{how to: a pretty peony bouquet}


. . . with floral patterns and magnolia wreaths in thoughts this week, and last evening's trip to the flower markets for six luxurious bouquets of roses, could not resist this lovely tutorial for a pretty peony bouquet wrapped in ribbons for a cloudy winter's day . . .


{you will need:} 5 yards of ribbon, flower clippers, string & peonies (10 stems, 5 in two colors)


1. condition flowers: re-cut stems, and place in a bucket of cold water overnight; keep away from food, fruit & drafts
2. remove most of the leaves, keeping only the ones that are towards the top of the stem, near the flower
3. take a few peonies and place in your hand (ex. left hand if you are right-handed)
4. as you add groups of flowers (about 3 stems each), turn the bouquet to the left
5. you will start to see the stems spiral


6. tie securely with string
7. wrap the ribbons over the string and stems to complete the bouquet


{p.s.} previous how-tos:
a classic english hand-tied bouquet
* a driftwood table lamp
* a side chignon
* a guide to champagne

{images: photography/instructions by chelsea of frolic! via delightfully engaged}

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Blogger Laurie Grassi said...

Pretty! Love peonies! :) L

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Fashionstyle said...

So delicious !!

January 07, 2011  
OpenID JoAnn @ i\'d rather be shopping said...

divine! peonies are my absolute favorites...great tutorial :)


January 07, 2011  
Blogger Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit said...

Such lovely little flowers - but this would also work beautifully with roses, too, I imagine.

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Moosette said...

Lovely! My best friend is planning a wedding on a tight budget... this diy will come in handy!

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Jenni Austria Germany said...

i am so bad at this kind of stuff, so this is good for me to read!

January 07, 2011  
Blogger jenna ♥ a little blue said...

super pretty!! :)

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Sinny said...

Great photos! Love peonies. Thank you for tutorial.

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Margaret said...

Beautiful. Peonies are so Perfect!

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January 07, 2011  
Blogger Anne Keane said...

I am a sucker for peonies - can't wait until they are in season again!

January 07, 2011  
Blogger Jane Flanagan said...


January 07, 2011  
Blogger Kelly www.twohouses.ca said...

Always wanted to know how to create beautiful bouquets our of peonies. Thanks and keep up the great work, you are a great inspiration to fellow bloggers!!

January 07, 2011  
Anonymous Laura@AcquiredTaste said...

Peonies are hands-down one of the prettiest flowers in the world! So sweet. So classy. They make a great statement. In fact, my favourite photo that I've ever taken is of a sleeping peony. Check it out here, if interested :)

January 08, 2011  
Blogger Sarah Klassen said...

how pretty—I can almost smell the peonies... xx

January 08, 2011  
Anonymous nmaha said...


January 08, 2011  
Blogger The French Maid said...

Is there anything better than receiving a burst of beautifully colored flowers on a cold winters day? Thanks for the lovely bouquet! I needed that!
--Lee Ann


January 08, 2011  
Blogger ashley @ ashleynicolecatherine said...

gorgeous! peonies are just the prettiest.


January 08, 2011  
Blogger ApachesPrincess said...

This is simply beautiful! I love peonies, one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

January 08, 2011  
Blogger Lila said...

Lovely and oh-so-doable!
Lila Ferraro

January 08, 2011  
Blogger jenn said...

Great guide to peonies and making lovies.


January 08, 2011  
Blogger Michele said...

Love this post and love Chelsea's work. Chelsea's floral design has a very "artist" quality, so refined. One wonders is Chelsea a flower magician? I just feel happy when I see her flower creations. Lovely! Great photography! Incredible. Yay :D

January 09, 2011  
Blogger Emily said...

I adore this post and your blog! I followed!!!! Please check mine out, follow and let me know what you think. beautiful photos on this site :)

January 09, 2011  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

This is stunning! Saving as inspiration for my one day wedding : )

January 10, 2011  
Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so beautiful! I can't wait for spring! Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking to this.

January 27, 2011  

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