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

Afloral.com DIY – Floral Backdrop

Make this beautiful flower backdrop for your wedding. It can be used as decoration and it makes a great photo backdrop.

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Follow these easy steps to create your own beautiful floral backdrop.

1) First you will need to gather the supplies. For this project you will need silk flowers, scissors, glue gun, and 7 moss table runners.

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2) Next lay out the moss runners so that they overlap and glue them together to create the base.

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3) After the glue has dried you may need to consider how you will choose to hang your backdrop once it is finished. We decided to hang ours on a rod. So we wrapped one side around our rod and glued the edge of the backdrop to the backside, creating a sleeve for the rod. Once the backdrop was glued, we used clips to hold it in place as it dried.

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4) The next step is to cut all of your flower heads off their stems. Now you’re ready to start adding your florals! We suggest laying out your design before you start gluing them to the backdrop.

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The possibilities are endless! You could do an ombre effect, create a fuller or scattered design, or even create a monogram or shape!

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DIY Silk Flower Wreath

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

DIY silk flower wreath

We recently partnered with Afloral.com – a rad silk flower company that specializes in flowers that looks SO real, like the ones above. Crazy, right?! So today we are sharing how to make silk flower wreaths using all their products! Not only is it easy, but these hanging wreaths would look so great for a ceremony backdrop, or in your home. And best of all, they’ll never wilt! We were inspired by some fall berry tones so here is how we made them…

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What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from Afloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): EvergreenThistleTemari Rose HeadReindeer MossRanunculus in FuschiaPreserved Leather LeafPink AnemonePlum English Rose SprayFernAmaranthusPeony SprayAsparagus Fern Garland
• Embroidery Hoops (we bought 3 varying sizes at Michaels in 8″ 10″ and 14″)
• Hot glue gun
• Fishing wire
• Tape
• Scissors

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Step 1: Plan out the flowers you want to use by grouping them together to form a cohesive look. Play around in this part! Then, start by placing your fern garland around the edge of your hoop and tie to secure in place with fishing wire. Glue gun down any spots that pop up or aren’t staying down.

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Step 2: Start by taking a focal flower (like the Peony) and taping/gluing down onto the wreath. We laid these down on a side that was a little more bare so the rest of the wreath looked full. You can also later fill in any spots that show the hoop with other filler flowers.

Step 3: Take the smaller filler flowers (like the anemone and ranunculus) and arrange as you like down the hoop. We cascaded down from our focal flower and just did what we liked and thought looked good.

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Step 4: Finish your wreaths by filling with greens like moss, thistle, ferns or amaranthus.

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AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

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Depending on how you choose to display these, we tied fishing wire to each wreath and hung them on the wall in a staggered position, like above. Pretty and fun, right?!

If you make your own silk flower wreath, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtags #GreenWeddingShoesDIY #afloral

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes.

Afloral.com DIY – Ribbon Wedding Backdrop DIY

Make this easy and fun ribbon wedding backdrop for your special day!  Great for an arch or photos backdrop. Easy to make, all you need is a dowel from the hardware store a glue gun, ribbon, and silk flowers.

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Check out these easy steps to make your own ribbon backdrop.

1) First gather your supplies; various colors of ribbon, silk flowers, glue gun, scissors, pins, a pencil, and a wooden dowel. You could also use a shower curtain  rod, or design to go on a wedding arch.

 

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2) Next measure the length of the ribbon that will hang from the dowel.  Cut all the lengths of ribbon that you plan to use. Then wrap around rod at top.

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3) Next using a hot glue gun, glue to loop of ribbon wrapped around the dowel to secure it.  Use a pencil to push down on ribbon while it is drying, so you don’t burn your fingers. The glue will be very hot.

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4) After all ribbons have been looped on dowel and secured with hot glue, then hang the ribbon backdrop so that you can cut any ribbon to lengths you desire. You can then plan the placement of the silk flowers on the ribbon.

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5) Finally clip the stems off of silk flowers then, secure the flower heads onto the back of the ribbon at spaced intervals with  pins.

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Then sit back and enjoy your handy work!

 

Afloral.com DIY – Beach Wedding Sandal

In this first Afloral.com DIY series learn how to create a beach wedding sandal!

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This simple yet beautiful wedding sandal can be made with many different silk flowers. In this DIY a simple Real Touch Dendrobium Orchid in Fuchsia was chosen.  Next, white ribbon, a glue gun, and scissors are all you need to create this eye catching beach sandal.

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1. Step One: Tie Ribbon. Adjust size to your foot then loop around toe and tie at the mid-point at the top of the foot. step-one-flower-sandal

Step 2. Decide where you want the flowers to lay while ribbon is on your foot and mark with a pencil.

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Step 3.  Measure out second ribbon for other foot and copy size and markings from first ribbon.step-four-flower-sandal

 

Step 4. Cut flowers from stem. Leave a small amount of stem to glue to ribbon.step-five-flower-sandal

 

Step 5. Cut a tiny hole where there is a pencil mark and insert the end of the flower stem. Insert stem into hole on back side of ribbon.step-six-flower-sandal

 

Step 6. Next add hot glue to secure stem to ribbon. step-seven-flower-sandal

Step 7. Add a length of ribbon with hot glue to cover any stems poking through.

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If you use this tutorial to make your own beach wedding sandals please send us photos, we would love to see them! They can be submitted here.  To order the items you see here visit the Flower Sandal DIY items page. Thanks and happy DIY!

 

 

Glam Sunflower Wedding Bouquet ~ Donna’s Inspiration Board

Donna writes: Bridesmaids dresses are teal chiffon. I want to incorporate sunflowers in with out getting rustic.

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Pairing sunflowers with flower like roses, orchids, and delphiniums will help create more a of glam appearance instead of that rustic feel. Use orchids that are teal/turquoise instead of blue to tie in your wedding colors.

Get the Goods:

Yellow Sunflowers

Blue Orchids

Delphinium

Cream Roses

Satin Ribbon

Happy planning,
Afloral