Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY Wedding Flower Garland


This flower garland are perfect as an inexpensive way to decorate your wedding. This great tutorial is from Once Wed and will teach you step-by-step to create this beautiful flower garland…


    
What You’ll Need
One Bunch “Million Star” Gypsophilia (AKA Baby’s Breath) Generally, a bunch is 10-12 stems, with multiple laterals on each stem) 
One Spool Fabric Coated Wire 
Decorative Paper (3 or so co-ordinating sheets) 
String 
A Sheet of Card Stock 
Floral Snips 
Scissors 
Small Hole Punch 
Pencil 

  

Before you get started on the garland, unwrap your bunch of Gypsophelia, trim the stems and place in warm water. Allow the flowers to drink for a couple of hours before proceeding.
 
How to
1. Take your floral clippers, and trim all of the flower tufts off the end of the sprays, leaving just a little stem. 
2. Cut a 7 foot length of fabric coated wire. Twist the end of the wire to make a little loop at the end. 
3. Take a tuft of Baby’s Breath, and lay it on your support wire, just past the loop. Pick up your wire spool, and wrap the wire around the flower stem and support wire.
4. Add another tuft, this time to the back side of the wire, and wrap again. 
5. Keep adding the flower tufts, alternating front and back, and work your way down the wire.
6. When you reach the end of the wire, cut the spool away and wrap the wire around the garland end several times to secure. Make a loop on the end with your support wire. Trim your flower stems to make the end of the garland tidy. To keep your garland fresh, coil it up, mist it lightly with water, and place it inside a plastic garbage bag. Put it in your refrigerator, or in the coolest spot available. It should stay fresh for 24-48 hours depending where you keep it. 
7. Cut out a bird shape on a sheet of card stock. Cut out the birds, and trace them onto your decorative paper. (10 pairs for a six foot garland was used)
8. Cut all of your birds out, and punch a small hole in the middle of each bird’s back. 
9. Cut a length of string about 14 inches long, and tie a bird to each end. 
10. Hang your garland from the wire loop ends and hang your birds over the garland, spacing them evenly apart. 

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