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

Rustic Wedding Escort Cards

Afloral.com partnered up crafts blogger Ash and Crafts to bring this charming DIY to life.  Rustic weddings are everywhere, set yours apart with handmade escort cards featuring rustic wood tags and faux succulents from Afloral.com.  Follow these easy steps for a unique wedding decoration.

Feature1)  Gather your supplies.  Ash and Crafts used wood tags, small faux succulents, swirl card holders, Mod Podge, sponge brushes, a glue gun and hot glue, wire cutters, and a laser printer. 1Supplies1 2) Print the names of your guests on a laser printer.  Print a mirrored copy of your image/text because it will flipped once you transfer it.  Your printer option might say “mirrored” or “flip horizontally”. 3 3) With the printed text facing up, use your foam brush to apply a generous layer of Mod Podge over the printed area. 45 4) Flip the printed paper over and apply it the wood slice. Use your fingers or  a credit card to get rid of any air bubbles. Allow this to dry for about 1 hour. 6 5) Soak a paper towel or sponge in some water and pat it against the paper. Then keep rubbing the paper until it is soaked with water and begins to rub off. You’ll find that the paper will disintegrate but leave behind the printed areas. To avoid rubbing off the printed text, do not rub too hard once most of the paper is gone. Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.25.05 AM 1 6) Once you have rubbed off all the paper, allow the wood slice to dry. Once dried, you can seal the text by painting a thin layer of Mod Podge.

7) Clip the stem off the small succulent.  After the seal has dried, use a hot glue gun to attach a mini succulent to the corner of the wood slice. 827Visit Ash and Crafts for another faux succulent escort card DIY and for more rustic DIY wedding ideas visit Afloral.com.

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DIY Garden Rose & Succulent Bouquet

Make your beautiful bouquet with silk wedding flowers from Afloral.com.  Follow these easy steps and create a bouquet for your wedding day.ezOd1cpwsxpSKrGWKYXVZxXC1jA7FMcw_NfML7VMMpA 1. Gather your supplies.  You will need a pre-made silk rose bouquet, 12 single stem roses, 5 succulents, floral tape, ribbondiamond wrap, wire cutters, and scissors.  1 2. Start with your pre-made rose bouquet.  Add single stem roses to the bouquet, rotating the bouquet in your hand as your go.  2a copy 3. When you are happy with the look secure with floral tape around the stems.3a copy 4. Add the succulents to the bouquet.  4b

If the succulent stem is not long enough you can make a longer stem but adding wire, or disgarded stem from another flower, and securing with floral tape. 4a5. When you are happy with the final look secure the stems with floral tape one last time and clip the ends of the stems so they are even. 6 6. To finish your bouquet, wrap the stems with ribbon.  Start at the bottom of the stems by securring the ribbon with a pin or hot glue.  Wrap the stems, covering the floral tape.  Finish with another pin or hot glue. 7 7.  For a little glam, wrap the finished bouquet in diamond wrap.  Secure the diamond ribbon with pins or hot glue. 8 You are now done!  You can make these bouquets months before your wedding and they will look fresh and stunning on your wedding day.  Store in a vase and cover with cloth to protect from dust and sunlight.  nD_m4D4TcIt26OnWrpkeeg2XfZlzabknc7N6tuIaQgE cqFKcYt6I2syf4tt-SaoBUCvV67WEyr6kVPPxkPhjC8

 

For more DIY video tutorials follow Afloral on YouTube.  This bouquet was designed by WedIdeas.com with faux flowers from Afloral.com.

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DIY Glowing Submersible Centerpiece

vMPWcQffxdZ9XEx_sk0IT-VoFmTaHle5HAskoe3mffQAfloral.com brides have spoken and if there is a silk flower favorite it is definetly the submerged orchid centerpiece. You can create this look in just a few simple steps, and with Afloral.com silk wedding flowers this is a project you can complete long before your wedding day!  materialsGather your supplies.  For this project you will need clear glass cylinder vases, faux orchids (we choose a Phalaenopsis orchid in fuchsia), vase filler, LED party lights, floating candles, wire cutters, a lighter, and a pitcher of water.

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_nMqGo1k5jjYzL46Tj0-1OotzqEiscCqX2yo

For more DIY video tutorials follow the Afloral Youtube Channel.  Add #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!

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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 copy

 

Mix it up with your favorite silk flower stems and #Afloral with your finished design! For more DIY video tutorials follow the Afloral Youtube Channel.

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!