How to Make A Tussie Mussie

 

During the Elizabethan Era, people and even men carried small fragrant bouquets held up to their nose, to mask the stink and filth in the streets. Later, during the Victorian Era, where everything was formal and ornate, these nosegays began to take on meaning. They called them “tussie mussies,” which became a social grace and were given to others with each flower or plant depicting a special meaning.

How to Make a Tussie Mussie

Learn how to create a tussie mussie for a beautiful gift with meaning.

Now that our flowers are all starting to bloom and there are lots of special occasions, why not give a tussie mussie or add it as a decoration to a gift?

Learn how to create a tussie mussie for a beautiful gift with meaning.

Now that our flowers are all starting to bloom and there are lots of special occasions, why not give a tussie mussie or add it as a decoration to a gift? I previously wrote an article about tussie mussies in February, around Valentine’s Day. However, I am getting ready to take my sister out for her birthday, and I thought it would be nice to add a little fragrant bouquet to her gift. I looked around at what was blooming and checked out my handy reference guide to see what fits. You can check out languageofflowers.com to find their meaning.

Learn how to create a tussie mussie for a beautiful gift with meaning.

I think of a tussie mussie as a small posy, so I picked just a few flowers, herbs and leaves and then wrapped them with wire. I put them in a small glass of water and placed it in the refrigerator until I was ready to head over to her house. Then I just tied it onto her present with a little symbolism card and “viola!” Wow, if you could only smell it. I used rosemary, mint, and scented geranium leaves. So fragrant. A few salvia and hardy geranium flowers add a little extra color and beauty.

Tussie mussies are a fun, fragrant and easy project for your next special occasion.

Learn how to create a tussie mussie for a beautiful gift with meaning.

Learn how to make a Tussie Mussie with the Language of Flowers

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. Cute! Cute! What a sweet idea. Thank you for including meanings of the flowers. You get better all of the time!

    • Oh thanks Jill. I’m so glad you liked it. Adds a little something extra to a bouquet of flowers which we all like to share this time of year. I especially like to add herbs because they are so fragrant. I think mint and rosemary work especially well together. Have a great one!

  2. So sweet! We’re doing the flowers for my daughter’s wedding in September. These would be lovely to give to the grandmothers, don’t you think?

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