How To Create Your Armature Bouquet

  1. Choose your natural material


    • English Birch Branch (pictured)

    • Curly Willow

    • Natural grasses


  2. Holding the larger base stems of your chosen material start to bend and shape the stems around itself securing with floral wire or tape to the base stems in your hand.

    • You should be left with an architectural wispy layering of intersecting lines.

    • Secure anything that might wiggle out of place firmly with tape as this is the foundation of your bouquet.

  3. Clip any excess material that will interfere while designing and handling your bouquet.

  4. Weave in your larger blooms , placing them while being mindful of height and overall desired shape, secure each floral placement with floral tape.

  5. Create layers or “dimension” by placing your second largest flowers in clusters using a technique called “Grouping” seen here with the Caffe Latte roses.

    Weave your blooms between and through the Armature using it as a little nest for florals that need that extra support.

  6. Next add in your textures foliages to frame and fill your created design.

  7. Following the lines created by your foliages , delicately tuck in your floaty stems and reinforce the lines your foliages suggest playing with void spaces in between these elements.

  8. Complete with any finishing touches and enjoy your natural Armature Bouquet!




Hunting for ways to create your bridal bouquets or even hand tied bouquets more free and flowing? Armature Bouquets have been used as a technique for creating hand tied bouquets naturally for a very long time. Dating back to Egyptian’s as the first florist’s, I still don’t find Armature use in their work of that time (2500BCE) or Italian Renaissance 1400-1600 does not have much available information of Armature use, although starting in the 1800’s you will see more mention of this natural way of creating bouquets. Then gaining more popularity with Art Nouveau 1890-1915 and American Geometric Designs 1901-1950

Don’t be bored by this!

A good knowledge of the Traditional styles will provide a base for your flower arranging skill and enable you to move forward in floral design developing your own creativity. Having a good sense of the history has always offered me a restful sense of not feeling alone in floral design and has offered unique ways of applying our history of floristry into my designs today.



Before Getting started , clean your work area, prep your blooms and tape , have your vessel filled with fresh water ready.
Master this useful skill and apply it large scale for foam free installation using blooms that don’t require water!


Don’t give up when you are 70% done and you hate it , just take it apart calmly , take a walk and come back to it.

Don’t be shy with the tape!!! These bouquets are priced for weddings at a much higher rate not because of the amount of flowers, rather the quality of products, delicacy and absolute perfection expected.