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DIY Flower WAll from Inspired By This

We love the simplicity and beauty of this fun Flower Wall found on Inspired By This.  Follow their easy DIY for an amazing backdrop for your next party, bridal shower, wedding, or a wall in your home that needs a little color.  All of these flowers can be found at!410 copy What you need:  Flowers, Decorative Tape, Wire Cutters  117 Directions

1. Gather all of your flowers and cut off a good amount of the stems, leaving 3 to 4 inches.

2. Take any cute patterned or colorful washi tape and cut it into strips. They may vary in size and color for more of a “messy” look. Cut a strip for every flower!  2-3. Take your pieces of tape and stick your flowers to a wall. Don’t worry too much about creating a pattern, instead have fun placing them wherever and watching it turn out perfectly undone :). It’s that simple! 310410


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DIY Summer Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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Silk flowers may come to mind when you’re trying to save some money on your wedding. However, before long, you’ll realize that these cost-saving alternatives may bring more beauty to your event than you could ever hope for. By creating your own centerpieces, you’ll be able to fully relax the day-of and will know exactly what you’re showing off to your treasured guests. Along with peace-of-mind, silk arrangements are easy to do yourself and can be reused for other events. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for summer weddings. All the items needed to recreate these gems can be found on!

Rustic Boxes


Do you dream of having a rustic wedding? If you’re donning your favorite cowboy boots under your wedding dress, these wooden box centerpieces are for you! All you’ll need is a wooden box, an assortment of silk flowers in your colors, and some silk floral foam. The Woodland Fir Planter is a good option to hold your flowers in. This planter looks weathered and is very affordable. Once you have determined how many planters you’ll need, focus on the flowers. Silk hydrangeas and roses from will help keep this arrangement looking classic. For floral foam, Afloral also has you covered. There are all different sizes that will fit your base perfectly and make inserting and arranging the flowers simple.

Elegant Pop Of Color


This arrangement is perfect for the bride who wants a pop of color to compliment a unique wedding setting. Instead of making the focus all about the centerpieces, you’ll add an understated decoration that looks classy. This type of summer arrangement also works well for those who are having outdoor weddings, where there’s beautiful things to look at all around you. To make this DIY summer centerpiece, purchase a small, square vase. calls these types of vases “cube vases.” They carry them in three different sizes. Purchase enough to place one on each table. When choosing silk flowers, avoid ones that are too thin. Pick flowers that are rounder in shape, like the ones pictured, which are Peonies. Afloral sells this type of silk flower in every color you could imagine. Mix colors (keeping the same type of flower) for a bright, cheery option. You can also stick with one color to a more subdued look. For filler, consider white sea glass or small crushed glass filler. 

High & Low Sunflowers


This summer floral arrangement is easy but looks really wonderful for outdoor weddings. To create this look, begin by purchasing lanterns. You’ll need one for every few feet of table. After you have your lanterns, add moss around the base of the lanterns, going all the way around. After the moss is laid, take silk sunflower heads and place them around the moss. If you’d like, you can mix them with other orange flowers for a more diverse look. Once you’ve completed the lower-to-the-ground centerpieces, focus on the taller ones, which will be placed between them. Order large glass vases that can hold a sunflower ball. If you’d rather try a colored vase, that’s fine as long as it compliments your colors. Afloral sells lots of different tall vases which would work well for this. Once you’ve picked yours, simply place an artificial sunflower pomander ball on top of it and you’re set!

Filled Vintage Birdcages

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Chances are, if you’re drawn to Alice in Wonderland and love old clocks, you may be hosting a vintage wedding. This type of theme is easy to find decorations for and always looks feminine. The above centerpiece uses a mix of found objects and purchased items. To begin, look for antique or antique-looking bird cages. has a great variety to pick from. Once you have your bird cages, begin adding an assortment of silk flowers inside of them. You can use a small block of floral foam to hold the flowers, just make sure it’s covered and guests can’t see it. For vintage charm, don’t hold back on the filler! White silk baby’s breath and Queen Anne’s lace should be poking out of the bird’s cage ever so slightly. To add some finishing touches on this DIY, place a doily below the cage and add some small votive candles. If you’re numbering tables, you can also add a number inside of a gold picture frame, like in this example.

Mixing Fruit & Flowers

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Fruit has always been associated with summer. Whether you’re at a Fourth of July cookout or just lazing around the house, chances are, you’re snacking on an orange or adding lime to your iced cocktail. Incorporating fruit into your centerpieces give your event a fun and warm weather vibe. This DIY is easy but looks really thought out and styled. Begin by purchasing a clear vase. You can use cubed vases or mix and match them with rounded vases. Place a circular foam ball in the center and then add thinly sliced fruit around it. You can use oranges, limes, lemons, or any other fruit that produces slices. Once the slices are in place, fill the vase with water and then add flowers on top, anchoring them with the foam. This DIY summer centerpiece will look great! All of the items, except the fresh fruit, can be ordered together online at!

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How to Make a Wrist Corsage

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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!


DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

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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:  White vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall,  5.5 inches tall and 8 inches tall), One large block of floral foam, and wire cutters.

Red arrangement (tall vase) has 6-8 red carnations  and 6 red Gerbera daisies.

Blue arrangement (medium vase) has 6 blue carnations and 6-8 blue cornflowers.

 White arrangement (short vase) has 6 white mini roses and 6-8 white carnations


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.

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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!)



The Best Summer Wedding Flowers

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When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, there’s a lot to learn. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature all you need to know about an in-season flower. From colors and care to costs and all sorts of wedding floral design inspiration, we’re your “best bud.”

This week, we’re rounding up the popular wedding flowers that are in season for summer weddings!

The best summer wedding flowers

The best summer wedding flowers
Hydrangeas. Ranging in color from white and pink to purple, blue, and green, hydrangeas are extremely versatile. We love that these blooms are bountiful and full, giving you more for your money. Our ideal bouquet? White hydrangeas with dusty miller and Virginia bluebells.

Roses. Known as the most romantic of all the blooms, roses signify passion and lust. Perfect for black tie affairs and garden parties alike, roses will add a touch of love to any bouquet. Try English roses for an extra-lush look.

Gerbera daisies. These vibrant flowers are sure to add a little cheer to your wedding. Gerbera daisies bloom year-round and come in a range of colors. Great for casual spring ceremonies, we suggest a bouquet of white Gerbera daisies, yellow roses, and billy buttons.

Poppies. Available in a variety of colors, poppies are bright and fun! Their petals and wiry stems make them easy to work with, and they will add a lush look to your bouquet or centerpieces. We love the idea of paring poppies with tiny white daisies or colorful ranunculus.

Spider mums. These whimsical blooms are as cost effective as they as they are playful. Pair spider mums with a more pricey bloom like white roses or freesia for a stunning bouquet.

Orchids. Simple and delicate, orchids add a touch of feminine flair to any bouquet or centerpiece. For a ladylike look, try mixing both pink and white orchids in your bouquet.

Peonies. Romantic and fragrant, these blooms signify good fortune and a happy marriage — perfect for a wedding bouquet. Peonies range in color from red to white, but peonies tend to be pricey. Our favorite peony bouquet is a soft mix of light pink peonies, white garden roses, and sprigs of dusty miller.

Cosmos. These bitty blooms may be small, but they can make a huge impact in your bouquet. Add richly-colored cosmos to your bouquet of wildflowers for a bohemian vibe.

Calla lilies. Ever-popular among brides, calla lilies signify divinity, true devotion, and marital bliss. Even when they are in season in the spring and winter, calla lilies can be expensive. We recommend carrying a simple bouquet of just a few calla lilies tied together with an elegant ribbon.

Dahlias. Known for its brightly colored single or double blooms, the dahlia signifies change (perfect for newlyweds, right)? We love the look of a rustic bouquet filled with dahlia, eucalyptus and dusty miller.

Lilies. Elegant in appearance and signifying everything from passion to purity, lilies are a fragrant addition to your wedding. Since their blooms are so large, you can get a big impact for a small price.