How To

How to Make a Wrist Corsage

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 wrist corsage.

How to make a wrist corsage

 The wrist corsage has come a long way since your 10th grade dance! The more modern version — featuring elegant flowers like peoniesranunculus, or garden roses — feels like a fresh take on the oh-so-trendy floral crown, and is perfect for brides, bridesmaids, and wedding VIPs. It’s also surprisingly easy to make yourself! Read on to learn how to make a wrist corsage.


Supplies:  (Makes one corsage) One large peony, two ranunculi, a small bunch of lamb’s ear, a glue gun, corsage wristlet, and pretty ribbon (optional).


1. Trim the stems of your flowers and greenery to about ½ an inch.

2. Decide how you’ll arrange the stems on the wristlet before gluing. (It will be impossible to move them once they are glued down!) Be sure to position the greenery and flowers so the stems don’t show.

3. Glue 2-leaves of lamb’s ear onto the wristlet.

4. Glue the peony’s stem onto the wristlet, holding it down for 10-15 seconds.

5. Glue on the ranunculi, arranging them to cover the other stems.

6. Optional: Tie ribbon in a bow and glue it on as a finishing touch.

How to make a wrist corsage

We suggest treating yourself to a floral corsage for your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. (You could also be ultra-hip and wear it as an anklet!) Or walk wedding shower guests through this simple tutorial and send each one home with their corsage as a favor. However you wear it, this pretty and celebratory detail is sure to stand out!


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.

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!


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

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!