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DIY Wedding Flower Centerpieces

Today we’re going to talk about how to use some inexpensive products to create DIY flower arrangements.  Plastic floral containers and floral foam or styrofoam forms can be the foundation for a great DIY flower arrangement.  Both items are cheap, under $2 a piece, but they can establish form and give support and structure to your flower stems.

Design bowls are available in many shapes and sizes.  They are used by professionals and DIYers alike to create low floral centerpieces perfect for reception and bridal party tables.

Centerpiece using Design Bowl
Centerpiece using Design Bowl; green and purple hydrangea stems, purple tulips, fuchsia rose, yellow ranunculus, blue cornflower, photo credit: designbotanica.blogspot.com

Lets look at how to use the plastic double design bowl in green, measuring 10.5″ long and 4″ wide, styrofoam block and assorted silk flowers to create a reception table centerpiece.

  1. Depending on the size of your styrofoam or floral foam block trim it to fit the design bowl.  Secure with several dabs of adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim assorted silk flower stems to about 3 1/2″- 4″ long. (foam and container are about 3″ deep)
  3. Begin placing stems in foam, start with the main type of flower then add secondary flowers, finishing with filler flowers and greenery.  Tip: arrange floral stems at varying heights to add depth to the arrangement.
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece
White Hydrangea and Orchid Pillar Centerpiece; photo credit: amsis photography via wedluxe.com

Just as the inexpensive, basic design bowl gave us structure and the shape to create a low floral arrangement this next product gives us the flexibility to take on height.  The round floral container for pillars is the perfect foundation for a tall flower arrangement.

Lets look at how to create a tall white hydrangea and orchid centerpiece using a round floral container for pillars, styrofoam half ball and hydrangea and orchid silk flowers.

  1. Secure the styrofoam half ball to the container using adhesive or hot glue.
  2. Trim hydrangea flower stems to about 2″, the styrofoam ball is 1 7/8″ tall.
  3. Arrange hydrangea stems around the styrofoam covering all surfaces.
  4. Orchid stems may need to be trimmed slightly, measure how far they lay off the arrangement.  Insert orchid stems in deep, around the arrangement.
  5. Lastly, place the finished flower arrangement on the round floral container onto the vase or pillar to complete the centerpiece.  Tip: Using tall arrangements make sure they are weighted or secured at the base so not to easily tip over once on the table. 

With a few tips and the right products to use as the foundation for your DIY flower arrangements you’ll get the perfect look for your wedding day. Shop afloral silk wedding flowers and floral supplies.

Real Brides Can DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY afloral.com colorful, whimsical wedding flowers

The wedding world is DIY crazy.  We’ve blogged a lot about this current trend and boast afloral.com’s DIY bride resources, like this blog, the afloral.com you tube channel and wedding design ideas on the afloral.com website.  There are such a plenitude of resources and guides out there for DIY wedding planning, but when it comes to doing your own wedding flowers you wonder, is it really that easy?

With the creative staff behind magazines, websites and blogs the question arises can any novice bride pull these DIY projects off?  Whether it’s from a friend, a friend of a friend or on a platform like blogs and websites featuring customer’s creations it is nice to hear a great testimony from an everyday bride who planned their own DIY wedding flowers.

I stumbled upon the blog mealsandmiles.com author Meghann shares with us her journey in choosing to do DIY wedding flowers.  She watched her engaged sister find the right resources, get the right advice from a family member and have the right plan in pulling off her DIY wedding flowers.

After watching her own sister plan her DIY wedding flowers, Meghann realized how, “Easy, inexpensive and fun the whole experience was.  My sister and aunt worked together for months on selecting flowers, exchanging arrangement ideas.  The Thursday before the wedding, my sister picked up the flowers, and a gang of us headed to my aunt’s to help with arrangements.”

Seeing how her sister’s DIY flower planning went Meghann concluded, “My budget is just as tight, and the way that our friend raved about it, she convinced me to go that route too.  Watching the process unfold, I began to grow more and more excited about my own flowers.”

Meghann’s blog post is the perfect account of the everyday bride learning how to plan their DIY wedding flowers.  She gave us the right information and tips to look out for.
DIY wedding flowers can save you a bundle in wedding budget costs and can look just as gorgeous with the right planning and resources.  Meghann and her sister used a wholesaler to purchase real flowers, consider ordering silk wedding flowers in bulk from sites like afloral.com to save you more money and allot you more time to create wedding flower arrangements.  She used Pinterest in planning what wedding flower look she was going for by pinning inspiration photos and types/colors of wedding flowers.  Find a friend or family member with a little flower know how to help with your arrangements or do some more research online to identify flower types and seasons and DIY instructions and tutorials.

DIY afloral.com white/yellow & retro wedding flowers