Studio Carta and Designskool DIY collaborative No. 2

Wedding bouquets are expensive. But they don’t have to be. Sometimes all you need to make is a special arrangement with simple flowers and some outstanding ribbon.

With this idea in mind, Justine Hand and I set out to make a simple posy as the second installment of our monthly DIYs. All it took was a bunch of tiny daisy-like clusters (white asters or feverfew), several yards of Studio Carta ribbon, and about ten minutes time. The cost? Under $20. The results? An inspired springtime bouquet, perfect for May Day, weddings, or any special occasion.


Step 1: Remove the lower leaves and blooms from each stem. Then gather your flowers into a bunch and trim the ends to an equal length, about 7 inches from the base of the flowers.

Step 2: Tie your first yard of peach ribbon around the stems, near, but not right up against, the base of your flowers. Don't worry if you don't have equal lengths of ribbon on each side of the bouquet. It actually looks better if they are slightly askew. Also, you want your bunch to be secure, but you also don't tie the ribbon so tight that your flowers squish together. Then tie your second, metallic peach ribbon right over the first.

Step 3: Gently thread the calligraphy ribbon under the first two. Pull one end through so that it hangs about the same length as the stems, leaving the other end long. Secure with a small pin pushed towards the center of the bouquet.

That's it! It couldn't be easier to achieve this simply elegant posy, perfect for May Day or Mother's Day. We also think they would be especially charming grouped together as bridesmaids or a flower girl bouquets. Add a dash more of Maybelle's calligraphy ribbon to a smaller cluster, and you could even make striking, matching, boutonnieres for your groomsmen.

If you missed our inaugural DIY collaborative, be sure to visit Quail Eggs and Peacocks. Up next for June: a handmade wedding album or baby book.

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