How to Make a Nosegay

by Daisy Cuinn ; Updated October 06, 2017

Items you will need

  • Cut flowers
  • Craft knife
  • Rubber bands
  • Shears
  • Ribbon

Once a Victorian fashion accessory for trendy 19th-century women, the nosegay is now most commonly associated with weddings. A nosegay is basically a flower bouquet, but it's smaller, bound and usually hand-held. Most often the shape is a distinctive dome of blooms. Any florist will create nosegays for you, but if you're on a budget, you can make one yourself using any type of flower you like, from roses to wildflowers or cyclamen from your garden.

Step 1

Prepare the flowers by stripping the stems of leaves and thorns. Run a craft knife down the sides of the stems to remove them, taking care not to strip the stems themselves.

Step 2

Arrange about 10 to 15 flowers — more or fewer, depending on the type of flower and the size of the nosegay — into a bundle. Push the flowers near the center up slightly, and lower the flowers around the edge, until the flowers make a dome-like shape.

Step 3

Wrap a rubber band around the flowers, just under the blooms.

Step 4

Trim the bottoms of the stems with shears so that they're an even 4 to 6 inches long from the base of the rubber band.

Step 5

Wrap the rubber band with a wide ribbon, tied in a bow.

Step 6

Place the the nosegay in a glass half-filled with water until use, or as a display.


  • If you like, add stemmed leaves, small buds or floral embellishments such as baby's breath to your nosegay. Use wired ribbon to make bows that hold their shape.


  • Cut away from yourself when using a craft knife on flower stems.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.