Glamelia is a vintage style bridal bouquet from the 50th of the last century. It looked like a gigantic camelia flower when originally was made out of gladiolus petals.

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That is why the bouquet was named Glamelia; a word created by composing two words –GLAdiolus and caMELIA. Suggested flowers for Glamelia bouquet: roses, ginger, gladiolus, Cymbidium orchid, protea.

 

We suggest creating a bouquet on the day of a wedding. If you create it a day before, keep it refrigerated wrapped in tissue paper or a plastic bag.

Bouquet holder materials: cardboard, 14-18″ long floral wire #16, ribbon.

Florals: 10-12 leaves (salal or any tropical leaves), 1 stem of cymbidium orchid.

Tools: glue gun with glue, scissors.

Cut a 4-6” diameter ring out of cardboard. The ring size depends on the number of blossoms on an orchid stem you got.

 

 

 

If you use monstera leaves, split them into stripes of the same size.

Cover the reverse side of a cardboard ring with leaves, overlapping each other. Apply glue on spots that are going to be covered with the next leaf because the hot glue leaves burn spots on a leaf.

Snap orchid petals and “lips” out of flowers and separate into three groups: large petals, small petals, and lips. Pile several small petals and trim about 1/2″. Trim anout 1/4″ of every lip.

Before gluing, arrange petals in rows on the ring, distancing rows in about a quarter of inch. Write down the number of petals in each row; it will help you do not run out of petals before finishing the bouquet. Use only 8-10 “lips” in the center of the bouquet. You can use the rest creating boutonnieres and corsages.

Now create a bouquet holder. Band pieces of wire in the shape of hair pines and pock them through leaf-covered ring cress-crossing each other. To create a holder, twist all wires together, then wrap with 5 layers of ribbon, securing each layer by glue. Finally, decorate the holder with a little bow. You can prepare a bouquet holder up to three days prior to the wedding and keep refrigerated in a plastic bag.

Glue the first row of larger petals horizontally, applying about 2” trails of glue at a time on the edge of the holder. The next row of petal glue under the angle of 15 degrees to the previous (to keep a petal in the right position, hold on it till the glue hardening). Repeat this pattern for every row.

Finally, create the center part using lips.