Heavenly scented roses and lavender are combined into a beautiful DIY rose lavender bouquet. As a reader of this blog you already know how much I love roses – perhaps a British thing? Wo knows. Proof are this peony rose arrangement, my purple autumn centrepiece, this V-Day bouquet or these Valentine’s flowers. So, it’s really zero surprise roses are back once more, this time for a quick little DIY bouquet. And since it’s (still) summer, I thought it would be nice to pair the roses with bushels of lavender. The fragrance of lavender is warm and summery, and the tiny florets just look so darling. The rose heads are large and round compared to the long and thin lavender stalks. So, combining the two can be a bit challenging, but the trick is to gather three to four lavender stalks and then work these small bundles into the bouquet. This homemade flower arrangement is a great little present for birthdays, to say thank you, wish a sweet one well, or a pretty hostess gift. Cyna put together a cute printable “Happy Birthday” card that is perfectly coordinated with the flowers of this bouquet. So be sure to download the printable instructions and greeting at the end of the post!
Dry the bouquet as a keepsake
The rose lavender bouquet dries beautifully, and the lavender keeps on smelling for many years to come. I still have the lavender wreaths I made years ago, and florets are still very fragrant. To preserve the bouquet, remove it from the vase before the roses start to wilt, approximately after 3 to 4 days. Secure the bouquet with a rubber band and hang the flowers upside down in a dry place away from sunlight for a couple of weeks.
More Flower Arranging Projects
If you share our love for flowers and blooms, check out these flower arranging ideas:
- Romantic Hydrangea Peony Wreath
- Colourful Summer Flower Gift Bag
- Darling Dahlia Bouquets
- Cute Apple Vases
- Romantic Hand-Tied Bouquet
- Spring Flower Arrangement in Soft Pastels
- Pretty Floral Decorating Ideas for Easter
- Gift Posy and Printable Cards
- Lavender Wreath
- Yellow Arrangement with Fresh Lemons
- Key to My Heart Valentines Bouquet
- Fresh Spring Bouquet with Anemones, Tulips & Eucalyptus
- Peony Rose Arrangement
Rose Lavender Bouquet
I used English lavender for the bouquet, but you can also opt for French (butterfly) lavender. A combination of white or cream coloured roses and white or light blue lavender would look lovely as well.
- 9 light pink roses (e.g. Soft Pink O’Hara Garden Rose, Delicate Pink Garden Rose, Sophie Light Pink Rose)
- 9 pink and cream bi-coloured roses (e.g. Esperance Creamy Pink Rose, Geraldine Light Pink Rose, Tutu Pink Rose)
- 30 – 40 lavender stalks
- green raffia
- florist knife
1) Prep the flowers
Before starting, allow the flowers to rest in fresh water with added flower food for at least 30 minutes. Then remove all foliage from the rose stems and lavender stalks.
Tip: If using lavender from your garden, keep the stems as longs as possible and cut only shortly before creating the arrangement.
2) Make the lavender bushels
Gather 3 to 4 lavender stalks into a small bundle and set aside.
3) Build the bouquet
Select the largest rose head – we’ll use this flower as the focal point. Put 4 to 5 lavender bundles around the rose. Then continue with 6 roses (3 pink garden roses + 3 pink and green roses), adding each flower at an angle around the central rose. Place 2 to 3 lavender bushes between the second-row roses. Create a last row with the remaining roses and put the rest of the lavender bushels in between the roses. Aim to arrange the flowers in a round, domed shape and rotate the bouquet while placing the flowers, so it looks good from every angle. At this point, you can easily rearrange flowers. I also recommend pulling flowers back into the arrangement if they are sticking out too long.
4) Secure the rose lavender bouquet
Shorten the stems to the same length. Using green raffia or ribbon, tie the bouquet tightly together in the middle. Place in water immediately.
Care Tips for Long Vase Life
Add flower food to the water and change the water every two days. Display the arrangement in a cooler place out of direct sunlight.
Print the birthday card
Print the greeting card on DIN A4 (210 mm x 297 mm) or letter size (8.5 in x 11 in) cardstock or photo paper. Cut out the tags along the outline and fold along the grey line in the middle. For best printing result, make sure you open the printable with Adobe Reader. We recommend to print the greeting card on heavier paper, such as photo paper or card stock. Set the printer’s setting to print at the highest quality and select the option to print at 100% to keep the true size. The printable is designed to fit both on DIN A4 and letter size paper.
Free Printable Birthday Card
Click on the button to download your free printable rose & lavender birthday card!
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