Old-Fashioned Valentine Bouquet

This rather small bouquet composed of wired and taped Carnation segments, small Roses or combinations of other dainty florets is frequently called a colonial bouquet or Victorian design. Two methods work well for preparing and assembling this unique Valentine arrangement. Tufts of lace, maline, tricotine or other unusual foliages that harmonize with the arrangement may be substituted for lace paper doily to create the edge.

Assembly Instructions

  1. First arrange the wired and taped florets in a concentric fashion around a central unit of Sweetheart Roses. The top should be fairly flat, except for the central focal point, which may be slightly raised. Next wire a sufficient number of cut lace paper frills and tape them with Floratape ® stem wrap before arranging the wired lace petal units at the outer edge for support and to create an outer trim. Place Rose leaves that have previously been wired and taped between the last row of the Sweetheart Roses and the lace paper doilies. To complete the bouquet, tie a brilliant satin ribbon around the vase or wire the ribbon and attach it inside or outside the paper lace doily. Finish the handle and adhere to a bow-shaped vase with adhesives or some sticky tape or insert it into a styrofoam base within the vase.
  2. To frame a nosegay type arrangement in a bowl with a paper lace doily, remove the center section of the doily and secure the outer edge or the remaining lace circle to and around an Oasis Pack which protrudes slightly above the edge of the bowl. Fasten the lace doily circle to the Oasis Pack with U-shaped staples of No. 20 wire. For a heart-shaped bouquet arrangement, insert stems of the individually wired flowers into the Oasis Pack to form a heart shape.

Do not use concentric lines of flowers to create a heart design because near the center, the shape becomes a V. Lines of flowers may be used to make the outer heart-shaped row, however, if a small heart is placed in the center of the arrangement and small contrasting flowers are used to fill in the remaining area.

FDP-27 | Written by William Kistler, American Floral Art School, Chicago