SIMPLE, BUT BEAUTIFUL – A GYPSOPHILA WREATH & FLOWER CROWN
Follow these simple steps to create an elegant bohemian style Baby’s Breath wreath, you can also use this technique to make a simple bridal floral crown – you’ll only need 5 – 7 stems to make a crown, available from a florist at roughly €3 per stem. Using Oasis Bindwire, which is covered with a fine brown paper, attach each bunch equally around a headband or a ring made from the wire itself for a soft airy feel.
It can be hung on a door or a wall to celebrate a summer party or occasion, or you can use it flat with a couple of large candles in the middle as a centre piece.
12-inch oasis ring
White florist spray
25-30 stems of Gypsophila –
Million Star or Xylence
Pre soak the ring, and then when touch dry, spray with Florist approved white flower paint. Once this is then again touch dry, you add your flowers.
Pre cut the entire bunch before starting to work; you just need the top laterals, plus a centimetre or so.
Arrange all the cut florets into bunch of three or four stems. Each stem of Gypsophila should yield 5-6 small bunches. Wrap a small piece of wire around, or use loosely for a more airy feel.
Pre cut the entire bunch before starting to work; you just need the top laterals,
plus a centimeter or so. Arrange all the cut florets into smaller bunches of
three or four stems. Each stem of Gypsophila should yield 5-6 bunches,
so you’ll end up with 150 little bunches of florets.
Start to work these little bunches into the ring clockwise, not forgetting the inside
and the outside, you want it to have an even rounded profile.
Continue adding bunches until the ring is covered.
These simple arrangements really are an indulgence, as commercially grown gypsophila can quite expensive – and you need a heck of a lot stems! The most important thing is painting the ring white – it really cuts down the amount of flowers needed.
And they won’t last forever. I avoid refreshing the oasis, and misting with water as the flowers will brown off. If you let it dry gently, it will develop a ghostly greyish hue – moonskin I call it, and because you painted the ring, the green foam and plastic ring won’t suddenly appear obvious as the flowers shrink.