How To Make A Fake Flower Bridal Bouquet

Before we jump into how to make a fake flower bridal bouquet, we have to give you a little back story. Brooke Allison photographed one of our most popular diys to date – DIY Ombre Sugar Hearts. Be sure to check it out! Long story short she contacted us about doing another DIY and the Diy Hydrangea And Mum Bouquet caught her eye. Like us, she was surprised to find out the flowers were silk. On a mission to create something equally as terrific, she contacted Noreen from Earth Blossom Flowers. Noreen pulled out her magic wand and is now here to show us how to take fake flowers and turn them into a beautiful wedding keepsake.

Now that we have shared how we got here, let’s begin on our fake flower journey. The first thing you need to do is gather up your flowers. You can go to your local craft stores, but we stumbled up on Afloral.com, from the looks of it they have a terrific selection from billy buttons to Peonies and everything in between. The prices are also extremely reasonable. Read on for more instructions and check back tomorrow for the matching Boutonnière diy.

Noreen used the following in our example bouquet: Snowberries,  Succulents, Ivory Garden rose, Peach garden rose, Lamb’s ear, Pink spray roses and  Poppy pods.

Supplies:
You are going to need the following items. All of which can be purchased at your local craft stores.  Birch bark, glue gun, twine, flower wire, flower tape, wire cutters. Vintage pins or brooch if you wanted to add a personalized accessory.

STEP ONE:
Prepare stems by cutting into useable pieces. Use your wire cutters and and trim off  all the excess leaves, leaving only one or two close to the flower. After you have your single stem flower wire and tape stems as necessary. This allows you to extend the length of a flower easily.

STEP TWO:
Choose 2-4 flowers to start the base of your bouquet. Noreen started with one stem of lamb’s ear, a couple poppy pods and a stem of ranunculus.

STEP THREE:
Start building your bouquet by adding flowers around your base flowers. You can do this by turning the bouquet around and adding stems until your bouquet is at the desirable size. This part is personal preference on what looks best to you.

STEP FOUR:
Wrap your bouquet in floral tape, starting at the top and traveling down the stem bunch. This will give your bouquet a little added support. Cut the excess stems down until you have reached your desired length.

STEP FIVE:
Cut a piece of birch bark to size and glue the underneath edge of the birch bark to the stems. You can purchase birch bark on ebay or etsy.

Step Six:
Cut a piece of twine about a yard long and put a dot of hot glue on the back of the stems above the birch bark to secure the end of the twine. Wrap the twine around the stems slightly covering the edge of the birch bark. Secure brooch or pin with hot glue gun and voila you have yourself a fake flower bridal bouquet.

A special thinks to Connecticut wedding vendors Brooke Allison Phtography and Earth Blossom Flowers for putting together this DIY wedding project for us.

Categories: DIY Wedding Flowers

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DIY Bleach Pen Tank Top

DIY Bleach Pen Tank Top

We love the idea of spending quality time with your bridesmaids before your big day — and what better way to spend that time than getting all crafty with a DIY project! This DIY Bleach Pen Tank Top, from Melissa Ryan of Marble Rye Photography, is the perfect project for you and your gals! These custom tanks make the perfect bridesmaid gift and would be such a cute detail at your upcoming bridal shower, bachelorette party and even while you’re getting ready the day of the wedding. Check out the simple steps below to make this custom tank top at home!

Supplies:
For the DIY Bleach Pen Tank Top project you will need tank tops in a fun color, Clorox bleach pens, a cutting board, plastic bags, tape, a washer/dryer and great wine. Melissa got their tank tops at Target and recommends getting enough for your bridal party plus a few extras, just to be safe.

DIY Bleach Pen Tank Tops steps 1-4

From Melissa of Marble Rye Photography:
We wanted to make tank tops for the bridal party (affectionately named “Team Awesome”), and decided on this easy-to-do DIY. We chose to adorn the bridal party tank tops with the hashtag Emilia and Chris will encourage wedding guests to use throughout their wedding weekend. We’ll be wearing these bright tanks while running last minute errands and getting ready on the Big Day!

Step 1:
The first step in creating these tank tops is to determine which of your friends is the most artistic or has the best handwriting. It’s also a good idea to figure out what you want the design to look like and practice with the bleach pens on some cardboard or an old shirt before attempting the tank tops. Leigh, who had been roped into writing way too many name tags for weddings, was the candidate chosen from “Team Awesome.”

Step 2:
While your artist/calligrapher is busy practicing it’s time to get everything else set up. Start by covering a cutting board with a plastic bag. According to Melissa a shopping bag or garbage bag will work perfectly.

Step 3:
Next, slide the covered cutting board into one of the tank tops. Lay tank on table, then hold down the straps of the tank by using tape or having someone hold them.

Step 4:
Now that you have a tank top ready and your appointed artist has practiced her technique, it’s time to decorate! Using a bleach pen, carefully write your hashtag or draw your design across the chest or back of the tank top.

DIY Bleach Pen Tank Tops steps 5-8

Step 5:
After your artist pal has finished drawing the design on the tank carefully pull the cutting board out of the plastic bag in the tank top. Make sure the plastic bag is left inside the tank so that the bleach doesn’t bleed into the opposite side of the shirt.

Step 6:
Lay the tank out to dry for at least 1 hour. The bleach will turn from creamy to gel-like over time.

Step 7:
Repeat the process on each tank top!

Step 8:
Once all of your tanks are dry it’s time to wash them. Start running your washing machine, letting the water fill to at least 4 inches. Then place the shirts in one at a time, letting each one soak. Run the washer’s full cycle without detergent, then transfer to the dryer.

DIY Bleach Pen Tank Tops

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