150.
I am lucky that Valentino is a good eater. He is now almost 18 months, and for the most part he loves eating. Sometimes, however, he will get picky and refuse new foods that I introduce or that look different. So then I have to get creative and trick him. Sometimes my tricks will work, and sometimes they won't. Sometimes kids just aren't hungry and it's better to give up than trying to force feed. When they are really hungry, they will eat.
Here are some tips that have worked for me:
These are some food Valentino finds palatable. I'm trying to get him to eat on his own with a spoon or fork, but that doesn't seem to be going so well. Wish me luck on that.
Hope this helped!