This is a more involved project, and the longest video I have made so far! But really it is a culmination of several other small projects into one large one! To preface- I have nothing personal against real flowers! It’s just that for my own bridal bouquet, I wanted to be 100% in control of the result, and I wanted to have one less thing to worry about the day-of!
Here are some perks to having a DIY faux bouquet:
- You are in control of how it looks, down to the tiniest detail.
- It is made weeks or months in advance, so one less thing to stress about on your special day.
- Using upcycled and affordable materials is much more budget friendly- weddings are already expensive! The materials for my bouquet came to about $15 altogether!
- It is durable- lasting through scorching heat, endless photos, hours of dancing, and bouquet tossing! Plus, you get to keep it afterwards to display at home!
So now that I have you convinced:
You will need:
– Styrofoam ball– 3″-4″ is a good size, keep in mind it will be much larger once flowers are added! I found this at my local dollar store for $1.25
– Toilet paper rolls– Free! Or, you can use paper towel roll, or gift wrap roll.
– Felt– about $0.30 a sheet at a craft store (like Michaels’).
– Ribbon– Great chance to upcycle old gift ribbon, or use ribbon from the thrift store. In mine I also layered in strips of fabric from my MIL’s wedding dress.
– Flowers / stems / foliage– You can use any plastic or silk flowers of your choice, or better yet, make your own! I used my coffee filter flowers for the bulk of it, filling in the gaps with cupcake liner flowers, as well as ribbon roses for accents! Leaves and other green elements are from the dollar store.
– Your tools– hot glue gun and scissors!
Ready to go!
Start by constructing you handle: Cut two toilet paper rolls length-wise to open them up, and glue them end-to-end to create one extra-long roll. Glue your roll closed, adjusting the width by rolling it into itself. We will be adding a few more layers on top, so the result will be thicker.
Close one end of your roll by gluing a piece of cardboard, or leftover toilet paper roll, to cover it completely.
To attach the handle to the styrofoam ball, score the area using the handle, then use your scissors to dig up and deepen that score line, so that the handle can slide in about 1/2″. Glue liberally to create a secure hold.
Cover your handle with felt to smooth over any seams, and glue the bottom for a clean finish.
Wrap your handle with your choice of fabric or ribbon. Add any elements you choose to personalize your bouquet handle- interlacing ribbon in different colors, bling like pearls or rhinestones, lace or bows- make it your own!
Start adding your flower stems to the styrofoam ball. Start with the largest flowers, and work your way down to smaller elements like leaves or small flowers. If your ball is dense, the stems should hold on their own, but you can always add a bit of glue to make it more secure. Distribute your flowers evenly around the ball, stepping back and rotating your bouquet frequently to view it from all angles.
Finish your bouquet by adding flowers or leaves to camouflage the connection between the ball and the handle.
Sit back to admire your work, and get ready for “You made it?! No way!!” 🙂