A miniature diy flower bouquet, or tussie-mussie, sends a message with flowers.
- Herbs and flowers of your choice to express the sentiments you wish to include, with lower leaves stripped and stems cut to 6-inch lengths
- Larger leaves to “frame” the tussie-mussie
- Florist tape
- One finger cut from an old pair of white cotton gloves
- Utility Shears
- 3-in. wide lace
- Large craft needle
- Elastic thread
- 1 yd. narrow Satin Ribbon, color coordinated to match color scheme
- Plan your message, and then choose and assemble the flowers and herbs that you want to use.
- Choose a large central flower (such as a rose), then group small-leaf herbs or tiny flowers around it, holding them in place with a wrap of the florist tape. Repeat, adding the other herbs and flowers, evenly spacing 5 herbs or 5 flowers around the center cluster in concentric rings until all the material (sentiments) are included.
- Choose broad, flat leaves (such as English ivy) to frame the tussie-mussie, and again, wrap with the florist tape to secure them in place.
- Cut bundled stems to about 4 in. (the width of your palm) to make a comfortable handle, and slip the finger of a glove over the stems and tape to protect the recipient’s hand from the sticky florist tape and to keep moisture around the stems.
- Add a “collar” of real lace. Create this by sewing a running stitch using a large-eyed needle and elastic thread along the inner edge of a 2-ft. piece of lace edging 3 in. wide. Securely tie the ends of the elastic thread to form a circle, making a “collar” of lace to slip over the stems of the tussie‑mussie.
- Tie everything in place with the satin ribbons. “Love knots” can be tied in the ends of the streamers. To keep the tussie-mussie fresh, wet the stems, or place in a champagne flute or demitasse cup filled with water.
- Write out a gift card listing the plants in the bouquet and their meanings.
Learn a bit about the history of the language of flowers.
Miniature DIY Flower Bouquet instructions by Geraldine Adamich Laufer.
Photography by David Kesler AIFD, PFCI