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

Peacock Quinceanera Party ~ Rachel’s Inspiration Board

Rachel writes: I am not having a wedding. It is a quinceanera for my daughter. The date is set for November 15, 2014. The theme is “Peacock”. colors are light blue, lime green, purple, royal blue, accent color is gold. The main flower is the Calla Lilly, but I am not sure what other flowers would go with the Calla since it is such an elegant flower, just by itself is gorgeous. I do have the peacock feathers to go with it. Any help would greatly be appreciated.


Love these colors!  Although we picked a bouquet for your board – the arrangement can still be used for a centerpiece design, and all the items in it look great with calla lilies. You can either add callas to this mix, or swap out the roses. Add a gold vase and some purple table decor to tie in all the colors.

Get the Goods:

Blue Orchids

Calla Lilies

Green Hydrangea

Gold Vase

Diamond Table Decor

Happy planning,

Coral Wedding Flowers ~ Emily’s Inspiration Board

Emily writes:  Hi! I’m getting married on the beach in Tampa, Fl. My colors are dark teal, coral, tan, and silver (metallic). We’re getting married at a shabby sheek resort right on the beach. I love all flowers and need some great ideas! Thank you!


Photo credit:Brett Rose

To recreate this beach bright bouquet, you can use the following:

Peach and Coral Roses

Calla Lilies (optional) – you can also substitute peach orchids if you’d like!

White Alstroemeria

Pink Gerbera Daisies

Dark Orange/Coral Protea

Bring in the dark teal color by wrapping the bouquet stems with teal ribbon and use Beach Accessories to tie in the tan and silver.

Happy planning,

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.






(Makes one corsage)


One large “cupped” peony


Two ranunculi


Small bunch lamb’s ear


Glue gun


Corsage wristlet


Optional: pretty ribbon




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.


2. Glue 2-leaves of lamb’s ear onto the wristlet.


3. Glue the peony’s stem onto the wristlet, holding it down for 10-15 seconds.


4. Glue on the ranunculi, arranging them to cover the other stems.


5. 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!


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, 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 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 – 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.

How to Make a DIY Submersible Centerpiece

Submersible centerpieces are still ever so popular in the DIY wedding world. They are so easy to make, and you can assemble one centerpiece in a matter of minutes. With our growing list of submersible flowers, the centerpiece possibilities are absolutely endless.

For this popular orchid and calla lily submersible table setting, you just need two different flowers, two different containers, and several  floating candles. P.S. Water might also be a good idea too :)

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from

Submersible Orchid Centerpiece from

For the orchid centerpiece, you will need one or two dendrobium orchids, one 18″ clear glass cylinder vase, and one floating candle.

For the calla lily centerpiece, you will need one 6″ clear glass cylinder vase and two to four real touch calla lilies in white.

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Submersible Centerpiece Step by Step Recipe

Place your stems in their appropriate vases, and fill with water. Finally, for the orchid centerpiece, place one floating candle on top, light it, and voila! You’re finished with your DIY submersible centerpiece.