Looking for a clever way to display tulips for spring? Here’s a simple DIY that shows you how to wrap tulip stems with leaves.
Raise your hand if you love tulips.
I’m not sure if it’s because they remind me of spring or that they come in such vibrant colors or that they only cost $5.95 at Trader Joe’s or that they are only here for a hot minute before they are gone again until next year.
Tulips are my jam.
(total aside: I don’t think we are supposed to be saying jam anymore according to the twins, so feel free to add much hipper and cooler word there).
Most of the time I keep my tulip interaction simple. It looks a little like this. I see tulips at the store and realize that spring just showed up and fall in love with tulips all over again and reach over and grab a couple of bunches and put them in my cart and take them home and put them in a glass vase and use these tips to keep them fresh.
But this year?
This year is different.
This year I’m embracing being extra.
This year I’m standing up and being counted and being more purposeful about my life and my stirrup pants and my red lipstick and my hair choices and my flowers.
I love tulips in a glass vase, but the stems always look a little awkward. So I decided to fix that and took about five minutes to make the tulips just a little extra and here’s how I did it.
Here’s how to wrap tulip stems with leaves.
Here’s my tulip wrapped stems in glass vases on my dining room table.
Before we get started wrapping these stems, can we talk about the vases for a second? You need vases like these. These came from Hobby Lobby (on sale for $2.50 when they’re half off). I’ve also seen them at the dollar store for a dollar.
I’ve used them to make twig vases.
I’ve used them for a simple spring mantel with burlap bows.
They are the perfect foundation for centerpieces and mantels and bookcases and coffee tables dining room tables and tulips.
(total aside: don’t you love how I brought that little bit of rabbit chasing back to our topic at hand).
Here’s what they look like on my dining room table.
And here’s how to make your own.
How to wrap tulip stems
Step 1: wrap tulips
Bring home your tulip bunches. Open the plastic and separate them out into bunches.
Trim the ends slightly to extend the life of your tulips.
Put them in bunches of eight or six and wrap them.
This is just sticky floral tape from Hobby Lobby. You’ll want to wrap each bunch 6 or 7 times until they held together tightly. This is the foundation to build on when you wrap your leaves.
Step 2: trim your leaves
This step kind of happens naturally.
When you put the stems all together, you’ll have a couple of stems that are a little katywhompus.
There’s always a renegade stem or two.
Trim those off the tulip stem with scissors.
Step 3: cut leaves in half
Tulip leaves are pretty good size.
You need slightly smaller leaves to wrap your stems.
Using scissors cut the leaf in half.
Step 4: Wrap your first layer of leaf
Wrap the leaf around the stems.
It usually wraps about three times.
Secure the end of it with green florist tape.
Step 5: Add next layer of wrapped leaf
Take the second part of your leaf and wrap it around the floral tape to cover it.
Then secure the last leaf with a small piece of floral tape.
Score the tape to make sure it’s secure.
Step 6: Add to vase
Place your wrapped tulip into a glass vase and fill with water.
Here are my glass vases and my wrapped tulips on my dining room table.
I created four of these for a simple spring centerpiece.
And that’s it.
That’s how you wrap tulip stems.
It’s such an easy project and it only takes a minute to make.
And now you and your flowers….
…are all about the extra.
PS I think these would be so pretty for a wedding with a little ribbon wrapped around the top of the leaves, too.