Posts Tagged ‘floral’
It wouldn’t be Valentines day without a flower DIY. So here I am with the last V-Day project of the year…a (fresh flower) monogram wall hanging that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. OR a wedding, birthday party, housewarming…Okay, it works for pretty much anything. Especially if you like flowers as much as I do.
You may remember the giant floral ampersand I created a while back that was in this same vein. But to switch things up, I’m using a different method and a garland as the base (which will help cut down on the number of flowers you need to complete the project).
Here’s how to make your own floral typography wall art…
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-paper awl (or similar)
My friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers and the garland. So, if you’re looking for fresh flowers and greenery, be sure to check them out. Their flowers are top notch.
For all flowers except the Poppies… Cut at least 1″ off each stem and place in 3-4″ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they’re not already.
For the Poppies… These can be a little tricky sometimes. So to help them bloom, you may want to try cutting them under water and keeping the stems submerged in water for 10-15 minutes before searing the ends with a quick dip in boiling water for 10-15 seconds. That’s what I ended up doing and it worked great. As the blooms start to open, you may need to give some of them a little help by gently pulling back the sepals (the brown fuzzy “shell”).
For the garland… Keep it in a dry, cool place until you’re ready to use it. No need to spray with water or anything like that.
1. Start by drawing and cutting out large letters from foam core or cardboard. I just freehanded the letters with a pencil and then cut them with a sharp blade.
2. Next, poke a set of holes in the letter cut out, all the way around, every 6-10 inches. Use the paper awl to poke the holes or another sharp object.
3. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly 8-10 inches long, and poke through the first set of holes (from the back of the letter), so that each end is showing through to the front.
4. Then, lay the garland on top of the foam core letter and secure the first section with the wire that you poked through in step 3. All you need to do is wrap the wire around the garland and twist several times until secure. Then, hide the excess wire underneath the leaves or clip off.
5. Once you’ve completed that process all the way around, covering the entire letter with garland, it’s time to add flowers. Make sure the flowers have had at least 24 hours to properly hydrate before this step. Then, trim the stems if necessary and intertwine them amongst the garland. If you’re having trouble, add floral wire to each stem, for more stiffness to wedge into the garland. If you have a super bushy garland, you can tuck small water tubes into the garland to keep the flowers as fresh as possible.
6. Fill the garland with flowers until you’ve reached the desired effect. Enjoy!
You can do initials like J + B (for V-day or a wedding), a single letter, to stand as a statement art piece, or even a short phrase or message if you’re feeling especially ambitious.
P.S. If you wanted to go a more cost effective (and long lasting) route, you could skip the flowers all together and just do garland letters, which are kind of fun too…
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
After this project, I am even more obsessed with poppies. They may be a little finicky, but they sure are pretty. Don’t you think?
Think you might give this flower project a try?
For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.
You guys know I love flowers, right? Like really, really love them.
And right about now, I could totally use a big ol’ bouquet of these beauties to kind of hit the reset button. And get Monday off on the right foot.
So let’s kick off the week with a virtual bouquet or two. Here are 16 reasons to fall for fresh flowers..
1. (above) A ‘make your day’ bouquet
4. flower cone
11. a peachy bouquet
What do you love most about fresh flowers?
At this point, browsing beautiful flower arrangements on Pinterest has turned into a sad little hobby of mine. Sad only because I don’t think I can count Pinterest as a hobby. Can I?
But after all of that browsing, I’ve realized that there aren’t many tutorials to show how to make the type of arrangement that I am particularly partial to. The kind of arrangement that feels a little more wild, organic, and freeform. Not rigid. Or ball-shaped. You know the type, right?
Sooo…I thought I’d create a tutorial today on how to make those free spirited, imperfect arrangements that I’m so fond of. Without a flower frog. That way, you can use a transparent vase or vessel. And bonus – you don’t need any extra gadgets.
This small arrangement is perfect for an impromptu dinner party, or resting on a side table in your living room. Want to make your own?
Flowers + Greenery Needed: white/green ranunculus, delphinium, thistle, stock, ivory hypericum berry, queen anne’s lace, freesia, pittosporum
Additional Supplies: short open mouth vase (I used a $2 wine glass from West Elm), scissors or floral shears
This how-to is probably a little easier to describe via photos, as opposed to words, but just in case, I have both.
1. First, add at least one inch of water to a short, wide vase (in this case a wine glass). Set aside.
2. Next, you’ll want to prepare the flowers and greenery, by removing the bottom layers of leaves and blooms. You don’t want any leaves or flowers touching the water line, so keep that in mind.
3. You’ll also want to cut the stems down to relatively the same length (its important for some stems to be longer than others, but you’ll want the stem lengths to all be within 2 inches of each other – give or take). I’d recommend cutting a stem down for the greenery, testing it out to make sure it’s a good length, and then going from there. Instead of cutting all the stems down at once, without testing.
4. Now, it’s time to start putting the centerpiece together. Start with the pittosporum. I added 3-5 small stems total to give the arrangement a good, hearty base. By intersecting the stems (meaning that stems are different angles), it creates a loose grid of sorts to support the flowers that are added next.
5. Then, just let some of the flowers do the talking for you. Not in a hippie kind of way (though that may work too). If you see that a stem naturally leans to the right, for example, arrange that stem on the right-hand side to let the arrangement naturally veer out to the right. And then find a stem that leans left to balance things out on the opposite side. Fill in holes with smaller blooms and, if possible, vary the sizes and colors throughout, for a more organic look.
Note: Generally, I like to start with adding the largest, statement flowers first and then work my way down to the smaller sizes to fill in holes, etc. But there’s no exact science here. It’s flower arranging! It’s supposed to be fun. So feel free to carve your own path.
All in all, the flowers in this arrangement cost me less than $20 in flowers to make (and those are flower shop stem prices, not wholesale), and took about 10 minutes to make.
Not too difficult, right? And you don’t need anything special to recreate this look, either. Which is what I like about it.
Think you’ll give this DIY arrangement a try for your next dinner party?
Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff
Looking for more DIY flower projects to try? Check out the flowers tag for more project ideas.