DIY bouquet by The Cut Flower Project | photo by Emily Quinton | west elm

Head into your garden this week, cut yourself some summer blooms, and pull together a beautiful bouquet of your own creation with these top tips from Saima of The Cut Flower Project!

London-based? west elm London is hosting a flower pop-up shop and flora workshop on May 24th! To RSVP click here.

Read on for Saima’s simple flower bouquet tips!

DIY Flower Bouquet - The Cut Flower Project | photo by Emily Quinton | west elm

DIY flower bouquet tips by The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

1. Condition your flowers

    “As soon as you get your flowers home, put them in water as soon as you can! Cut the stems at an angle as it helps the stem take in water better. Also remove any leaves that will fall below the water line.”

DIY flower bouquet tips by The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

2. Be happy with your arrangements 

    “Whilst pulling together your arrangement, if you don’t feel it’s working, take it to a clear area. It could be that the pretty mess around you is distracting you (the cut stems, leaves, stray petals). You can get a really good look at the shape and spot places that need filling or repositioning.”

DIY Flower Bouquet tips from The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

3. Avoid floral foam

    “If possible, avoid the temptation of using floral foam. I used to use it, but as time went on I learnt that floral foam is not eco-friendly. It contains formaldehyde and other carcinogens and is not bio-degradable. Floral foam seems really handy, but I immediately noticed how much more natural and wild my flower arrangements looked when I stopped using it!”

DIY flower bouquet tips by The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

DIY Flower bouquet tips by The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

4. Work the vase

    “You may find the stems will not stand correctly inside the vase. Instead of using floral foam, repurpose a tin can, wash it out and place it inside the vase and create your arrangement within it. It’s the perfect height and will not be visible!”

DIY Flower bouquet tips by The Cut Flower Project | photos by Emily Quinton | west elm

Based in London, The Cut Flower Project, hosts flower workshops that show you how to make easy DIY bouquets with cut flowers you can get from your own garden. Check out their blooms on Instagram, Twitter + Facebook!

Put your bouquets together + take some photographs using these top tips from Emily Quinton on how to photograph your flowers!

Photo credit: Emily Quinton

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Jay

May 24, 2014

I can’t wait to make my own arrangements when my garden blooms.
I have invested in some flower frogs to help the flowers stand so that’s a good alternative!

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