DIY: Gift Wrap With Silk Flowers From Afloral

Contributed blog post from Green Wedding Shoes

Gift_Wrap_DIY_Flowers1We’ve partnered again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create this fun gift wrap DIY! With the holidays not far away, we thought it would be fun to show you some pretty wrapping ideas for your gifts (and honestly, I think this wrapping would work for anytime of the year, right?!). Create a fun silk flower arrangement topper for your bestie’s present, or a woodland inspired piece for your mister. Lots of possibilities with AFloral and so easy to create! And those pretty gift tags above? Those are thanks to Goodheart Design and Alex was sweet enough to share a template with those so you can download for your gifting too!!

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What You’ll Need:
• Silk flowers from AFloral. We picked these choices (from left to right): Red PeonyRed Ranunculus, Gold Berries, Pink Ranunculus, FernVelvet PhalaenopsisWhite AnemoneGold Money PlantGuinea Feathers
• Gift tag template (download here). **Be sure to print these on cardstock if you are thinking about dip-dying them
• Scissors
• Brown Kraft paper
• White Kraft paper
• TwineGold RopeYarn options
• Boxes (we chose 4-6 in varying shapes/sizes)

afloralgiftwrap-01-3For the first glam-inspired wrapping we did, we paired the white anemone, feathers + gold berries with white kraft paper and twine. Simply wrap your box up with the white paper, and begin with the twine by wrapping around the box for some texture…
afloralgiftwrap-02-4Next, you can attach your supplies by using twine to secure down onto the wrapped twine. This will reinforce it onto the packaging. If you need extra support for the white anemone, use a glue gun to secure down! And last, use a pretty tag like our calligraphy adornment from Goodheart Design.
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afloralgiftwrap-06-8For a classic holiday gift wrap look – we paired some greens, reds and golds together with a brown kraft paper…
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afloralgiftwrap-08-10Start by layering your yarn around the box to create a web design, and adjust as necessary. Then you can attach your flowers + accents using the yarn as support.
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afloralgiftwrap-13-15Lastly, we picked a pretty pink + gold combo. We found some pretty gold wrap to tie around our box, and adorned with a big red peony + pink ranunculus. Love the addition of the dip-dyed tag!
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afloralgiftwrap-18-20And there you have it! 3 pretty ways to dress up with gift wrapping with AFloral. Pretty, and simple right?!

If you do some pretty wrapping at home with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Afloral.com DIY – Matching Bouquet and Boutonniere

 

You can create your own wedding bouquet with silk flowers and use the leftover materials to create your groom’s boutonniere. See how below!

DIYStartFollow these easy steps to create your own bouquet and boutonniere.

1) First you will need to gather the supplies. For this project you will need silk flowers, floral tape, pixie pins, boutonniere pins, ribbon, scissors, glue gun, and wire cutters.

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2) For the next step you want to decide how you want your bouquet to look. Once you have your design idea, start taping your flowers together a few at a time. Tape three or four together, then add a few more and tape it again.

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3) Once you have all the flowers taped together that you want in your bouquet, you need to tape the stems from top to bottom.

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4) Now that your bouquet is formed and taped up, you can use your wire cutters to cut the stems and create a nice clean line at the bottom of your bouquet. Take your ribbon and pin it to the front of your bouquet to secure it in place. Then you can start to wrap it around the base of your bouquet to cover the tape.

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5) Cut the ribbon at the end and use your glue gun to secure the bottom. I decided to add another ribbon to create a crisscross pattern and used the glue gun to secure it as well. Then I added another pixie pin for extra hold and decoration.

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You’ve officially finished your bouquet! Now we will move on to the boutonniere.

6) You will need the same supplies and to pick some elements from your bouquet to create your boutonniere with. Here is what mine look like.

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7) Put the flowers together in the design that you like, then just like with the bouquet you tape them together with the floral tape and snip the bottom off with the wire cutters.

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8) Cut a piece of the ribbon you used on your bouquet and secure it to your boutonniere with the glue gun. Wrap it around the bottom, cut the end, and secure with the glue gun. I decided to add a little more detail with another ribbon around that. Once the boutonniere is together, all you need is a boutonniere pin and you’re finished!

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Now you have a matching bouquet and boutonniere!

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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.

 

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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