Think of today as us taking a little trip back in time to one of our most popular DIYs ever. Before we revisit how to make a faux 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 faux 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, they have an amazing selection from Billy Buttons to Peonies and everything in between. The prices are also extremely reasonable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Photography and Earth Blossom Flowers for putting together this DIY wedding project for us.
How to Wrap a Bouquet from Afloral.com