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Design A Hand Tied Bouquet

teacher avatar Melissa Thomas, Florist

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5 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Hand Tied Bouquet - Intro

    • 2. Hand Tied Bouquet - An Inspired Plan

    • 3. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 1 - The Greenery

    • 4. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 2 - The Flowers

    • 5. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 3 - The Finishing Touches

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Calling all floral designers or aspiring florists! Learn to design a gorgeous, unique, hand-tied bouquet with Melissa of Pepper Rose. In this intermediate level class, she'll guide you step-by-step from planning out your flower choices & color palette, to adding the finishing touches like pinning a ribbon for a bridal bouquet. Whether you want to learn how to design a bouquet for a wedding, or simply a sweet gift to a loved one (or yourself!) you're in the right place!


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Melissa Thomas



Hello, beautiful! I'm Melissa, the creator of Pepper Rose. I'm so glad you're here.

Pepper Rose brings together my love for flowers, art and beauty through many different mediums - Skillshare being one of them! Filming these videos for you lights up my whole heart. When I was in high school, my dream was to be like Giada DiLaurentiis on the Food Network and have my own cooking show. My Skillshare channel has allowed for this dream to come true, but with my deep passion for floral design!

Just around the time I decided I wanted to have my own show, I started working at a flower shop as a delivery girl. There, I discovered the flower ranunculus, my heart went pitter-patter, and ever since then I fell head over heels in love with flowers. Speaking of love, j... See full profile

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1. Hand Tied Bouquet - Intro: welcome to this class. I am so glad you're here. Now, this class is for more intermediate levels. If you are a beginner, that's still okay. It just is gonna take a little bit more time for you to practice because there are very specific skills that you'll need to build up in order to achieve a gorgeous hand tied. Okay, So to introduce myself, my name is Melissa, and I created the company. Pepper rose as a platform to express my creativity and love for flowers, art and beauty through many different mediums. What to expect from this class is you'll learn how to design a gorgeous hand tied, okay, And you'll also learn how to wrap up okay with a ribbon. If you are creating a design for a wedding and hand tied bouquets can be tricky to learn at first. But with some practice and learning the techniques, you'll feel like a natural after you practice all of the lessons in this class. So be patient with yourself. You'll need to try a few times to get exactly how you want. And just like with anything, the more you practice, they are comfortable. You'll feel when I first started, I had so much fun practicing just using the same flowers over and over again, building up OK and then taking a part in trying it again with different placements, angles and colors. Most importantly, have fun with it and thank you so much for watching Let's get started. 2. Hand Tied Bouquet - An Inspired Plan: first you need to get inspired and create a plan. And before I ever create any arrangement, I always have some sort of plan. So I'm gonna walk you through the step that I take Teoh plan out an arrangement I love Instagram for book marking photos of color schemes and arrangements that inspired me. And Pinterest is great for this, too. So pull from those two places or anywhere else that inspires you. And you, firstly, want to create a color palette that speaks to you. And if you're designing for an event or if you're designing for a wedding or even your own wedding, follow the events color palette as a guideline and, of course, include any requests from the bride or the wedding planner. I like to create mood boards with my color palette and photos of floral arrangements that light me up. As you can see in this mood board, I wanted to focus mainly on warm, peachy coral and new tones with pops of deep purple's for contrast and a little bit of greenery. And I really like choosing complementary colors for a cohesive pallet that's pleasing to the eye. Once you decide on your color palette. You can choose your flowers. I usually pick out large focal flowers and then medium flowers, accent flowers and then greenery. And before I went to the market, I wrote down my dream quote unquote wish list of what I wanted. But I didn't decide exactly until I got to the market and saw what they had available there . For example, I knew I wanted renown, kilos and dahlias, but I didn't specify what color they had to be as long as they fit in my color palette. I wanted the arrangement to look wild, effortless and whimsical. I made sure to include jasmine vine, which is very wild and 10 drily. I also knew I wanted some brown and caramel shades, and when I found the brown Amaranthus and those beautiful carnations, I knew they had to be in this arrangement. I also knew I wanted smoke bush for the greenery and a deep purple accent flower, which ended up being scabby osa for this. Okay, I also made sure toe utilize seasonal blooms available the market from local farmers. Since I'm a florist, I got my flowers from the wholesale market. You could also check out your local farmers markets or see what's blooming in your backyard or a friendly neighbors yard. We'll need nice clippers, a rubber band or, if you're designing a bridled, okay, you'll need ribbon, floral tape and some pens, and you want to make sure the blooms are at their peak. Openness for an event like a wedding, so by ahead of time, and then leave the the flowers in a room temperature area overnight until they're open. And then, if you're designing just for a gift, you can get some nice tissue paper craft paper, but your paper or newspaper any kind of paper and then ah, pretty ribbon and just make it extra special and that's it. 3. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 1 - The Greenery: So before you start, strip all of your greenery and flowers and lay everything flat out in front of you. So you have everything available. Use one hand for holding the bouquet and then the other for placing flowers in just like you're putting stems into a vase. You always want to put them in at an angle, crisscrossing the stem so that it doesn't go straight up and down. Instead, it comes out at an angle. Just hold the stems loosely to start. It'll feel a little weird at first, but you'll get the hang of it and begin to create a shape it could be rounded. Asymmetrical whatever you want for this arrangement created an organic, more composed shape, with a few pieces of greenery and flowers spilling out for a little wildness. I used this gorgeous smoke bush of my main greenery with some jasmine vine, which created some wild and whimsical pieces. As you can see that I'm doing here, I'm kind of like pulling down on the bottom of the stem once I place it in so that I'm not like shoving it in. And sometimes I could break a stem. The greenery lays the foundation for the flowers, so if you put the flowers in first, the greenery would hide the flowers, and we want the flowers to shine so you can practice doing this a few times until you feel comfortable moving onto adding and flowers. 4. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 2 - The Flowers: in less than number two. It's all about the flowers, which is my favorite part. Once you have a beautiful shape of greenery as your base, it's time to add in the flowers, and I'm going to show you exactly how to do that. As you can see, I've laid out all of my flowers in front of me or they're really handy so that I have access to them. And I'm starting with this big stem of somebody, um orchid, and I'm placing it in the center of the arrangement. This stem ended up moving around a lot for me, so this is probably one of the trickiest parts of this whole class. So give yourself a lot of patients and time to practice, Just like with the greenery. I'm putting everything into my little hand base at an angle. A good tip is to check out your arrangement in the mirror, so standing from the mirror while you're holding the bouquet and look at it from all different angles to make sure that you love the way it looks. And then I told these beautiful sweet peas because they add a really delicate element to the arrangement and their white, so they pulled over. Don't half of contrast against that dark purple Lee green smoke bush in this bouquet. One of my goals was to create a lot of layering, depth and interest to the I. As I add in more accent pieces, those create the top layer that you can look through Teoh all of the other different layers . That, to me, is really important because nothing is on one plain. Everything's has its own layer and makes for a more interesting arrangement. For example, the Queen Anne's lace is Lacey and fluffy and delicate. It almost is like a little veil for you to peek through and see other layers. The White Sweet Peas and Queen Anne's Lace is really feminine and delicate, and to me, that is a nice balance between the dark purples and browns, really making sure that every single flower can shine even if it's on a lower layer. I wanted to still be able to peek through and have its moment twisted around, turn it around to see you're okay at all different angles. It should look good at all different angles. These purple scabby ozai were really nice to add in there, too, because they complemented the purple smoke bush that back greenery that I started with their so fun. They kind of just like wobble around for me. I have tiny little hands, so it got pretty difficult to hold this arrangement. As I placed more and more stems into it. Be careful that some of the flowers don't fall out if you have small hands like Ideo. Once you start to add in more and more flowers, it might start to get harder to place your stems into your into the arrangement. So you just want to be really gentle so that the stones don't break. I'm tweaking and adjusting as I go along Teoh. Make sure that everything is in the right place that I want it to be. I really love how the outer layers, the Queen Anne's lace in the sweet peas and the jasmine also this copy of or peeking out a little bit more. And that, to me, is really fun and wild and organic like that's that to me is what creates that organic, whimsical feeling, and that's it for the flowers. Next, we're going to move on to wrapping your stuns and the finishing touches 5. Hand Tied Bouquet Lesson 3 - The Finishing Touches: So now we're on Teoh the finishing touches. So once you feel like you have a really beautiful bouquet, chop all the stems, try to chop in like it's evenly as possible. Turn the book a around again, look in the mirror to make sure it looks good at all angles Tweak it adjusted is needed. And then I'm going to show you how to tie the okay and this takes practice. You could either do it with a rubber band, which is easy, but I'm using floral tape and this would be ideal for a bridled. Okay, the floral tape. As you pull it, it gets stickier. So you just hold it with one hand and kind of wrap it around with the other and just make sure it's like laying flat, and that's exactly where you're gonna tie the ribbon over it. So make sure it's, like, not too tight that all the stems get smushed together, but it's like tied enough that it's gonna hold everything in place, but not like suffocate your okay and this could be a little tricky and take some practice. So just have some patients with that, and then you just have to. Then you just rip it with, like your finger and it'll ripped off. Now you can use your ribbon. So I got this ribbon from this, like really cute boutique craft store in Denver. But you can order ribbon off Amazon or, like go to hobby lobby or wherever you want. You start from the bottom, and you just create a very like as straight as possible layers and wrap it until all of the floral tape is covered and then maybe a little bit more bend over so that the end of the ribbon isn't sticking out. And you take a couple of beautiful pins and you pin it at an angle so kind of like upwards so that it secures the ribbon. After you cut the stems, put it in fresh water so that they stay fresh and then keep it in a cooler before gifting it or before your event or wedding to keep them as fresh as possible. And that's it. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this class, and I'm so excited to see everything that you create. Please feel free to give me a review. Um, I really appreciate that. And happy designing