easy hand-tied collar

Plastic ties and a wire wreath form combine to make an innovative and secure base for a hand-tied bouquet.

     Creating collars for hand-tied bouquets has always posed a design challenge because keeping the embellishments in place around the blossoms can be a bit tricky. But with the inventive use of a few design tools, pretty bouquet accents are now a cinch!

     The keys to simplifying the collar creation are plastic floral ties and a standard wire wreath form covered with leaves—in this case, a seemingly haphazard mix of preserved and fresh. The ties, which are attached to the wire form, will hold the wreath collar in place because they’ll be incorporated among the hand-tied stems.





MATERIALS: Anemones and amaryllises from Transflora; ‘Green Fashion’ and ‘Corazon’ Rio Roses from Equiflor Corporation; preserved lamb’s-ears (Stachys) and preserved rose foliages from Verdissimo USA; fresh Galax leaves, dried Eryngium and wire wreath form from favorite suppliers; Wrapsit Floral Ties from Syndicate Sales; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool.


 
HOW TO 1:
Secure four floral ties, positioned equal distances from one another, around the innermost wire ring of the wreath form.
HOW TO 2:
Spray the backsides of several Galax leaves with adhesive, and affix the leaves to the wreath form.
HOW TO 3:
Adhere additional layers of leaves, some inverted so their backsides face out, in an overlapping manner atop the original layer of Galax leaves. Arrange the hand-tied bouquet, and drop it into the center of the wreath form, incorporating the long floral ties among the stems.

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