It's traditional, at least around here, to make a bouquet out of bows from the bridal shower for the bride to carry at the rehearsal. As the Maid of Honor, I got tasked to make one for my friend Jessica. It's a pretty goofy, not-supposed-to-be-glamourous tradition, but I still wanted to try to make something cute.
I started with the fairly standard disposable plate as a base and cut the lip off. I made a handle out of floral wire that I poked through the plate. A similar outcome could be achieved with a toilet paper roll. I even have a handle from a used up lint roller that could work really well. Or just make life totally easier for yourself and buy a ready made bouquet holder.
|My bouquet base and handle.|
I think in theory, it's traditional to use all of the bows from the shower, but seriously, it's ok to just use the pretty ones. I did have some pretty good bows to start out and they were mostly in her wedding colors. I started with some of the wrapping paper and pleated it around the plate to make a pretty base, that way the plate wouldn't show where the bows didn't cover. You could also just cover the plate in the wrapping paper.
Next start arranging the bows. I tried to use some of the same tricks that I use for assembling a regular bouquet. Big flower (bow) towards the center. Some pretty hang-y stuff on the bottom. If you've got a craft stash, feel free to supplement. I used this aqua pom pom trim from mine.
And then you're pretty much done! Make sure everything is tightly secured with glue or tape. I wouldn't recommend relying on the sticky part of the bow.
|Ack. Forgive the days before the good camera.|
Here are some other great examples from around the web....
|Via NewlyWoodwards. Her writing is pretty hilarious and helpful too.|
|via Cambridge Wedding & Event Design|