Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

06/25/15

These colors!

This week, I've been gravitating towards rich, natural colors. Teals, blues, browns... all of that. So, I put some of my favorites into a little roundup of things I'm loving at the moment. Heart eyes all around for these twelve things (but especially 2, 6, and 11)...

1. (above) this color palette via Gozde Eker

Cacti love

2. some serious cacti via K. Boggs

Mini Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

3. stroopwafel ice cream sandwiches

Dahlias for July 4th

4. a dahlia-filled centerpiece via designlovefest

This space!

5. grayish blue floors via Archello

PB & J ice cream cups

6. chocolate peanut butter and jam ice cream cups via The Artful Desperado

Jeans and sandals

7. jeans and sandals via Melissa Chanel

Bacon cheddar waffles with maple bacon syrup

8. bacon and cheddar waffles with bacon and maple syrup via The House That Lars Built

Ceramics studio of Iggy & Lou Lou

9. the ceramics studio of Iggy & Lou Lou via The Design Files

Malted chocolate fudge stuffed cupcakes

10. malted chocolate fudge stuffed cupcakes via Girl Versus Dough

This space

11. a cool game night for adults via Almost Makes Perfect

DIY palm frond confetti

12. natural DIY confetti from palm fronds

What kind of things have you been into lately? Would love to hear what you're loving as of late.

06/02/15

Flower Types: Hyacinth and Star of Bethlehem

I always like to have a few DIY gift ideas in my back pocket that only take a few minutes to whip up. You never know when something might pop up that you need a little gift for. And sometimes it's hard to come up with something last minute. Right? It's like my brain locks up under pressure or something.

Which is exactly why I try to come up with DIY ideas ahead of time that are my go-tos on such an occasion. This budget-friendly $10 bouquet is one of them.

To make your own, you'll just need two kind of flowers and a little ribbon. Bonus points if you have a label maker on hand.

Fresh cuttings from a bouquet

For this particular bouquet, I used Hyacinth and Star of Bethlehem. Both are super inexpensive by the stem...I think I picked up 4 stems of Hyacinth for 6 bucks ($1.50 a stem) and some Star of Bethlehem flowers for $4. Which brought the total to a whopping $10. Add some ribbon and a little message with a label maker and you are good to go.

For more detailed photos and explanations, visit my post on Project Wedding

Flower DIY: The $10 Bouquet

Such an easy gift idea and super affordable too, which I love. Plus, if you're going with the label maker ribbon message, you can customize it for any occasion...birthdays, housewarmings, thank yous, etc.

Flower DIY: The $10 Bouquet

Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this budget bouquet a try? I'd love to hear what other flower suggestions you might have that would still fit into the $10 cap.

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For more DIY flower ideas like this, visit the flower projects page.

05/19/15

DIY // How to Add Store-Bought Succulents to Any Bouquet on a Budget

The other day, I was wandering around the hardware store and found a bunch of mini succulents for a few dollars a piece. I really, really don't need anymore succulents at this point, BUT (apparently) I can't resist any item under $5. Whether I need it or not.

So, I brought home a few of these little guys and decided to try my own version of a succulent bouquet...on a budget. You can wire up the succulents super easily and use them just like a normal flower in a bouquet, but I have a couple of tips and tricks to help you out if you're looking for a guide...

DIY // How to Add Store-Bought Succulents to Any Bouquet on a Budget

DIY // How to Add Store-Bought Succulents to Any Bouquet on a Budget

Here's how to create wire stems for potted succulents in just a few minutes...

Start by removing each succulent from the starter pot they came in. Then carefully remove all the soil from the roots of the succulent as best you can. I preserved as much of the roots as I could for each succulent, so that I could re-pot them long after the flowers from the bouquet have died. Rinse off the soil from the remaining roots as best you can and pat dry.

Then, using a medium gauge floral wire, pierce all the way through the bottom stem area of each succulent. You want the wire to go through the stem at the thickest point possible. Pull the end of the floral wire through the other side, once its start to poke through, and bend each end of the wire downward once the sides of the wire are an even length.

Twist the wire together to create a sturdy stem for the succulent. Now that the succulent has a wire stem, you can use it just as you would a regular flower in a bouquet.

Ranunculus

Ranunculus, Nigella, and Queen Anne's Lace

To create the finished bouquet I used 6 ranunculus, 1 stem of queen anne's lace, 1 stem of nigella, and 3 wired succulents. For tips on how I typically put bouquets together, visit this post: how to make a giant floral bouquet.

Total cost of this bouquet: $27

DIY // Ranunculus + Succulents Bouquet

How to make a ranunculus and succulents centerpiece

DIY ranunculus and succulents bouquet

Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff and Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give this budget bouquet a try?