Brides often wish for the natural look of hand-tied wedding bouquets with the flower freshness of a water-filled bouquet holder. With a little design magic, we can have both. Using a little imagination, OASIS® Wedding Belle® Bouquet Holder handles can be covered with a decorative treatment of stems. This inventive technique hides the mechanics of the bouquet to create the illusion of a hand-tied. In this photo, excess stems cut from the flowers of the bouquet are glued securely onto the handle treatment to create the look of a natural handle.
Start with the basicsDecorate the handle of a foam-based holder while the foam is dry. Next, place the face of the foam into a shallow bowl of water only deep enough to soak just the foam. Then, remove the holder and place it with the foam side down on a paper towel to drain before inserting flowers. This will prevent water damage to the decorative holder.
Add 'Tricks of the Trade'
- Even up the narrow, tapered handle to a more uniform size by adding padding to create a straight and widened form. Pad the holder with sheets of plastic, batting or layers of OASIS® Double-Faced Tape.
- Cover the padded treatment with OASIS® Floral Adhesive, OASIS Double-Faced Tape or UGLU™ Adhesive Strips to adhere materials to it.
- Create a faux handle of stems. Remove all foliages from stems. Cut stems all the same length. Place stems side by side, pressing each into the adhesive.
- Add a decorative band encircling the stems that binds the materials more securely. Attach with an adhesive. For decorative choices think Decorative Wire, Raw Muslin ribbon, fabric or fresh foliages, etc.