4. Start with Your Hardier Stems - Begin making your hand-tied bouquet by holding a single hardier stemmed flower in your non-dominant hand -- in this case, hydrangea. This will serve as the start of the hand-tied bouquet. Feed flowers into that hand from your free dominant hand.
5. Add Stems at an Angle - Introduce flowers from at a 45-degree angle, laying each new stem on top of the last at the same angle.
6. See A Spiral Start to Form - The hand-tied technique will make a spiral with the stems so that the bouquet has an elevated appearance, whether you wrap it in burlap or paper or leave it as-is -- it will even be able to stand on its own once it's tied.
7. Balance is Key - you don't have to have uniformity or symmetry but you do need to have balance when picking which flowers to feed into your bouquet. As you place the flowers into your non-dominant hand, remember to turn the arrangement as you work to continue to shift perspective. We want the bouquet to look great from all angles.
8. Lead with the Stems - Try not to handle flowers by the head as you work; oils on your fingers can damage the bloom. Instead, pull or push from the stem to make arrangements to your bouquet.
9. Allow for Breathing Room - For a wild organic look, let the flowers breathe -- create pockets of space with greens instead of packing flowers tight and allow for slight difference in height to give dimension.
10. Snip, Snip - Once you have added enough ingredients layer by layer, turning as you work, you're ready to cut the stems. Cut at an angle to increase surface area and allow more efficient drinking.
- A good rule of thumb is to cut small -- it's better to cut a few times than to cut an arrangement too short and not be able to get that length back.
11. Final Touches - If you're giving the arrangement to a friend, lay the bouquet on its side and wrap it in paper or burlap. If you're keeping the flowers for yourself, make sure you pop it into a vase of clean water that gives room for the bouquet to open up -- this is usually indicated by how wide the mouth of the vessel is.
12. Voila! You have made a gorgeous hand-tied bouquet. This is a skill you can bring with you everywhere, with any size arrangement. It'll help when you're on the go -- no need for a vase or supplies beyond clippers for a styled arrangement!
- Don’t forget to compost any of your scraps!