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FLOWER GIRL BASKET
EASY TO MAKE YOUR OWN
ILLUSTRATED STEP BY STEP GUIDE
There are instructions to make 2 different types of flower girl basket on this page.
Do you have a tight budget for your wedding flowers or are you creatively inclined and would like to have a go at making your own? Be it a floral flower girl basket, basket for petals or teddy bear basket, here you will find step by step instructions.
Making your own wedding baskets is a lot simpler than people realise if you follow instructions precisely. I have therefore created this step by step guide, to help you along the way. You will also see photographs of all the steps so that you can check you are on the right track.
Scroll down the page to see the instructions for the type of basket you are looking for..
What you will need
Small basket with waterproof lining
6mm wide Ribbon to match colour of your flowers
Glue gun with glue sticks
Oasis adhesive tape (green ideally)
Block of wet floral foam/oasis or even a medium size ball
Foliage (raid a friends garden if not your own
Flowers in your chosen colour (spray carnations are ideal)
Remember before you start arranging the foliage and flowers to condition them.
Ready to make your floral Flower Girl Basket?... Let's get started...
STEPS 1 & 2
Floral Oasis: Get yourself a block of floral foam. The brand name for this in the floristry world is 'Oasis' but you can buy cheaper alternatives of floral foam which are equally as good. Some florists will sell you a block if not the local diy store or garden centre will generally have them in stock. Either buy a block or a medium size ball will work equally as well.
When you are ready to start the arrangement: If you have purchased a block, decide if you need all of the block or only part of it. If you only need a bit then cut it to the right size so that it fits in the base of the flower girl basket as securely as possible. You can then keep the rest for another time.
Place the floral foam in the sink or in a washing up bowl or equally large container. Add a few drops of washing up liquid. This will help the water soak into the floral foam.
Fill the sink or container with cold water: Do not push the floral foam down to help it. Leave it where it is and it will soak up the water in its own time. Sometimes people just soak for 10 minutes or so but in general this is not long enough and once you cut the block you will see that the water has not soaked all the way through. I normally leave it a good hour or so.
STEPS 3, 4, 5 & 6
Cut a piece of your chosen ribbon, long enough to wrap around the entire length of the handle. If you are not sure how much you need, always cut more.
With a glue gun, place a small drop of glue at the base of the handle. Wrap the start of the ribbon around the glue twice so that it fixes to the handle.
Continue to wrap the ribbon evenly spaced around the handle until you reach the end. Cut the end and again place a drop of glue and wrap the ribbon twice to ensure it is well fixed.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU OBSERVE THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS WHEN USING A GLUE GUN AS THEY CAN BURN YOUR SKIN BADLY.
I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE!
Place the wet ball or block of floral foam cut to size in the base of the waterproof basket. It is important that you add a piece of floral tape from the base of the lip of the basket at one end, across to the other. This should hold the floral foam in place. If you don't do this the floral foam will probably fall out of the flower girl basket along with the flowers. You should be able to get floral tape from your florist, diy store or garden centre.
Start by adding the foliage to the basket. You should have conditioned this and the flowers by this stage. When positioning the foliage it is important to remember that you need to create the overall shape but also need to cover the tape that is showing.
Start by placing a nice pointed piece of foliage (for this example I have used leylandii as most people tend to have some in their garden) at each end of the basket. then some shorter bits but equally as pointed round the outside. When you have finished doing this it should resemble that pictured below. You will not be able to see the tape that is attached to the sides of the basket.
Add more foliage now to the centre of the arrangement. It is important not to make the arrangement look flat but the tape in the centre of the basket must be covered up. For this reason and this time only you will place some pieces of foliage horizontally just so that it covers the tape. Then add foliage over this pointing vertically. The pieces should be higher in he middle and then taper out gradually. Ensure that the foliage is pointed again so that it doesn't flop and look heavy. The overall look of the flower girl basket at this stage should be almost triangular. High in the middle where the handle is, moving down into a triangle. Imagine the base of the foliage as the base of the triangle. It will now look like that pictured below in step 8.
It is time to start adding the flowers. Again, imagine that you are creating a triangle in the basket. This is the easiest way to ensure that it does not look lop-sided. Start by creating the main shape of the triangle - ie the points of the 3 sides. Start with the centre flower. When placing this ensure that there is enough room at the top of the basket for the flower girl to place her hand without breaking the flowers. Then add the second and third flowers on either side of the flower girl basket to create the triangle outline.
Now lets fill the basket out with some more flowers. Keeping the overall triangle shape, add flowers at equal distances apart and at varying lengths to add to the shape. To start with it is better to place them equal distances apart as a guide but when you become more practiced you can experiment with shapes by placing them how you think they look best.
The basket should not be crammed full of flowers but you don't want any massive gaps either or to see the oasis. Keep adding flowers until the basket looks like the picture at the top of the page. I couldn't get any at the time, but if you had a red and white theme you could add some gypsophila (baby's breath) inbetween the carnations to fill the flowers out a bit. Alternatively use some other similar small flowers but do remember not to put too much in the flower girl basket or it will not look right. There is a fine balance between too little and too much.
TO FOLLOW SHORTLY...........
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER GIRL BASKET FOR PETALS.....
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