Astar's craft: The perfect corsage and bouquet - 29 April
In my opinion, if a chap wants to become the perfect asset to any female, then it is of paramount importance that he has the odd hidden talent.
And should I find it necessary to search the world for the perfect gentleman, then in my checklist, the way to my heart would not be via his culinary skills, his dancing prowess, the cut of his suit, nor his eloquently whispered words of love. No, it would be... "My sweet, I made this corsage for you."
So gentlemen in my quest to assist you in your chosen path to being the perfect specimens. Today we will learn how to make the perfect corsage and bouquet wrapped to within an inch of perfection.
The perfect corsage
Things to gather
3 perfect white roses - only white because these represent pure and perfect LOVE
Small pieces of ivy
Tender little pieces of white gypsophila
22 & 24 gauge wire
Green parafilm - florist tape
Corsage pin or floral magnets
Cut each rose allowing a 1cm stem length
Take the 22 gauge wire and poke this through the top of the stem - (area close as possible to where stem meets base of rose), push wire through about 2cm, then bend it back on itself.
Take the tape and with a gentle pulling stretching motion, stretch to bind covering to seal cut rose stem and wire. Come down about 4cm.
Repeat with all roses.
Take a small piece of ivy - say 10 or so cm and use the 24 gauge wire to fix firmly. Tape as above.
Take 2 large single ivy leaves - say about the size of an old 50c piece and wire using the 24 gauge wire. Tape.
Cut several smallish pieces of the gypsophila to 10 or 12 cm and marginally wider than a rose. Use the 24 gauge wire to fix, then tape.
The placement of the roses should be likened to steps& by this I mean, place a rose in your hand, then place the next slightly to the left nestled so that it almost touches the base of the first. The last rose placed more to the right and almost touching the previous.
Grip roses firmly in your hand then bring the gyp and place beneath roses to create a light feathery bed on which the roses will rest.
Hold this cluster of flowers tightly as you position the long length of ivy.
The last to place is the ivy leaves. One goes to the left, the other to the right.
Ensure that all base wired materials come from one point.
Cut surplus wires to a length of say 4 or 5cm.
Take the tape and wind to bind covering all wires.
- Small ribbon bows could also be incorporated should you feel it necessary.
- Or jewels for further enhancing.
How to make the perfect bouquet of flowers
A bunch of Petrol Station flowers WILL under NO circumstance EVER be permissible - EVER!
However several of these could be purchased but they must be accompanied by suitable foliage.
Things to gather
2 or 3 bunches of flowers from the Petrol Station or Flower Wholesaler or roses freshly cut from the garden, say 20 blooms
Method of construction
Strip all stems of damaged or battered foliage. Leave the top 1/3 only.
Cut on the slant all flower/foliage stems and ALL to the same length.
Lay all foliages and flowers out in front of you on work surface.
Into your left hand lay a piece of foliage, then top with a flower or two, then slightly rotate clockwise. Take another piece of foliage and several flowers and repeat process, continue until all flowers/foliage have been used.
DON'T slacken grip or put flowers down.
Whilst still holding flowers in your hand, take the cable tie and bind to hold stems together, but not to tight as you'll cut and break stems.
Wrapping and finishing of bouquet
Things to gather
Several sheets of cellophane or paper
Several meters of 4cm ribbon
Small piece of cellotape
A good meter of curling ribbon for binding
Correct bow and paper measurements.
To achieve correct proportions, you will need several pieces of square cut paper marginally bigger than widest part of completed bouquet.
Lay a piece of cut paper down, then place flowers down on the diagonal.
Pick up bouquet, then place paper behind, slightly pinch paper in at point where stems have been bound. Place another piece of paper to the left, pinch in, then one to the right and pinch in at bound point.
Tie off with small piece of ribbon or string.
To make the bow
Take the 4cm wide ribbon and form into a circle about 12cm in diameter. Use cello tape to hold circle in place.
Roll rest of ribbon around this circle.
Close off with another piece of tape.
Bring the middle of the circle together and with very sharp scissors cut a 'v' wedge almost to the middle. Repeat on other side.
TAKE CARE NOT TO CUT THROUGH
Use another piece of thin ribbon about 30cm long and tie off in the middle - firmly.
Take the inside loop, pull out and twist.
Repeat on the other side.
Continue working from the inside out, pulling and twist each loop until you achieve a nice fat loopy ball.
Once finished give it a good shake to loosen loops.
Use the fine tie cords to bind around wrapped bouquet to finish.