DIY Boho Wedding Cake

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

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We’re back again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create a boho inspired wedding cake with silk flowers! Seriously, they look so real right?! We’re also sharing not only how to make this one, but a breakdown of costs so you can see how affordable this one is! It might surprise you. This DIY is perfect if you’re throwing an engagement party, bridal shower or a low-key wedding! Doesn’t take much to make a simple cake really shine with this one.

 

Thanks so much to The Bride Concierge for lending us their gold rimmed cake plate to pretty this one up!

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What You’ll Need:
• Afloral flowers: PeonyRanunculusDusty MillerClematisDahliaSucculent
• Cake (we ordered an 8″ double under a 5″ double from our local Albertson’s grocery store – feeds approximately 20 people)
• Scissors
• Cake stand

 

Breakdown of costs: Cake $27.99 + Flowers $39.32 (+shipping) = $67.31

 

Ordering tip: These costs are based off of what is photographed in the photos, but you may want to order more/less depending on the size of your cake and design you want. Have fun with it!steps1-4

Step 1: Begin by cutting your focal flowers (Peony + Dahlia) down to a short stem and placing into the top of the cake.

Step 2: Fill with some filler flowers (like Dusty Miller) to add some texture. Use the icing to your advantage and stick the flowers into the cake to hold.

Step 3: Next move down to the middle and add some smaller focus flowers (Clematis + bud of a Ranunculus) as well as another sprig of Dusty Miller.

Step 4: Move to the bottom of your cake with a few bigger focal flowers again (Succulent + Ranunculus). This will create great symmetry with your cake.final1final2final3final4final5

Such pretty spring color inspiration! Lovin’ how realistic these flowers look, too!

If you dress up a cake 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!

 

Hashtag #Afloral with your DIY silk flower designs!

 

Fiesta Wedding Bouquet DIY

This gorgeous, colorful bridal bouquet can be made, by you, with silk flowers from Afloral.com.  Follow these easy steps and create a bouquet for your wedding fiesta!351b-RVrhVVAYWvXA1TMJ15RAbwzq6U06qKcgGx6zDE,1jqZl87vY1WkZXQTQEvp5ulP92tm8JGo71tM6Sv6es0

1. Gather your favorite silk flower stems.  For this bouquet we used 3 of the Clematis sprays in violet purple, 6 Peony buds, 4 of the Sweetpea sprays in two-tone fuchsia, 2 of the Poppy sprays in flame, the Rose Bouquet in red fuchsia, 4 of the Zinnia sprays in rubrum pink, the single Hydrangea in purple green, Billy Buttons, the soft touch Tulips in coral yellow, 3  Cabbage Echeveria stems, purple ribbon, floral tape, and wire cutters.

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Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

We are so excited to feature a “Pretty in Pink” Baby Shower by Caryn Casterline from The Moments!  We fell in love with the touch of glam added to the party and were flattered to have our Mercury Glass Cylinder Vase featured in the design.

Sprinkle-PackIf you are planning a baby shower, these are the Afloral.com products you could use to get this look.

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Create beautiful flower arrangements with premade silk flower bouquets.  Faux flowers from Afloral.com look like the real thing and the Mom-to-Be will have a keepsake to take home after the shower.  Fill our Mercury Glass Carraway Vase  (1) with our Small Confetti Rose Bouquet in Two Tone Pink (3).  To get the look Caryn used in our gold Mercury Glass Vase, include our Rose Bouquet in Soft Pink, Cream and Red (5).  Use one of our Ceramic Cake Pedstals in White (4) for your desserts and arrange everything on a Gold Sequin Table Runner (2).

Share your #Afloral designs with us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or upload your designs in our DIY Design Ideas.

Thank you Caryn for your inspiring design.  Happy Planning!

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DIY Patriotic Mason Jars

 

 

 

 

DIY these adorable Flag Mason Jars!  This is the perfect centerpiece for your 4th of July and Memorial Day celebration.

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This DIY has two easy steps.  First you will paint your mason jars and then you will arrange your centerpiece.

Step One:

1)  Gather your supplies.  You will need mason jars, paint (we chose to spray paint the jars white first but you can use red, white and blue acrylic paint as well), brushes or sponges, and painters tape.

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2)  Spray paint the jars white.  You may also choose to paint the jars by hand with white acrylic paint.  Give the jars plenty of time to dry before you start the next step.

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3)  Tape off the areas you will be painting over.  Create horizontal stripes on two of the jars and stars on the third.

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4)  Paint the two jars with the horizontal stripes red and the jar with the stars blue.  Give the jars plenty of time to dry before you remove the tape.

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5)  After the tape is removed you may need to touch up some spots with red, white, and blue paint before you move on to Step Two.

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Step Two:

1)  Gather your supplies for your floral arrangement.  You will need floral foam, wire cutters, a knife, and your favorite flowers.

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2)  Cut the floral foam so that it will fit in the mouth of the mason jar.

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3).  Cut the flower stems to size and arrange them in the mason jar.

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4)  Wrap the jars in raffia or ribbon for a little something extra and you are done!  Arrange on your holiday table and enjoy.

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Happy Holidays!

DIY Rustic Glam Centerpiece

Add a little sparkle to your rustic wedding decor.  This DIY centerpiece is easy and fun!  Follow these simple steps and find affordable supplies at Afloral.com

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1)  Gather the supplies.  You will need a rustic wooden containercake topper, adhesive spray, metallic  spray paint & glitter, floral foam, your favorite cream colored faux flowers (we choose white roses), greenery (we choose eucalyptus), painters tape, a knife, and wire cutters.

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2)  If you have choosen an unpainted cake topper, the first thing you will do is paint it.  We choose to use gold spray paint.

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3)  While you are waiting for the first coat of spray paint to dry on your cake topper you can begin assembling the centerpiece.  The first step will be to tape off your wooden container.  Leave one to two inches on the bottom of the container, depending on its size.  Spray the bottom of the container with adhesive and sprinkle generously with glitter.  Work one side at a time.  Give the glitter several minutes to adhere to the glue before you continue to Step 4.  Right before you are ready to move to the next step, tap the container gently to get rid of any loose glitter.

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4)  Measure the length of the containers opening and cut the floral foam to fit inside.  This is also a good time to check your cake topper.  If the front is dry, flip the sign over and spray paint the back.

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5)  Prepare the flowers to be arranged.  If you are using one of our pre-made bouquets you will need to remove the binding from the stems and seperate the flowers.  Use one flower to determine where to cut the stem by holding it next to the containter.  Bend the wire stem until you are pleased with the height and cut the remaining stem with wire cutters.  Cut all the flower stems to match.

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6)  Insert the flowers into the floral foam in the container.

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7)  When you are happy with the look of the flowers, add your greenery.  You may need to seperate and cut individual stems from the greenery you have choosen.  Add the stems to the arrangement until you have reached your desired look.

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8)  Remove the painters tape from the container.

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9)  When your cake topper is throughly dry insert it into the middle of the floral arrangement.

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You are now finished!  Accent your arrangement with a rustic burlap or a sparkling sequin table runner.  Add some candle votives and you have the perfect rustic wedding centerpiece!

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