Why Scotch Tape Should be Your Go-To Tool for Making Bouquets

Let’s be honest, we all love going out and picking flowers, but not many of us really know what to do once we’ve gotten them home. You see, arranging beautiful buds may seem like a leisurely activity, but bouquets are just not that easy to make!

To solve this problem, we scoured the Internet to find the simplest bouquet-making trick around—and we are happy to report that we have found it. What we love about this particular hack is that it only requires materials that you likely already have sitting in your cabinets. How sweet is that?!

Be a bouquet-making pro

The first step to making colorful, vibrant, and best of all, FULL bouquets is to first select the right flowers. If these blossoms are meant for your home, think about the hues and features that are part of the room in which you intend to display them. Aim to choose shades that complement and add pizazz to the given space.

Once you’ve settled on the types of flowers, it’s time for you to prep them for their new home—their vase. Now, you’re likely aware of the fact that simply throwing the plants into water won’t keep them fresh for long, so you’ll need to getting cutting.

First, trim the flowers’ stems with sharp shears, making sure that you are snipping at an angle. The trick here is to not chop off too much length but to provide the ends with enough of a slant so that they can soak up plenty of water.

close up of cut stemSean Winters via Flickr
Then, take your cut flowers and throw them in the dry vase to see if they all fit. Now, for this particular hack, you will need a bit more room for your buds than what’s normally used in traditional bouquet-making techniques. As a rule of thumb, ensure that the plants have a bit of breathing room—no scrunching those prized petunias!

Before you start going crazy with the water, take a roll of ordinary scotch tape and make a crosshatch pattern over the lip of the vase. You can either make a wider grid with bigger squares for a less complex floral pattern or a narrower grid for something a bit more spectacular!

As you’ll quickly notice, this crosshatch barrier makes it so that your flowers don’t slip and slide around. It may be a small change, but it really makes all the difference.

To keep your one-of-a-kind bouquet fresh for the longest possible time, we recommend heeding the Mythbusters’ advice. Simply place the entire bouquet, vase and all, in your fridge every night. They tested this trick against the better-known Sprite, aspirin, and vodka flower-freshening hacks, but this one did best.

Now, we have to say, the scotch tape trick does SOUND awfully simple, but it’s tricky enough that we think you need to see it done before you try it. To get the full tutorial, be sure to watch the video below. We will definitely be displaying more flowers in our home from now on!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this flower hack. Have you tried the scotch tape method before? If so, do you have any tips on how to best build the bouquet? What flowers display best in your house?