Today, I'm sharing the last of my DIY flower projects from Meet/Make/Do and this is a fun one because it involves a pool. Yep! There was a big gorgeous pool at the house we were at in Palm Springs. So naturally, I challenged myself to use it for a flower project somehow. It's not everyday that you have a pool at your disposal, right?
Anyway, I came up with an idea to create a floating wreath and after a quick search on Bing to find out if foam core floats (it was one of the only supplies we had on hand that I thought might work), I was off! I was using the Bing iPhone app for search, in case you are wondering. And yes! Bing does have an app for iPhones. I use it everyday. Love it.
This project would also be a fun way to customize a special event, like a pool party or backyard wedding, with a flower covered monogram, phrase, or letter that signifies the day. But for now, the triangle is my favorite.
Here's how to make your very own floating flower wreath...
Materials: Foam Core // Xacto Knife // Glue Gun
Flowers Used: Naturally, I used a variety of flowers from Flower Muse. I cannot get enough of these flowers! They are just the best.
The photo above includes the flowers I used for the smaller hexagon wreath, but this is the full list of flowers used between the two wreaths...
Light Peach Juliet Garden Roses // Ivory Peach Garden Roses // Keira Pink Garden Roses // Pink Piano Garden Spray Roses // Pink Mayra Garden Roses // White Anemones // Double Bloom Tulips // Ranunculus
1. To create a hexagon, cut six pieces of foam core that are 2 inches wide and 5 inches wide. *For the triangle shape, cut three pieces of foam core that are 3 inches wide and 16 inches long.
2. Glue the pieces together, with hot glue, one at a time, to create the desired shape.
3. Next, cut the stem off a large bloom and glue it to the foam core. Switch back and forth between large, medium, and small size flowers until the entire wreath has been completed.
4. Gentle set into the pool and enjoy!
As you can see, the step by step wreath started out as a hexagon, but quickly turned into a circle with all of the flowers. The triangle turned out perfectly though. Just something to keep in mind as you're planning possible shapes to use.
Even after doing a mini mock up, I have to admit, I was a little nervous to let go of these guys in the pool. I didn't really feel like retrieving them in my swimsuit at the bottom of the pool. But I'm happy to report, they totally float on their own.
The foam core has lots of tiny holes that fill up with air, which is what keeps the wreaths floating, even though they aren't very light. These flowers are heavy guys (especially the triangle wreath).
And if you don't have a pool that these DIY guys can float in, you can just as easily hang a wreath or two on your front door instead. Add a hook and you're good to go.
Concept, styling, and step by step photos by Brittni Mehlhoff // All other photos by Mary Costa Photography
P.S. If you're curious about the behind the scenes of this project, Chelsea snapped a photo of the poolside shenanigans. Right after that photo was taken, I decided it was best to just lay down and get dirty. Anything for a DIY, right?
Would you ever make one of these floating flower wreaths? Or would you opt for the door option instead?
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