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Handheld Bouquet


  1. Step 1

    Strip all stems of excess foliage, leaving one or two leaves at the top, and lay them on a table.

  2. Step 2

    Gather a base of five or so sturdy stems, such as roses, in your hand, angling them so they form a spiral. Make sure any leaves face outward.

  3. Step 3

    Layer in more-delicate stems, always at an angle, threading them through the foliage. If you use rosebuds, leave room for them to open.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the bouquet frequently in your hand to make sure it's balanced. Push or pull on stems from the bottom to achieve the proper height for each.

  5. Step 5

    Bind with a rubber band, looping it around the stems tightly enough to hold the bouquet. Choose a vessel, and cut stems to fit.

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2009