Spring Wreaths Straight from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

While surfing the net today looking for some lovely DIY spring wreath inspiration, we found this amazing post from The Hometalk Blog, written by blogger Diana Mackie. In fear of looking subpar, we decided to share this wonderful post with you, instead of drafting our own.Bravo to the ladies at Hometalk.com, your work is simply stunning.

We’ve got a beautiful and bountiful Spring Wreath for every style!

What better way to welcome springtime than with a wreath full of flowers and greenery.

Tulip Wreath
We here at Hometalk have a special appreciation for tulips- we can’t get enough of them (Editors note: Miriam was just at the Tulip Festival- check out her post!). As the most signature flower of spring, we can’t think of a more fitting spring wreath.

Buy a variety of silk or synthetic tulips from a reliable source (we want them to look fabulous, right?) like Afloral.com. Choose whatever colors get you the most excited for spring! We love the color schemes of both Christina & Jacque. Christina stuck her flowers into the base of a grapevine wreath, while Jacque used a foam wreath wrapped in ribbon, and stuck the flower stems in-between the ribbon and the foam. Either way, cut the tulip bouquets up into smaller stems, and have fun planning out which color to stick where.

The thing that makes both of these wreaths look particularly stunning is that they packed in quite a few tulip buds- we recommend doing the same!

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Hydrangea Wreath
We love how full and abundant hydrangeas look- especially when crafted into a beautiful spring wreath! Look at how perfectly Maryann offset the color of the hydrangeas with bright green moss and small white flowers. To make this wreath, begin with a grapevine wreath, and insert the flowers in between the vines. Top it off with some nice blue burlap- or any other color that you’d like. You can even hang this spring wreath inside, like Maryann did.

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Daffodil Spring Wreath
We love Deb’s flower choice, down-to-earth daffodils. Deb created this wreath by sprucing up one she already had lying around from seasons past. She simply pulled the flower tops off the old stems, and replaced them with new flower tops. We think her sprinkling of smaller purple and pink flowers just makes this spring wreath look extra cheery.

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Spring Bouquet Wreath
Doesn’t this wreath just look like spring is bounding off into your arms? You can easily get this lovely bouquet wreath look- just follow Melissa from Stockpiling Mom’s tips. Begin with a basic grapevine wreath, and keep in mind that the key design element is a “top heavy” wreath, with the longer stems coming down.

The background layer is served well by golden rod, followed by tulips and daffodils in the middle ground, and the stand out purple iris as the foreground. For the visual center, add a burlap bow and an easter ornament using a glue gun, like this cute birds nest selected by Melissa. Because there is a fair amount of flowers coming out of one section of the wreath, you may need to secure the flowers with a hot glue gun as well.

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Wildflower Wreath
We love how this spring wreath by Melissa looks like an armful of wildflowers- and it takes no time at all! She made this wreath for her mother, who taught her all she knows about wreath- making.

Start with a plain grapevine wreath (starting to notice a pattern?), and quite heartily wrap fern garland around it. Allowing for a few loose strands will help achieve the “country” look. Next add the blue bunched blossoms and accompanying leaves, adding slightly more to the bottom. Next, add in some white wispy flowers, again mostly to the bottom half of the wreath. Next, cut apart the yellow bunched flowers, and add those in, concentrated at the bottom center, but climbing up one side of the wreath to achieve the ultimate effect. We love the bright coloring and wide variety of flowers offered by Afloral.com – so you’ll likely be able to find versions of your local wildflowers to make this look extra homey.

Wildflower Spring Wreath

Wildflower Spring Wreath

A Spring Wreath For All You Gardeners
Here is a super adorable and incredibly easy spring wreath – a garden hose! To start, coil the garden hose and secure it with a twisty-tie. Then insert the small spring bouquet of your choice into the twisty tie, layer on some colorful garden gloves, then finish with a lovely ribbon and bow. Feel free to get creative with fun extra clips like Jill did- how precious is that ladybug?

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Rabbits-in-the Field Wreath
This animated spring wreath consists of two wreaths, attached at the side. Lizy’s bigger one is about 28” diameter and the smaller one is close to 16”diameter. She attached the flowers and draping grass with wires, and purposely left some of the underlying grapevine wreath bare to represent the rabbit’s holes and burrows. Selecting some nice dangling greenery is key to creating the “in the field” look. We think most of the fun will be finding the cutest rabbits to be the stars of your spring wreath scene!

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

 Spring Berries Wreath
What better way to celebrate spring than with fruits and berries! You can easily make your own verison of this lovely Country Living Magazine spring wreath. You can use live ones from your yard (or surrounding area) or buy plastic berry pieces and ivy from a craft supply store. Wrap short lengths of the berry vines around a heavy-gauge wire (we like 10”-12”). Wind the wire around the vines to secure, and use wire to piece the berries, and then attach to the wreath. Fresh berry wreaths can last a whole day!
Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Wreath of Dried Roses
Anne of White Lace Cottage broke from the norm and used a wooden frame as her spring wreath foundation. She then attached her dried roses using a hot glue gun, varying the colors and at times leaving some space so the underlying wood frame could peek through. We think this perfectly captures the Shabby Chic look!
Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Spring Willow Wreath
This is one of the most visually arresting wreaths on our list. This spring willow wreath is sure to make a grand statement, whether hung from your door or wall. Begin with the twig-style wreath of your choice (Barb used a will wreath as her base), and begin inserting the willow branches into the bottom of the wreath alternating between left and right. Insert the branches in a “spray” shape, with the flow coming out of the center and spreading out to the side. The willow branches at the top can be wrangled in, closer to the wreath base. This mid-way photo ought to point you in the right direction:

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Delicate Vine Wreath
For those of you looking to make a more delicate wreath statement, this is the perfect DIY project for you. Abby began with an embroidery hoop, and sparing looped around some handsome ivey. We just love her finishing touches of a nice spring bow at the bottom and a few colorful butterflies.

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Coffee Filter Wreath
This spring wreath idea from Angie of The Country Chic Cottage would make such a fun craft to do with the kiddos. First mix up your desired colors in small bowls with water and food coloring. Then dip the ends of the coffee filters into the food coloring, the coloring effect will travel up the filter while they set them aside to dry. You can use any wreath form as the base, just first wrap it with cotton strips. Finally, attach the dried and color coffee filters at the base, using a hot glue gun. It’s easiest to begin from the outermost part of the wreath, like so:

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

We think it would be fun to experiment with tye-dye effects, or even aim for an ombre coloring effect!

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Any craft that you can make all your own is a great DIY project in our book.

Fun Floral Hat Wreath
This wonderfully creative idea from Barb at Our Fairfield Home and Garden is a unique take on spring wreaths, and do-able in just a few minutes! Simply arrange your desired flowers and ivy around the brim of the hat, and hot glue one! Nothing quite says “springtime” like star hats to us! Like the coffee filter spring wreath, we encourage you to make this craft all your own- decorate with items and themes that reflect your unique personality.

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Fore even more DIY spring wreath ideas, check out this fabulous Spring Wreath Hometalk board,curated by Katie Murphy of Upcycled Treasures!

If you’re not quite up for the DIY task, we are big fans of Pier 1’s wreath selection, and the work byLenore of Design a Wreath - how beautiful!

Design a Wreath's Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

Design a Wreath’s Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

We’d love to see your completed spring wreaths, share your beautiful works of art on Hometalk!

Let us know which wreath was your favorite in the comments.

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Five Must Have Items for a Rustic Wedding

As the weather gets warmer, we start to see a lot more rustic wedding inspiration. This theme definitely pairs well with a sunny outdoor ceremony, so if you’re planning a rustic wedding right now, don’t forget to add these five essential items to your shopping list.

Grapevine Balls

We love using these grapevine balls as a simple rustic wedding accent. Scatter them across the table, or fill one large cylinder glass vase with these natural beauties.

6" Grapevine Ball Only $4.19

6″ Grapevine Ball Only $4.19

Mason Jars

Mason jars are so trendy this season, and we couldn’t agree more. Although we do sell mason jars in a plethora of colors, I suggest you keep your rustic wedding simple with the clear mason jar. Perhaps fill it with pink flowers or cream flowers for a more romantic look.

Clear Mason Jar Only $64.99 for a pack of 24

Clear Mason Jar Only $64.99 for a pack of 24

Lots of Burlap

Just when you thought more burlap wasn’t possible, they went ahead and made burlap flowers :) Who would’ve ever imagined that? Pair our burlap flowers with a scripted flower in your rustic wedding centerpiece. They compliment each other quite well.

Burlap Wedding Decorations from Afloral.com

Burlap Wedding Decorations from Afloral.com

Wood Sign

We sell sooo many different wood signs, so pick one and customize away. You can paint them, carve them, bedazzle them, whatever you like. The wood sign is great for an outdoor ceremony, as it also adds a whimsical touch.

Wooden Wedding Sign Only $5.99

Wooden Wedding Sign Only $5.99

Branches Galore

Not every DIY bride likes branches, but at a rustic wedding, they are an absolute necessity.  If you’re not too crazy about the whole “tree” look, just place one at your card table for a hint of natural. If you’re going more for rustic glam, spray paint the branch and voila! – fabulous.

27" Artificial Branch Only $18.99

27″ Artificial Branch Only $18.99

Are you having a rustic wedding? Share your ideas below :)

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Top 5 Art Deco Wedding Trends

Art deco weddings are super in this year, and this style is one of my personal favorites. It’s just SO glamourous, and can really be done any time of the year. When this wedding trend first emerged, I had absolutely no idea what the term “art deco” actually meant.

But just to give you some background, art deco can be defined as “an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France after World War I … combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials … often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes, and lavish ornamentation”. [Thank you, Wikipedia]

After doing some more research, here are some must have art deco wedding trends for this season.

1. Black and Gold
This trend usually mixes black containers or wedding accessories with gold stems or glittery accents.

Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Photo From Mug Shots Photography

Black and Gold Art Deco Wedding Photo From Mug Shots Photography

2. Feathers Galore
The art deco theme is partial to the large ostrich feathers popping out of wedding centerpieces and accenting hairpieces.

Art Deco Wedding Photo From BridalTweet.com

Art Deco Wedding Photo From BridalTweet.com

3. Burgundy Accents
Use  burgundy wedding flowers to add some drama to your cream colored art deco wedding bouquet.

Burgundy Wedding Flowers from 100LayerCake.com

Burgundy Wedding Flowers from 100LayerCake.com

4. Bold Geometric Shapes
Love this wedding cake, but this geometric  trend can be used in other wedding decor too.

Mint Gold Art Deco Wedding Cake from RuffledBlog.com

Mint Gold Art Deco Wedding Cake from RuffledBlog.com

5. Nude + Jewels
The mixture of these two styles is a play on the glam simplicity of the art deco theme. Many brides also marry these two in their wedding dress.

Nude Jeweled Art Deco Shoes Source Unknown

Nude Jeweled Art Deco Shoes Source Unknown

These are our picks, hope you enjoy. Do you have any other art deco wedding ideas? Comment below!

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How to Dress Up Your Premade Bouquet

If you’re a no fuss kinda girl, chances are you’re using premade bouquets on your wedding day. Some have the crafting eye and patience to be DIY brides, but others just want simple, hassle free wedding flowers.

Afloral.com offers a large selection of stunning premade wedding bouquets. We have boho bouquets, rustic bouquets, traditional bouquets, and that’s just to name a few. They are gorgeous and totally affordable. But, what if you fall in the middle? What if you love the ease of preparation the premade bouquets have to offer, but really would love to make it your own? Have no fear, the anticrafter is here to offer a simple solution.

I’ve come up with a list of five different ways to dress up your premade bouquet. This way, you don’t have to mess with bundling together individual stems, but you still can carry a unique wedding bouquet on your big day.

1. Bouquet Wrap  The majority of our premade bouquets do not come with bouquet wrap. Pick a ribbon that fits your theme and style, and wrap away. To wrap a premade bouquet, you usually need about one foot of ribbon,  and 2-3 corsage pins.

My favorite ribbons are the burlap ribbon in natural, ivory lacy ribbon, and raw muslin wrap in coral.

Decorative Ribbon

2. Brooches + Bouquet Bling If you’re a glamourous  bride, you might want to add a little bling to your bouquet. Some of our bling comes on a pick, and others are just pins. Either pin it to one of the silk stems, or wrap the pick up in the bouquet.

Butterfly Charm

3. Bundle together 2-3 premade bouquets for a fuller look.

4. Bundle together 2-3 different bouquets for a unique look.

5. Attach a charm or family heirloom to the bouquet wrap. Many brides like to use a family necklace or charm as their something old or something borrowed. Attach it to the ribbon you wrap your bouquet with, it’s the perfect accent. If you don’t have that, use one of our photo lockets or keys.

Bouquet Charm

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Three Simple Bouquets for the DIY Bride

Not all you DIY brides want to throw together a bouquet with 8 different types of wedding flowers.

If you’re an anti crafter by nature (like me), you want a wedding bouquet that’s  beautiful and easy to assemble. You might not have time to throw together an elaborate creation, or you just might not want to.

But, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice beauty for simplicity.

Here’s three bouquets that can be made with one or two products, but still look absolutely gorgeous.

1. Baby’s Breath Bouquet – Use 3-5 bunches of baby’s breath to recreate this country inspired bouquet.

Baby's Breath Bouquet Photo From RuffledBlog.com

Baby’s Breath Bouquet Photo From RuffledBlog.com

2. Peony Bouquet – This lush bouquet uses 12-14 pink peonies, but that’s all you’ll need to make a statement.

Pink Peony Bouquet Photo  By BDG Photography

Pink Peony Bouquet Photo By BDG Photography

3. Last, but not least, the ever popular calla lily bouquet, which can be made in a variety of colors. Assemble this bouquet using 12-14 individual stems, or buy one of our premade calla lily bouquets.

Calla Lily Bouquet Photo From Pinterest

Calla Lily Bouquet Photo From Pinterest

Do you have any other simple wedding bouquet ideas? Comment below!

 

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