DIY Sunflower Pomander

Pomander or kissing balls are a popular wedding decor item.  What ever name you call them by, the flower bloom spheres are an easy item to decorate with.  DIY pomanders are fairly simple to create.  Three floral products, faux flowers, styrofoam balls and ribbon, keep materials to a minimum.

Making your own pomanders will allow you to customize flower and color choices to your wedding theme and also coordinate with bouquet flowers.  If you are already planning other DIY flower projects you can order your faux flowers in bushes instead of single stems or possibly get a discount on bulk purchases. Who doesn’t love saving a little money?

DIY Sunflower Pomander

DIY Sunflower Pomander

Afloral.com’s sunflower pomander is a popular pin on pinterest, actually it is one of the most re-pinned pins from the afloral.com site.  Keeping in mind it’s ease and versatile lets take a look at how you can create your own sunflower pomander.

Materials:

Tip: By using the sunflower bush you are going to get the most for your money, it will be more affordable than buying individual stems for this project.

  1. Trim sunflower blooms off the sunflower bush, leaving about 3-4″ of the stem. Base this measurement off the diameter of the styrofoam ball you are going to insert them into.
  2. Insert blooms around the circumference of the styrofoam ball, keeping blooms close together until the entire surface around the ball is filled.
  3. Optional, add ribbon to be able to hang pomanders for decor.  Trim several inches of ribbon to create a loop then hot glue ends to the styrfoam ball, hiding the ribbon’s ends underneath the flower blooms.

Pomanders are versatile decor items.  The sunflower pomander would be perfect for any rustic, outdoor, country or barn weddings. Pomanders can substitute for bridesmaid bouquets or flower girl’s baskets coming in at a fraction of the cost for traditional flower arrangements.  To use them in ceremony decor, pomanders can be hassle free aisle or pew decorations.

Wedding reception decor ideas are endless with pomanders.  Centerpieces can incorporate the faux flower spheres from displaying them in vases to hanging them from branches.  Pomanders make simple and affordable chairbacks for the bridal party table.  And as seen in our afloral.com sunflower pomander photo, they can be hung as decor items to dress up any venue space.

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Spring Wedding Bouquet

Romantic Spring Wedding Bouquet; Photo credit: via Baysidebride.com Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography  Florist: Sea of Blossoms

Romantic Spring Wedding Bouquet; Photo credit: via Baysidebride.com Photographer: Marcella Treybig Photography Florist: Sea of Blossoms

Spring is right around the corner.  Brides will be looking for a fresh wedding flower look to accompany this change in season.  Popular wedding trends like vintage weddings and trendy flower choices will influence the season’s look.
Baysidebride.com showcased some beautiful wedding flower bouquets to keep an eye out for this spring season, whether bold and bright, soft and romantic or modern and trendy, bouquets choices can run the gamut for whatever a bride is looking for.  I fell in love with this soft, romantic wedding flower bouquet with pink, white roses, white anemones, dusty miller and berry sprays, lace ribbons adds a vintage touch.

Lets take a look at how to make our own DIY version of this spring bouquet using faux flowers and floral supplies.

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Trim greenery from rose and anemone stems.
  • Build your bouquet by starting with  pink roses and white roses to create the shape and foundation of your bouquet.
  • Next incorporate the berry sprays around the rose stems at the same height, anemone stems in cream can be slid in as accents, sitting a tad bit higher than the other stems.
  • Your final stems to add dusty miller can sit along the base of the bouquet, facing out and downwards.
  • Secure the stems with floral tape and trim the flower ends to be even.
  • Finishing touches add ribbon wrap like lace ribbon decorated with a bouquet charm to complete your bouquet.

Remember faux flowers are durable and versatile, play around with your stems as you arrange them.  You can bend and twist stems to get just the right angles.  Once everything is in place you can go back and tweak your arrangement.
This romantic bouquet is the perfect fit for a spring wedding.  It is soft and feminine with a vintage touch.  Dusty miller, anemone and vintage lace are all big wedding trends right now.  They are combined beautifully to complement each other in this vintage wedding bouquet.  Pink roses give us a pop of warm color while the dusty miller and berry sprays make a play on shape and texture.

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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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5 Tips for Creating a Romantic Wedding Centerpiece

Romantic Wedding Centerpiece; theknot.com; iloveswmag.com; weddingchicks.com; stylemepretty.com

Romantic Wedding Centerpiece; theknot.com; iloveswmag.com; weddingchicks.com; stylemepretty.com

Are you a romantic at heart?  If the answer is yes, chances are you have been dreaming about your wedding day for quite awhile now. Many brides want their special day to feel and look like a fairytale.

Planning your wedding you don’t need a stylist or a ton of extra cash to go into expenses for creating a romantic wedding centerpiece for your fairytale wedding.  A romantic wedding centerpiece can fit into a variety of wedding themes from vintage, rustic to modern.  I have five great, universal tips to share with you on how to create a romantic wedding centerpiece whatever your theme may be.

  1. Color Palette- a romantic wedding is soft and feminine.  Often  for this look color palettes are made up of traditionally feminine hues, pink, blush, purple, peach.  Warm hues are also ideal to be igniting yet inviting.  Colors in a romantic wedding palette complement each other they are not too bold and do not compete with each other.
  2. Flowers- wedding flowers are beautifully showcased in a romantic wedding centerpiece, they are at the main focal point in any arrangement.  Soft, feminine hues are picked up in rose, peony, ranunculus and hydrangea flower petals.
  3. Lighting- in soft votives and tall pillars candle lighting is another central, important element to a romantic wedding centerpiece.  The right candle lighting accenting romantic wedding flowers can set the mood for your whole wedding look.
  4. & 5. The two final tips to creating a romantic wedding centerpiece go hand in hand.  Small details and personalized touches are key to bringing the look of a romantic centerpiece together.  Details like hanging jewels, bouquet or centerpiece charms, vintage heirlooms or pictures will add depth and meaning to decor items.  Those little touches that have a tie to the bride and groom and their families will connect with others on a more deeper level.

Creating a romantic centerpiece with the right color palette, type of flowers, lighting and special details does not have to be overly complicated or expensive.  Many of the tips will cost you nothing.  One more tip for you today keep in mind starting out with the right information and knowing the direction you would like to take your wedding look can save you both money and time as you begin your wedding planning or wedding purchases.

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How to Create a Wedding Centerpiece with Spring Bushes

If you’re a not so DIY girl like myself, you’re looking for the easiest way out of any craft. If someone asks you to paint a picture, you buy a paint by number. Please tell me I’m not the only one like this ;)

Anyways, when it comes to wedding centerpieces, I love the full, colorful look, but I absolutely hate arranging faux flowers in a container until it’s “just right”. I’d rather throw something together, and have it look like I spent five hours on it, instead of  five minutes.

Well, this is where our gorgeous spring bushes come into play.

Making a spring centerpiece is so easy with our lush bushes, all you really need to do is bunch a few together and voila! – gorgeous centerpiece.

Whimsical Spring Centerpiece

Whimsical Spring Centerpiece from Afloral.com

For this whimsical butterfly centerpiece, we used:

1 copper bucket

3 blue butterfly clips

1 yellow daisy bush

1 green daisy bush

1 aqua daisy bush

1 red daisy bush

And all you do is bunch the bushes together, toss them in the container, and clip on a few butterflies for sass. Five minutes later, and you’ve got a stunning centerpiece on your hands.

See? It really is that easy. I must say, this hassle free DIY method makes me want to create some spring centerpieces for my apartment. I think I found my weekend project :)

Happy crafting,

Kristen

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