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Mini Autumn Bouquets

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One of the many reasons we love Autumn is because of the beautiful colours. Leaves fall turning the ground gold, amber and pink! We’re often wondering how the end of a summer can be so beautiful and colourful. In honour of this, and to pay homage to this year’s trend of bringing the outdoors in, we got creative making mini autumnal-inspired bouquets. They’re super easy to make and a great way to bring some autumn cheer in the home. Sass & Belle’s resident Visual Merchandiser, Caitlin, is not only incredible at creating eye-catching window displays, but she knows a thing or two about floristry as well. Here she shares her tips and tricks with us and shows us, step-by-step, how to make perfect mini bouquets in autumn shades.


Flowers are undeniably beautiful and can completely change the atmosphere of a space. Over the last year, I’ve been taking floristry classes and learning how to make these natural blooms into something even more special and treasurable. Flowers are so versatile and beautifully represent the changes in seasons. Spring is all about pastel wildflowers, whereas autumn is about deep reds, rich browns and golden hues. If you're making bouquets, it’s so important to think about colour and how you’re going to balance this. One of the things I’ve learnt is how important foliage is to the aesthetics of the design. It can be tempting to think only about the colourful flowers but it’s even better to introduce those authentic shades of green. That’s what I’ve tried to do these mini bouquets! I love activities like this because they are so fun and simple. You can get really creative and it’s a great exercise for those who love flowers but maybe don’t feel confident enough yet to create something elaborate. 


You will need: 
  • Parcel paper cut to squares
  • Twine in an autumnal shade of your choice
  • Garden scissors 
  • Different bunches of flowers. We’ve chosen 5 different types to get a balance of colour and texture. 
Steps:
  1. Choose a flower which you want to be at the centre of your bouquet and a focal point of your design. 
  2. Take off any excess leaves from the bottom of the flower so you only have 1/3 left. 
  3. With your main flower in a straight line, take another from your bunch and cross it so it faces at a 45-degrees angle. 
  4. Follow and repeat on the other side so that you have three stems, one central, one to the left and the other to the right. 
  5. Repeat this process adding different flowers in the gaps at different angles. Make sure you get a balance of colour and display them so that the foliage hugs the bouquet. 
  6. You should cross the flowers so that when you put them in the vase they twirl. 
  7. Tip: you don’t want them to go much higher than the main flower so it remains focal to the design.
  8. Neaten them up once you think you’ve got a full bouquet. 
  9. Trim the bottom so all the stems are level. You will want to trim at a 45-degree angle. 
  10. Tie with string to keep the flowers together and so the bouquet doesn’t become too loose. 
  11. Taking your piece of paper, fold the bottom up so that the corner crosses the straight edge of the parallel side. Create a straight crease when your fold mirrors the picture below. 
  12. Wrap around your bouquet. 
  13. Secure with a minimal amount of discreet tape. 
  14. Tie with string for the finishing touch.
  15. Repeat this process for multiple bouquets.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Caitlin who has generously imparted all her floristry wisdom on us. If you love flowers and autumn, then we hope you enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed making it! We’d love to see the mini bouquets you have created so don’t forget to tag @sassandbelle or spread the hashtag #sassandbelle on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.