Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

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? 

03/25/15

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

I think we can all agree that when it comes to Easter baskets, they’re not typically the most exciting things on the planet. So…I thought adding fresh flowers to the mix might liven up the whole Easter basket situation a little bit. And take things up a notch. What do you think?

Sharing the full tutorial today, along with all of the flowers I used for the project…

Types of Flowers

Materials:
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-old Easter basket
-hot glue and glue sticks
-scissors

For this project, I used Mayra Pink Garden Roses, Lavender Double Bloom TulipsLamb’s EarPink VeronicasPink Ranunculus, and White and Lavender Sweet PeasMy friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers again. So, if you’re looking for fresh flowers and/or greenery, be sure to check them out. They ship anywhere in the US for free (all 50 states).

Care Instructions for Flowers: You want the flowers to be super hydrated before starting this project, so that the blooms will last longer once attached to the basket. So, for the best hydration… 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.

Easter DIY // How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

How To:

1. Cut the stems off of Lamb’s Ear leaves and hot glue them to the base of your basket, all the way around. This will be the base for your flowers.

2. Next, cut the stems off of the flowers that you plan to use.

3. Then glue the base of each flower to the side of the basket. Do this all the way around the basket. Then, fill in additional holes on top (for aerial view of basket).

Add some Easter eggs and you’re good to go. Simple as that.

This fresh flower basket would be a great photo prop, for an Easter egg scavenger hunt, or even at a wedding (flower girl basket).

How To Make a DIY Easter Basket with Fresh Flowers

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Easter Project // Fresh Flower Easter Basket DIY

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Think you might give this Easter flower project a try? 

For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.

03/16/15

Color Blocked Chocolate Bark Recipe with Edible Flower Sprinkles

If you’ve been around here long, you know that I love flowers and I love food (specifically of the sugary variety). So, I thought I would combine the two in a colorful DIY recipe that is oh so sweet. You game?

Here’s how to make color blocked chocolate bark with edible flower confetti…

Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Supplies and Ingredients:

white chocolate candy melts // gel food coloring // edible flowers (I found mine at Whole Foods) // colorful sprinkles (optional) // wax paper // sheet pan // wooden spoon // flat spatula // wooden skewers

How to Make Color Blocked Chocolate Bark

Instructions:

1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the packaging, either on the stovetop or microwave.

2. Separate the melted chocolate into 2 containers and add gel food coloring to each one. I chose violet and pink for my colors.

3. Then, pour the melted chocolate onto a sheet pan that has been covered with wax paper. Keep the half of the pan one color and the other half the second color to get a color blocked look. Smooth with a flat spatula, if needed.

4. Next, remove the petals from your edible flowers. And while the chocolate is still in a liquid state on the pan, sprinkle the flower petals over the top of the chocolate.

5. Add colorful sprinkles as well, if desired.

6. Then wait for the chocolate to harden completely. You can speed this process up by putting the pan into the fridge.

7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, use the back of a wooden spoon to break the chocolate up into pieces of bark, as shown in the photos.

Recipe // Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Recipe // Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Color Blocked Chocolate Bark with Edible Flower Sprinkles

Art direction, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Recipe production assisted by Linda Jedenawski

Have you ever tried using edible flowers for food projects? Aren’t they fun to work with?

For more sweet treats and recipes like this one, visit the food + recipes tag.