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DIY (Do it Yourself)-Flowers to Make on Your Own

Posted on 05 January 2011

I LOVE DIY (do it yourself projects) I’m really a do it yourself-er and am always looking for projects to do!

Lately I’ve been wanting to learn how to make flower arrangements. I started out by deciding what kind of flowers I wanted for my diy flower project. I had to choose between Silk flowers, dried flowers, and fresh Flower arrangements.

Since everything for me is about my home, I decided not to use dried flowers since according to feng shui, dried flowers don’t have great energy since they are “dead”. Scratch that.

I didn’t want to use fresh flowers because they’d only last a little while. I was hesitant to use silk flowers because to me they just look fake so I spent a lot of time looking at fresh flower arrangements that I liked and then tried to duplicate it into silk.

The result? Ta-da! I’m so proud 🙂 Don’t they look real? It wasn’t too hard either.

Here’s how you can make your own DIY flower arrangement.

1. Study live floral arrangements that you like. Just start noticing color combinations that strike you and be sure to look at what the centerpieces are at weddings and other occasions you attend.

My mother in law went to a wedding and happened to bring me home the flower centerpiece that was used at the wedding. I loved it because once it was sitting on my living room table, I realized that its color combination really pulled out the colors in my living room. I decided to try my own DIY flower project and duplicate it using silk flowers at a craft store!

I was very picky at the craft store because I’m always afraid silk flowers will look fake, but you’ll be the judge of that from my pictures 🙂

2. Decide and Finalize your color scheme. My inspiration was the flowers from the wedding that I was given and then I actually decided to go through with the project once I saw that they brought out my living room color scheme well.

3. If you want to be frugal, wait for a sale on silk flower stems at Michaels or your local craft supply store. Go in and see if they have the types of flowers in the colors you’re looking for.

4. Before you go into the store, find a vase or a container that you are going to put your flower arrangement into. I knew I’d be using a medium size bowl. You’ll want to know the size of your vase because you might have the option of having someone who works at the store cut your flower stems for you, saving you the trouble of having to buy a wire cutter, and you will only be able to do this if you know how much of the stems you’ll want to keep for your diy flower piece.

(In this case I asked the lady behind the counter to cut the long stems for me, knowing how much of the stem I wanted to leave on since I knew my bowl size)

5. If you don’t know the size of the container you will be putting the flowers in, purchase a wire cutter and some floral foam.

In my case I knew how approximately how large my bowl was so I had the floral arranger cut my stems for me and then tie them with a rubberband and pipe cleaners. When I got home, all I had to do was bend the stems so the flowers sit snugly into the bowl. I didn’t even end up using floral foam because the arrangement fit in the bowl pretty well. There was a little gap in the bowl so I used a tissue paper that matched the colors of my flowers to hide the gap.

6. Play around with the flowers until you have a flower arrangement that you like. I knew I wanted my DIY flowers to look more like a short table centerpiece. If you want a taller arrangement that looks more like everyday flowers, rather than one that looks more like a wedding centerpiece, you’ll want to use floral foam at the bottom of your container so you can stick the stems in directly to the floral foam and have them stick out of the vase more naturally than the cluster I created.

2 Responses to “DIY (Do it Yourself)-Flowers to Make on Your Own”

  1. Hi Rivka-Great to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday, a nice surprise!
    And love your practical tips! all the best, and Tu B’Shevat Sameach!

    • Rivka says:

      Thanks Sara Rivka, you inspire me greatly so I’ve made it a goal for myself to post in the Craft Schooling Sunday whenever I have something remotely creative to share 🙂


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