Endless Summer Bouquet DIY

August 29, 2014

Header1Ever buy a beautiful bunch of flowers at the Farmer’s Market and they just kind of look ‘blah’ once throw them in a vase at home? We wanted to commemorate the unofficial end of summer with a beautiful DIY bouquet you can make and enjoy over the long, holiday weekend. Honey Agency teamed up with the beautiful and talented flower artisan, Erin Rochelle DeYoung of Scarlett and Grace, for a step-by-step guide, on creating a gorgeous, affordable, farmers market fresh bouquet.

Honey Agency has been crushing on Erin for a while now, and we are constantly oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over her latest floral design on Instagram. She’s seriously one-of-a-kind,  so, you can imagine how thrilled we were, when she happily agreed to collaborate with us.

Erin and I met up at the bustling Sunday Farmers Market in Sacramento, where we were  immediately drawn to all the booths overflowing with, fresh flowers. The Sunday Market is one of the best in Sacramento, with over 5 flower vendors to choose from, and an assortment of unique blooms you won’t be able to find many other places. If you don’t have access to a local farmers market, have no fear, Trader Joes always has an array of fresh blooms as well.

Here’s Erin’s how-to guide for a beautiful bouquet:


 Step 1:

  • When choosing flowers, try to look at their shape & size, choose a variety in each, so a large round focal like the dahlia, a medium small-round like the cosmos, and more linear/spikey flower like the celosia. Adding 2 varieties of the dahlia in harmonious shades but different shapes helps add interest in a subtle way.
  • We spent a total of $14 for a bundle of each.


Step 2:

  • When choosing a vessel, think lower with a wide enough mouth to insert your flowers at an angle. Lots of people have tall clear vases, but I like to use lower opaque ones so that the flowers are the real standout, not the vase or the stems.
  • To start the design, try cutting some of your greenery at home, look in the backyard at your trees and bushes. Chances are you have a great base for your design there!


Step 3:

  • Take your greens and make sure you remove all the leaves from the bottom of the stems, no leaves should be in the water. Insert the greens in the vase at an angle so they extend outwards. Criss-cross a few stems so they stay put. I like the look of an asymmetrical design, so feel free to extend one branch out further than the rest.


Step 4:

  • Start filling in with your larger blooms at the base of the vessel. Think of how flowers grow in nature, but buds are usually taller, so the visually heavier/larger blooms can sit lower, with your lighter/smaller blooms extending out.


Step 5:

  • If you have two of the same type of flower, but different colors and sizes, like we do here, you can layer them on each other. this helps create depth. The ball dahlia can be clustered with the larger dinner plate dahlia and help fill in the space of the vessel. Make sure to insert your stems at an angle, this helps extend the size of the arrangement and also helps create a grid in the vase for more stability.


Step 6:

  • Now you can add in your smaller blooms at a taller level so they are little more wistful and airy. I tend to cluster my flowers, so they have larger impact, especially the smaller blooms.


Step 7:

  • Finish off by covering your “butts”…any lip of the vase that’s left unfilled or checking to make sure your dahlia are turned in a way that shows off the full bloom, not the “butt” where the stem meets the flower. Dahlia sometimes tend to look one sided, but if you insert into the vase at an angle with the bloom pointed upward, you can add some celosia or greens to the underside to give it a lift and cover it’s “butt”.


Step 8: ENJOY! 

Now all you need is a dinner party to go with that bouquet. Go ahead, get your bloom on!


Loressa and Erin

If you’re a bride-to-be or planning an event, you have to meet Erin–her work is really unforgettable. http://scarlettandgrace.com