The wedding is over. The dress is tucked safely away and the extra wedding decorations you keep meaning to put up for sale are collecting dust in a box under your bed. Patting yourself on the back for getting an Eco Flower bouquet, which will not be collecting dust, you pause.
You love your bouquet, but you hesitate to put it in a vase in your living room. You don’t necessarily want people to know how obsessed you are with your wedding, now that it’s in the past and everything.
Never fear, Eco Flower brides. We have a solution: you can still obsess over your wedding bouquet, and no one will suspect that’s what you’re doing. Take a look at these three subtle and beautiful ways to enjoy your Eco Flowers for years to come.
Isn’t this hanging garland lovely? Falling delicately against a blank canvas, this DIY decor could showcase not only your wedding flowers but also your individual style. The possibilities are endless: you can make the garland as elegant or as kitschy as you like. The outcome will depend on how tightly or loosely you string the flowers and greenery and whether you separate the types of flowers onto different strings or mix and match.
The hardest choice is whether you trim the stems of your forever flowers. Trimming the stems will give your flowers a more bauble-like look. If you’re going for that, don’t worry, we won’t tell on you! But we think you could really get away with leaving the stems long, hanging the individual flowers upside down and overlapping the stems.
You will need:
- 1 pair of scissors
- Twine (no thicker than 1 mm)
- 1 branch (about 4-feet long)
- 1 hot glue gun + glue (optional)
- The flowers and greenery/filler from your Eco Flower bouquet
- 1 push pin or nail
- Cut the twine into about 6 sections between 2 and 5 feet long.
- Tie the twine around the greenery and flowers to make the individual hanging strands, overlapping as much or as little as you like. If you didn’t cut the stems of your flowers off, tie the flower again about halfway down the stem so the stem doesn’t stick out sideways. Optional: place a dollop of glue at each knot so the flowers and greenery are more secure.
- Tie the end of each strand to the branch about 6 inches apart.
- Tie a piece of twine to each end of the branch. Hang on the push pin or nail.
- Admire your handiwork!
We don’t know about you, but we could easily stare at this centerpiece all day. That delicious yellow is some serious eye candy! The good news is that you don’t have to have yellow flowers to achieve the same effect — you can spotlight any color in your bouquet. And it’s so easy!
Just choose your favorite color from your bouquet and then gather items that match that color to fill a large glass vase or jar. These items can be large or small; they just need to be small enough that multiple of them can fit in the jar. You could also use dried flowers (for a potpourri effect), plastic (or real!) fruit, beads, seashells, antique shop treasures, candy or anything that tickles your fancy.
You will need:
- Your Eco Flower wedding bouquet
- 2 medium glass vases or jars
- Neutral-colored trim for the vases or jars (optional)
- 1 large apothecary glass vase or jar
- Items in your chosen spotlight color
- Neutral-colored table runner (optional)
- Separate your bouquet into two equal bunches and place them in the medium glass vases or jars.
- Trim the vases or jars (optional).
- Fill the large apothecary jar with the items in your chosen spotlight color
- Place the large jar in between the two medium vases (on top of the table runner, if you’re using one).
- Bask in the delicious colors.
Nothing says romance like a floral wreath. We love a wreath’s symmetry, old-timey feel and, of course, the fact that a wreath lets us keep our wedding flowers in the limelight!
You will need:
- Floral stem wire (18 Gauge)
- Floral stem wire (20 Gauge)
- Floral tape
- The flowers and greenery from your Eco Flower bouquet
- Wire cutters
- Take three 18-gauge floral stem wires and shape each into a third of a circle and twist the wires together to form one full circle.
- To ensure that the wire will attach securely, wrap a piece of floral tape around the stem of one of each flower as you go to attach it to the wire circle.
- Cut a 4-inch piece of 20-gauge stem wire and wrap part of the wire three or four times around the upper stem of the flower, leaving some of the wire free.
- Wrap the other part of the wire around your wreath, making sure the flower is secure. After you attach the first flower, the length of each stem becomes part of the circle that you will wrap the 20-gauge stem wire around.
- Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you fill up the wreath, layering in greenery here and there.
- Hang up or wear your perfect wreath!