Thinking of making your own bridal bouquet? This simple basket is cool and contemporary and allows the flowers to shine. Green stalks of Equisetum (also known as horsetail) cover a papier-mache box and transform it into a nature-made wedding satchel ideal for a bride, the bridesmaids, or the flower girl.
Though shown here with elegant Cymbidium orchids, the box really could be used for almost any kind of flowers -- even hand-gathered wildflowers. Floral baskets make the sometimes-awkward hand-held bouquet a comfortable, everyday item.
What You'll Need:
Step 1: Assemble the Basket
- Cut Equisetum in pieces long enough to cover the papier-mache box.
- Wrap backward-facing duct tape around the box, so the adhesive side faces out.
- Affix Equisetum to duct tape.
Step 2: Make the Handle
- Wrap wired vines around the box for extra binding.
- With dabs of hot glue, affix a permanent vine handle to the inside of the papier-mache box.
- Glue a piece of plastic foam into the bottom of the box.
Step 3: Create the Bouquet
- Insert Cymbidium orchids into Aquapics that have been filled with water.
- Apply floral adhesive to the end of each Aquapic, and press the Aquapics into the plastic foam.
Excerpted from Florists' Review: 101 Wedding Bouquets. To order a copy of the book, call (800) 367-4708.