How to Make a Romantic DIY Pedestal Centerpiece
featuring the Pantone Colors of the Year
The arrival of this years Pantone Color of the Year has us swooning. Not one but TWO gorgeous colors to flood all of our Pinterest feeds, and we are loving every second of it! We thought what better way to celebrate 2016 then by matching these colors with some flowers and making a new tutorial. For the Serenity color we used some lovely light blue Delphinium and for the Rose Quartz we used our favorite Bridal Piano garden roses.
This tutorial is for one of the best floral trends- asymmetrical pedestal centerpieces. These arrangements are perfect for long wedding tables, welcome tables, sweetheart and head tables.
For this tutorial we used the following flowers, filler, and green:
Use the following pictorial to see how to make this DIY Pedestal Centerpiece. Note that we used floral foam in the gold pedestal vase. This is the best technique for a larger lush centerpiece like this because the foam will hold the stems in place and allow you to use bigger blooms and longer stems.
The key to making an asymmetrical centerpiece is not being picky. Using stems that have unpredictable and not uniform shapes and sizes are also key, which is why we used seeded eucalyptus- each stem bends and branches out in different ways. So to start making your centerpiece, line the outside of the foam with the seeded eucalyptus. Use the longest stems to branch out on opposing sides of each other (heading east and west) to make the centerpiece longer and use the smaller stems in the front and back.
Next you arrange the long stemmed filler flower. Here we used delphinium, other great substitutions are larkspur or snapdragons. Again, arrange the longest stems in the foam at an angel going east and west. We used about 6 stems, 3 on each side, all of different lengths.
Now use the spray roses to fill in the middle section. The multi-bloom stem helps the imperfect shape of your arrangement. The spray roses do not need to be at the same height or in any sort of pattern.
Time for adding some of those beautiful garden roses. Add them anywhere there is room. Similarly, you don’t need to make a pattern or avoid 2 blooms being too close to each other. We started by adding about 8 stems of the garden roses.
As you can see by the photo, most of the blooms have been placed standing up tall, giving some height to the centerpiece. So now it’s time to fill in the open bottom section where the stems and foam are visible. This is when you start placing blooms in the north south direction to cover the rim of the pedestal vase. After there is no visible foam left, add your last touches of greenery or filler to finish the centerpiece.
Stay tuned for more arrangements and DIY tutorials featuring these gorgeous colors!
6 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding
We know all of you newly-engaged ladies are in engagement bliss, getting ready to start planning and make those Pinterest boards come to life! Well there is not much you can plan without setting a wedding date. So, we have compiled our favorite reasons to have a winter wedding for you, in hopes of helping you plan and protecting your budget!
1. OFF SEASON
This is the first and best reason because you can save thousands by choosing to have your wedding during the off season (December – March). The winter months are normally a low season for venues, which is good news for your budget because cost per head will be lower than what they would be in June or September. Give yourself chance to splurge in areas that wouldn’t be possible during those peak season (May-September) or keep yourself way under budget.
Winter greens are the perfect solution to for winter wedding decor! Because greens are so easily available at this time, they are inexpensive! Garlands, wreaths, centerpieces.. you can do it all! The deep green color can be used as a stand alone or matched with the accent color of your choosing.
This may be one of the most romantic decor aspects ever. Sure string lights can be used year-round for weddings, but there isn’t a time where they are more appropriate than in the winter! You can also take advantage of the outdoor areas with their trees light up for some of your wedding pictures.
Need we say more? The most perfectly pure backdrop (with the best lighting too!).
via The Camera Chick on Imgur
5. SWEATERS & SLEEVES
Can’t decide between strapless, straps, or cap sleeves? Say hello to these incredible sleeved dresses.
Afraid you will be too warm? See how these brides used coats, blankets, and shawls for the coziest winter look.
via Ciara Richardson
via One Fab Day
More winter wedding cover up ideas here.
6. JEWEL TONES
We are convinced jewel tones were made for winter weddings. Your bridesmaids will pull off burgundy, emerald green, or gold better than ever. The deep, rich colors are the perfect pop of color for any bouquet, boutonniere, and/or centerpiece.
via Peaches and Mint
Are you convinced that a winter wedding is right for you yet? If not, these are just our top 6 reasons,we left out things like a hot chocolate bar, gingerbread, festive favors, and more! So for more convincing check out some of these posts for essential ingredients for a very merry Christmas wedding, 18 drop dead gorgeous winter wedding ideas, and 38 Couples Who Absolutely Nailed Their Winter Weddings.
How to Make a Flower Garland
Another requested tutorial! Learn how to make a flower garland with this easy tutorial.
To being making your flower garland, cut the foam netting to the desired length (for this tutorial we used 4 cylinders). Once you have your desired length, drop the foam into a bucket of water big enough for the foam to fill and become fully submerged. After all of the foam cylinders are submerged, pull 0ut the garland and allow some of the excess water to drip off.
Start your floral garland by adding shorter sprigs of greenery to the foam. Put the pieces in at an angle (shown below) so the garland looks like it is laying down and so that you cover the connecting netting. You do not need to rotate the foam cylinder to cover the full surface area around, there will be a strip of empty foam that is uncovered, where the garland will rest.
Continue adding the greenery to each of the foam pieces until they are mostly covered (shown below).
Now it is time to add the larger featured blooms! Because hydrangea heads are so large, we cut the large blooms into it’s section pieces.
Then place the smaller sectioned pieces throughout the garland.
Now it is time to add the garden roses. Cut the stem, leaving 2-3 inches under the bloom. You can prune the cut stem or leave on the roses leaves. We chose to remove them.
Stick the roses in the foam in between and across from the other featured bloom.
Then you can go ahead and fill in the spots where there is visible foam. We used roses for the bigger spots and our fillers for the remaining areas.
Want some more texture? Go ahead and stick in a few pieces of fern.
A garland this size would look great on a head table or as a substitute for a vase centerpiece. Drape the garland over an arbor for a wedding ceremony. Or attach it to the back of some chairs to add an extra romantic touch!
DIY Thanksgiving Flower Centerpiece
Still trying to decide on how to decorate for Thanksgiving? We have your solution- a DIY Thanksgiving Flower Centerpiece! Never underestimate the power of fresh cut flowers. We will save you the extra trip to the store and save you some money! Check out this easy photo tutorial and scroll all the way through to see how you can win one of our DIY Thanksgiving Packs for your table this season! This pack will make 3 medium sized arrangements, with some leftover blooms to scatter around or put in bud vases.
In this tutorial we used the Natural Willow Design Tray and the colors we chose for our Make It Your Own: DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack are: Cream 40cm roses, Peach spray roses, White Pompon Button mums, Bronze Football mums, Peach Hypericum, and Seeded Eucalyptus.
Head on over to our Facebook on November 11th to see how you can win one of this packs for your table this Thanksgiving! To enter all you have to do is share our Thanksgiveaway post on your Facebook page. We will be randomly selecting one winner on November 19th at 12pm EST. The winner will select the colors for their Make it Your Own: DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack. We will schedule the pack to arrive to the winner on Tuesday, November 24th.
Winners must be located in the Continental US. BBTB reserves the right to make variety substitutions if necessary due to the availability at time of shipment. Prize is not transferable and has no cash value.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we teamed up with Budget Savvy Bride for a fun giveaway! We are celebrating by giving away 100 roses to 5 lucky winners! And we are SO excited to announce them!
100 lovely free roses coming to these Instagram followers:
Congratulations you five! We can’t wait to see what you do with your roses! Thanks again to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for our November giveaway, coming soon!
How to Make a Billy Ball Boutonniere
3 DIY Photo Tutorials
We promise you, Craspedia Billy balls are as cute and easy to work with as they look. They are hardy, fun, full of texture, and a great pop of color- AKA perfect for boutonnieres. We would go as far to say that you are down right silly to not DIY these cuts bouts for your wedding. They also give you the option to customize each bout however you want- as you will see in the tutorials below!
Simple 3 Billy Ball Bout
What you need: 3 Billy balls and washi tape
Billy balls with bear grass
Billy balls with filler and green
There you have it! Billy balls bouts 3 ways.