We’ve said it before and we will say it again, wildflowers are SO budget friendly! This tutorial on how to make a wildflower bouquet is your money saving trick for some gorgeous wedding flowers! A bouquet is the perfect floral accent for a boho wedding, a bright outdoor farm wedding, or anything in between.
So here we have some of our favorite novelty bunches! From left to right we have purple statice, orange safflower, purple limonium, billy balls, solidago, bupleurum, blue cornflower, thistle, pink sweetheart roses, white sweetheart roses, pink dianthus, and pink astillbe.
We started of by trimming and pruning all the stems. If you’re thinking that it looks like a lot of stems there, you’re right! We did not use all of these stems for the bouquet. About 3 stems of each bunch were used.
Here is our first bunch. We used this as the center of our bouquet and wrapped it in a little bit of floratape stem wrap so we had a base that wasn’t falling apart.
The technique for making a wildflower bouquet is very simple and flexible. It’s just a matter of turning the bunch and adding more stems. Shape is less important in wildflower bouquets, each of the stems are usually poking out at different lengths. With all the different color blooms, make sure there is a nice balance of color in each section.
This is our second bunch after some more additions of bigger and brighter blooms. Another layer of floratape is not necessary, but can be added. The reason it’s not necessary is because you will probably end up pulling out some blooms or adjusting their positions.
Above is our third bunch. Most of the big and bright blooms are added and working to make a triangular shape.
We used fillers and the bupleurum to stick out and line the edges of the bouquet. Then once they were in a good position, the bouquet was wrapped with floratape. For wrapping wildflower bouquets the stem wrap can be very narrow, instead of wrapping the majority of the stems, this allows the stems to stick out in different directions on the bottom.
It’s gorgeous AND so unbelievably inexpensive. One bunch of each of the blooms listed above could give you 4+ of these bouquets. Now that is a deal. Let us know if you have questions on how to make a wildflower bouquet!
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It’s time for another fun giveaway! Get ready for our first Instagram Giveaway. We are giving one lucky winner a $50 Blooms Flower Card. Woo woo! This giveaway will take place on Instagram. The giveaway will run from Tuesday, June 2nd at 12pm EDT to Tuesday, June 9th at 11:59am EDT. See the details below on how to enter.
Follow these steps to be entered to win our Instagram Giveaway:
1. Follow @bloomsbythebox on Instagram
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3. Tag 2 friends in the comment section on the photo above
And then you are entered to win a $50 Blooms Flower Card! Hooray!
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- Each entrant must “Follow” @bloomsbythebox on Instagram
- Each entrant must tag 2 friends in the comment section on the contest photo.
- ONLY ONE ENTRY PER USER.
- All entries must be received by 11:59AM EDT Tuesday, June 9.
- Winner will be randomly selected from all entries on the contest photo.
- Winner will be announced Thursday, June 11 on Instagram and Facebook. Winner will be notified via Instagram direct message.
- Winner will receive a $50 Blooms Flower Card good for the purchase of flowers and floral supplies sold by BloomsByTheBox. Unused credit cannot be redeemed for cash. Credit is valid until June 9, 2016.
How to Make a Boutonniere
Another tutorial to help you have some fun and save some money this prom and wedding season!
Here is a simple photo tutorial on how to make a boutonniere.
The Blooms DIY Corsage and Boutonniere Kit has all you need to make dozens of corsages and boutonnieres. That sounds like a fun money-saving pre-prom or pre-wedding prep party, if you ask us. Get the girls together with your kit, a few bunches of flowers, and make your own DIY corsages with matching bouts! How fun?!
In this tutorial on how to make a boutonniere, we used techniques and products to ensure a sturdy finished bout. The corsage stem and wire are not necessary, so if you will not be using either of those, do not cut the stem too short and ignore those steps and just wrap the stem at the length you have.
A fun color or pattern of washi tape is always a great way to add that ‘pop’ to your bouts!
See our tutorial for How to Make a Corsage and you have all you need to DIY your prom or wedding flowers.
We are here to cheer you on and help you with any DIY flower questions you have. So let us know how we can help!
How to Make a Corsage
Have some fun and save some money this prom and wedding season!
Here is a simple photo tutorial on how to make a corsage for your wrist.
After pruning and cutting each stem, we wrapped the rose and spray roses with the stem wrap to have a more sturdy stem to work with.
We also took off two leaves from the rose stem to use as some extra greenery.
Now comes the fun. There is no formula to this part. It is just a matter of working with the different shapes of the flowers until you get the look you desire. We started by wrapping the rose and the hypericum together, with the hypericum sticking above the rose to make our piece taller.
Then we placed the spray roses in various directions, working around the shape of the rose so they all positioned in there nicely.
Because the spray roses were going in different directions, we wired around them around the wrapped rose with the hypericum.
Then we attached two of the leaves in opposite directions to hide some of the wire and tape. (This can be done with a floral adhesive and some kinds of hot glue)
The wristlet goes against the back of the wired piece.
The four prongs get bent down to form around the wired flower piece.
Now is when you can use ribbon to fill in the rest of the shape and cover a multitude of wrongs. Here we folded a piece of ribbon (about a yard long) multiple times and wired it around the wristlet. Other options are to pin the ribbon to the stems of flowers (that is what we did with the peach ribbon below), glue or tie the ribbon to the wristlet.
Cut the stems to an appropriate length.
Add the rest of your ribbon or decorative pieces and you are done!
We would recommend making these the morning of or evening prior to the event (prom, wedding, etc.) They can be temporarily stored in the fridge until they need to be worn. We have corsage boxes that are used to store and transport your lovely DIY pieces!
Questions? Let us know!
Do you ever wonder what to do with those leftover flowers from a big birthday arrangement or mothers day bouquet or funeral decorations? If you are one for getting the most out of your flowers, this tutorial is just for you! Throwing out flowers is such a painful experience for us, so little arrangements like this ease that pain in such a pretty way.
Have you ever tried putting shorter stemmed flowers in a small vase and just watching all the flowers fall to the outer edge of the glass? If you have , we know how to help. So here is a tutorial on how to make a small vase arrangement by making a tape grid!
All that is used here is:
- a small vase (or a drinking glass)
- leftover flowers
First take the good, desired flowers and cut them down to the desired length (normally about 1-2 inches taller than the height of the vase). Remove any of the outer guard petals and leaves that do not look good.
Second cut a few pieces of tape, a little longer than the width of the vase (we cut the piece of tape in half length wise too). Align the pieces parallel across the vase and secure the edge down.
Third fasten some more tape perpendicular to the already stuck tape.
Fourth use three of the focal flowers, in this case- topaz roses, and put the stems through the center squares.
Fifth use the rest of your flowers (we used white alstromeria) to fill in the remainder of the tape grid.
How easy was that?! Now you know what to do with those leftover flowers and you don’t have to waste your big flower arrangement AND you can keep a little beautiful arrangement on your desk for a longer lasting memory!
Who wouldn’t want to start their morning with this sweet sight and a nice cup of coffee?
10 Ways to Use Babys Breath in Your Wedding, Baby Shower, Events, and more!
We heard people predicting that baby’s breath (gypsophilia) arrangements were going to get old fast. While some of you may agree, we certainly do not! There is a rustic wedding stigma that is put on baby’s breath. But this budget-friendly filler is a wedding rock star and one of our all-time faves! We’re sure you’ve come across a baby’s breath bouquet, boutonniere, or flower crown somewhere in your Pinterest journeys. So it’s time for you to see how our money-saving friend can be transformed into all different kinds of floral masterpieces. Check out some of these fun ways to use babys breath below!
1. Baby’s breath garland
How pretty are these? We would put garlands around everything if we could. Put garland on or around anything and your decorations will be taken to the next level. The baby’s breath garland can add that romantic touch to a welcome board (like below), or the back of some chairs, around a table, etc.
2. Baby’s breath pomander
Pomanders are always a fun way to add some shape into any decor. And baby’s breath pomanders always add a great blend of shape and texture. They are perfect for hanging, or you can put them on candle stick holders, and they add a special cuteness to the already adorable flower girl.
3. Baby’s breath for your hair
Can you see how the tiniest pieces of baby’s breath can add that rustic or elegant touch you need? These little sprigs, in a braid or an up-do, are easier and more subtle alternatives for a flower crown.
4. Baby’s breath monogram
Monograms are perfect decorations for all occasions- birthdays, baby showers, graduations, weddings, you name it! Put them on the back of a chair, hang them on the door, stand them on a table, you really can never go wrong with a monogram.
5. Baby’s breath wreath
These beauties can hang on your door all year. A baby’s breath wreath can be made festive for every holiday or event, just add ribbon!
6. Baby’s breath on a cake
Sometimes it’s hard to understand why you would decorate a cake with something you can’t eat. But these cakes might help us understand. There little springs and large rings of baby’s breath are a delicate addition to a delicious dessert.
7. Mugs of baby’s breath
You have now been introduced to the easiest, cheapest, and cutest little floral arrangement accents. And it’s a total win-win because you can keep the pretty mugs and use them after the event! Or put something similar on a mantle at home and leave it up all year..
8. Boxes of baby’s breath
The contrast of the white baby’s breath on wood is such a beautiful pair. Boxes, big or small, of baby’s breath can be used for holding name cards, table numbers, aligning an aisle, or just sitting around and looking pretty.
9. Buckets of baby’s breath
Aluminum or tin buckets filled with baby’s breath are great for rustic or farm weddings, especially when they are outside. But they also look beautiful lining an aisle indoors.
10. Barrels of baby’s breath
Yup, barrels too. The barrel baby’s breath arrangement is a larger combination of the bucket and the box. They make a beautiful start to any aisle, as seen below.
Boxes and buckets and barrels, oh my! Talk about versatile. There are so many ways to use babys breath. This filler can be put just about anywhere at any time. In case you wanted a better idea of how much baby’s breath comes in a bunch, here is some more information to help you out. Questions about how to make some of these arrangements? Let us know!