I did a wedding this weekend for two good friends-- really great couple and I was honored to be part of their day. I had a small group of ranunculus that weren't open yet so I didn't include them in her bouquet. They are looking pretty spiffy now so I thought I would do a tutorial on how to make a Martha-esq type mass of flowers.
I think the ball o' flower style looks best with either a single type of flower (aka a dozen red roses) or a monochromatic grouping that varies texture.
I start by laying them all out and picking out any leaves that aren't near the head of the flower. I then put three flowers together and use the fourth to cross diagonally across the other three. Then I rotate the entire bouquet in my left hand a quarter turn. I take a fifth flower and lay it diagonally and rotate again a quarter turn to the left. See picture below.
|Note how the top flower's stems are running diagonally under my thumb|
|View from the side|
Cut the stems so that they are the same length. Stems in the vase will swirl because they are all placed diagonally. That's what makes it all Martha like.
|View from the top|