Alexis Montano

DIY Faux Foliage Wreath


To celebrate our new direct shipping to the UK we teamed up with London’s own silk flower designer Friend of Faux to create this gorgeous DIY .  Afloral silk flowers made the trip across the ocean and were turned into this amazing Faux Foliage Wreath.
Follow along with Friend of Faux and create your own!


You will need:
– A wreath frame or hula hoop.  I’ve used a hula hoop as I want to create a giant wreath for more impact but it’s up to you.
Wire cutters
Floral tape
Fishing wire
– A range of greenery – I’ve gone for a mix of silvery green foliage (eucalyptus, dusty miller, and lambs ear) along with some delicate Astilbe and Sedum for some detail.Step-2 copyMethod:
1. Wrap the floral tape around the entire hula hoop to create a neat green ring.  If you’re using a wire wreath frame, skip this step.Step 42. Using a nice mix of your foliage, make small bundles secured at the end with some floral tape. Step 33. Place on the hoop or frame and secure with tape.Step 54. Working in anti-clockwise motion, place another bunch on the hoop so it overlaps with the last. Keep doing this until you have covered the whole frame.Step 65. Once the wreath is full of foliage go in and add your detail pieces fanning out from the middle in opposite directions. The Astilbe is great for this and creates a fan-effect but you can use berries or flowers.Step 76. Tie a bow in the middle at the bottom to create a focal point and use fishing wire to secure your wreath to a door or wall.Step 8

Hang on your door for the holidays, decorate your home, or use as a backdrop at your wedding.  The gorgeous greenery will really bring life to your décor.

For all of the products used in this DIY click here.

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY  design photos to share your beautiful designs.


11 Times DIY Bouquets Didn’t Fail

We have all seen the Pins and wondered if we could make it work. These brides dared to make their own wedding bouquets and NAILED IT!enhanced-13522-1447694326-2Bohac Photography / Via

  1. This bride combined silk peonies with dried flowers from the first bouquet her groom ever gave her.  The absolute picture of romance.  GP6iYrFS0yFRVLZSBiy2effXHmKaGfk2LRYa1Qn_OjMLife Expression Photography / Via
  2. Any bridesmaid would be over the moon to carry this beauty. eSFTDIGqBOJGrFK_VR30gYIE1E23act4y5OY9DGS7yYJessica Ranae Photography / Via
  3. Could this bouquet get any prettier?!  You would never know they were silk flowers!  VlT2DKqe7cRzDgZYsJRq36QTa9CvwHROpGjrwoAZA1k
  4. Some brides are lucky enough to have their mother make their bouquets.enhanced-1773-1447432443-2Morgan Marie Photography / Via
  5. Or this one. enhanced-3516-1447432607-8Floral Designs By Logue / Beyond the Flash Photography / Via
  6. Or if your like this bride, have your crafty bridesmaid make your bouquets!  This destination bride’s bouquets looked so real they even surprised customs when they arrived at the Jamaican airport.9d065ada-0ad1-11e5-be0a-22000aa61a3e-rs_729 Julius & James / Via
  7. DIY Bride + Silk Flowers + Destination Wedding = PerfectionwTfUIw4RkjUELFKN52nrvh_rB_ESmD-B7mqtCbzIZxoKeila Nieves Photography / Via
  8. This handmade bouquet is picture perfect normal-3 copyAjbartell / Via
  9. As if this bouquet wasn’t beautiful enough, this DIY bride made a floral crown to match!enhanced-11234-1447701552-13Magnolia Adam’s Photography / Via
  10. Every bride dreams of a bouquet filled with pink peonies and this savvy DIY-er made it happen. enhanced-445-1447693472-1Juyubee / Via
  11. This bouquet is simple, elegant AND handmade!  Does it get any better than this. SYWP1_Bride-SaraMackey_Photographer-JessicaBlexPhotographyAndDesign__10-18-14_2 copyJessica Blex Photography and Design / Via

Now get out there and DIY!

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY wedding pictures to share your beautiful designs.


DIY Candle Ring Centerpiece

This week we found some inspiration while flipping through the pages of Bridal Guide.  We loved this beautiful candle ring so much we decided to get to work, but we went one step further!
dream-themes copyNow you can create a beautiful centerpiece that can be used for every event theme and every season.  Using a wreath form and silk hydrangeas make this DIY wreath that you can use as a door wreath for the holidays or as a candle ring for a table centerpiece.  Mix and match your favorite silk flowers for a one of a kind design.  QLA7h_pwUJuYRbsIqokgCvko4FNY3D4ESt1328rZ5gEGather your materials.  For the base of this centerpiece you will need silk hydrangeas.  We decided to mix it up with a variety of hydrangeas to give it some depth.  We choose to use the cream and green hydrangea bouquet, two of the hydrangea bushes in cream white, and two of the silk flower hydrangea bushes in cream white at 22 inches.  You can pick from any of our high-quality silk hydrangeas for your wreath. You will also need a wire wreath form, wire cutters, and floral tape.  For the center of the candle ring we used a hurricane vase and a pillar candlehFyAtUPN7172wJDlP7RulAxBlVJd_0dmcJXnQy0XFxgYour first step will be to clip the flower heads off of the bushes.  Leave about 2 inches of stem to tape to the wire form. bJRRSw952cDxhIJfaEKhcktv3FAlrTF8tWENYFC1h-oTake a moment and look at this gorgeous pile of hydrangea blooms!h0n7ty0YFvoHKzdwdeeFZy6BvMBvn3tLmctSVbBWBdsBegin taping the flower heads to the wire wreath form with foral tape.  We worked from the inner ring to the outer ring, going clockwise around the form.  Z_d_6E2oG_F27v0GTYmEfa0oFoEclJ_lHAzpeMXBM6kWe added all of the flowers from one bush first so that each of the different hydrangeas were evenly spaced around the wreath form. mXG1dyMCN3hKOBmYrXKRZyfJf1NVr4mCN_SZ7whVc_kIf you are using it as a candle ring all you need to do now is lay it in the center of your table, place the hurricane vase and pillar candle in the center, and you are done! KP7WQ-xcAlSzjzxYM9EjKF1DVln2ZZjaaolvHnU2RnQ copyK0mvf_AVS-YRdLofo4y6YG9roBeFCpvzhDAniO7vIQYBut we weren’t done!  We came up with a new look for each season, and one for the holidays.  First comes Spring… GU23rwoW6Drcp3PEhGE7pkdS23tzbSzK7s1dFjNSNjYSummer. ATAX0nF1YCfP3l9Z5M-X2R8jdM8jxq8PQfjYsyU734A copyFall.7Jc_qwuO7BBXdL4OsItOiXLfsCAAZDIMPMjf25xX-7o copyAnd winter!Ismvq_6U28eB_h4p2R_SJiwqlTLZMgZqEe8NLUfZ4uA copyEach of these are perfect for a season inspired wedding centerpiece.  Not planning a wedding?  Try this one for your holiday table!weJ6EHKyOOPRT0XMVVMVyrrO1rN5ShXbd65gYq_caWoIf you would like to turn this into a wreath all you need to do is tie a bow on it.sBF5orYBtoeOzXb-8TbV2flOcfm5N7M1TwBATvXYT7o,9xHKH0KAuQqTijdNwCr35z-SyXZEbrn6XWdcriN3JJcFor the candle rings we did not tape the additional flowers to the wreath form so that they could easily be switched out.  However, we recommend attaching the additional stems with tape if you are using it as a door wreath.  To find all of the stems and décor we used in our additional looks, go here.

Create your own wedding centerpieces with wedding decorations and silk wedding

For more DIY designs follow the Afloral Youtube Channel and visit the DIY Design Ideas at  Add #Afloral to all of your DIY wedding pictures to share your beautiful designs.


Christmas Wrapping That’s Almost Too Pretty…

enhanced-29211-1445880690-8There is no time like the present to get ready for Christmas.  Get crafty this year and add some special touches to your gifts with these DIY wrapping ideas.

  1. Brown Paper Packages tied up with StringYbe73dD8nKsUNQnKn4QAWKnV45ZavN7WMUd_SGSCFCk,y4Eg3O7sgMNjfrSFMwFvTGdQ42CAat2dxeHIZyM8X4E copyKraft paper gives you the perfect canvas for any wrapping ideas you dream up. Faux poinsettias and snowy pine dress up these brown paper packages.
  2. These are a few favoritesPicture-73You can’t go wrong with gold and black, from Boxwood Clippings.
  3. Keepin’ it classic54eb87a9593d1_-_golden-gifts-mdnThese beauties from Woman’s Day will make any Grinch excited for Christmas morning!
  4. Or whimsicalbrown-shipping-paper-wrapsYes, A Beautiful Day used doilies and measuring tape!
  5. Faux flowers for a fab facadeafloralgiftwrap-14Silk Flower DIY from Green Wedding Shoes.
  6. All that glittersGlitter-Dipped-Gift-Tags-FeatureKeep the wrapping simple and add some sprakle to the tags with this DIY from The Thinking Closet.
  7. Is gold… and silver! glamourgiftwrappingMix and match your favorite metallics, like Handmade Mood.
  8. Get your DIY on with gold paintsY7d8OAM85flIWBIn1IIvNgmu_UIR0Kp1pmwI71MsdI,7J6vDUhub4jNYl69A-Nb1yKTSDidWtwcc_umiRHKyMESpray paint faux greenery over kraft paper and voilà! You’ve created your very own, one of a kind, handmade wrapping paper.
  9. And gold berriesafloralgiftwrap-04Gold berries will give any gift a glam look for the holidays.
  10. Or even chalkboard paint. bChalkboardPaper2013-e1387761656920Chalkboard paper is another great way to get crafty with your wrapping. Draw your favorite holiday designs, like this one, or write a special message.  Get the paper pre-made or paint your own with chalkboard paint and kraft paper.
  11. Make it personal with a wood burned tagEtched-Birch-Ornaments-10These adorable tags from Design Mom can double as ornaments!  Get more ideas on wood burning here.
  12. Have a boho chic Christmas1XbU-bAJdqAs0yrDvPjUDEVS_Q6JXxcmb0JTkqD3HOg,3aKXhekoEwzS2HRI5PwPhm0BSZzBWJifBzEkoWNUb6c copyFlowers, feathers, berries… wrap your gift in todays hottest trends.
  13. Add feathers for your rustic lookIMG_7155Give your rustic wrapping a little glam by gilding feathers and pinecones.
  14. And for the glam girlDSC_0032Pink and gold, does it get any better than this cutie from Margot Madison Creative!
  15. Make it Pretty in Pinkil_570xN.403065065_pbpfBreak away from red and green and start dreaming of a pink Christmas.
  16. Who wouldn’t want to get this gift? afloralgiftwrap-12This gift is all dressed up and ready to go to your holiday party.
  17. Or this onevPB6D3rwPkcOvCUaJ70KeAhYJdKqFVXamH6GIfsGQag,mqjZ-wOcTO3SRZyBgmTOikQWnKfGGUDaiBC2LvYa4es copyWho could regift something this beautiful?
  18. No one will want to peek inside, these presents are so prettyPicture-321-e1415324004810Does it get prettier than these beauties from Boxwood Clippings?!
  19. This gift looks so sweet under the tree 😉 glitterpintoppers3Love this gift topper from Creature Comforts!
  20. It looks like it will be a Merry Christmas, no matter who wrapped it!6a01053717ab71970b017d3ea89641970c-800wi copyWhether it’s wrapped in Santa’s workshop or yours, this combo of craftpaper and twine from Cosmo Cricket has never looked so good.

That’s a Wrap!

DIY Floral Balloon

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes.  DIY_floralballoon-1Here at GWS we are big fans of balloons (remember this other DIY Giant Balloon we did?) and so today we paired up with Afloral to put a twist on the giant balloon tassels – just add flowers! Or more specificailly, those all-too-gorgeous peonies. And guess what? They don’t need to be in season because these blooms are silk flowers! Yep, just another reason to love Afloral. Here’s how we did it…materialsWhat You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from AFloral. We picked these: Mauve Peony, Peach Peony, Coral Peony, Peony Spray,Cream Pink Peony, Greens (similar)
Giant Balloon
Floral Tape
• Scissors
• Tape
Twine, ribbon, string, etc. step1-4Step 1: Inflate your balloon to desired fullness and tie a long string to the base (as long as you want the tail). You can trim all your flower heads + greens in this step as well to prep everything.
Step 2: Start by taking some of your greens and taping to the very top. Fasten with floral tape or reinforce with tape/hot glue
Step 3: Continue by alternating greens with flower heads and making your way down. Use your best judgement here on placement – make it look pretty!
Step 4: Fill up the entire string until down to the bottom and you’re done! The flower heads should weigh down the balloon well enough not to fly away but securing to something before putting outside or alone would be advisable. finish1finish2finish3finish4

Such a fun wedding or party piece!

If you make your own Floral Balloon 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 and #Afloral. We’ll regram our faves!