How To Make a Posy Bouquet

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Gather Flowers for Bouquet
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Create a classic English hand-tied bouquet with our step-by-step instructions.

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Gather Flowers for Bouquet

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Gather Flowers for Bouquet
Charles Walton IV

First, gather flowers, greenery, and a vase. We used long-stemmed flowers such as snapdragons, roses, tulips, and lisianthus. Eucalyptus and viburnum add various shades of green. A clear glass container showcases the posy’s distinctive spiraled stems.

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Remove Foliage

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Remove Foliage
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Starting about 8 to 10 inches from the top of the flowers, remove all foliage from the stems. Carefully strip off any thorns with a sharp paring knife.

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Spiral Stems

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Spiral Stems
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Hold a cluster of several flowers in your left hand, at the midpoint of the stems. Gradually add other blooms, three stems at a time. Place each addition of flowers on the right and angle the stems to the left, gradually forming a spiral. As you add the rest of the flowers, give the bouquet frequent clockwise quarter turns.

At the center of the spiral, tightly wrap the stems with florist tape, as pictured.

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Cut Stems

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Cut Stems
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Along the bottom, cut stems straight across.

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Place in Vase

How to Make a Posy Bouquet: Place in Vase
Photo: Charles Walton IV

Set the posy in a glass vase filled with water and flower preservative; cut and remove tape. Change the water every two or three days.

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