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!

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

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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

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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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