Martha Stewart Weddings, 1999       

A bride shouldn’t walk down the aisle at the rehearsal empty-handed. This bouquet, made out of ribbons from the bridal shower, is a much more practical accessory than the traditional hat fashioned from ribbons and a paper plate. A bridesmaid can be assigned to collect ribbons from shower gifts.


To make the bouquet, draw a circle on a piece of card stock with a compass. Cut out the circle, scalloping the edges. Cut a 1-inch X in center. Fold each piece of ribbon in half, and make a knot in the middle of the folded ribbon. Thread the ends from the top down through the X until the knots rest on the surface of the card stock. Gather the ribbon ends together, and, starting just below the card stock, bind them together by wrapping them tightly with an additional ribbon to create a 4-inch handle. Secure the binding ribbon with two straight pins. Trim ribbon ends to various lengths, then finish by trimming the ends at an angle or by cutting notches into each end.