HOW TO – DIY Guides

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

DIY Wedding Pennant Banners

Banners are becoming a very popular wedding trend for any themed wedding. I found this great DIY How-to from the girls at & thought you would love to see it.

For our wedding, we made 400ft of pennant flags as part of our decorations in the backyard we had our wedding in. This is an easy project to do, even for beginning sewers. The time it takes to make them all depends on how long you want to make your pennant flag banner.

What You Will Need:

Your chosen fabrics
Pinking Shears
Fabric Chalk/Pencil
Sewing Machine

I used clothes line string from the hardware store. There were 2 kinds:   Cotton string and Synthetic string. I recommend the synthetic string because it was much lower in price, and it is much easier to sew the pennant flag onto the string with the sewing machine.


1) Cut your Fabric – These are the dimensions I cut all my flags, but how wide and long your flags are completely up to you. I have seen a lot of very fun flags that were all in different sizes. Experiment and have fun! The extra rectangular piece of fabric above the triangular flag  is the part you will need to sew on string.

2) Attaching the flag on the string – Place the string over the rectangular portion of the flag, and roll the fabric over the string.

3) Pin the Flag Down

5) Sew the Flag – You may want to test if your sewing machine will sew over the fabric and string you choose.

6) You are done with your first Flag! – I space mine 12′ inches apart and repeat till you have your desired length.

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DIY Suspended Petal Chandelier

This one caught my eye and could without question be the reception decoration that will have everyone talking.  Posted on Austin Wedding Blog, suspended petals are a wedding trend that are cost effective and gorgeous.

Now how can you get this look? Here’s your DIY breakdown including items, steps, and a few choices that can make this fit any wedding theme. Items:

Natural Grapevine Wreath
Rose Buds
2-3 5/8” White Satin Edge Chiffon Ribbon
Floral Wire Cutters
Paddle Wire
Loose Satin Rose Petals
optional: 6.5’ Clear Crystal Garland
Choice: Ivy Garland, Forsythia Garland, Natural Raffia Roll or Aspen Pine Garland


** Note there’s a few options of how to suspend the base of this decoration.
Our inspiration picture is using an existing chandelier with greenery wrapped around it.  Consider a wreath around a light fixture, or hanging just a wreath by itself.** (If you’re hanging a wreath without an existing fixture, make sure and hang it from at least three points so it is easier to balance)


  1. First, tie and hang various lengths of ribbon from the base(chandelier, fixture or wreath). This way you can easily cover how it’s tied later on with garland.  You want to use the thinner 5/8” ribbon cut at different lengths to create a dramatic but light look. Using a thicker ribbon to hang the rose buds will make the arrangement appear too heavy.
  2. If you’re up on the ladder tying each piece of ribbon onto your base, you might as well stay up there for the next step and wrap your choice of garland around the base. Use floral wire and wire cutters to secure the garland around the base.
  3. Next, you will tie rose buds from the hanging ribbon. Having these all pre-cut before you start tying will save you time. Using floral wire cutters, cut the rose buds from the stem leaving about an inch of stem to tie the ribbon on. (if you’re worried the rose buds will slip out of the ribbon, use a little dab of hot glue).  Hang the rose buds at various lengths and leave some of the ribbon pieces loose without buds.  You can decide if you like more flowers, or less, and how many ribbon strands you would like.
  4. The last step is the easiest! Arrange your rose petals on the table below.  The suspended petal chandelier would look great above the cake table as shown in our inspiration photo, above your guest book sign in, or above the bride and groom at the bridal party table.

That’s it as easy as 1,2,3…. and well 4.  Now make this fit your wedding:


Keep it soft and elegant with cream or light pink rose buds, and ivy garland around your base.  Add to your “wow” factor and hang crystal garland with your ribbon pieces for some sparkle.


Get a bright spring look with forsythia as your base garland, mix it up with pink tulips and yellow sheer ribbon.


A rustic look is easy if you’re using the grapevine wreath as your base! Skip the garland and loosely wrap natural raffia around the wreath, keeping with the neutral tones and use light ribbon and flowers.


For winter weddings you could use an aspen pine garland around your base.  Get a dramatic look by using both white and red rose buds with white chiffon and crystal garland.

A few items, a few steps, and a gorgeous DIY wedding idea!

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Create A Tropical Orchid Bouquet

If you pictured yourself on a white sandy beach, sand between your toes, sweet smells of tropical flowers wafting through the breeze, and an orchid in your hair, this is for you. Whether you are planning a destination wedding on a tropical beach or creating your own tropical wedding theme, we can help you create your own orchid bouquet!

We’ve made it so simple by using our premade bouquets. You can decide the size you want for your bouquet.  Use as is, or combine additional bouquets to create a larger bouquet.

At our recent photo shoot in the Virgin Islands, we were were inspired by the colorful surroundings…..So we combined the bouquets.  In the first photo (left) we combined 2 Green & Purple Orchid Bouquets & (right) (1) Green & Purple with Orange Orchid Bouquet.  The bottom photo is (2) Green & Purple Orchid Bouquets.

Here is a sample of our Cybidium Orchid Bouquets.  Click on the picture to view.

Create a Beautiful Blue Hydrangea Bouquet

This blue hydrangea bouquet is beautiful, simple, and fun.  Customize this with any flowers or colors you would like – it’s all about making it your own!


Finished Blue Hydrangea Bouquet

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You’ll need blue silk flowers

  • Blue Roses (2-3) FR2007-BL
  • Blue Anemones (3-4) GTH857-BL
  • Blue Hydrangea (3-5) FSH017-BL
  • Jewel Centered Stephanotis (2) GTS150-WH

…and a few floral supplies & tools

  • Blue Ribbon GYR-142-9-18
  • Pearl Wisp PRM-44WH
  • Rhinestone Sticker EUR-BLING-CL
  • Wire Cutters DIA-7010
  • Stemwrap DAR-35902
  • Glue Gun FPC-H-270

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Blue Silk FlowersStep 1: Cut the hydrangea stems to match the approximate length you would like for your bouquet.

Step 2: Hold all of the hydrangeas in a bunch and tuck the roses and anemones in between the hydrangea blooms, being careful not to put too many of the same types in one spot. Do the same with the stephanotis.

Step 3: Wrap the stems of the bouquet tightly using the stemwrap, and trim the stems so that they are the same length.

Step 4: Decide where you want to insert your pearl wisps, then put a dab of glue on the stem and insert them into the bouquet. Make sure the glued stem is against the stem of another flower so that it will hold. Then, attach the rhinestone stickers to the petals. You can add more or less, depending on the look you are going for.

Step 5: Wrap the stems with ribbon, using a dab of glue to secure it to the bouquet stems. You can include a darker, solid color on the bottom and then add a criss-cross sheer ribbon on top, or you can choose to add a bouquet holder instead.