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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Ask your friends and family to be a part of your bridal party in a memorable way that won't break the bank! These flowers, from a local florist, are extremely affordable because they're in the filler category. At just a couple of dollars per bunch, you can pick up enough flowers to make five mini bouquets like this one for about $10, making each one just $2 to make. Materials: Scissors String Newspaper Marker or pen Montecasino flowers Solidago How-To: Step One: Cut small 5-6 sprigs from larger bunches of each flower type and strip the leaves from each stem. Step Two: Using a combination of Solidago and Montecasino, create a mini bouquet that is about the size of two clenched fists. Step Three: Tie the stems of the bouquet together with string to keep the flowers in place. Step Four: Next, cut a long rectangle from newspaper that is roughly three times the size of your bouquet. Using a marker, write a message, on the newspaper clipping, to your soon-to-be bridesmaid to ask her if she'd like to be in your wedding party. Step Five: Now, wrap the bouquet in the newspaper, keeping the message concealed on the inside of the bouquet, and tie it off with another piece of string. Step Six: When friends or family open the bouquets to put the flowers in water, the newspaper message will be revealed!
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.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography This wreath is perfect display at your wedding. You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like. Ingredients: Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions: Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame. Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire. Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process. There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!
Project by Janie Miller Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Here we'll show you how to create beautiful wedding bouquets using just one type of floral! We'll start with a dusty miller bouquet, which is perfect for a winter or holiday wedding. Then we'll arrange a bouquet of fresh lavender, which is not only beautiful but smells amazing and dries out perfectly, making it a lovely keepsake for a bride and her bridesmaids. All you need is a pretty ribbon to wrap the handles and you have the perfect bouquet. Dusty Miller Bouquet Ingredients: Dusty Miller (I used one bunch) Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins Floral Tape How To: Separate the stem of the dusty miller. Now begin designing the bouquet by simply placing the stems in your hand to form the bouquet. You can make it as full as you like. Tape the stems together. Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and add a pearl pin. There you have it!! Fresh Lavender Bouquet Ingredients: 1 Bundle of Fresh Lavender Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins
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Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Table number card by Momental Designs This is a quick and easy centerpiece using mason jars. I have tons of mason jars and I’m sure most of us do, so here’s a pretty way to incorporate them into the reception table décor. Ingredients: 3 Mason Jars (depending on the size of wooden container) Queen Anne’s Lace (3 Bunches) White Chrysanthemums Scissors Old Fork Table Number Card Small water glass or jelly jar Wooden Box Container (and I lined the bottom with newspaper to give the jars height) How To: Fill mason jars with water and place in wooden container. Cut the stems of the Queen Anne’s Lace and Chrysanthemums and place in the mason jars. You want the Queen Anne’s Lace to “spill” over the rim of the container, so cut the stems accordingly. Fill the mason jars with the flowers varying the heights. You want the arrangement to look full and have that “just picked from the garden” look and feel. Place the small water glass in the wooden container. Now take your old fork and bend the end prongs and place the table number card between the prongs. Place the fork in the water glass and there you have it!! Enjoy your gorgeous centerpiece!
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography
This DIY is to show brides how beautiful a bouquet can be made using grocery store flowers from Whole Foods. The key is to finish the bouquet off with beautiful ribbon! The total cost for the flowers for this bouquet is $40.
Ingredients:Hyacinth (I used two bunches, different color palettes) Tulips (one bunch) Freesia (one bunch) Trachelium (one bunch) Ribbon (two different colors) Scissors Floral Pins Floral Tape
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the floral stems, give them a trim, and place them in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design. Also, use some of the pretty leaves of the hyacinths in the bouquet!
Begin with taking one stem of each floral and cris-crossing the stems in your hand.
Turn the stems and repeat the criss-cross process until the bouquet is as full as you would like it to be. Once finished, add more flowers and make adjustments as necessary.
Tape the stems together and cut the stems evently to the length you desire.
Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon adn add a pearl pin.
There you have it! So pretty for a spring wedding...especially for the bridesmaids!
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography
Create your own bouquets using this lovely, classic spring flower!
Ingredients:Two packs of tulips (I used two different color palettes for a soft contrast), and one pack of irises purchased at Whole Foods. Total flower cost: $45. Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the stems of the florals. You will find that most tulip stems will have a little dirt in them. You will need to strip some of the leaves off the tulips as well. I normally leave the prettier leaves on to use for the bouquet. Give the stems a trim and place in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design.
Start out by criss-crossing a single stem of each floral.
Continue the process, turning the bouquet as you are designing.
Once the bouquet is at the size you want, tape the stems together and give the stems a trim.
Wrap the bouquet handle with your favorite ribbon and secure it with the pearl pin.
There you have it! Perfect for a spring wedding!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Adorn your 'do with fresh flowers at your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or even your wedding day. This quick and easy flower hair accessory will only take a few minutes to make and is the perfect way to get teh bridal party involved in day-of activities.
Materials:Hair clip (with flat back) Hot glue gun Scissors 6-12 inches of ribbon Lavender cremons or mums Dusty miller
Step One: Remove two or three leaves of dusty miller from a larger stem.
Step Two: Using a glue gun, attach the leaves to one side of the hair clip.
Step Three: Next, cut the stem off a large cremon at the base. Note: Be sure to cut as flush as possible. A flat surface will be easier to adhere to the hair clip.
Step Four: Attach the big bloom to the opposite side of the hair clip with hot glue.
Step Five: Lastly, cut a short section of ribbon. Then attach it to the clip in between the flower and the leaves. Wait a few minutes for the glue to cool and it is ready to use.
This fresh floral headpiece would be the perfect addition to an updo at a spring wedding!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography Freshen up your spring wedding with these delightful DIY mini arrangements! Ingredients: All flowers were purchased at Whole Foods Tulips Daffodils Carnations Heather Roses Kermit Mums Ribbon Scissors Bud Vase Instructions:
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the stem of the florals. You will find that most stems of tulips will have a little dirt in them. You will need to strip some of the leaves off the tulips as well, I normally leave the prettier leaves on to use for the bouquet. Give the stems a trim and place in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design. Have fun with this project. You have a pretty vase filled with lots of pretty spring flowers. Start by selecting a pretty stem out of your vase and begin designing your mini bouquet. I only used 7-8 per bouquet. Once the bouquet is at the size you want, tape the stems together and give the stems a trim. Place your mini bouquet in a bud vase. These would be so cute on cocktail tables at your reception, cake tables, etc. or you can group them in 3’s for the reception tables. So cute to have in your home or to give as gifts! If you want to carry them as a bouquet, wrap the bouquet handle with your favorite ribbon. Perfect for all the ladies in your bridal party! There you have it! Mini Spring Bouquets!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store. Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon Straight Pin How-To: 1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches. 2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino. 3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom. 4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape. 5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use. About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.