Puppy Bouquet Flower Arrangement

11 Materials
30 Minutes

Share some puppy love with this dog gone fun puppy bouquet! Easy to create at a fraction of the price as one from the florist!

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

I had some four-legged inspiration to help me create this puppy bouquet! 🐾🐾

I first saw a version of this ‘puppy bouquet’ at my vet’s office about 5 years ago. More recently, I’ve seen them popping up on Pinterest.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

To create your puppy bouquet, start with a block of wet floral foam, floral stem wrap or self-sealing tape, florist wire and carnations. I used a total of 13 carnations. 

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

Place your wet foam in the container of your choice. I used a Buffalo check fabric bucket I found at the Dollar Spot at Target a few years ago. I placed the wet foam inside a plastic bowl in the bucket and lined the interior of the bucket with plastic bags in case of a spill and to keep the bowl from shifting inside the bucket.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

Start with three carnations, holding them in your hand to make the shape of the puppy’s face, one in the front for the nose and two further back for the eyes. Add two more carnations higher up on the puppy’s head for the ears. Once you have your puppy head arranged to your satisfaction, cut the ends of the stems and tape them together with floral stem wrap.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

If you’re not familiar with floral tape or floral stem wrap, it will only stick to itself. Stretch the tape as you wrap your floral stems together, which will activate the wax adhesive on the tape. Place the wrapped stems in the wet floral foam at your desired height in your container.

Note: I added 2 carnations in the middle between the ears, using 7 carnations in total for the puppy head.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

To create puppy legs, place three carnations in a row in the foam to form a line for a leg.

Fill in around your puppy with additional flowers or greenery of your choice. I used some fresh juniper clipped from a tree in the yard. Like the good hoarder that I am, I saved the pine cone and ribbon picks from my tartan centerpiece from Christmas to reuse in an arrangement, filling in the greenery.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

I found animal eyes and noses at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 for the puppy face. Download their mobile app so you have access to their weekly 40% off coupon when you shop.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

To attach the eyes and noses, I wrapped some florist wire around the shank of each piece to attach a toothpick.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

Tuck the toothpick between folds of the carnation or between two flowers. If your toothpick is too long, snap it off to the length you need to add the pick to the flower, tucking it in between the petals.

Alternatively, you can use a floral adhesive used for corsages to attach the eyes and nose, but I didn’t have any. This seemed easier than glue, as you can reposition the features until you have them where you want them.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

I added some snowflake picks from my Christmas stash that I previously used for a White Christmas arrangement.

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

Lola and Gracie said to tell you that florists’ versions of this arrangement *fetch* around $60. Eight dollars-worth of carnations from the grocery store make this arrangement super affordable by comparison and long-lasting too!

puppy bouquet flower arrangement

Lola says, "Please forgive my shaggy 'do'. I'm due a haircut this week." We would love for you to come 'sit' and 'stay' and visit with us on our mom's blog! 🐾🐾 More photos at the blog link below!

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  • Wendy
    on Jan 8, 2019

    This is way too cute!!

  • Leslie
    on Jan 8, 2019

    My Mom taught a children's Sunday School class many ,many years ago. I remember her ordering "Poodle Puppy bud vases" whenever a child was in the hospital. It was just the head, I think. Your puppy flower idea with the little legs is even cuter! Thanks for the wonderful memories!

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