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Using the  Gala® Bouquet Holder

Materials:

  • Gala® Bouquet Holder with Desert Foam® center
  • Sheer polyester ribbon:
  • 1 yd Ivory #3 width
  • 2 yds Soft Pink #5 width
  • 1 yd Deep Pink #40 width
  • 3 self-adhesive rhinestones
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Block of Styrofoam™ brand foam
  • Wooden plant stake
  • Wire cutter

Silk flowers used for this bouquet:

  • 3 pink gerbera daisies
  • 3 pink hydrangea
  • 4 pink roses
  • 4 cream roses
  • 5 nerine lilies
  • 3 pink hyacinth
Directions:
  1. Arrange your flowers by hot gluing the stems into the center of the holder.
  2. Adhere rhinestones to the center of gerbera daisies.
  3. Add ribbon using a wooden plant stake. Cut ribbon to desired length and using wood stake push the ribbon into the foam center of the bouquet holder between the flowers. Create loops over the flowers or streamers to cascade below the flowers, securing the ribbon at alternating locations with the wood pick.

Expert Tips:

  • Use a block of Styrofoam™ foam to hold the bouquet holder upright during arranging.
  • Choose a selection of flowers in your color theme. Choosing several flower types and colors will allow you to create a beautiful bouquet.
  • When placing your flowers in the bouquet holder, grouping flowers and similar colors together will increase the beauty of your bouquet. Fill the entire holder using your flowers. Foliage can be used to fill in between flowers if needed.
  • When at the reception, your bouquet can be a table decoration, using a decorative vase.

10 Comments

  1. cindy chathaam
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    HOw long should I soak the gala ball in water prior to filling with flowers? Will water leak out when the flowers are all in it? Exactly where do you put the hot glue on the tip of the stem or around the stem? Should I attach sticks with wires on each flower? I am using absolute pink large gerera daisies, stargazer lilies, and yellow and pink spray roses. How many of each should I use? Thank you Cindy Chatham

  2. Pamm Huether
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Hello, Cindy,
    Welcome to Design It: Flowers! I hope the following assists you preparing your Gala Bouquet.

    First, as you are asking about soaking the Gala®, I assume you have/or will have one filled with Artesia® wet foam. We do have Gala’s filled with Desert Foam®, for silks and naturals, which you do not want to soak.

    For soaking the Gala with wet foam, place the Gala in a large container filled with water, and let float. We call it “Float Soak”; let the foam absorb the water at its own pace, usually 2-4 minutes. The foam will darken on the outer surface as it absorbs the water, and it will sink. Do NOT be tempted to hurry things along and push the Gala under water, this will only wet the outer surface, and not allow water to absorb internally, thus depriving your flowers of much need moisture.

    When soaked, carefully lift the soaked holder out of the water and hold over sink or container for a few seconds until dripping stops. Your Gala Bouquet Holder is ready for arranging your flowers. The Artesia wet foam keeps your flowers hydrated without dripping.

    For great tips about placement of flowers in the Gala Bouquet Holder, I highly recommend watching the web video by J Schwanke, flower designer and Gala Bouquet Holder designer with FloraCraft;
    http://www.ubloom.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=356&Itemid=152

    Hope this information answers your questions. We love to see photos of how everyone uses our product, so, please share. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

    Best wishes

  3. Laura
    Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Can fresh Mini Calla stems be inserted easily into the Gala crystal holder or do they need support/wiring/etc? Thanks :-)

  4. Pamm Huether
    Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Laura,
    Welcome to Design It: Flowers!

    Mini Calla lilies can be inserted easily into the Artesia® wet foam filled Gala, but as with all flowers with this stem type, will need some extra support by using floral wire. Be sure to “float soak” your Gala Bouquet Holder before beginning your design.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.

  5. Megan R.
    Posted September 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    How long with the Artesia foam stay wet? I am getting married next summer and was wondering if making the bouquets the day before would be ok. Thanks for the help! :)

  6. Pamm Huether
    Posted September 3, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Hi Megan,
    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

    The Gala® Bouquet Holder with Artesia® wet foam is a great way to save some time preparing for your big day. When prepared properly by float soaking, your bouquet will be fresh through your wedding and onto the reception. The exact length of time for the ball to stay soaked does depend on the kinds of flowers you use as some “drink” more water than others.

    Again, may you day be beautiful, and let us know if you have any other floral related questions.

  7. Posted August 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I am using fresh flowers and have purchased the Gala crystal Bouquet holder. There is a plastic stopper under the foam. Do I remove the stopper and fill the stem with water? I will use the float soak as you stated in one of the responses.

  8. Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    For a wedding at 7pm, and using the crystal gala petite bouquet when is the best time frame to make the bouquets? I had planned on making them that morning..and if I do that, how do I keep the floral foam wet so the flowers continue to stay hydrated?

  9. Pamm Huether
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Hi Michelle! Welcome to Design It Flowers! The stopper was put in to prevent water going into the handle. If you prepare the wet foam correctly (float soaking); and create your bouquet early on the same day, your flowers should stay fresh for your event. If the flowers should need “freshening” with water, hold the bouquet over a sink, and pour water in between the flowers to renew the wet foam. We have seem people remove the stopper to put decorative additions in the handle, i.e., sparkling ribbon, sequins. The stopper was put back in so as not to dampen the additions.

    Let us know if you have any further questions; and good luck with your event.

  10. Pamm Huether
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Michelle,
    We would recommend creating your bouquet early to mid-morning of the day of your wedding. Roses love their water, so be sure to float soak the wet foam as directed in the instructions. Wet foam is made to hold water without dripping for a good length of time. How long depends on the type of flowers used, as some are ‘heavy drinkers’ and some not.

    Best wishes for the wedding!

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