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Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Add a splash of color with these vibrant bridesmaid's bouquets. Make them yourself for under $20 each! Flowers: 5 stems orange ranunculus or iceland poppies 2 kumquats 1 hyacinth 8 stems of daffodils 3 stems of snowdrops (you might want to snip them from a plant if they are difficult to find at your florist) Materials: ribbon twine clippers scissors floral tape water buckets vase Step One: Start by taking the leaves off of the bottom of the stems. Step Two: Hold a hyacinth and a few ranunculus in one hand. Step Three: Add a few flowers, turning the bouquet each time you do. Step Four: Use floral tape to attach each kumquat to a sturdy stem. Add them to the bouquet. Step Five: Secure with twine. Step Six: Make any adjustments, add flowers, and secure with twine again, if needed. Floral Tip: Daffodils exude a sticky substance which is toxic if ingested, so if this bothers you or the person who will be carrying it, you may want to substitute tulips or roses or just make sure the stems are covered in ribbon. Always wash your hands after handling flowers and use common sense.0
Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Old-fashioned garden roses are a romantic and fragrant addition to any summer wedding. Available May thru November, these roses are available in old-fashioned varieties as well as new varieties, the most popular being the David Austen brand of roses. Buy them when they are closed up, as they will quickly open as you arrange them. Here are three floral recipes that you can use to create anything from centerpieces to bouquets! Recipe no. 1 For this recipe, we used a mix of pastel roses in apricot and yellow including Abraham Darby and Romantik Antike. Add pink peonies, unripe blueberries, chionthus, vine maple, and jasmine vine to finish. Recipe no. 2 These gorgeous coral-hued arrangements features pink garden roses that are blown open. Recipe no. 2 We added white phlox, mint, bay leaves, veronica, white scabiosa, blackberries, cranberry viburnum berries and chionthus. The peach garden rose is “Romantike Antike.” Recipe no. 3 These casual mason jars create a summery, laid-back vibe. We added waxflowers to one, blackberries and dahlias to another, and a mix of red and pink garden roses- including Yves Piaget- and geranium to the third jar. Recipe no. 3 The unripe blackberries are a darling summer twist and a wild contrast to the classic garden rose.4
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss We mixed our favorite spring flowers (lily of the valley + jasmine) three different ways for three different looks! Recipe 1: Lily of the Valley and Jasmine wrapped in a piece of torn linen. A simple, sweet and very chic bouquet for a bride who loves fragrance. Recipe 2: Here we mixed our Lily of the Valley and Jasmine with Quince blossoms, muscari and spring greens. We tied it simply with twine. A charming bouquet for a bride who loves wildflowers and country style. Recipe 3: For a more preppy/traditional style, we mixed the Lily of the Valley and Jasmine with mini daffodils, white hyacinth, muscari, viburnum and greens. Tied with a fun blue and white striped ribbon, this is perfect for the bride who likes things a little more formal but still cheerful and bright! Show these photos to your florist for inspiration or make a bouquet on your own. Lily of the Valley and Jasmine are generally available January-April. Check your local florists and flower markets for details on your area!1
Project and Photos by: Katelin Gallagher I just love the look of a filled-to-the-brim centerpiece, but wanted to find a budget savvy way to get the look. With a little help from the floral department at Trader Joe's, I pulled off this bountiful $10 centerpiece! Materials: 1/2 gallon wide mouth mason jars (about $2) A few stems of simple Greenery ($2) A bouquet of Maroon Mums ($3) 8 stems of white stock flowers - Matthiola Incana ($3) Scissors Water Total cost = $10! Step One: Stock flowers are nice because they take up a lot of space and make the arrangement look nice and full. Using the height of your mason jar as a guide, cut the stems to make three heights. The flowers of the shortest stem should just peek over the top of the jar. The flowers of the longest stem will dictate the height of the arrangement. The middle length should be somewhere in between. Step Two: Arrange the stock flowers in a mason jar filled with water. Make sure to strip any greenery below the water line. Place the tallest stems in the center, the mid-length stems evenly around the center and the short stems around the periphery. Step Three: Then go for the mums! Follow roughly the same strategy as in step two, although it's better to cut and work them in one stem at a time. Step Four: Finally, embellish the arrangement with greenery. Ta-da! These will bloom pretty for several days. As long as the flowers are fresh, you can arrange them two days in advance. You'll just need to refresh the water.1
Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Tori of Marvelous Things Photography Ingredients: Carnations Sunflowers Seeded Eucalyptus Gladiolus Leucadendron Safari Sunset Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture. Begin the design by crisscrossing the two stem of seeded eucalyptus and the sunflowers. Start adding the other flowers and as you crisscross the stems, begin turning the bouquet and remember to hold the stems loosely in your hands to obtain the wild and just picked from the garden look and feel. Once the bouquet is completed, you may want to stand in front of a mirror holding the bouquet to see where you need to add any flowers and to make any necessary adjustments to the bouquet. Now you can tape the stems of the bouquet to hold them in place. Give the stems a clip with the scissors to the length that you desire the bouquet to be. Now wrap the handles with your desired ribbon and give the ribbon a cut if needed after wrapping. Secure the ribbon in place with the floral pins. Give the ribbon an extra touch with the addition of a smaller accent ribbon. There you have it, a pretty DIY summer bouquet for around $60.00! Enjoy!3
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Save money on wedding flowers by making the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres on your own. Using a combination of flowers from the grocery store and a few silk leaves, you can create these festive fall boutonnieres for about $3 a piece. Aside from being inexpensive, they're very easy to make. It's a great activity to get bridesmaids involved in too, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Supplies: Spray roses in fall colors (orange, mustard, or burgundy) Silk fall leaves Orange wax flowers String or twine Scissors
1. Start by cutting the bottom of the silk leaf away to create a smaller leaf with with a longer stem.3
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography
Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.
Ingredients:Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins
Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture.
Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.
Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length. Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle. Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal. Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!0
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps! Ingredients: Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus. Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus. Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together. Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length. Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!1
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Get ready for the holidays with this versatile winter bouquet, which is small enough to use almost anywhere. Adorn table settings at the rehearsal dinner or reception, with these affordable blooms. Or pop the mini bouquets into small vases, running the length of each table, for a more casual centerpiece option. You can even use this technique to create a larger bouquet for bridesmaids to carry on the big day. Materials: Scissors Pinecones Wax Flowers Mums Wire Twine
Instructions:Step One: Attach wire near the bottom of a pinecone, twisting several times. Then bend the remainder of the wire downward to create something that resembles a floral pick. Set aside. Step Two: Cut down several mums stems to 6 inches in length and remove all leaves from the stems. Step Three: Start to form a small arrangement of mums and wax flowers (3-4 stems total to start), making sure to criss cross the stems 1-2 inches below the base of the blooms. Then add the wired pinecone, just as you would a flower. Step Four: Next, tie a piece of twine around the stems and wire pick, and double knot tightly. Now, you have a tiny, festive arrangement perfect for the holidays.0
I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.Source
This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.
small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
faux pearl beads
flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
alligator hair clip
Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.
If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.
Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.
While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.
Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.
Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.
And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.
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