How to Wrap a Flower Bouquet

Giving someone a beautiful bouquet of flowers can really brighten their day. But have you ever struggled with getting the wrapping just right? Learning how to properly wrap flowers can take your gift to the next level. In this guide, you’ll learn some easy techniques for wrapping flower bouquets like a professional florist.

Selecting Materials

The first step is gathering the right materials for wrapping your bouquet. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Floral shears or scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Wrapping paper or cellophane
  • Ribbon
  • Florist wire (optional)
Choose a wrapping paper or cellophane in the recipient’s favorite color or a neutral tone like white. A ribbon that complements the paper is also a nice touch. Floral tape can be green or colored.

Prepping the Flowers

Before wrapping, prep the flowers by:
  • Trimming stems at an angle with floral shears. Remove any leaves that would sit below the water line.
  • Grouping the blooms according to height and fullness. Keep scale and balance in mind.
  • Optional – Use florist wire to assemble bouquet elements like cascading greenery.
The flower arranging experts at Floom recommend starting with larger, fuller blooms as the focal point before adding in smaller accent flowers.

Wrapping with Floral Tape

Floral tape is the classic way to wrap bouquet stems. Here’s how:
  1. Hold stems tightly together at an angle. Begin wrapping tape 2-3 inches below flowers.
  1. Stretch tape as you go, overlapping half the width. Wrap stems diagonally downwards towards the ends.
  1. Apply gentle pressure while wrapping to bind stems together. Cover any exposed wires from bouquet assembly.
  1. Finish off neatly just below the stems.
The sticky, stretchy texture of floral tape allows you to achieve a tight, uniform wrap. Be sure to bind the stems securely.

Using Wrapping Paper or Cellophane

For a more decorative look, use wrapping paper or cellophane. Follow these steps:
  1. Gather stems together and trim to uniform length.
  1. Cut paper or cello approximately 18 inches long. For cellophane, use a width double the bouquet diameter.
  1. Lay on work surface and place bouquet stems horizontally about 3 inches from bottom edge.
  1. Bring bottom edge up around stems then overlap edges, pressing together.
  1. Gather top around stems and secure with ribbon, tying off in a bow or embellishment.
  1. Cut ribbon tails to finish.
You can first wrap stems with floral tape then cover with paper or cello. This protects the wrap and creates fuller coverage.

Creative Wrapping Ideas

Beyond the basics, there are lots of creative ways to wrap flower bouquets:
  • Two-tone – Use two different papers for an eye-catching look.
  • Patterns – Choose printed paper like polka dots or floral designs.
  • Scraps – Upcycle gift wrap scraps, tissue paper, or fabric into bouquet wraps.
  • Kraft – For a rustic feel, use kraft paper and twine.
  • Seasonal – Try holiday prints or colors for seasonal arrangements.
Don’t be afraid to use different materials like burlap, lace, or ribbon for beautiful accents.

Finishing Touches

Finally, finish off your wrapped bouquet with some pretty embellishments:
  • Attach a gift tag with the recipient’s name or a note.
  • Add extra ribbon tails, raffia, or curly ribbon spirals.
  • Incorporate greenery sprigs for pops of color.
  • Accent with decor like flowers, twigs, or beads that match the wrapping.
Keeping proportions in mind, embellish in a way that enhances (but doesn’t overwhelm) your beautiful blooms.
With these simple techniques, you can wrap a professional-looking flower bouquet for any occasion. For more flower arranging tips, check out this guide from the floral experts at Floom. Happy wrapping!


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