How to Make A Custom Wedding Centerpiece

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

  • A variety of DAVE’S silk flowers and leaves of your choice
  • Artificial moss
  • Ribbon (we used wire-edged pink ribbon)
  • Cutters
  • U pins
  • Floral foam block
  • Decorative plate
  • Optional: Fancy dessert stand

Step 1: Start by trimming the larger flowers so that the stems are about 2 inches in length. You might choose to have only one large flower in the center, or a few evenly-spaced throughout the centerpiece. For this tutorial, we will use roses as our large flowers.


Step 2: Use U-pins to secure moss and rose(s) to the foam block.


Step 3: Cut off lengths of your smaller flowers (baby’s breath, lilacs, buds, leaves, etc.) that are roughly the same as your roses. These will be your filler pieces.


Step 4: Begin to secure your filler flowers to the foam block with U-pins, adding more moss as you go along. Add these and any other embellishments you like until your centerpiece looks complete.


*Optional: *Optional: If you have a serving platter with an arch or other embellishment, take a length of your wired ribbon and tie into a bow, leaving 2 long tails on either side. Tie or glue your bow to the top of the arch or decoration, then wrap the tails of ribbon around it working downwards. Use a hot glue gun to glue down the ribbon every few inches or so to secure it in place.


Voila! You have your very own hand-crafted wedding centerpiece.


How to Make Your Own Flower Crown

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

  • A variety of DAVE’S silk flowers of your choice
  • Artificial moss
  • Ribbon (we used wide white satin ribbon)
  • Cutters
  • Pearl-head straight pins and/or glue
  • Floral tape

Step 1: Choose the flowers you want for your flower crown. Keep in mind: your garland should be long enough to wrap around your head, resting above the ears.


Step 2: You will be working with small bundles of flowers a time. Start making your bundles by gathering a very small bunch of flowers and trimming the stems to about 2 – 3 inches in length. Next, wrap your stems together using floral tape. It helps to make each bundle identical to one another so the finished crown has a uniform appearance.


Step 3: Take your first flower bundle and bind it to the garland using floral wire. Repeat this step with the others, keeping the flower heads close to one another as to not leave any gaps. Work your way around to the other end of the garland, trying on the crown periodically to check the length. Keep in mind to have your flower bundles running along the same “side” of the garland, as to not appear twisted.


Step 4: When you have finished tying on your flowers, wrap the crown around the top of your head so it rests comfortably above your ears; trim to the proper size if needed. Next, you will secure the ends of your garland together. Some garland pieces have a loop at either end that can be joined together, others do not; use floral wire in either case to bind the two ends tightly.


Step 5: If you are making a bow, decide how long you would like the tail of your bow to hang down. Double that measurement and add about 6 inches or so for the loops of the bow itself. Wrap the middle of your length of ribbon around the back of the garland – where your two garland ends are joined – and tie your bow.


Step 6: Trim the tail ends of your ribbon to your desired length and you’re done!


How to Make Your Own Silk Flower Boutonniere

MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

  • A variety of DAVE’S silk flowers and leaves of your choice
  • Floral tape
  • Cutters
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Choose the flowers you want to use for your boutonniere. Use your cutters to trim the stems to about 2 – 4 inches in length.

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Step 2: Gather your flowers one by one, arranging the piece to your liking. It often looks best to have tall, thin flowers towards the back, a large flower in the center (such as a rose or lily), and smaller pieces in front. Try to add the leaves last, so they hug the arrangement from the outside, mimicking a natural flower bouquet.

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Step 3: Pinch all of the stems together tightly, and begin to wrap with your floral tape, starting at the base of the flowers and working your way down to the ends. You can either leave the ends exposed, or cover the entire length of the stem with the tape.

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It’s that easy! You’ve just made your very own custom boutonniere:

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*All tools and silk flowers used in this tutorial are courtesy of DAVE’S All Season Store.*