Wedding season is in full swing! Yes, we’re still riding that royal wedding wave and we’re not ashamed (clearly!). The flowers had to be my favorite part of the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan. Those flower arches were absolutely dreamy outside of St. George’s Chapel. We loved the lush and overflowing greenery and the all-white color palette. Meghan’s bouquet, in contrast, was much more restrained. She held a very petite and lovely bouquet of flowers in an all-white color scheme. Though I tend to agree with the ‘more is more’ mantra, the simplicity of this bouquet is so stunning! We researched each flower in her bouquet in order to create a very similar paper replica. Did you know it’s tradition for royals to include a sprig of Myrtle in their bouquets? It represents love and started with the wedding of the eldest daughter of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.
Learn how to make each flower for your own royal wedding-inspired bouquet!
Royal-Wedding Inspired Bouquet
- White, cream, and green crepe paper
- White Cardstock
- Floral Wire
- 18-inch cloth-covered floral wire stems
- Wire Cutters
- Acrylic paint in cream, ivory, antique
- Cut a tapered piece of white crepe paper, 5 inches long, and 2 inches wide on one end and 4 inches wide on the other. Fold the piece of paper in half, lengthwise. Fringe the folded side of the crepe paper, leaving 1/4-inch along the other end.
- Glue the short edge of the fringed piece to the top of a wire and wrap around down the wire. Secure with glue.
- Grap the base of the wire with a 1/2-inch wide outstretched piece of green crepe paper. Splatter with acrylic paint if desired.
Sprig of Myrtle:
- Cut out the flower shape with the templates. Curl the petals up with scissors, like you would with ribbon.
- Cut a 1/2-inch wide strip of white crepe paper and paint the bottom edge yellow. Once dry, fringe the long edge, leaving the yellow edge untouched. Cut the fringed piece into 2 to 3 inch long sections, roll up into a coil and glue to the center of a paper flower. The brush the fringe outwards to become full.
- To make a bud, roll a small scrap of crepe paper into a small ball. Glue onto the tip of a piece of wire. Cover the ball with a 1″ by 2″ piece of white crepe paper and twist to secure with a dap of glue.
- Cut a few leaves out, with the grain of the crepe paper running out and up.
- Once you make a few leaves, buds, and flower, cluster them together and wrap with floral tape to secure together.
Jasmine and Forget Me Knots
- Cut out the flowers shapes from the templates.
- Paint a small yellow dot in the center of the Jasmine. In the Forget Me Knots, Paint a larger yellow dot, and then a small green dot in the center of that.
- Curl and bend the petals of both flowers to give them some movement.
- Glue 5-inch pieces of floral wire to the center back of each flower. Then cluster 8-10 flowers of each kind together and wrap with floral tape.
- Cut out petals in white crepe paper using the templates. Each flower will use 1-4 petals depending upon the fullness desired.
- Glue one petal to the tip of a wire, wrapping the petal around the wire. This creates a “bud.” Leave as is for some.
- For others, add 2-3 more petals, curling outward.
- Cluster 2-3 flowers and 1 bud together. Add a curly-q wire to the cluster and tape together with floral tape.
Lily of the Valley
- Cut 1.5″ by 2″ pieces of crepe paper. Cut a scalloped edge along the top with 5 scallops.
- Glue the two edges of the crepe paper together to create a cylindrical shape. Place a dab of glue at the base of the cylinder (the side that’s not scalloped), place the tip of the wire onto the glue, and pinch the base of the cylinder together around the wire. Using your fingers, curl the petals outward and create a cup shape at the base of the petal. Wrap each wire with floral tape.
- Repeat to make 5 flowers total and then cluster them together, varying the lengths, and wrap with floral tape to join all 5 flowers together.
Create the Bouquet:
Cluster all the different types of flowers together, adding a few more boughs of leaves and wrap the stems together with floral tape. Then wrap the bouquet with a white satin ribbon.