As a flower consultant for FiftyFlowers.com, I am often asked what floral supplies I recommend. So, I thought I’d share what’s in my floral supply kit. These are the essential tools that I often use and the ones that I believe you should always have on hand when DIYing your flowers. Preparation is key, and like most things, you need the proper tools to achieve your goal.
Keep on scrolling to see what’s in my floral supply kit!
- Stem Wrap floral tape
- 1/4 clear floral tape
- 1/4 green waterproof tape
- Floral adhesive
- Bunch cutters
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Packets of flower food
- Thorn stripper
- Decorative ribbon
Floral Tape and Adhesives
There are a few different types of floral tape but I always make sure to have Stem Wrap on-hand! Stem Wrap is one of the most used floral tapes and comes in a variety of colors, green being the most popular. This type of tape can be sure to secure bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.
Then there are other floral tapes like clear tape, which I love to use on vases to create a grid! This grid method keeps the stems in place and of course, it’s clear so you can’t see it once the flowers are in. Similar to clear tape, the green waterproof tape is used to secure the floral foam onto the vase. It’s strong and moisture resistant, so you don’t have to worry about your arrangement.
As for the floral glue, this is especially helpful when working with arrangements like boutonnieres, corsages and flower crowns.
Floral Wire and Wire Cutters
Floral wire is great for garlands, emergency flower crown base and other things like wiring flowers on to welcome signs. And of course, wire cutters just make life so much easier so it’s always great to have these on hand!
Branch Cutters and Floral Shears
Either one is a great option! The brunch cutters can be used on a ton of floral varieties. These great for woody-stemmed flowers or greenery, like my beloved eucalyptus mixed boxes. Floral shears are another great option! If you’re a DIY’er searching for wholesale flower supplies then I recommend getting a pair of either one.
Although flower food isn’t absolutely needed, it’s great to have in your kit. Floral food reduces the amount of bacteria and helps keep the water clean. Tip: replace the water every 2-3 days, or as needed, to extend the vase life of your flowers.
If you’re working with flowers like roses then this is a must-have item in your wholesale flower supply kit (trust me)! This thorn stripper can easily and safely removes all of the thorns. Simply wrap the thorn stripper around the stem, pinch it and then drag down.
Last but not least, I always have a decorative ribbon and twine on hand! These are great to add the finishing touches on an arrangement.
Check out my absolute essentials below!
- DIY Flower Supply Checklist
- DIY Wedding Flower Timeline: Stay on Track Leading up to the Big Day
- 8-Step Guide to DIY Wedding Flowers