DIY: Gift Wrap With Silk Flowers From Afloral

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

Gift_Wrap_DIY_Flowers1We’ve partnered again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create this fun gift wrap DIY! With the holidays not far away, we thought it would be fun to show you some pretty wrapping ideas for your gifts (and honestly, I think this wrapping would work for anytime of the year, right?!). Create a fun silk flower arrangement topper for your bestie’s present, or a woodland inspired piece for your mister. Lots of possibilities with AFloral and so easy to create! And those pretty gift tags above? Those are thanks to Goodheart Design and Alex was sweet enough to share a template with those so you can download for your gifting too!!

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What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from AFloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): Red PeonyRed Ranunculus, Gold Berries, Pink Ranunculus, FernVelvet PhalaenopsisWhite AnemoneGold Money PlantGuinea Feathers
• Gift tag template (download here). **Be sure to print these on cardstock if you are thinking about dip-dying them
• Scissors
• Brown Kraft paper
• White Kraft paper
• TwineGold RopeYarn options
• Boxes (we chose 4-6 in varying shapes/sizes)

afloralgiftwrap-01-3For the first glam-inspired wrapping we did, we paired the white anemone, feathers + gold berries with white kraft paper and twine. Simply wrap your box up with the white paper, and begin with the twine by wrapping around the box for some texture…
afloralgiftwrap-02-4Next, you can attach your supplies by using twine to secure down onto the wrapped twine. This will reinforce it onto the packaging. If you need extra support for the white anemone, use a glue gun to secure down! And last, use a pretty tag like our calligraphy adornment from Goodheart Design.
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afloralgiftwrap-06-8For a classic holiday gift wrap look – we paired some greens, reds and golds together with a brown kraft paper…
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afloralgiftwrap-08-10Start by layering your yarn around the box to create a web design, and adjust as necessary. Then you can attach your flowers + accents using the yarn as support.
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afloralgiftwrap-13-15Lastly, we picked a pretty pink + gold combo. We found some pretty gold wrap to tie around our box, and adorned with a big red peony + pink ranunculus. Love the addition of the dip-dyed tag!
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afloralgiftwrap-18-20And there you have it! 3 pretty ways to dress up with gift wrapping with AFloral. Pretty, and simple right?!

If you do some pretty wrapping at home with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Afloral.com DIY – Matching Bouquet and Boutonniere

 

You can create your own wedding bouquet with silk flowers and use the leftover materials to create your groom’s boutonniere. See how below!

DIYStartFollow these easy steps to create your own bouquet and boutonniere.

1) First you will need to gather the supplies. For this project you will need silk flowers, floral tape, pixie pins, boutonniere pins, ribbon, scissors, glue gun, and wire cutters.

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2) For the next step you want to decide how you want your bouquet to look. Once you have your design idea, start taping your flowers together a few at a time. Tape three or four together, then add a few more and tape it again.

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3) Once you have all the flowers taped together that you want in your bouquet, you need to tape the stems from top to bottom.

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4) Now that your bouquet is formed and taped up, you can use your wire cutters to cut the stems and create a nice clean line at the bottom of your bouquet. Take your ribbon and pin it to the front of your bouquet to secure it in place. Then you can start to wrap it around the base of your bouquet to cover the tape.

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5) Cut the ribbon at the end and use your glue gun to secure the bottom. I decided to add another ribbon to create a crisscross pattern and used the glue gun to secure it as well. Then I added another pixie pin for extra hold and decoration.

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You’ve officially finished your bouquet! Now we will move on to the boutonniere.

6) You will need the same supplies and to pick some elements from your bouquet to create your boutonniere with. Here is what mine look like.

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7) Put the flowers together in the design that you like, then just like with the bouquet you tape them together with the floral tape and snip the bottom off with the wire cutters.

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8) Cut a piece of the ribbon you used on your bouquet and secure it to your boutonniere with the glue gun. Wrap it around the bottom, cut the end, and secure with the glue gun. I decided to add a little more detail with another ribbon around that. Once the boutonniere is together, all you need is a boutonniere pin and you’re finished!

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Now you have a matching bouquet and boutonniere!

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DIY Silk Flower Wreath

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

DIY silk flower wreath

We recently partnered with Afloral.com – a rad silk flower company that specializes in flowers that looks SO real, like the ones above. Crazy, right?! So today we are sharing how to make silk flower wreaths using all their products! Not only is it easy, but these hanging wreaths would look so great for a ceremony backdrop, or in your home. And best of all, they’ll never wilt! We were inspired by some fall berry tones so here is how we made them…

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What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from Afloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): EvergreenThistleTemari Rose HeadReindeer MossRanunculus in FuschiaPreserved Leather LeafPink AnemonePlum English Rose SprayFernAmaranthusPeony SprayAsparagus Fern Garland
• Embroidery Hoops (we bought 3 varying sizes at Michaels in 8″ 10″ and 14″)
• Hot glue gun
• Fishing wire
• Tape
• Scissors

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Step 1: Plan out the flowers you want to use by grouping them together to form a cohesive look. Play around in this part! Then, start by placing your fern garland around the edge of your hoop and tie to secure in place with fishing wire. Glue gun down any spots that pop up or aren’t staying down.

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Step 2: Start by taking a focal flower (like the Peony) and taping/gluing down onto the wreath. We laid these down on a side that was a little more bare so the rest of the wreath looked full. You can also later fill in any spots that show the hoop with other filler flowers.

Step 3: Take the smaller filler flowers (like the anemone and ranunculus) and arrange as you like down the hoop. We cascaded down from our focal flower and just did what we liked and thought looked good.

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Step 4: Finish your wreaths by filling with greens like moss, thistle, ferns or amaranthus.

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AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

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Depending on how you choose to display these, we tied fishing wire to each wreath and hung them on the wall in a staggered position, like above. Pretty and fun, right?!

If you make your own silk flower wreath, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtags #GreenWeddingShoesDIY #afloral

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes.

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Afloral.com DIY – Ribbon Wedding Backdrop DIY

Make this easy and fun ribbon wedding backdrop for your special day!  Great for an arch or photos backdrop. Easy to make, all you need is a dowel from the hardware store a glue gun, ribbon, and silk flowers.

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Check out these easy steps to make your own ribbon backdrop.

1) First gather your supplies; various colors of ribbon, silk flowers, glue gun, scissors, pins, a pencil, and a wooden dowel. You could also use a shower curtain  rod, or design to go on a wedding arch.

 

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2) Next measure the length of the ribbon that will hang from the dowel.  Cut all the lengths of ribbon that you plan to use. Then wrap around rod at top.

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3) Next using a hot glue gun, glue to loop of ribbon wrapped around the dowel to secure it.  Use a pencil to push down on ribbon while it is drying, so you don’t burn your fingers. The glue will be very hot.

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4) After all ribbons have been looped on dowel and secured with hot glue, then hang the ribbon backdrop so that you can cut any ribbon to lengths you desire. You can then plan the placement of the silk flowers on the ribbon.

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5) Finally clip the stems off of silk flowers then, secure the flower heads onto the back of the ribbon at spaced intervals with  pins.

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Then sit back and enjoy your handy work!

 

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Afloral.com DIY – Beach Wedding Sandal

In this first Afloral.com DIY series learn how to create a beach wedding sandal!

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This simple yet beautiful wedding sandal can be made with many different silk flowers. In this DIY a simple Real Touch Dendrobium Orchid in Fuchsia was chosen.  Next, white ribbon, a glue gun, and scissors are all you need to create this eye catching beach sandal.

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1. Step One: Tie Ribbon. Adjust size to your foot then loop around toe and tie at the mid-point at the top of the foot. step-one-flower-sandal

Step 2. Decide where you want the flowers to lay while ribbon is on your foot and mark with a pencil.

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Step 3.  Measure out second ribbon for other foot and copy size and markings from first ribbon.step-four-flower-sandal

 

Step 4. Cut flowers from stem. Leave a small amount of stem to glue to ribbon.step-five-flower-sandal

 

Step 5. Cut a tiny hole where there is a pencil mark and insert the end of the flower stem. Insert stem into hole on back side of ribbon.step-six-flower-sandal

 

Step 6. Next add hot glue to secure stem to ribbon. step-seven-flower-sandal

Step 7. Add a length of ribbon with hot glue to cover any stems poking through.

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If you use this tutorial to make your own beach wedding sandals please send us photos, we would love to see them! They can be submitted here.  To order the items you see here visit the Flower Sandal DIY items page. Thanks and happy DIY!

 

 

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