DIY – Bouquet

10 05 2009

Hidy Ho, Bloggerinos!

I hope your weekend is going well! Tomorrow is mothers’ day, so be a good little kiddo and give ‘er a call!

Today’s post is a DIY! I wasn’t expecting to do any wedding-ing this weekend due to an aweful bout of allergies; but Hobby Lobby had all their stems on sale 50% off. So as a good little budget bride, with my insane allergy attacky sneezy self… kleenexes in pocket, I grabbed the fiancée and drove off to HL to get my bouquet on!

I am sooo picky about silk flowers. They’ve got to be very realistic. They’ve got to be latex or those “real touch/true touch” ones; and those can be quite pricey. So… the only way they would be worth it over using real flowers price wise is to get them on sale because real ones don’t go on sale. Originally I was going to use fresh flowers, and I may still use fresh for my centerpieces, but since I was laid off in January, this is one of my courses of action to save a couple extra bucks and some sanity before the wedding.

This is what I came up with.

Supplies I Used:

2 Large Lilies

4 Large Hydrangeas

6 Roses

5 Gerbera Daisies

4 Small Calla Lillies

1-1.5 yards of at least 1.5″ Ribbon

Pearl/Bead Headed Pins

Floral Tape (1/2″ wide tape is what I used)

Wire Cutters

Scissors

Cost – Less than $60… and you’ll have ribbon, pins,and floral tape left over if you bought spools/pins just for this project! *note* You can do this for even less, but I used real touch faux flowers and they are more expensive than traditional silk flowers. I also bought my supplies at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. Compared to $200+ for a real bouquet, this is a great deal!

*Tip* When shopping for your “Faux-quet” put it together as you pick out flowers to get an idea of how many flowers you want. If anything get more than you need, if you have leftovers, you can return them!

Okay! It’s super easy, so let’s go!

1. Get 3 flowers to be the middle/base of your bouquet. Remove the leaves and buds if you don’t want them in the bouquet. Hold the flowers you chose for your base together as you would like them to look. I chose the hydrangeas because they were biggest and would be easiest to add to and build around/off of. Hold the flowers tightly together and take note of how long you would like the handle of your bouquet to be, cut the stems to the length you would like them to be for your handle. While still holding the “base” flowers together grab your floral tape and start wrapping the tape tightly around where you will hold the flowers. Make sure you keep good tension with the floral tape, because that is how it sticks and stays together. Wrap tape about 5-8″ down the stems of the flowers where your “handle” will be. Don’t let any stems show in between the wraps of tape. This is what the stems should look like.

2.) Start adding flowers to your base 3-5 at a time keeping the look and shape of the bouquet you would like in mind. Trim the stems before you add them to the bunch because it’s harder to trim them once they’ve been taped together. Once the stems are trimmed and you’ve got the 3 to 5 flowers positioned around/in the base where you want them, wrap the handle of the flowers together again just as you did for the base. Repeat this step until your bouquet is the shape and fullness that you like.

3. Start wrapping your ribbon tightly around the handle until you’ve wrapped the length of the handle in your ribbon that you would like. It is best to wrap from the top of the handle to the bottom, and back to the top so that it is covered well and it is easier to cover the end of the ribbon when it is hidden by the flowers. When you get back to the top of the handle, cut the ribbon from the spool, tuck the end of the ribbon in to the top of the handle, making sure it is staying tightly wrapped so it doesn’t come loose. Pin the ribbon where you tucked it by pushing the pin through the ribbon and at an upward angle into the middle of the stems so that the pointy end can’t poke you. Add more pins in a line down the handle for more security of the ribbon.

4.) If you want a bow like I have, tie a ribbon into a bow around the top of the handle. To get the V shaped edge like I have on the ends of the ribbon, fold the ribbon in half width wise and cut a 45º angle. The vertex of the V shape should be in the middle of the ribbon where you’ve folded it. When it unfolds, it will be even and pretty. 🙂

4.5) Take pictures of your beautiful bouquet to show your friends, and use curious pets as impromptu props.

5.) Enjoy the pizza that arrives magically when you make this bouquet and give the fiancée kisses. 😀

**EDIT** I had a bridal moment and decided I wanted the bouquet to be a little bigger. I updated all the pictures to pics of the bigger version except for the kitty picture, and the kissy picture, so if you’re wondering why it looks smaller in those two, that’s why. 🙂

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The INSPIRATION TEASERS – Flowers

3 04 2009

Hi-dee ho, bloggerinos. 🙂

Today is flower day at Artsy Bride. Behold!

Flowers

I am in a mini pickle with the flowers… a sweet gherkin if you will. 😛
I cannot decide between bold bright colors like the first bouquet on the board (top left corner) or more subdued, garden textured, pale colors. My favorite image of all of these is definitely the first one, the gorgeous colored bouquet with the teal ribbon around the stems that so conveniently matches my colors… it is just gorgeous. But if I am going to DIY my flowers I have to be able to find these and affordable sources of flowers are limited, and then the selections of said affordable sources are even more limited. Another option would be to stick with a single type of flower or color which I could do with my affordable options. Then there is the option of a candlelight reception as well. Ahhh decisions, decisions. More to come on this later!

signing out until the next post…

The Artsy Bride 🙂