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How to guides to create décor and arrangements

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.

AFloral Silk Flower Wreath DIY

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!

 

 

Spring Wreaths Straight from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

While surfing the net today looking for some lovely DIY spring wreath inspiration, we found this amazing post from The Hometalk Blog, written by blogger Diana Mackie. In fear of looking subpar, we decided to share this wonderful post with you, instead of drafting our own.Bravo to the ladies at Hometalk.com, your work is simply stunning.

We’ve got a beautiful and bountiful Spring Wreath for every style!

What better way to welcome springtime than with a wreath full of flowers and greenery.

Tulip Wreath
We here at Hometalk have a special appreciation for tulips- we can’t get enough of them (Editors note: Miriam was just at the Tulip Festival- check out her post!). As the most signature flower of spring, we can’t think of a more fitting spring wreath.

Buy a variety of silk or synthetic tulips from a reliable source (we want them to look fabulous, right?) like Afloral.com. Choose whatever colors get you the most excited for spring! We love the color schemes of both Christina & Jacque. Christina stuck her flowers into the base of a grapevine wreath, while Jacque used a foam wreath wrapped in ribbon, and stuck the flower stems in-between the ribbon and the foam. Either way, cut the tulip bouquets up into smaller stems, and have fun planning out which color to stick where.

The thing that makes both of these wreaths look particularly stunning is that they packed in quite a few tulip buds- we recommend doing the same!

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Tulip Wreath Via The Frugal Homemaker (Left) and Tulip Wreath Via The DiY Village (Right)

Hydrangea Wreath
We love how full and abundant hydrangeas look- especially when crafted into a beautiful spring wreath! Look at how perfectly Maryann offset the color of the hydrangeas with bright green moss and small white flowers. To make this wreath, begin with a grapevine wreath, and insert the flowers in between the vines. Top it off with some nice blue burlap- or any other color that you’d like. You can even hang this spring wreath inside, like Maryann did.

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Hydrangea Wreath Via Domestically Speaking

Daffodil Spring Wreath
We love Deb’s flower choice, down-to-earth daffodils. Deb created this wreath by sprucing up one she already had lying around from seasons past. She simply pulled the flower tops off the old stems, and replaced them with new flower tops. We think her sprinkling of smaller purple and pink flowers just makes this spring wreath look extra cheery.

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Daffodil Spring Wreath Via Homeward Found Decor

Spring Bouquet Wreath
Doesn’t this wreath just look like spring is bounding off into your arms? You can easily get this lovely bouquet wreath look- just follow Melissa from Stockpiling Mom’s tips. Begin with a basic grapevine wreath, and keep in mind that the key design element is a “top heavy” wreath, with the longer stems coming down.

The background layer is served well by golden rod, followed by tulips and daffodils in the middle ground, and the stand out purple iris as the foreground. For the visual center, add a burlap bow and an easter ornament using a glue gun, like this cute birds nest selected by Melissa. Because there is a fair amount of flowers coming out of one section of the wreath, you may need to secure the flowers with a hot glue gun as well.

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Bouquet Wreath Via Stockpiling Moms

Wildflower Wreath
We love how this spring wreath by Melissa looks like an armful of wildflowers- and it takes no time at all! She made this wreath for her mother, who taught her all she knows about wreath- making.

Start with a plain grapevine wreath (starting to notice a pattern?), and quite heartily wrap fern garland around it. Allowing for a few loose strands will help achieve the “country” look. Next add the blue bunched blossoms and accompanying leaves, adding slightly more to the bottom. Next, add in some white wispy flowers, again mostly to the bottom half of the wreath. Next, cut apart the yellow bunched flowers, and add those in, concentrated at the bottom center, but climbing up one side of the wreath to achieve the ultimate effect. We love the bright coloring and wide variety of flowers offered by Afloral.com – so you’ll likely be able to find versions of your local wildflowers to make this look extra homey.

Wildflower Spring Wreath

Wildflower Spring Wreath

A Spring Wreath For All You Gardeners
Here is a super adorable and incredibly easy spring wreath – a garden hose! To start, coil the garden hose and secure it with a twisty-tie. Then insert the small spring bouquet of your choice into the twisty tie, layer on some colorful garden gloves, then finish with a lovely ribbon and bow. Feel free to get creative with fun extra clips like Jill did- how precious is that ladybug?

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Spring Wreath for Gardeners Via Create. Craft. Love.

Rabbits-in-the Field Wreath
This animated spring wreath consists of two wreaths, attached at the side. Lizy’s bigger one is about 28” diameter and the smaller one is close to 16”diameter. She attached the flowers and draping grass with wires, and purposely left some of the underlying grapevine wreath bare to represent the rabbit’s holes and burrows. Selecting some nice dangling greenery is key to creating the “in the field” look. We think most of the fun will be finding the cutest rabbits to be the stars of your spring wreath scene!

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

Rabbits in the Field Wreath Via Lizy

 Spring Berries Wreath
What better way to celebrate spring than with fruits and berries! You can easily make your own verison of this lovely Country Living Magazine spring wreath. You can use live ones from your yard (or surrounding area) or buy plastic berry pieces and ivy from a craft supply store. Wrap short lengths of the berry vines around a heavy-gauge wire (we like 10”-12”). Wind the wire around the vines to secure, and use wire to piece the berries, and then attach to the wreath. Fresh berry wreaths can last a whole day!
Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Berries Wreath Via Country Living Magazine

Spring Wreath of Dried Roses
Anne of White Lace Cottage broke from the norm and used a wooden frame as her spring wreath foundation. She then attached her dried roses using a hot glue gun, varying the colors and at times leaving some space so the underlying wood frame could peek through. We think this perfectly captures the Shabby Chic look!
Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Dried Roses Wreath Via White Lace Cottage

Spring Willow Wreath
This is one of the most visually arresting wreaths on our list. This spring willow wreath is sure to make a grand statement, whether hung from your door or wall. Begin with the twig-style wreath of your choice (Barb used a will wreath as her base), and begin inserting the willow branches into the bottom of the wreath alternating between left and right. Insert the branches in a “spray” shape, with the flow coming out of the center and spreading out to the side. The willow branches at the top can be wrangled in, closer to the wreath base. This mid-way photo ought to point you in the right direction:

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Mid Way Point Via Keeping Up With the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Finished Product Via Keeping Up with the Times

Delicate Vine Wreath
For those of you looking to make a more delicate wreath statement, this is the perfect DIY project for you. Abby began with an embroidery hoop, and sparing looped around some handsome ivey. We just love her finishing touches of a nice spring bow at the bottom and a few colorful butterflies.

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Delicate Vine Wreath Via Chapter Thirty Seven

Coffee Filter Wreath
This spring wreath idea from Angie of The Country Chic Cottage would make such a fun craft to do with the kiddos. First mix up your desired colors in small bowls with water and food coloring. Then dip the ends of the coffee filters into the food coloring, the coloring effect will travel up the filter while they set them aside to dry. You can use any wreath form as the base, just first wrap it with cotton strips. Finally, attach the dried and color coffee filters at the base, using a hot glue gun. It’s easiest to begin from the outermost part of the wreath, like so:

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

Wreath in Progress Via Country Chic Cottage

We think it would be fun to experiment with tye-dye effects, or even aim for an ombre coloring effect!

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Finished Product Via Country Chic Cottage

Any craft that you can make all your own is a great DIY project in our book.

Fun Floral Hat Wreath
This wonderfully creative idea from Barb at Our Fairfield Home and Garden is a unique take on spring wreaths, and do-able in just a few minutes! Simply arrange your desired flowers and ivy around the brim of the hat, and hot glue one! Nothing quite says “springtime” like star hats to us! Like the coffee filter spring wreath, we encourage you to make this craft all your own- decorate with items and themes that reflect your unique personality.

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Straw Hat Wreath Via Our Fairfield Home

Fore even more DIY spring wreath ideas, check out this fabulous Spring Wreath Hometalk board,curated by Katie Murphy of Upcycled Treasures!

If you’re not quite up for the DIY task, we are big fans of Pier 1’s wreath selection, and the work byLenore of Design a Wreath - how beautiful!

Design a Wreath's Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

Design a Wreath’s Selection (Left) and Pier 1 Wreaths (Right)

We’d love to see your completed spring wreaths, share your beautiful works of art on Hometalk!

Let us know which wreath was your favorite in the comments.