You might remember our Flower Power features with FiftyFlowers.com from last year, where we shared detailed information on popular blooms and how to use them in your wedding and events. This year I’m excited to share that we’re going to be taking a deep dive into everything DIY Flower and today is our first feature! FiftyFlowers DIY Flower Combo Packs is what inspired this idea as they are thoughtfully curated collections of flowers and foliage, perfect for the DIY bride. My good friend Jaqueline is a currently retired, extremely talented florist, you might remember her from our Bouquet Blueprint features and she’s going to be helping me on each project. First up, how to create the most beautiful floral hoops that would make lovely wedding or bridal shower decor. From a large ceremony backdrop display to hanging on the entry door to your bridal shower, hang these gorgeous hoops where ever you see fit!
Since these blooms will have NO water source, they will look their best for only 36 hours. After that, they will naturally wilt and die… so keep that in mind when you are making your plan to assemble them.
DIY Flower Combo Packs
As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, FiftyFlowers sells these awesome DIY flower combo packs that have been curated by color or style. They have everything you need to create well styled floral designs. The pack I’m featuring today is the small, Royal Romantic Wedding Flower Pack, it contains:
- Garden Rose, White Blush
- Secret Garden Rose
- Vendela Ivory Rose
- Black Magic Rose
- Light Pink Spray Roses
- Excellent Flair Hypericum Berries
- Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Greens
FiftyFlowers is a farm to customer, wholesale flower company. Which means that your flowers are shipped straight to you from the farm! They will arrive in large cardboard boxes.
- Using two hardware store style buckets, fill them up 1/4 of the way with water, make sure they are clean to start with.
- Carefully unbox and unpackage your flowers, per the instructions from FiftyFlowers. Each flower is different and their team can walk you through the prep for each flower if needed.
- It is 100% normal for your flowers to look a bit tired and lifeless, they’ve been on a long journey to you.
- Give each stem a fresh diagonal cut and place in the water to rehydrate for 4-12 hours.
- Keep out of the heat and sun while rehydrating.
Process The Flowers
Again, since these flowers come straight from the farm, they will still have their leaves and thorns. The process to clean each flower is different, refer to the instructions.
For the roses that come in this variety pack you’ll want to remove all the thorns and leaves with a floral knife and add a slanted cut to the end of the stem. You’ll also need to remove 3-5 guard petals. Place in fresh water until you’re ready to start creating your hoops!
Wire The Roses
This was my first time handing off the “step” to someone else and I played photographer! Here Jacki is wiring a rose. This adds stability, holds in moisture and provides a wire base for adhering to the hoop.
- Cut the stem off the rose leaving about a 3/4″ stem nub.
- Insert a floral wire through the base of the stem.
- Thread the wire through about 4″-5″ then bend to meet the other end of the wire.
- Starting at the base of the stem, wrap the entire length of wire in floral tape. The way to activate floral tape and make it sticky is to pull it!
- Do this for all the roses you plan on using for the hoops. No need to do it for the berries or eucalyptus.
Paint Your Hoops
Spray painting your wooden hoops is totally optional!
Plan Out Your Design
Look at the different flower combinations and layouts we created here and come up with your own! Lay the flowers out on your hoop first and create a plan before you start assembling.
Start by using the floral tape to adhere the eucalyptus leaves. Don’t worry, the tape won’t show when we are finished, I’ve got a special trick for you…
Add The Roses
Add the largest roses or flowers first and then slowly fill in with the rest, by wrapping the wires around the hoop. When you’re finished adding all the flowers cut off the excess wire.
Since most of these hoops will be hanging flat against something like a wall or a door, it helps to design the hoop on a flat surface, but regularly hold it up to see what it will look like when it’s hanging.
Here, all the flowers are attached but you can see there are a few holes in the design… so on to the last step…
What a fabulous trick this is! Cut small pieces of the berries and the eucalyptus to fill in holes, cover up tape, and finish off your design. Add some glue to a scrap piece of cardboard to use. Dip the ends of the leaves and berries into the glue to get a nice glob and adhere to other flowers, the hoop, tape or stems! Continue adding small bits here and there until the hoop is filled in and you’re happy with the design. The glue also seals the end of the flowers, trapping it’s moisture! (this part was SO easy and SO fun!)
Crafters Tip: add a dab of vaseline to the inside of the cap once finished, so that the cap doesn’t get glued to the top of the tube!
In just a few steps you can have the sweetest, unique floral decor for any special event!
Hang With Ribbon
The last step is to hang these sweet hoops with your choice of ribbon. String through the hoops and hang wherever your heart desires! You can also add a bow or other elements to jazz up your hoops… potentially even laser cut bride + groom signs!
DIY Tutorial Sponsored By:
FiftyFlowers is the customer-centric, online destination for wholesale wedding flowers, shipped fresh from the farm straight to your door! Inspired by the DIY bride, we offer an extensive selection of fresh flowers, greenery, and floral accessories because we believe anyone can create their own wedding flowers.
As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and it will show up on our Get Social page. Happy Crafting!
DIY Tutorial Credits
Photography + DIY Tutorial: Jen Causey of Something Turquoise // Flowers courtesy of: FiftyFlowers.com // 18″ Quilting Hoops: Amazon // Embroidery Hoops: Amazon // 22 Gauge Floral Wire: Amazon // Floral Glue: Amazon // Floral Tape: Amazon // Floral Knife: Amazon // Power Grip Shears: Fiskars // Gold Spray Paint: Amazon // Nail Polish: OPI – Withstands the Test of Thyme
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