DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

Contributed blog post from Lover.ly. They used Afloral’s flowers for their Best Buds Weekly Feature!

This week, we’re showing you how to make a 4th of July centerpiece

4th of July centerpiece

If you’re planning a BBQ for Independence Day and need a little inspiration for your all-American decor, this simple floral arrangement is the perfect way to add a patriotic touch!

4th of July centerpiece DIY

Supplies:  White vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall,  5.5 inches tall and 8 inches tall), One large block of floral foam, and wire cutters.

Red arrangement (tall vase) has 6-8 red carnations  and 6 red Gerbera daisies.

Blue arrangement (medium vase) has 6 blue carnations and 6-8 blue cornflowers.

 White arrangement (short vase) has 6 white mini roses and 6-8 white carnations


1. Cut a piece of foam a few inches tall to fit inside each vase and place inside.

2. Place stems along the side of the vase to gauge the desired height and trim accordingly with wire cutters.

3. Fill each vase with the corresponding carnations, pushing the stems into the foam.

4. Use the remaining flowers to fill out the arrangement.

4th of July centerpiece

We love that these arrangements are so simple to create and add a fun punch of color to your 4th of July party! (And if you’re not feeling the red, white, and blue, you could use the same method with flowers in different colors to create a monochromatic arrangement for any occasion!)



Vintage Wedding Flowers ~ Laura’s Inspiration Board

Laura writes:  Hi. I am going for inexpensive, diy, rustic, shabby chic wedding.  The colors are light pink, mint green, and light blue for wedding décor. Any ideas?

Bouquet Inspiration Photo:  Katie Neal Photo  |  Floral Designer:  Sue Williams (venue owner) and Karen Williams (friend)
via Wedding Chicks

To recreate and view the floral stems used to recreate this vintage bouquet, please click HERE:

  1. 1 Cream Blush Stock Spray
  2. 1 Pink Dahlia
  3. 2 Ivory Dahlias
  4. 2 Cream Sweetheart Bundles
  5. 1 Pink Cabbage Rose Bush
  6. 1 Dusty Miller Bush
  7. 1 Blush Cream Rose Bouquet for your bridesmaids
  8. Natural Jute Ribbon & Cord to wrap your bouquet



Malibu Blue & Cream Wedding Flowers ~ Sherri’s Inspiration Board

Sherri writes:  My wedding colors are malibu blue, silver, and ivory.  The guys are wearing black tuxes with Malibu vests.

Sherri-Turquoise-bouquetBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Danielle AquilinePhotography  |  Floral Designers:  DIY Bride
via The Knot

To recreate and view the beautiful floral stems used in this simple and elegant Calla Lily & Rose Bouquet, please click HERE:

  1. 12 Cream Calla Lilies
  2. 8 Cream English Garden Rose Sprays or
  3. Cream Rose Bouquet {Can be used as a base for the bridal bouquet}
  4. 3-5 Blue Green Jeweled Rhinestone Picks
  5. Turquoise Blue Rose Bouquet for your bridesmaids
  6. Turquoise Herringbone Ribbon to wrap the bouquets
  7. Premade Calla Lily Boutonniere for the groom and groomsmen


Our Latest Addition: Fresh Wedding Flowers

Over the years, we’ve had many customer requests here at Afloral.com.  Usually we work hard to meet these requests, but there’s one we never acted on – until now.

Afloral is proud to announce the latest addition to our ever-expanding line: Fresh Wedding Flower Collections.  Due to an overwhelming number of requests, we now carry a select number of fresh wedding flower packages in 7 different colors.  Each color collection is available in 3 different size options and 2 add-on options.

We’re dedicated to our customers, so we’ve searched high and low to find a fresh flower option that is budget-friendly, yet still gorgeous and reliable.  For years, we’ve talked about the advantages of silk flowers, and we aren’t straying from that concept.  Silk flowers are great for those with allergies, can be arranged months before the event, and are perfect in climates where fresh flowers simply would not survive. But after receiving thousands of customer requests, we decided to give you the best of both worlds.

These packages can be ordered 2-8 weeks before your wedding date and will be delivered 2 days prior to your event. With your package, you will receive instructions on how to keep your flowers looking great for the big day. Each collection is complete with finished products.  For those customers who want customized fresh flower bouquets and centerpieces, your best bet is to talk with your local florist – these packages cannot be customized in any way.  Combine the fresh packages with some silk stems, or with arrangements and designs created by your local florist to make the most of your wedding flower decor.

Laura’s Hometown Damask Themed Wedding

On April 28, 2012, Laura threw an elegant damask themed hometown wedding. She was thrilled with the quality of our stems, and wanted to show all you DIY brides what she did with her wedding flowers. The ceremony was held in her hometown, Appleton, Minnesota. They tried to have a very personal ceremony, so they were married in the church Laura grew up in. They have an  eight month old daughter, and Laura’s husband pulled her up the aisle in a wagon.

At the reception, the tables were covered in black tablecloths, hot pink overlays and damask runners. She had three different centerpieces and every centerpiece had a white kissing ball that sat on the top. She used pink LED lights in all the centerpieces, dimmed the lights and had hundreds of candles lit to create a romantic atmosphere. The ceiling was draped with organza, lights, and paper lanterns.

When we asked her why she chose Afloral flowers over fresh flowers, she said:
I wanted something that was affordable. I hated to spend a fortune on flowers when I could get something that looked just as nice for a fraction of the cost. I wanted to be able to keep my flowers forever as a keepsake. I knew we were going to be taking pictures indoors and outdoors and I didn’t want the worry having to keep in water and the fear of petals falling off or flower wilting.

So of course we got curious, and wanted to hear how her husband proposed.

Laura’s husband is a police officer and one Saturday morning his friend called and said he was stuck and needed help. So he left and half an hour later he called and said he was stuck too so he needed Laura to come pick him up. She was about ½ a mile out of town and a deputy sheriff pulled her over. She knew she wasn’t speeding, but the sheriff approached and said she had a broken taillight. She stepped out of the car to check out the taillight, and all she could hear was the song “Marry Me” blaring in the Sheriff’s SUV. Her husband got out of the SUV and proposed right there, on the side of the road.

Laura was happy to give us some more fun details about her big day:

Our party favor for our guests were heart shaped cookie cutters with a tag that read “Truly Cut Out for Each Other”.  We rented a party bus for our wedding party to ride in and that was probably the most fun part of the day. It was so fun just letting loose with the people we were closest with and knowing the hard part was over and the fun was going to begin. The whole wedding party had a grand entrance to “Party Rock Anthem”. We then served our meal, had a slideshow, and the dancing began!

I want to thank Afloral for helping me truly have my fairy tale wedding. The flowers looked absolutely stunning…your company has outstanding customer service.  I will definitely highly recommend your company to friends and family!

Congratulations Laura and Cody, thank you so much for letting us feature your beautiful wedding. <3