How to Make a Wrist Corsage

Contributed blog post from Lover.ly. They used Afloral’s flowers for their Best Buds Weekly Feature!

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When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, there’s a lot to learn. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature all you need to know about an in-season flower. From colors and care to costs and all sorts of wedding floral design inspiration, we’re your “best bud.”

 

 

 

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.

 

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Supplies

 

(Makes one corsage)

 

One large “cupped” peony

 

Two ranunculi

 

Small bunch lamb’s ear

 

Glue gun

 

Corsage wristlet

 

Optional: pretty ribbon

 

Instructions

 

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!

XO,
Rachel
Lover.ly

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DIY 4th of July Centerpiece

Contributed blog post from Lover.ly. They used Afloral’s flowers for their Best Buds Weekly Feature!
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When it comes to choosing your wedding flowers, there’s a lot to learn. Every Tuesday, we’ll feature all you need to know about an in-season flower. From colors and care to costs and all sorts of wedding floral design inspiration, we’re your “best bud.”
This week, we’re showing you how to make a 4th of July centerpiece

4th of July centerpiece

 

If you’re planning a BBQ for Independence Day and need a little inspiration for your all-American decor, this simple floral arrangement is the perfect way to add a patriotic touch!

 

4th of July centerpiece DIY

 

Supplies

 

Three white vases of varying sizes (ours were 3.5 inches tall5.5 inches tall, and 8 inches tall)

 

One large block of floral foam

 

Wire cutters

 

Red arrangement (tall vase)

 

6-8 red carnations

 

6 red mini Gerbera daisies

 

Blue arrangement (medium vase)

 

6 blue carnations

 

6-8 blue cornflowers

 

White arrangement (short vase)

 

6 white mini spray roses

 

6-8 white carnations

 

Instructions

 

1. Cut a piece of foam a few inches tall to fit inside each vase and place inside.

 

2. Place stems along the side of the vase to gauge the desired height and trim accordingly with wire cutters.

 

3. Fill each vase with the corresponding carnations, pushing the stems into the foam.

 

4. Use the remaining flowers to fill out the arrangement.

 

4th of July centerpiece

We love that these arrangements are so simple to create and add a fun punch of color to your 4th of July party! (And if you’re not feeling the red, white, and blue, you could use the same method with flowers in different colors to create a monochromatic arrangement for any occasion!)

XO,

Rachel
Lover.ly

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Rustic Peach Wedding Flowers ~ Diane’s Inspiration Board

Diane writes:  My daughter is getting married in October, and she wants me to make her bouquets She wants peach roses with wildflowers. Any suggestions?. She is getting married on a baseball field with the reception in an old barn!

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Bouquet Inspiration Photo:  Erich McVey

To recreate and view the realistic floral stems used to in this Rustic PeachWedding, please click on items below:

  1. Peach Hydrangeas
  2. Cream White Roses
  3. Peach Peony & Rose Sprays
  4. Peach Tea Rose Sprays
  5. 3 Golden Leaf Sprays
  6. 2 White Ranunculus Sprays
  7. 1 Baby’s Breath Bush

Happy Planning, Mindy

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Colorful Peony Bouquet ~ Jessica’s Inspiration Board

Jessica writes:  Hi Mindy, I am a big fan of your designs, and was wondering if you could help me. My wedding is at the end of April. I opted for a turquoise/blue color for the bridesmaids with an accent color of yellow. I find that I like succulents, roses, peonies, and daisies. I lean towards multicolor bouquets, but am open to any suggestions. I am at a complete loss as to how to design something myself.  Thank you, Jessica M.

Jessica-PeonyBouquet Credit: Jodi Miller Photography  | Floral Designer: JM Flora Design
via Style Me Pretty

To recreate and view the realistic floral stems used to in this bright bouquet, please click on items below:

  1. Orange Ranunculus Sprays
  2. 5 Yellow Ranunculus Sprays
  3. 5 Peach Tulips
  4. 5-7 Cream Sweetpeas
  5. Pink Peony Bouquet for your bouquet & bridesmaids
  6. Turquoise Satin Ribbon to wrap your bouquet

Happy Planning, Mindy

 

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Orange Wedding Flowers ~ Meghann’s Inspiration Board

Meghann writes: My wedding is on November 29th at a historic mansion. Our colors are navy and orange. The bridesmaids will be in navy and the groomsmen in gray suits and a navy tie with thin orange stripes. My dress is in an off-white. Because of our location, I want a vintage-feel to my flowers. I was thinking that because our wedding party will be wearing a lot of navy, my bridesmaids could carry a bouquet of orange (and maybe off-white) flower and I could do mostly orange, with some white and blue.

Meghann-OrangeBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Eden Day Photography  |  Floral Designer: L&S Design Co
via Style Me Pretty

To recreate and view the realistic floral stems used to in this orange and navy, please click on items below:

  1. 3 Orange Poppies
  2. 5 Cream Anemones
  3. 3 Peach Rose Spray
  4. 5 Orange Ranunculus Sprays
  5. 2 Orange Berry Sprays
  6. 5 Cream Garden Roses
  7. 1 Blue Berry Sprays
  8. Orange Rose Bouquet for your bridesmaids
  9. Blue Jute Ribbon to wrap your bouqeuts

Happy Planning, Mindy

 

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