Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

10/20/14

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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

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2. floral sprinkles and cocktails

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3. geometric (fresh) flower bracelet

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4. flower cone

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5. 60 second bouquet

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6. the prettiest portrait

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7. a gorgeous floral tablescape

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8. flower blocked bouquet DIY

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9. flower bomb car idea

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10. geometric floating flower wreath

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11. a peachy bouquet

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12. a hanging floral door wreath

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13. cake + flowers (the best combo)

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14. a green and purple freeform centerpiece

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15. a DIY flower ring

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16. and a DIY flower mirror

What do you love most about fresh flowers?

10/02/14

The Quickest DIY Bouquet You Will Ever Make

Yesterday, I took a little break to stop and smell the roses. But today I’m back to share the quickest DIY bouquet you will ever make, along with the tote bags and temporary tattoos I recently designed with MakrI used their new iPhone app that allows you to design tees, temporary tattoos, and tote bags on your phone – and then ships your designs right to your door.

But first…the DIY! This protea bouquet takes all of 60 seconds to make. So, no matter how busy you are, I’m pretty sure you can handle this. AND it makes a great last minute gift idea too.

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Supplies:

To make your own you’ll need a single type of flower, that makes a statement. In this case, I used Pincushion Proteas, which are super cheerful and vibrant. But I also had Stock as a backup option, so you can really use any flower you want. You’ll also need a newspaper and a rubber band.

How To:

1. To make the bouquet, turn a sheet of newspaper to form a diagonal and rest the bouquet at the top of the point (as shown in the photo).

2. Then, fold under the bottom 1/3 of the newspaper, to create a flat edge at the bottom.

3. Wrap the two side points around the bouquet. Add a rubber band. Done.

Insanely simple, right?

DIY // The 30 Second Bouquet

DIY // The 30 Second Bouquet

So now that you know how to make the quickest bouquet possible, it seems fitting to talk about the quickest (and easiest) way to design tote bags, t-shirts…and even temporary tattoos. With the Makr iPhone AppI designed this set of tote bags and temporary tattoos in under an hour and there are tons of interesting illustrations, typefaces, borders, and patterns that you can choose from to create your own as well. Or skip the templates and upload your own files, just as easily.

Plus your custom tee and tote creations can be made available for purchase in the Marketplace, to generate revenue for your designs. I recently added my designs to the Makr Marketplace and am curious to see how it goes. 

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Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give this 60 second flower bouquet DIY a try?

This post is sponsored by Makr. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

08/20/14

How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

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?

DIY Freeform Floral Centerpiece (without a flower frog)

Let's a make a freeform floral centerpiece

Here’s how…

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

Flower Power: How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

How To:

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.

Delphinium, Ranunculus, and Queen Anne's Lace Arrangement

Anatomy of a Freeform Bouquet / Centerpiece

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.

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DIY // Arranging a freeform floral centerpiece

Flower DIY // Delphinium, Ranunculus, Queen Anne's Lace, and Freesia

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.