DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

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

 

Three white vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall5.5 inches tall, and 8 inches tall)

 

One large block of floral foam

 

Wire cutters

 

Red arrangement (tall vase)

 

6-8 red carnations

 

6 red mini Gerbera daisies

 

Blue arrangement (medium vase)

 

6 blue carnations

 

6-8 blue cornflowers

 

White arrangement (short vase)

 

6 white mini spray roses

 

6-8 white carnations

 

Instructions

 

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!)

XO,

Rachel
Lover.ly

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How to Make a DIY Submersible Centerpiece

Submersible centerpieces are still ever so popular in the DIY wedding world. They are so easy to make, and you can assemble one centerpiece in a matter of minutes. With our growing list of submersible flowers, the centerpiece possibilities are absolutely endless.

For this popular orchid and calla lily submersible table setting, you just need two different flowers, two different containers, and several  floating candles. P.S. Water might also be a good idea too :)

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from Afloral.com

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from Afloral.com

For the orchid centerpiece, you will need one or two dendrobium orchids, one 18″ clear glass cylinder vase, and one floating candle.

For the calla lily centerpiece, you will need one 6″ clear glass cylinder vase and two to four real touch calla lilies in white.

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Place your stems in their appropriate vases, and fill with water. Finally, for the orchid centerpiece, place one floating candle on top, light it, and voila! You’re finished with your DIY submersible centerpiece.

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Get the Look: Blue Hydrangea Wedding

Blue hydrangeas are a classic and popular wedding flower. These garden stems are perfect for a summer wedding,  as they act as a gorgeous and natural accent, but don’t dominate the entire ceremony.

Assembling a blue hydrangea wedding is also incredibly easy. At the very least,  you just need several hydrangea bushes, stem cutters, floral tape, large containers, and finishing ribbon for the bouquet wrap. If you want to create a more full and diverse look, you can also add in some assorted greenery or white/cream stems, such as a rose.

The visual below shows you just how easy it is to assemble your own blue hydrangea wedding bouquet.

Blue Hydrangea Wedding  - Do It Yourself

I also fell in love with this wedding centerpiece pictured below. This is great for all you DIY brides who cannot get enough blue. The mason jars add a simple rustic touch and the blue hydrangeas definitely complete the look.

You can recreate this look by trimming off the stems from our blue hydrangea bush, and placing them in one of our blue mason jars. If you want to change it up a bit, scatter a couple mason jars around the event with white hydrangeas as well.

Blue Hydrangea Centerpiece – Photo from ElizabethAnneDesigns.com

If you aren’t much for assembling your own wedding bouquet or wedding centerpiece, just use our premade blue hydrangea wedding bouquet for both.

Blue Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet Only $14.89

Blue Hydrangea Wedding Bouquet Only $14.89

Carry it alone, or pair it with one of our lovely containers for your wedding centerpieces.

The blue hydrangea wedding is one of the simplest looks to recreate. It is perfect for a summer wedding, and goes well with DIY brides who prefer a more natural, garden fresh look without much fuss.

Did you use blue hydrangeas in your DIY wedding? Comment below!

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Use Hanging Bushes to Make a Wedding Centerpiece

Last week, I talked to all our Flower Friends about how to use spring bushes to make a wedding centerpiece. This week, I want to kick it up a notch, and show you how to make gorgeous wedding or at home arrangements with our hanging bushes.

Wedding Azalea Hanging Bush in Cerise

Wedding Azalea Hanging Bush in Cerise

If you prefer a more romantic, whimsical look, a hanging bush will make a perfect centerpiece. The stems will flow over the container, and add an effortless, beautiful touch to your wedding or home decor.

The cerise azalea bush pictured above would be a great outdoor spring centerpiece. Wonder why I say outdoor? Because it’s waterproof :) (Waterproof faux flowers, what a wonderful world!)

Place some foam in a large container, perhaps something like the Whitewashed Natural Wood Container or the Terra Cotta Pot in Antique Blue, and then just stick the hanging bush in the foam.

Fluff it a bit, and you’re done. So easy, right?

Here’s an example of the finished product, we found this gorgeous azalea centerpiece on RealSimple.com.

Azalea Centerpiece found on RealSimple.com

Azalea Centerpiece found on RealSimple.com

If you’re more of a greenery fan, and not so much into flowering stems, vines, and garlands, check out our decorative sweetheart bush in variegated green. This so simple and lovely.

This hanging bush will look gorgeous indoors or outdoors; in winter, spring, summer, or fall. (Ok, well I don’t recommend you leave it outside in -5 degree weather, but that’s your call).

Decorative Sweetheart Bush in Variegated Green

Decorative Sweetheart Bush in Variegated Green

When it’s all said and done, it doesn’t take a crafting genius to put together a centerpiece with hanging bushes. It literally takes you less than ten minutes to assemble, and if you take care of your faux flowers, it could last for years.

Have you used one of our hanging bushes to make a centerpiece? Comment below!

 

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How to Incorporate Mercury Glass in Your Wedding Decor

A couple years ago, mercury glass vases entered the wedding decorations arena. They add a touch of elegance and glam to an otherwise simple wedding table arrangement. Personally, we love using mercury glass containers because they are so incredibly versatile, and add a bit of sparkle to any wedding theme.

Pair it with black and silver for a formal affair, or pair it with eggplant and burnt orange for an autumn wedding. The possibilities really are endless.

Check out our favorite mercury glass looks below.

Mercury Glass Wedding Table Setting from Afloral.com

Mercury Glass Wedding Table Setting from Afloral.com

We recently created this look for an outdoor photoshoot. This table setting is perfect for a bright and cheery summer wedding. We mixed the mercury  glass containers with fuchsia vintage bottles and faux flowers, which helped kept the entire look very fun and informal.

Eggplant Mercury Glass Centerpiece from Afloral.com

Eggplant Mercury Glass Centerpiece from Afloral.com

This look is way more elegant, and would be best for a late fall wedding. Keep it classy and simple with one eggplant colored rose and a couple sprays of black berries.

Succulent Wedding Centerpiece

Succulent Wedding Centerpiece

If you love mercury glass, but aren’t a huge fan of faux flowers, try incorporating greenery and succulents instead. We love this wedding centerpiece because the moss and greenery overflow outside the container. It is dramatic, but so easy to recreate.

Mercury Glass Candleholders from Style Me Pretty

Mercury Glass Candleholders from Style Me Pretty

This wedding table arrangement is so gorgeous.We love how the height of each piece varies. The low hydrangeas act as a gorgeous foundation to the high candleholders.

Did you use mercury glass in your wedding decor? Comment below!

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