How-to: DIY Wedding Flowers

Hi sisters!

I’m a Mrs. now, with lots of stories to share with you from the weekend of the big day! Catherine will probably have some funnier things to upload (a la bachelorette party goodz)

This post is about doing your own flowers. And I mean, literally all the flowers. But hey, they’re easier than they look, especially when you have friends with good eyes for flower arranging and a super helpful stepmom that can assist when you’re about to go crazy.

The original intent was to put them together Friday afternoon (Saturday morning wedding!), after we got our nails done. Well. HA the rehearsal started at 5:30, so there was really just no hope for that. After the rehearsal, we loaded them all up and took them to the hotel where the real arranging began.

I ordered flowers from Sam’s. I’m pretty sure we also got some people’s flowers that we did not order (spider mums), but they worked nicely. We had tons leftover. Baby’s breath multiplies, FYI and it will look like you never used any!

I had three boxes of random containers for centerpieces, with only one layer of vases so that they could be directly transported in the box. It went okay in theory. We had to move osme around based on how huge the arrangements were at the top.

Materials:
Flowers
Shears/Scissors
Floral tape
Ribbon
Straight pins
Good friends
Champagne

The last two are essential!

1. Unpack all of your flowers and get them into containers so they can open up. I picked mine up on Thursday and they were perfect by Saturday.DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

We had flowers ALL over the apartment, y’all.

 

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Also, champagne.

 

2. Determine how many stems you want in your arrangement. I think my girls did 15?  Here’s where you can either get fancy with it or just wrap them up. If you want, you can start with a certain number and wrap a few together before adding on more. For a more rustic look, you can just bunch them up how you want them and tape away!

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Easy enough?

3. For the centerpieces, we just grouped them together in a similar way, snipped off the ends and placed them in the vases. Here’s a box full of vases and flowers:
DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

We also made 20 boutonnieres!

Here’s the only professional shots I’ve got so far of them all:

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Courtesy of Forrest Hughes

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Photography by Justina Louise Photography

 

But we did it and we made it! All by ourselves! HUGE shoutout to all mah ladies and parents who helped me because I was a crazy person.

P.S. I linked this up on Nifty Thrifty Sundays!

Sparkle On,

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Chalkboard Picture Frames

We are currently in the throes of wedding planning. Catherine is my MOH, so she is always ever so helpful. My groom-to-be is also super helpful as well. He really did most of this craft, so props to him!

With plans to use chalkboards as a lowlight to our wedding, we wanted to make a few to be used for drink menus and other various instructions that command fun! Luckily for me, my house already had everything we needed but frames (we probably have those too, but who the heck knows where to find them.)

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Materials:

Chalkboard Paint
Paintbrush
Something to paint (cardboard, showerboard, etc)
Frames (I got mine at Goodwill)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint

1. First you sand off the finishes of the frames. We also primed them with white. I recommend this highly, especially with darker wood and if you plan on using light colored paint.
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2. Paint your frames the desired colors. Let dry. I have 3 different greens and two different yellows.

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3. Paint whatever you are placing in the frames to write on in chalkboard paint. J applied two or 3 coats for solidarity. And our backing of choice was thin cardboard. We taped it to the workspace so they wouldn’t curl when they got wet.
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4. Place chalkboards into frames and enjoy!
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Enjoy having fun with your new little toys! We also bought a chalk pen that I am anxious to try out!

Love,
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