Learn to create a summer-inspired flower gift bag! The arrangement is very playful as we mixed flowers of different colours, shapes and sizes. You can incorporate fresh-cut flowers from the garden like roses, hydrangea or Sweet William. You can of course vary the florals and use whatever you have available. This floral gift bag makes a perfect hostess gift or birthday present. We used our Summer in Sussex printable gift bag, which you can download for free, but any other sturdy gift bag works fine as well.

Not sure how to go about it? Watch the video tutorial and see how we make this beautiful flower gift bag!

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More from our Summer in Sussex pattern

Our Summer in Sussex pattern is inspired by the rural, sun-kissed county Sussex in the English south east. The design draws inspiration from the lush hillside and the lovely Sussex gardens. If you like this pattern then you’ll enjoy our DIY gift bag tutorial (free printable included) and this motivational quote by Rabindranath Tagore.

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Summer Flower Gift Bag Tutorial

Creating a flower gift bag is a sweet idea for any flower lover! We used store-bought florals as well as summer flowers from our garden.

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Prep Time: 30 min

Materials

We combined different flowers to create a colourful effect. We incorporated the following:

  • 2 white roses
  • 3 purple and green hydrangeas
  • 10 white, dark red and pink Sweet William
  • 2 to 3 peony buds
  • 3 lady’s mantle
  • 2 purple chrysanthemums
  • 2 asparagus
  • 1 printable gift bag
  • 1 floral foam
  • 2 sheets of burgundy tissue paper
  • 1 sheet of cellophane

Tools

  • florists knife
  • garden shears
  • crafting scissors

Instructions

Before you start

Allow the flowers to rest in fresh water, which has flower food added, for at least two hours.

 

1) Soak the floral foam

Soak the floral foam in lukewarm water for 1 hour. Then take the foam out of the water and let drain for 30 minutes. The foam should be wet, but not dripping. Cut the foam so it fits into the bag.

 

2) Wrap the floral foam

Lay a sheet of cellophane on two sheets of tissue paper and put the foam in the middle. Wrap the sheets around the foam and carefully place it inside the bag.

Tip: Size of cellophane & tissue paper. We use cellophane so no water can seep through the bag.

 

3) Add asparagus

Using garden shears cut the asparagus into smaller segments and insert them into the foam. Put the tallest asparagus branch in the middle and add the other segments evenly around.

 

4) Prep the flowers

Remove the leaves from the flower stems and, using a florist knife, cut the stems at a flat angle to a length of approximately 35 cm (14 in).

 

5) Arrange the flowers

Place the roses in opposite corners. Add the hydrangea, and then fill in the other flowers and lady’s mantle. Constantly turn the arrangement to find bare spots. Since this arrangement is less formal, you can play with different heights and group flowers to create visual accents.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials: roses, peony, Sweet William

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How to water and care for the flower gift bag

To water the arrangement, take the foam with the flowers out of the bag and let it sit in a bowl filled with fresh water for 30 minutes. Repeat this process every two days. To keep the flowers fresh even longer, don’t display the bouquet in direct sunlight.

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More flower arranging projects

Do feel like you could arrange flowers all day? Then you’re in luck! Check out this flower arranging projects for more floral inspiration:

Vintage Rose Centrepiece (COMING SOON)

Summer wreath with Peonies and Hydrangeas

Darling Dahlia Bouquet (COMING SOON)

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