Posts Tagged ‘flowers’
Every time I turn around, it feels like another holiday is right around the corner (or a birthday, housewarming, baby shower, random party, etc). I love celebrating all of these things, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with a thoughtful gift that any recipient will be happy about. So what’s a girl to do? Make a bouquet of fresh flowers, of course. And I have a simple recipe for making your own to celebrate any occasion.
Here are the flowers you’ll need: 2 bells of Ireland // 2 purple parrot tulips // 2 stems of white stock// 2 green bouvardia (or 2 small hydrangea clusters) // 3 stems of dusty miller
Other supplies you’ll need: scissors // brown kraft paper // raffia or twine
How-To: I made this bouquet the same way I made this easy spring bouquet. So you can check out the directions and step by step photos here if you need ‘em. *If that method isn’t working for you, follow this method instead – the process is a little different, but the results are the same in the end. Next, add kraft paper and tie it off with raffia. Cut the stems so they are all the same length and store in a vase with 2-3 inches of water until you are headed out the door to deliver these beauties.
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch
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When I was in LA last month, I went to an amazing flower market with Kelly and Chelsea and we picked up a TON of flowers (seriously so many) to play around with. One of the things that resulted from that trip was this all-white wedding bouquet for spring, using anemones, ranunculus, and veronica whites.
With all the cool, colorful bridesmaid dresses out there, I thought a white bouquet would really pop against a bright backdrop. This would also make a really pretty Mother’s Day bouquet, with Mother’s Day right around the corner. Want to make your own?
The full tutorial for this bouquet is on Project Wedding but here is the gist in photos…
P.S. Big thank you to Kelly for being my model for the day.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.
I’ve been doing a lot of flower DIYs lately, probably because it’s finally spring and the flowers are so pretty. But I hope you have enough room in your DIY heart for one more at the start of this week. And I promise the next tutorial will be un-related to florals. Pinkie promise in fact. So…
Variegated kale is a new favorite of mine for bouquets, boutonnieres, and other arrangements. The leaves are so beautiful – I love the purple veins against the green. And I thought the colors would work well with yellow and pink, so I used yellow acacia and peachy, pink ranunculus to create these spring boutonnieres.
Here’s the gist on how to make your own…
For the entire tutorial and to view more photos of my DIY, visit Project Wedding here.
P.S. If you don’t have a wedding in the works, you can easily turn these into simple arrangements for small bud vases. Just keep the stems longer. Super easy.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
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There’s no easy way to transition back into regular postings after Monday’s post, but I thought something light to get back into the swing of things would be good. So I have a new DIY to share. Before I jump in to today’s project though, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has commented, tweeted, or emailed me about my grandmother these last couple of days. It has really brought a smile to my face to read through those. And I definitely needed that. So thank you!
Now let’s make a flower arrangement…
Whether you want to make an arrangement for your own home or save this idea for a Mother’s Day gift for mom, this DIY will be a fun one to try. And like all the flower projects you see here on P & S, it’s pretty easy too. Let’s get started…
You will need: a tall vase with s small(ish) opening, scissors, tulips, pink freesia, wax flowers, montecasino aster in white (the ones that look like tiny daisies), and solidago (the yellow, feathery looking filler)
Here’s how you make it: 1. Start by removing excess leaves from all the stems and some of the lower flowers on the solidago, wax flowers and montecasino. Cut the stems to a height that is a few inches higher than the height of the vase you are using. Then, separate all flowers into like piles so they are easy to grab as you creating the arrangement.
2. Next, take one stem of freesia and one small stem of solidago and place it in the vase. Then add a small stem of wax flower or montecasino. Varying the sizes of blooms that you use throughout will help give the bouquet a natural/organic look when it’s finished.
3. Begin adding additional stems, like the tulips, working your way around the entire arrangement. Sometimes, I spin the vase as I am adding flowers to make sure there aren’t any uneven areas or big holes forming.
4. Add additional montecasinos and wax flowers and a final tulip or freesia stem. If there are any areas that look less full, add a spring or two of solidago to finish it off. Add a gift tag and you’re ready to bring this over to mom’s house on May 12th. Or make one for yourself.
Make a mini bouquet: You could also use the same flowers to make a mini bouquet instead, without a vase. It’s a very similar process to the vase arrangement, but you start at the back and work toward the front. Tallest flowers are in the back, shortest in the front. Then tie it off with some ribbon and cut the stems at the bottom so they are all the same length.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch
If you couldn’t tell from this post, I’m pretty pumped about the change in seasons. So I thought a spring bouquet was in order for this week’s DIY. What do you think? Now, I know bouquets can be intimidating, BUT this one is so easy. You’ll be fine – I promise…
Here’s what you need: 9 tulips / 2 daffodils / scissors / 3 feet of string
Here’s how you make it: Start with 2 tulips and criss cross the stems a few inches below the base of each flower. Hold the stems right at that intersection and Add a couple more tulips the same way. Then add your daffodils. Nest, add the remaining tulips. I like to save a few of the freshest tulips (the ones that aren’t standing up all the way that flop over a bit) for last. They look great on the outer most areas of a bouquet especially. Next, have a friend start wrapping string right underneath the hand that is holding your finished bouquet. OR if you’re solo for this DIY, grab some washi tape with your free hand and wrap it around a few times to hold the shape. Then you’ll have two free hands to wrap the string around the stems and cover the washi tape, so no one will ever even know. All done!
Plop them in a vase or carry them around with you to a spring picnic. It could also work as a wedding bouquet, just add additional flowers if you want to make it fuller. AND since Mother’s Day is next month, this bouquet would be a good one to keep on hand for Mom too.
Concept, styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch
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