Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

02/11/15

Giant Floral Typography Wall Art DIY

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).

Giant Floral Typography Wall Art DIY

Here’s how to make your own floral typography wall art…

Supplies

-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-pencil
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-scissors
-paper awl (or similar)
-floral tape
-floral wire

For this project, I used Poppies, Pink Veronicas, Pink Ranunculus, White Sweet Peas, and Bay leaf & Seeded Eucalyptus Garland.

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.

Care Instructions:
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.

how-to-make-giant-typography-wall-art-with-flowers

How To:

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!

A is for Art: DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

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…

DIY // how to create a giant garland letter for parties and events

DIY Giant Monogrammed Floral Wall Art

DIY Giant Floral Typography Wall Art

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.

01/27/15

DIY Idea // Leafy Heart Cut Outs for V-Day

Last week, I was working on some last minute styling ideas for this post and ended up breaking apart a stem of variegated kale (you can get it al the grocery store, but I happen to pick mine up from a flower market) and cutting out shapes from each leaf.

Instead of incorporating it into the finished project as a decoration, I thought I’d break it down into it’s own project instead. In the 2015 survey, 73% of you said that you want more quick, super easy DIY ideas. So consider this one of them.

I’m sure you can tell from the photos that these kale hearts are SUPER easy to make, but also kind of fun and lighthearted. Which is pretty much my favorite combo. You could press them between books to let them dry out and use as decoration for Valentine’s Day, add them as edible cake toppers, etc.

All you need is a pair of scissors and variegated kale, ornamental cabbage, or some other large leaf plant or flower. These would be awesome with flower petals!

Cutting a leaf into a heart for Valentine's Day

To make your own, just pull a large leaf of kale from the stem and start cutting. I like to start the bottom of the heart at the base of the leaf and use the middle vein that runs through each leaf as my guide for the center line of each heart.

Cutting a leaf into a heart for Valentine's Day

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like this.

You can stop there and use these little guys as is…for dinner decorations or whatever else you can dream up. Or press the cut outs, either with a wooden press or between heavy books until dried. Pressing flowers and leaves typically takes a while before they’re completely dried out – about one to two weeks usually. BUT you could also try pressing them in the microwave, which will drastically speed up the process. There’s a tutorial for microwave pressing on BHG.

DIY // hearts cut out of kale leaves

DIY // hearts cut out of kale leaves

 Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this mini DIY a try? I’d love to hear any additional uses you can think of for these. I know I’m sure I’m forgetting some things they can be used for.

01/13/15

DIY // Pineapple Flower Cake Toppers

I guess you could say I’m on a fruit kick, after yesterday’s post. But I’m not a health nut (if you can’t tell). So, it’s safe to assume that if there is fruit involved, something sweet isn’t far behind [insert head to toe covered sprinkle cake here. haha].

That said, I made these pineapple flowers to sit on top of a store bought cake to make it a little more special. They’re really fun to make, are completely edible, and taste great. They’re like little pineapple chips.

Bonus! You don’t need to be a pro in the kitchen to knock these out of the park. They’re easy peasy. Promise! Want to make a batch?

Pineapple!

You’ll just need a fresh pineapple and a handful of basic kitchen items.

As for the tutorial, you can read thorough the entire step by step process for these guys over on Project Wedding. But, here’s the gist, before you head over…

How to make pineapple flower cake toppers in the oven.

Of course this project is great for weddings, but if you’re not getting ready to walk down the aisle, this edible cake topper would work for just about any other occasion that you need a cake for…birthdays, an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, etc.

I even added some of the leftover flowers to my ice cream one night, so there is truly no occasion too small.

DIY Pineapple Flower Cake Toppers

DIY Pineapple Flower Cake Toppers

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give these pineapple flowers a try? What else could you use them for, aside from cake toppers? Any ideas?

For more food DIYs and recipes to try, like this one, visit the recipes page.