I have been making bouquets with real flowers ever since my little cousins began having dance recitals and communions. The years have gone by, and they are now beginning to have confirmations. I’m still making bouquets. They love ’em, and I love making ’em. But I spend so much time in Italy nowadays that I often miss the actual celebration. Still, I don’t want any of them to be sans bouquet on an important day. So, just before I left for Italy, I made a bouquet using artificial flowers for my cousin Alessandra’s confirmation, which is set to take place in June.
I purchased two pre-made bouquets in the colors of my cousin’s confirmation party – pink, cream, and lavender – at the local Michael’s. Then, I pulled those bouquets apart and arranged the individual flowers as I saw fit. The ends of the plastic stems were different lengths, so I used wire cutters to cut them to equal lengths. Then, I wrapped a rubber band around the bottom to keep the stems in place and pushed the bouquet through a bouquet cuff that I long ago purchased at a nearby wholesale floral store – G&G Distributors in Saddle Brook. The cuff provides the tulle ruffle around the flowers, which you see in the photo above. Finally, I wrapped more tulle around the stems to cover them and the unfinished bottom of the cuff and wrapped pink ribbon around the tulle. I just let a little bit of tulle stick out of the bottom. And I kept the tulle and ribbon around the stems with a dot of hot glue. For a finishing touch, I wrapped a butterfly that was attached to a bendable piece of wire to one of the flowers near the center.
When we said our good-byes, I handed the bouquet to my cousin, who seemed please. She showed it off to our other cousins. What’s nice is that even though we won’t be at her celebration, she’ll be able to hang onto this bouquet forever, unlike the others.