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7.1.11

{how to: a pretty peony bouquet}

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. . . 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 . . .


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


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{steps:}
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


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


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{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}

24 | notes :

Laurie Grassi [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Pretty! Love peonies! :) L

Fashionstyle [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

So delicious !!

JoAnn @ i\'d rather be shopping [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

xo,
joAnn

Virginia Blue - Director Blue Fruit [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Moosette [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Jenni Austria Germany [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

jenna ♥ a little blue [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

super pretty!! :)

Sinny [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Great photos! Love peonies. Thank you for tutorial.

Margaret [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful. Peonies are so Perfect!

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Anne Keane [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Jane Flanagan [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful!

Kelly www.twohouses.ca [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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!!

Laura@AcquiredTaste [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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 :)
http://www.acquiredtaste.org/2010/11/sleeping-beauty.html

Sarah Klassen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

nmaha [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Luscious

The French Maid [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

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ashley @ ashleynicolecatherine [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

gorgeous! peonies are just the prettiest.

xo.ashley

ApachesPrincess [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Lila [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Lovely and oh-so-doable!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

jenn [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Great guide to peonies and making lovies.

Jenn
http://www.momentsofelegance.com

Michele [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

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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 :)
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thanks!!!

Mackenzie {Design Darling} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

Rachel@oneprettything.com [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

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

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