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How to guides with photos and step by step instructions for Do It Yourself brides and crafters alike.

DIY Glowing Submersible Centerpiece

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1.  For the first step you will need to measure the stem against the vase.  Hold it up to the outside of the vase and use your wire cutters to clip off the access stem.  Place the flower in the vase to make sure it fits. Keep in mind that you will be adding several inches of vase filler so leave one or two inches at the top of the vase.  The faux orchids are on a wire stem so you can bend it a little to fit or cut off any additional stem.  After you are happy with the length of the flower in the vase you can remove it and set it aside.  measurecutV4-Rq0_hCzJcSitkKTXV07MwzVN0BMmEeGDGg__Vcs0,JiOSGoEcXHQMIdyiwQf6QcFMj_fisp1WCk4t-p2trSs copy 2.  Cover the bottom of the containers with vase filler.  We choose crushed glass but you could use sand, shells, pearls, stones, etc.  fillfiller copy 3.  Add your lights.  We used white non-blinking mini party lights.  Make sure you choose carefully when you are purchasing the lights for this project.  Double check that they are waterproof and have a long battery life so that they stay illuminated throughout your event.  IYNV9WobQPznxZW1bpvxgyciNIZdLpeAySjqGA7KQ6o,FuwDfYWUY8QxCs7ekVWrSSWbO5RJcO3WCDdmlQog4eM copy 4. Place the flower back in the container and fill with water.

* Tip: When using silk flowers for a submersible arrangement, it is recommended that you do a trial run before your event.  Submerse your choosen flower in water for 24 hours before you make your centerpieces.  This way you will know if the dye used in the flower will run.  One way to prevent this is to coat the flower with a protective spray.  However, we still recommend the 24 hour trail run with our without the protective coating.  QjmF-UlIIB0U7oukBXd8abTkc22R5qeoNnqINykWTc0TGE-eImD_I8T8ZTUnBz5OunYYr0qdaa1QpHoVNfnb5Emjlg0XI29RbSm1C0x29O-Ez_6GjZMVrnfBq8z3O4MLI5.  When you have your vases arranged on the table, add the floating candle and light it.  7N5nUl6LEgF0vScciSbU0R0LTshExux6R8xkixIHxd4nr3N0y1_8Ty7eJcilzw5pfQ8ErjVBgBvbOyUUHGINiU

Voilà!  You now have a stunning centerpiece that will wow all of your guests.  DyrvtvrWhngHuMnMmC9Zrn-ZWYfW1AdZ73opupSFkzc 6e35L73cdiAJMMvB5rsBzgztSBhIO3TRu-b4gJOfIaY iT15gCQXB_V7UHH3wcRPbpX4Qyz7EfqhoD3qZHBQ9_E _KAMbZt_nMqGo1k5jjYzL46Tj0-1OotzqEiscCqX2yoAdd #Afloral to all of your DIY wedding pictures to share your beautiful designs.  Find more centerpiece ideas and  upload  your images directly in our DIY Design Ideas.  For all the supplies used in this DIY visit Afloral.com!

DIY Bohemian Floral Crown

Make this incredible silk flower crown, designed by Angela Marie Events,  for your boho wedding. ZxSijuhIdrJpMPkULdmD3SpL12xbP6WNkdF9uDQEVKM Follow these easy steps to create your own beautiful floral crown.

1) First gather the supplies. You will need at least 4 large flower heads, assorted greenery, berries, wire, floral tape, and wire cutters.  You can find the stems used in this floral crown hereIMWOxfxl3ngokkwEzkyD4aTpN7uvBAL_DOfedtvaH602) Measure the moss covered wire so that it will fit your head, leaving yourself several extra inches.

3) Seperate the leaves from the flowers and cut off the head, leaving several inces of stem. Cut sprays of greenery and berries from the stem.  _mRTk52MkIFLN7W45PNr3-OJm9ILHG6KvMZQFCrCyRc_mRTk52MkIFLN7W45PNr3-OJm9ILHG6KvMZQFCrCyRc copyXgh7gFy1pCNwu0X81cX7ggv56dh7rIFsFQQlymoNhOg4) Attach floral wire to the flower stems with floral tape. LXClT0stptgXXjvSmZb-8gVYA56HczTWVZt8MuQZjVE copy5) Arrange and tape the stems to the moss covered wire. 17BkCy66QbzjD2ktwedjbz1G_2L5icOBjE7IwDcFlgsWBsagpT_EvFqy-vfzhkZEkeuWliMezrvKTdm2KiGPBQmufujIy2yf3M_fGtcDHyxP4lsXBjSx8RNMtFnFB30gYjAxa8-W9O9soY9oCPWeIBqnnhXFI1G_lCkhlwTS0ixs6) To complete the crown, place the flowers on your head and wrap the ends of the moss wire together so that it fits. K1gHlrTnmWNiGKGmJrZ94PnJBm_ruXfmrcqjC-I2U80cY8xk5K-LhgCOj1cIZcezSXBSTYf_TrOS3nN_OScdusYou now have a stunning flower crown, fit for a bohemian bride. ykn-XU16xyG3pNEsjY2sdKXncarOzjdx5XJ1Iw_3ODk copyMix it up with your favorite silk flower stems and #Afloral with your finished design!

Photography: Carolynn Seibert Photography | Designer & Coordinator: Angela Marie Events

 

DIY Floral Parasol

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

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Today we are sharing how to make this lovely little Floral Parasol in partnership with Afloral, our favorite silk flower company! And yes, all those pretty blooms are silk! This umbrella was actually super easy to make, and would make such an adorable prop for your flower girl in place of a basket. Dress her up in a cute Joyfolie dress and she’ll be the sweetest little one at your wedding!

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What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from AFloral. We picked these: CosmosPeach RanunculusCosmos + Ranunculus BunchPink RanunculusPeach Cabbage RosePink PeonyMini Ranunculus BunchPeach RosePeach OrchidPeach PeonyPeach RanunculusPeony Bud
• Small Parasol from Luna Bazaar (also found at Afloral.com)
• Gardening Shears (can also use wire cutters from Afloral.com)
• Glue Gun (also found at Afloral.com)

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We started by cutting the heads off all the flowers and laying them out to see the design we liked, and measured how round the umbrella was so we knew how many flowers would be needed to completely fill the top. So pretty even in this stage, right?!

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Step 1: We first used our biggest flower, the peony, to have as a starting point.

Step 2: Then, we moved onto other medium-sized focal flowers (roses, ranunculus, etc).

Step 3: After we had a pattern going, we just kept moving and filling in with smaller filler as need.

Step 4: Finish by filling in any gaps you may have missed with extras. All done!

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Miss Sienna, our favorite flower girl model (we’re biased, maybe…) showing off the pretty parasol!

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And if you love Sienna’s dress as much as we did, you can order the same Joyfolie Anabell in Cloud dress (it comes in light blue also!). Enjoy!

If you make your own floral parasol with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY. We’ll regram our faves!

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

Find a wide variety of pink silk flowers at Afloral.com and hashtag #Afloral with your DIY silk flower designs!

DIY Gold Glitter Candles and Holders

This DIY features four do it yourself designs for your upcoming event.  Follow the simple steps and shop Afloral.com for all the supplies you will need.  This is a great project for the bride on a budget!

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Gather your supplies:  You will need a spray adhesive, glitter, and a taper candle.

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Spray the bottom of the taper candle with an adhesive spray glue.  Generously cover the glued area with glitter.  Allow a few moments to dry and then gently tap the candle to remove excess glitter.

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Glitter Votive:

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Gather your supplies:  You will need a spray adhesiveglitter, and white votive candles in clear glass.

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Spray the bottom of the votive with an adhesive spray glue.  Generously cover the glued area with glitter.  Allow a few moments to dry and then gently tap the candle to remove excess glitter.

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Glitter Candlestick Holder:

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Gather your supplies:  You will need glitter spray paint and a wooden candle holder.

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Thoroughly spray the candle holder with your glitter paint.  Give it time to dry.

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Painted Glitter Candlestick Holder:

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Gather your supplies:  You will need a spray adhesiveglitter, and spray paint.

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Start by painting the candlestick holder with the flat color, we choose white.  After the paint has thoroughly dried, spray the bottom of the candlestick holder with the adhesive spray glue.  Generously cover the glued area with glitter.  Allow a few moments to dry and then gently tap the candle to remove excess glitter.

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Combine all the projects together for a glittery and beautiful centerpiece.   Buy all of your supplies from Afloral.com and save on your wedding decorations!

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DIY Boho Wedding Cake

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

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We’re back again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create a boho inspired wedding cake with silk flowers! Seriously, they look so real right?! We’re also sharing not only how to make this one, but a breakdown of costs so you can see how affordable this one is! It might surprise you. This DIY is perfect if you’re throwing an engagement party, bridal shower or a low-key wedding! Doesn’t take much to make a simple cake really shine with this one.

 

Thanks so much to The Bride Concierge for lending us their gold rimmed cake plate to pretty this one up!

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What You’ll Need:
• Afloral flowers: PeonyRanunculusDusty MillerClematisDahliaSucculent
• Cake (we ordered an 8″ double under a 5″ double from our local Albertson’s grocery store – feeds approximately 20 people)
• Scissors
• Cake stand

 

Breakdown of costs: Cake $27.99 + Flowers $39.32 (+shipping) = $67.31

 

Ordering tip: These costs are based off of what is photographed in the photos, but you may want to order more/less depending on the size of your cake and design you want. Have fun with it!steps1-4

Step 1: Begin by cutting your focal flowers (Peony + Dahlia) down to a short stem and placing into the top of the cake.

Step 2: Fill with some filler flowers (like Dusty Miller) to add some texture. Use the icing to your advantage and stick the flowers into the cake to hold.

Step 3: Next move down to the middle and add some smaller focus flowers (Clematis + bud of a Ranunculus) as well as another sprig of Dusty Miller.

Step 4: Move to the bottom of your cake with a few bigger focal flowers again (Succulent + Ranunculus). This will create great symmetry with your cake.final1final2final3final4final5

Such pretty spring color inspiration! Lovin’ how realistic these flowers look, too!

If you dress up a cake with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

 

Hashtag #Afloral with your DIY silk flower designs!