Faux Flowers Bridal Bouquet

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One last wedding DIY before I switch gears into holiday crafting!

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!!” 🙂

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Ribbon leaves- the easy way!

So now you know how to make flowers out of coffee filters, cupcake liners, and even a few ways with ribbon. To help your flowers feel more complete, you can finish them off with a few green ribbon leaves at the base, here’s how!

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You will need:

Green ribbon
Scissors
Candle with matches / lighter
Glue to attach to flower

Start by cutting your ribbon into strips between 3-4 inches in length. The length of these strips will determine how much (if at all) your leaves will peek beyond the flower petals. To better estimate the length needed for the size of the flower, I like to measure from the base of my flower to the tip of the outermost petal, and add a little bit more. All your ribbon strips don’t have to be the same exact length, so don’t get too caught up with measuring!

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Once you have your ribbon strips cut out (image 1), you can trim the edges to create a pointed edge (image 2). To make this process easier and more symmetrical, you can fold your strip in half and cut both sides at once.

I prefer to use a lit tealight candle to singe the edges of the ribbon pieces, but you can also use a lighter if you are comfortable. Since we are dealing with open flame here, use your common sense and be safe and careful. I have burned my fingers more than once doing this! So feel free to use a pair of long tweezers or pliers to have a comfortable hold on your ribbon away from the flame.

Gently singe off the ribbon edges near the flame, and if you like round out any edges and add curve to your leaves by briefly holding your ribbon a few inches above the candle.

Easy! Now attach your ribbon leaves to the base of your flower using your choice of glue. Hot glue works great in this case.

Adding leaves helps give a more complete look to my flowers, and they look a little more polished and “finished”. I recommend adding leaves in groups of 3 or 5, as odd number groupings look best. For bonus points, use watercolor or fabric paint to add darker or lighter areas to your leaves!

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Ribbon Roses

Welcome to week 3 of “April Flowers”! This week I will share with you how you can make roses out of ribbon, and it’s really not as hard as it looks!

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You will need:

Satin ribbon ***
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Stick / skewer
Candle + lighter

***Alternative: This same technique also works with synthetic fabric, think polyester and lining satin, or sheer organza. Using fabric may be a more economic option if you are planning to make a lot of these! I found a big roll of thick ribbon on clearance at Michaels for $1, so keep your eyes open for bargains!

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Start by measuring your ribbon and cutting out your pieces. You will need 10 pieces that are 1.5 inches wide, and 5 pieces that are 2 inches wide.

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Round the corners of your rectangular pieces into “squoval” shapes.

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VERY CAREFULLY singe the edges of your ribbon next to a candle flame. Use the heat of the candle to curve the petals slightly so they are a bit convex.

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This is what your rose petals will look like at this stage. Put them aside and start with one small petal.

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Put a strip of hot glue in the bottom corner of your petal, and fold it down.

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Lay down another strip of hot glue and roll in your petal corner to form a bud.

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Glue the next 4 small petals around this bud, one at a time. As you glue, make sure to slightly stagger your petals so they are dispersed evenly all the way around.

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After five petals, glue in your stick. This is optional- you can continue without the stick if you are planning to use this ribbon rose as a hair accessory!

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Continue to glue down small petals 6 through 10, staggering them around the bud, focusing the glue at the bottom of the petals.

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Glue down the last 5 large petals. As you glue, do not press them down as much as before, allowing more gaps between petal layers.

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And there you have it! Your own rose made of ribbon!

These are beautiful in floral centerpieces and as decor accents, and can be made without the stick for fashion accessories. If you have a wedding or event coming up, consider making some of these to incorporate into your decoration or bouquets!

Here is a quick summary, feel free to pin or save this image for quick reference!

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks’ DIY flower! 🙂 There is one more week left, and one more DIY flower project coming your way! If you would like to vote on the next flower project I make, keep your eyes on my Instagram feed (@Throneandthimble) for your chance to decide!

Cupcake Liner Flowers- 2 minute DIY

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Keeping with the theme from last week of making flowers from kitchen pantry items (see my coffee filter flowers here) this week I am making flowers out of cupcake liners!

These are very economical, I got a pack of 80 cupcake liners at the dollar store for $1, and since you only need 3 liners per flower, that’s like… 26 flowers for just $1!!

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You will need:
– Cupcake liners
– Scissors
– Hot glue gun
– Skewer or stick

*** QUICK TIP: I cut up a wire hanger into 4 pieces to be used as stems. This makes the flowers bendable to different angles, and is a great upcycling opportunity! ***

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Grab 3 cupcake liners, stack them together, and flatten them out.

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Fold your liners in half like a taco.

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Fold your liners in half again, into a quarter circle shape.

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Cut out your petals. You can keep them rounded, or spiky, or scalloped, or really wide, or really skinny- the possibilities are endless! And each different type of petal shape results in a different looking flower.

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Open up your folded cupcake liners. Take a moment to fix any petals if needed.

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Push your stick through the centre of all cupcake liners. Now you are ready to start gluing!

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Put hot glue in the centre of the cupcake liner, and bunch it together at the tip of the stick. Your petals may get a bit bunched at first, but that is ok, that is the centre of your flower, so will naturally look more dense.

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Keep gluing your liners one at a time, making sure the glue comes in contact with both the previous liner and the stick itself.

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You can add silk leaves, or green ribbon along the base of the flower. Play around with different petal shapes for a different result!

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These are fantastic to use in centrepieces for events and weddings. I have experimented and tried coloring it with different methods, but since the liners are water-repellant I have not yet found a method that works! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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You can use different colored liners- pastel ones look great! Patterned liners are fun too, but not as realistic looking.

Here’s a full recap of all the steps, feel free to pin it and save it for your next event!

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Looped and Knotted Ribbon Flower

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Here is the first in my DIY flower series! We are going to kick things off with this fun loopy ribbon flower, which is probably the easiest ribbon flower I have attempted so far. You can get completely different result depending on the type of ribbon you use for your flower: thicker ribbon, sheer ribbon, even printed ribbon, will result in completely different looking ribbon flowers!

Here is the video tutorial I made, which explains all the steps in depth:

You will need:

Ribbon
Needle and thread
Ruler
Skewer / chopstick / wire
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Decide how big you want your flower to be. I wanted a medium flower, so I cut my ribbon into 10 cm long pieces. I also made a slightly bigger flower using 12 cm long pieces. The longer your ribbon sections, the floppier your ribbon flower will be!

Step 2: Cut 50 pieces of ribbon, all the same length that you decided.

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Step 3: Knot your ribbon at the centre of each piece. Don’t worry too much about the ribbon flipping between the shiny and dull side, as long as your knot is tight and centred, it will look great at the end!

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Step 4: Thread your needle and get ready to sew- start with the bottom of the flower, which is 30 pieces. Fold each piece in half, putting the raw edges of the ribbon together. Sew along the edge, 1 ‘in-n-out’ stitch per piece is enough.

Step 5: Once all 30 pieces are sewn together, gather the pieces together by pulling on the thread from both sides, and knot the thread tightly together to hold in place. Cut your thread, and put your bottom flower aside.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining 20 pieces of ribbon. This is your top flower.

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Step 7: Glue time! Start by hot gluing your skewer to the centre of the bottom flower. Then, glue the centre of the top flower to the centre of the bottom flower, layering them together. give it a good fluff and your flower is complete!

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Variations:

Instead of a skewer you can also use floral wire, which allows the stem of the flower to be re-positionable. If you are using a wooden stick / skewer / chopstick you can also paint it green to blend in better as a “stem”.

This would look awesome with sheer or organza ribbon, and could come out looking fun and whimsical if you use printed ribbon.

You can use fewer pieces of ribbon for a floppier look. I like my flowers extra fluffy and dense so  I used 50 pieces of ribbon per flower.

For the next few weeks there will be lots more DIY spring flowers coming your way, including some other ribbon flowers variations, so stay tuned for more!

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Sneak peek- upcycled and thrifty DIY’s coming up!

If you are following me on Instagram (@throneandthimble) you may have already seen some of the sneak peeks I have been sharing over the past few weeks, pictures like these for example:

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These are little previews of some of the fun DIY’s I have planned for the next couple of weeks! I will be sharing with you all different techniques to make beautiful and realistic flowers out of upcycled and thrifty materials, like coffee filters and ribbon. These are perfect little project for spring, and bring light and color into any room they are in. If you have an event like a wedding coming up (like I do!) these are also great budget-friendly alternatives to expensive floral centerpieces and bouquets, and are a great solution for those of us with allergies too. I will be sharing one flower per week, focusing on the different techniques and different results you can get with very humble supplies- think dollar store and thrift store, rather than big-box craft supply stores! I hope you come on this floral journey with me, and stay tuned for all the fun projects to come!

❤ Shay

 

Beer bottle upcycle

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What a better excuse for a cold one! As spring is officially here (in my part of the world at least) I find myself drawn to flowers and everything green. However, as I have repeatedly proven that I cannot keep anything alive (I managed to kill a cactus. Twice.) I opt for fake flowers instead. This easy upcycle puts a cozy spin on an old beer bottle.

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Beer Bottle: Granville Island Honey Lager. Pretty soon our local brewery, Steel and Oak is going to have bottled version of their beer, so I look forward to using those too! (If you are in New Westminster you must try their Royal City Ale- my favorite!)
Alternatively, you can use a glass jar, a tea tin, or other similarly shaped container that could work as a vase.

Yarn:  I used leftover cream colored acrylic yarn from my wintertime knitting phase, but you can also use twine, string, or anything else really.

How to: Use your choice of glue to attach the yarn to the bottle, wrapping tightly as you go. A few extra dots of glue may be needed in curvy areas of the bottle to make it more secure.

bottle after 2If needed, you can go around the whole thing a second time to fill in any gaps or bare areas. My yarn was pretty flimsy, So I went over the bottle twice, starting from the top working my way down. You can be as neat or as messy with this as you prefer, I tried to keep it generally lined up but didn’t get too finicky about it.

Total time: 15 minutes!
Total cost: FREE!

I hope you give this DIY a try, it works great as a bud vase enough for just one flower, or you can cram a few thinner ones in there. For a more rustic look you could also use dry branches, anything really!

❤ Shay