In the scheme of wedding priorities and details, flowers are often not top on the list. While the flowers are not a high priority, next to the wedding dress LuvBridal Sydney brides find floral arrangements for the bride, bridesmaids, groomsmen and centerpieces to be one of the most expensive wedding items. Beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres, and flower arrangements are a DIY project that saves a considerable amount of money. Here are ten steps to complete the project.
Cascading Bridal Bouquet
Gather artificial stemmed flowers, a Styrofoam ball, six wooden dowels, a piece of string, a glue gun, floral tape, ribbon, and tulle.
Cut the dowels to seven inches and wrap each one with floral tape. Use a piece of string to bundle them.
Cut a hole in the Styrofoam ball that is as wide as the dowel bundle and half the depth of the ball. Fill the hole with hot glue and insert the dowel bundle in the hole. Apply more hot glue around the top of the exposed dowel bundle.
Remove the string and wrap the ribbon around the ‘stem.’ Start with a drop of hot glue and add other drop after every couple of ribbon wraps around the stem.
Arrange the flowers by inserting the stems into the Styrofoam ball. Begin by placing one at the top, one on each side, and one on the bottom of the ball. The flower at the bottom determines the size of the cascade. That stem remains outstretched. Fill in with more flowers.
The longest flower at the bottom is the tip of a V-shape. Add flowers to complete the V-shape as they come closer to the ball. Fill in the empty spaces on the ball with flowers, creating a round shape on the back side. Shape by pushing down all but the longest flower in the front. Shape until you are happy with the design.
Cut squares of tulle that are between three and six-inch squares. A quick way to determine the size is to cut out a three to six-inch square of cardboard and wrap the tulle around it. Cut through the folds at the top and bottom of the piece of cardboard. The process involves less cutting and uniform squares of tulle. Fill the gaps of the bouquet with the pieces of tulle by pushing the center of the squares into empty spaces. You have a beautiful bridal bouquet.
Follow the steps above but push all the flowers around the Styrofoam ball to make a round shape.
Gather artificial flowers of your choice, one for each intended person; little white flowers, dried baby’s breath, green leaves, floral tape, safety pins, and optional twine. Arrange the flowers the way you want the boutonnieres to look by building around the main flower. You decide what works best. Trim the pieces down to the size you want.
Hot glue the pieces together and let it dry. When it is dry, wrap floral tape around the stems to approximately 1 1/4 inches from the main flower. You need enough space for the safety pins. Attach the safety pins. The stems can be wrapped in twine with the use of hot glue if desired.
Gather the vessels used for the vases. Prep them with floral foam, Spanish moss, and hot glue. Placing the project on a lazy Susan makes turning 360 degrees easy and ensures the centerpiece is consistent. Cut the floral foam to fit the vessel and hot glue it in place. Appearance is not of importance, because the arrangement covers it. Use Spanish moss to cover the foam. Floral pins or hot glue keeps the moss in place. Cover the edges also and tuck loose pieces in for a clean finish.
Add flowers by starting with greenery to shape the arrangement. Use different types to greenery to incorporate some interesting texture. Add in florals. Line flowers create height and shape. Then add larger blooms. Cluster the focal blooms together or scatter them through the arrangement. Add filler florals on the sides and towards the lower portion of the greenery and florals just above the vessel. The result is a simple but interesting centerpiece.