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.

Secure four floral ties, positioned equal distances from one another, around the innermost wire ring of the wreath form.
Spray the backsides of several Galax leaves with adhesive, and affix the leaves to the wreath form.
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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