The famous DIY peony bouquet is super easy to make! Whether your wedding theme is rustic, vintage, sophisticated, or modern this beautiful bouquet style will fit. It is versatile and can be made in a multitude of colors. Pink, white, hot pink, red, and burgundy are just some of your options.But here is the big problem, they are only available from April – July! Well don’t worry, you can replace the peonies with a garden rose for almost the exact same look.
Getting wholesale flowers online can be a money saver and simple process. Learn how to make a peony bouquet in a couple simple steps that will take about 20-30 minutes at most.
Use 8-10 peonies, 6 pruned down pieces of dusty miller, floratape stem wrap, floral scissors, and ribbon of your choice. You will use the ribbon to make a bouquet wrap. Make sure all the flowers have been properly hydrated and prepped to ensure long vase life. To learn about proper floral hydration and storage refer to our DIY Flowers 101 lesson Unpacking and Preparing Fresh Cut Flowers.
Gather flowers together that start the pattern for the rest of the bouquet. Then secure your first section with floratape stem wrap. Stem wrap is easy to use, just pull the tape tight and it will adhere to itself!
Continuously build on the pattern of peonies and dusty miller. Once you have a good rotation of peonies and dusty miller and you are satisfied with the size, use the stem wrap to secure the bouquet. Then, cut all the stems so that they are the same length.
Use floral adhesive or corsage pins to attach the bouquet wrap ribbon.
After you make your bouquet (usually the day before your wedding) make sure you can still keep the flowers hydrated. This means you may have to wait until the day of the wedding to add your bouquet wrap. This way you can put a couple inches of water in a vase and keep the flowers hydrated until you are ready to use the bouquet.
Most brides think they need a florist to make a peony bouquet like this. The truth is, if you keep it simple this bouquet can not only be easy to make but also affordable and within your budget. For more flower tips, design techniques, and tutorials visit our DIY Flowers 101 online lesson series.
Rustic and vintage wildflower arrangements lead in August do-it-yourself trends.They fill mason jars, wooden planter boxes, hanging votives, and make imperfectly shaped bouquets at countless 2013 weddings. This August especially, the natural ambiance associated with wildflowers has created a more casual and personal wedding feel that modern couples crave.
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Naturalistic wedding trends make wildflowers an absolute essential for upcoming weddings, but many couples are confronted with the issue of sourcing this unconventional assortment of flowers. Couples on budget have found that wildflower packs, ordered online, are a perfect solution for D-I-Y’ing rustic wedding décor.
The wildflower trend has allowed couples to create quality arrangements that are simple to arrange and affordable. Daisies, cornflower, scabiosa, crespedia, and spray roses mixed with fillers and greens create airy, simple arrangements. Keeping arrangements earthy and relaxed has allowed them to create their wedding flowers without any previous flower design experience.
BloomsByTheBox.com’s Do-It-Yourself wildflower packs are predetermined assortments of wildflowers that make 10-12 full sized arrangements. Focal flowers, filler flowers and greens, completely color customizable, are combined to create a well-balanced floral collection to meet all arranging needs. The tedious process of calculating flower quantities and varieties no longer exists.
Diana DeVito, BloomsByTheBox.com’s flower expert, says “Wildflowers have proven to be a leading favorite among our thousands of do-it-yourself wedding couples. The BloomsByTheBox.com wildflower packs are hardy yet affordable and the flower varieties create beautiful rustic- vintage arrangement. This concept is allowing couples to have their cake and eat it too; they are staying in budget and still getting their dream flowers.“
In celebration of D-I-Y Wildflower Month, Bloomsbythebox.com’s entire designer line of wildflower packs will be10% off! Place your order anytime in August to catch these packs at their lowest price. Pick a requested ship date in the future for weddings in September – November.
One of the most important elements of floral design is also the most important supply – the vase! Because floral decor can get a tad repetitive, here’s eight unexpected flower vessels to shake things up!
1. Tea Cups and Tea Pots
This gorgeous arrangement via Style Me Pretty was designed by Kailey Michelle Events and photographed by Ameris. The dusty miller, roses and veronica make a romantic, yet simple arrangement that is sure to charm everyone who sees it. Use a small piece of floral foam inside the teacup to keep flowers hydrated and correctly positioned. This is extremely easy and creates high impact, absolutely perfect for keeping in budget while creating style and personality.
2. Apothecary Bottles are a fascinating piece of history, and easy to incorporate in a rustic or vintage theme. This design from Weddings Unveiled was photographed by Sarah C. Photography. It is important to keep in mind that diversity and differentiation in vases will keep your tables interesting! What a perfect excuse to take the bridal party antiquing for a day. These arrangements use just a few stems of stock, asters, spray roses and spider mums.
3. This Vintage Flour Sifter is a surprising vase choice, but look at how lovely it is filled with gypsophilia (baby’s breath)! The aged metal adds a very natural feel. Found on Style Me Pretty these arrangements were designed by CountDown Events Planning and Design and photographed by Tamiz Photography. Use a floral liner to keep water inside the sifter. We also love the antique wood planter on the left!
4. Vintage Tins provide the ultimate charm, and they come in so many different shapes and colors! These tins perfectly compliment the flower choices of garden roses, stock and seeded eucalyptus – notice how the reds pop! Featured on Style Me Pretty, from this stunning combination from Bella Bloom Floral Boutique was photographed by Jana Morgan
5. These Wooden Vases from Style Me Pretty were created by Todd Events and photographed by Perez Photography. Make your own vases by harvesting loose (only loose!) birch bark from birch trees. Wrap the bark around a glass vase or tin can and secure with twine. The dianthus and succulents used in this arrangement are the perfect compliment!
6. Vintage Boxes and Planters are extremely popular because they often have quaint writing or gorgeously aged wood. The dahlias, roses, stock and seeded eucalyptus in this arrangement could easily compliment the utmost formality and style, but the simple wood planter adds a simple, earthy elegance. Found on Style Me Pretty, the arrangement was designed by Aria Floral and photographed by Caroline Ghetes Photography.
8. Wooden Barrels
From Style Me Pretty, this arrangement was designed by FleurEssence Floral Design and photographed by Jessica Burke Photography. The hanging amaranthus, stock, hypericum, dahlias, hydrangeas and roses are absolutely lovely!
Feel free to unleash your creativity with your vase choices. You will reap the benefits. What else would you use as a unique vase? Need help identifying a flower? Email Blooms By The Box!
Budget brides rely on easy wedding flower designs to create their own affordable bouquets. This bouquet tutorial is shows how to stay in budget and make simple flower arrangements by utilizing large flowers in bright colors. Using a few large flowers will cut down the total amount of flowers needed per bouquet. Check out the pictures and read the step by step instructions to learn how simple it is to make professional looking bouquets when you order wholesale flowers online.
Gather 2 large white hydrangeas and 1 min green hydrangea , wrap the 3 stems with floral tape to secure the center of your bouquet.
When using large flowers like hydrangeas with smaller flowers like roses, threading is an effective technique to create and even patterned bouquet. Insert the very end of the stem through the florets of the hydrangea and thread the stem through just like you are sewing.
Grab the stem and pull it through the space in the hydrangeas, just like putting a needle and thread through fabric. This will allow you to have roses poking out of the hydrangeas which will help you make a more consistent color pattern.
Continue to add to your pattern and secure the flowers with stem wrap. Once you have created the size you desire, use stem wrap to secure all the flowers together tightly. Next, cut all the stems so they are the same length.
There are many ways to secure ribbon and create your bouquet wrap. You can use corsage pins to create a beautiful corseted look or you can use floral adhesive to hide all mechanics. When using corsage pins make sure you are pushing the pins into the stems vertically so the ends do not poke out the other side and injure the bride or bridesmaids.
Adding oranges, lemons, and limes to fresh flower arrangements has become very popular for weddings and events. Citrus fruits bring a natural bright element and texture to centerpieces. Many times DIY’ers avoid the use of citrus fruits in fear that they will damage the flowers or even because they are not sure how to mechanically piece these types of arrangements together. Well now you have the answers…
Here’s what you need to know:
- The acidity of citrus fruit can shorten the vase life of fresh flowers, so a floral liner or use a smaller vase inside a larger vase to keep the flowers and fruit separate. Just fill the center smaller vase with flowers and the outer, larger vase with fruit!
- Flowers can be arranged with citrus fruit without a barrier, but the vase life will be decreased.
- Any type of citrus fruit can be used, whole or sliced. Including lemons, limes, and oranges.
- Cut apples, pears or bananas will brown and should not be used. Fruits like grapes will float in water.
This lovely centerpiece from Lee Forrest Design, photographed by Andi Mans Photography uses sliced oranges to add a pop of color to this elegant flower scheme. The oranges also cover up the floral foam used to construct this gorgeous arrangement.
The arrangement below is featured on Better Homes and Gardens as an easy DIY project! Be sure to check out this great tutorial! It is important to keep in mind that citrus decreases the vase life of fresh flowers. To combat this, place a smaller vase or glass inside the pitcher to hold the flowers. Wedge the lemon slices in between the two vases, which will hold them securely in place.
Slices aren’t the only way to use citrus! Check out this gorgeous table setting by One Charming Party, photographed by Nicole Hill Gerulat and featured on HGTV! The arrangements use halved blood oranges on floral picks, and whole oranges on the table. The perfectly smooth, round shape is uncommon and unexpected in floral design, adding to the visual interest.
Use oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit – choose a color to enhance your flowers! These brilliant centerpieces were featured on Hostess with the Mostess and photographed by Le Blanc Lifestyle Photography. A floral liner was used to keep the floral foam separate from the lemons.
What do you think of these charming centerpieces? Share your ideas with us!
This month’s featured DIY bride and winner of a $100 American Express Gift Card is Rachael. Her rustic, vintage-themed wedding was absolutely gorgeous – and the flowers are simply stunning! All of these beautiful moments were captured by Marcus Bierbaum Photography. Check out the full photo spread here!
“…I would like you know that the flowers that we received were perfect! …The instructions were very clear and we were able to make amazing bouquets for my bridal party. They were also a blast to make!” ~ Rachael, DIY bride
Rachael’s bouquets included several types of garden roses. The Garden Rose Miranda is a pink rose with frilled inner petals. As a large, fluffy rose, it works wonderfully in bouquets. Garden Rose O’Hara Light Pink is the paler pink rose, which adds romantic yet sophisticated texture. The Garden Rose O’Hara White is a classic white garden rose with a large, elegant bloom.
Rachael used Eskimo White and Versilia Peach roses to accentuate the main garden roses and to add color. As filler flowers, the bouquets include white lisianthus, white hydrangea to make up a beautiful variety. Dianthus, green hypericum and lotus pods (purchase these at your local craft store) add a touch of whimsy.
To add to the rustic feel, the bouquets were wrapped in burlap ribbon. Rachael added a touch of silky white ribbon to her own.
Did we mention they got married in a barn?! The couple actually restored the floors, built stairs and cleaned out the hay themselves!
What are your thoughts on this lovely wedding?
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