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Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

Ask Ella: How To Wrap A Bouquet (And Make It Look Good!)

Ask Ella is a recurring Garden Collage feature where we ask our in-house florist, Ella Stavonsky, about floral design– including the history of, origin, and maintenance that goes into some of the most intriguing flowers on the market today. This column is dedicated exclusively to common and rare varieties of flowers you’re likely to find at your local market. This week, we spotlight the best technique for wrapping bouquets.

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A good wrap job can make or break a bouquet. (Though those $6-a-stem peonies have nothing on the Trader Joe’s selection, for the record.) But nailing your presentation doesn’t have to be an expensive venture. If you’ve got leftover newspaper or even paper bags from said Trader Joe’s visit, you can transform them into a thoughtful, charming wrap for your arrangement, one that adds a personal touch.

Photo: Andreana Bitsis | Styling: Jessy Scarpone

To begin, you’ll want to secure a layer of rectangular paper that’s roughly one and half times the size of your bouquet across the diagonal. (If you’re using newspaper, double up a few sheets.) Decorate one side of the paper and let dry if needed. Then, flip over and begin to assemble.

Start by placing the bouquet on the top corners. Fold the bottom corner up to the bottom of the stems, then pull the right corner over towards the left and tuck it behind the left side of the bouquet, and finally pull the left corner over and wrap it around. Secure with twine or ribbon.

Confused? Check out the images below for a step-by-step guide.

Not sure what to put in your bouquet? Check out our guide to “two ingredient” bouquets that look lush without the steep price.

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