DIY Succulent Boutonnieres + How-to Wire Succulents for Arrangements

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I went into my sister’s wedding week with no knowledge regarding how to properly prepare succulents for use in bouquets and boutonnieres. Through a lot of google searches and trial and error I came up with the following hybrid method for securely wiring succulents for use in bouquets, table arrangements, and groomsmen’s boutonnieres, so I thought I could share that with you today. Let’s start with the basic wiring method, and then I’ll show you how to turn a wired succulent into jaunty little boutonniere!

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  • Floral tape
  • Florist wire – 24 gauge (sold on spools and paddles) AND 16 Gauge Stem Wire (sold in pre-cut lengths)
  • Needle-nose pliers with wire snips
  • Small succulents

For each succulent you will need to have two portions of 24 gauge florist wire, each cut to approximately 6 inches length, and one 16 gauge stem wire . If you will be using the succulent in an arrangement or bouquet, be sure to keep your 16 gauge stem wire nice and long.

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1. Start by removing any wilted leaves from the underside of your succulent. | 2. Take your 16 gauge wire and insert it into the center of your succulent’s stem from the underside of the plant. Make sure the wire is fully embedded inside the stem. If it pushes through the front side of your succulent, don’t panic…just pull the stem wire back a bit until the end is hidden back inside the succulent.

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3. Pierce your two 24 gauge wires through the succulent stem in a cross-like fashion, leaving an even amount of wire sticking out on all four sides. | 4. One at a time, carefully begin twisting the 24 gauge wires up around the thick 16 gauge stem wire.

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5. Once all wires have been wrapped securely around the stem wire, use your pliers to snip off any excess wire. Be sure to leave the large stem wire intact. | 6. Starting near the succulent stem, begin wrapping floral tape around the wires. Work your way downward, and then back up again to finish. Snip tape. TIP: be sure to pull the floral tape outward as you work to activate the adhesive.

You’ve now successfully wired a succulent!

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  • Wired succulent
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon (non-wired | approximately half inch width)
  • Hot glue gun (low heat) with glue stick (not pictured)
  • Pruning shears
  • Scissors (not pictured)
  • Corsage pin (not pictured)
  • Greenery | I used two Dusty Miller leaves (from Flower Muse)
  • Filler flowers | I used Baby’s Breath
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1. Select the greenery and any filler flowers that you would like to use. I chose two Dusty Miller leaves for this boutonniere, as well as some Baby’s Breath. Since the backside of the Dusty Miller leaf is just a paler shade of green than the front, I chose to face one leaf forward and one backward for a contrasting effect. | 2. Place your greenery and filler flowers exactly how you’d like them to look in the finished boutonniere and use floral tape to attach them together. Start taping at the top, work downwards, and then wrap upwards again to finish where you started.

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3. Place your pre-wired succulent on top of your taped greenery, and wrap both layers securely together with floral tape. Use pliers to snip off excess stem wire. TIP: make sure to cut the wire all the way back to the edge of the floral tape so that the loose end doesn’t snag on any of the groomsmen’s jackets. | 4. Place a dab of hot glue on the top backside of your boutonniere and adhere one end of your ribbon to it.

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5. Wrap your ribbon around and down the stem, and then back up again. Apply a small dot of hot glue on the top backside of your boutonniere (where you started) and adhere the end of the ribbon to it. | 6. You’re done! Be sure to include a corsage pin with each boutonniere.

 

diy-succulent-boutonniere1Succulents are easy to work with and look fantastic in all sorts of arrangements…but the best thing about using succulents for your wedding or event is that you can plant them when you’re done! I followed this tutorial from Needles + Leaves for propagating succulents, and the ones we have from my sister’s wedding are already sprouting roots!

Have fun and let me know if you have any questions! xo Ez

A special thank you to Flower Muse for providing the florals, greens, and succulents used in this post.

My Sister’s Wedding Flowers

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You guys…my little sister is married!! Her big day took place last Monday in the beautiful San Miguel Mission, and it was was a magical occasion filled with laughter, smiles, and tears of joy. I had the honor of arranging all of her ceremony and reception flowers with stunning blooms from my friends at Flower Muse.

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When all was said and done there were over 30 table arrangements, 11 bouquets, 14 boutonnières and corsages, as well as flowers for the cake and the church. Needless to say, it was a big job, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. At the end of the day my sister was absolutely thrilled with how everything came together, and I couldn’t have asked for better flowers to work with than the ones provided by Flower Muse. Now I’m going to let these snapshots that I took (and few words) do the rest of the talking.

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I couldn’t resist including this photo of my little nephew smelling my sister’s bouquet!bridesmaid-bouquet5

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In a few weeks, I’m hoping to share a post with photographs captured by the incredible photographer Jennifer Young. Those are going to be stunning (I already got a sneak peek…shhh)!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow…I’ll be sharing tips on how to wire succulents for use in bouquets and arrangements, as well as a quick DIY succulent boutonnières like ones I made for all the guys (but neglected to capture in action…bummer). See you then! xo Ez

Sources: Flowers from Flower Muse | Wedding Dress - BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes - Badgley Mischka | Cake Design - Deni & Mo Confections | Cake Topper - The Glittered Barn |

The floral ingredients for my sister’s wedding flowers included: Blush Peonies | Light Pink Garden Rose – Keira | Peach Garden Rose – Juliet | White Garden Rose – Alabaster | White Majolica Spray Rose | Baby’s Breath | White Sweet Peas | Dusty Miller | available by request | Succulents

This post was made possible through a partnership with Flower Muse. A very special thank you goes out to their team for making my sister’s wedding dreams come true! All images and opinions expressed here are my own. Find more from Flower Muse on: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Flowers for my Sister’s Wedding + Free Floral Photoshop Brush Set

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I can hardly believe that another one of my little sisters is getting married! Next Monday, she and her fiance be wedded in a beautiful mission here in California. As you know, we’ve been hard at work on some fun DIY elements for their big day. However, the largest DIY statement by far will be the floral arrangement that I’ll be creating with gorgeous blooms from Flower Muse. You might remember that I worked with Flower Muse on my second sister’s wedding last Summer. We were so thrilled with the quality of their flowers and the attentive service that they provide, that I knew I’d have to ask them to work with me again for this sister’s wedding. Luckily they said yes, and so a bounty of peonies, garden, roses, succulents and more will be arriving at my doorstep in just a few days time! Yippy!

So today I thought it would be fun to share the mood board that I created to inspire the florals for my sister’s big day. We’re envisioning an abundance of soft pastel pinks and peaches, ruffles upon ruffles of petals, and succulents and dusty miller for a pop of minty green throughout. I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks of the process (mid-wedding) over on my Instagram feed, and then I have one big giant post planned following the wedding so that you can see how everything comes together! I can’t wait!

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The floral ingredients for my sister’s wedding flowers include: Blush Peonies | Light Pink Garden Rose – Keira | Peach Garden Rose – Juliet | White Garden Rose – Alabaster | White Majolica Spray Rose | White Anemone | Baby’s Breath | Dusty Miller | available by request | Succulents

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And lastly, before I dive back into my wedding prep to-do list I wanted to share this Free Floral Photoshop Brush Set that I created by drawing the flowers that we’ll be using (I drew them using flowers directly from the Flower Muse website). For non-commercial use only please. Download the brushes using the button below. If you need any tips on using Photoshop brushes, I have written a post with general tips that you might find helpful. Enjoy! xo Ez

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This post was made possible through a partnership with Flower Muse. All opinions expressed are my own. Find more from Flower Muse on: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Art Inspired: Make This Print into a Party

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I thought it would be fun today to use one of my new illustrated prints as inspiration for a little roundup of cheery party goods. Perfect for a baby shower, birthday party, or to simply celebrate any Springlike day! xo Ez

Psst…just in case you missed it yesterday, I’m offering 10% off all orders in my shop with promo code “SPRING10.” Offer ends 3/11/14

1. Fiona & Her Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cone Art Print | 2. White Whale Drink Mixer | 3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream | 4. Handmade Blue Glass Cake Stand | 5. Reversible Gift Wrap | 6. Blue Stripe Paper Party Straws | 7. Freshly Picked Limited Edition Moccasins | 8. Party Candles

DIY Bridal Bouquets with Flower Muse

diybridalbouquetsleadHi friends! Today I’m delighted to have teamed up with the wonderful Flower Muse to share with you the first post in a special once-a-week, month-long series of wedding-themed floral DIY projects! Hooray! You may have seen my recent post in which I tried my first attempt at a DIY bouquet for my sister’s upcoming (tiny budget) June wedding. Everything went relatively well except that by the end of the arrangement I still had no idea how I was going to pull off creating the flowers for her entire wedding + reception with such meager means. But then Flower Muse (the wholesale floral company that prides itself on selling high-quality, ethically grown flowers, with outstanding customer service to boot) reached out with a plan that was pure Kismet! Not only did they want to help make my sister’s floral dreams come true, but they also offered to give me plenty of flowers to practice with ahead of time so that I could dive into the wedding week with confidence on my side. Both my sister and I literally cried for joy! So today I’ll be sharing with you the DIY process that I used to create the final test for my sister’s bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. Be sure to check back next week for another DIY arrangement that we will be using for her big day!

Basic Floral Prepping Steps for DIY Arrangements:

The day after prepping the flowers, I used the magic of modern technology (FaceTime via iPhone) to have an “in home florist visit” with my sister and her fiance. I took my phone and toured them through the bounty of gorgeous Flower Muse blooms and greens and grabbed out the things that especially caught their eye (my sister was particularly captivated by the stunning “Free Spirit” Garden Roses, and they ended up guiding the floral look that we will use for her wedding day). I then propped the phone up and was able to arrange the actual test bouquet right in front of them! What a fun experience! Doing it this way, they were able to pick out exactly what they were hoping for, and it took the guess-work out of the whole process for me. Win win! Here’s the look that my sister and her fiance decided on for the bridal bouquet. It features blooms in peach, creamy whites, delicate purples, and greens that give the whole look a wistful garden-fresh feel! diybridalbouquetdetail2 Bridal Bouquet Flowers Used:

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Since the bridesmaid dresses will be a vibrant shade of lilac, my sister wanted their bouquets to feature flowers in a more muted palette. I followed the same process as used above with the bridal bouquet, but focused on simplifying the look and kept the arrangement smaller for the bridesmaid bouquet. Choosing to work with a tailored selection of beautiful blooms helps to keep things more cost-effective when you will be making multiple arrangements (spray roses are especially budget-friendly in this way). diybridesmaidbouquet1Bridesmaid Bouquet Flowers Used:

bridesmaidbouquetdetail2One of my favorite things about working with Flower Muse (besides the gorgeous flowers of course—and I cannot emphasize enough just how gorgeous they truly are), was how remarkably helpful they were during the ordering process. I knew that my sister would be delighted to have Sweet Peas, Dahlias, and Dusty Miller (amongst a few others) in her bouquet, but since I didn’t see those items on their site I asked if they could help. Sure enough they searched around and found exactly what I was wishing for! And this wasn’t just an example of someone getting “special treatment,” they love to go the extra mile with custom orders for their customers. Additional Tips:

  • Depending upon which flowers you order, you will need to allow blooms to hydrate for in between 24 to 72 hours after delivery. Consult with your Flower Muse salesperson to find out how much time you will need for your flower variety.
  • Plan to have several hours of free time available as soon as your flowers arrive for prep. Invite your friends or bridal party over to help if you’d like!
  • You will need multiple clean buckets (I used 17 in two different sizes—purchased from the hardware store) as well as sharp pruning shears, access to water, scissors, trash bags, and gardening gloves (optional).
  • Most stems should be cut at a 45 degree angle to allow the maximum amount of water into the stem. This is especially true with roses.
  • While prepping, be sure to give your flowers enough room inside the buckets. They will perk up a lot once hydrated. If blooms are over-crowded they may not reach their optimal blooming state.
  • Make sure to keep your working / floral area as cool as possible, and the flowers out of direct sunlight.
  • Once your bouquets have been arranged you can stand them up with their ends resting in 1/2″ – 1″ of water (make sure the water doesn’t go over the ribbon). In my experience this kept the bouquets plenty fresh for up to 24 hours. Be sure to add more water if needed.

flowermusesponsorbuttonThis post was kindly sponsored and made possible by Flower Muse. Find more from Flower Muse on: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram The DIY project, photos, and opinions expressed are my own.