DIY instructions for a Gerbera daisy wedding bouquet

Be a blushing bride with a bouquet bursting with colour. Discover how to make a bouquet full of Gerbera daisies with these simple instructions.
Gerbera daisies are a beautiful, large variation of the daisy flower that represents innocence, purity, and cheerfulness. No wonder they are such a popular flower to have as a wedding day bouquet.

Below are a few tips on how to make your own colourful gerbera daisy wedding bouquet.
1. Preparation
Choose the colour scheme for the flowers that works for your wedding theme and dress. Gerbera daisies come in such a wide variety of colours that you shouldn't have trouble finding what you need.

Once your flowers have been selected, remove any additional greens or foliage and ensure the stems have been soaked in water and plant food for several hours before making your bouquet. Choose flowers with strong stems and clear blooms.
2. Building the bouquet
Separate your flowers by colours, and identify which flowers have straight stems and which have stems with a natural curve. To begin building your bouquet, take three flowers (vary the colours if preferred) with straight stems and create your centre base. Ensure the blooms are facing out. Hold loosely in one hand.

Now begin adding additional flowers with bent stems around your centre base. You’ll notice that Gerbera daisies have stems that are not totally straight, but this is good for your bouquet. You’ll need to work gently with the stems to create the bouquet shape that you want.

Keep adding flowers, rotating your bouquet as you go. Check often that the blooms are facing out. If they begin to overlap a bit, adjust the height of the flowers you are adding. The flowers with the biggest bends in the stem should be added last, as they will help the bouquet take a nice, round shape.

Adding foliage to your gerbera daisy bouquet is a good idea, as it will help hold the stems straight. Put your foliage right under the blooms to help support them.
3. Handle
Now that you have built your bouquet, secure the stems together with an elastic band or floral tape. Trim the bottom of the stems to an equal length. You can create a handle for your bouquet by covering the elastic or tape with a piece of satin ribbon. Secure with pearl-headed pins (try choosing pins that match the buttons on your dress).

Once the handle is created, you are free to decorate it as much or as little as you like. A vintage brooch or a string of pearls adds a nice touch. Play with textures by mixing lace and twine.
4. Preservation
Help your bouquet have staying power by making your bouquet the day before the wedding and ensure the stems have water and plant food. Store it in a cool place.To ensure the handle doesn't get ruined by water or condensation, build that the morning of the wedding.

DIY instructions for a Gerbera daisy wedding bouquet
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