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Flower Jewelry: Techniques Used for Making Flower Crowns

August 17, 2016

I am in love with flower crowns of all styles and sizes. Sometimes, the bigger the better.flower-girl-with-flower-crownLike this one that my granddaughter Juliette wore for my niece’s wedding on Block Island!

It was so much fun watching Juliette and her cousin Abigail enjoying all of the magical moments of their cousin Jenna’s wedding. They were living their own fairy tale! When Jenna placed the flower crowns on their sweet little heads, it was truly their “crowning moment”!

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Fresh Flower Fashion: Techniques Used To Make Flower Jewelry

August 8, 2016
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Adorning oneself with fresh flowers is an age-old custom that’s been around for centuries and practiced all over the world. There are many examples such as flower crowns, prom & wedding corsages, and Victorian posies. And many famous women, from Frida Kahlo to Billie Holiday, have used flowers to set themselves apart from the crowd. Indian celebrations have always incorporated flowers in their celebrations, not just as décor but also as headdresses, necklaces, rings and bracelets.

I’m so happy to see a new interest in this practice. One of the big influencers of this trend has been music festivals—especially Coachella! But why stop there? With a little imagination and the following tips, tricks and techniques, you just might become the next trendsetter in fresh flower fashion.two-girls-with-flower-crownsThere are a few basic techniques that you should be aware of. As you start to create you’ll find that you’ll use these techniques in multiple ways and may vary your style and tools from piece to piece. Taping, wiring and gluing (and even sewing) are all acceptable methods to make shapes and attach flowers.

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Sneak Peek:
Fresh Flower Jewelry Inspiration

July 27, 2016
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Eloise, on our Public Relations team at 1-800-Flowers.com, recently saw a tweet from Rodarte featuring Kirstin Dunst wearing a pair of fresh orchid earrings, thought it was a really cool idea, and asked if I would do a post about fresh flower jewelry. I also thought it was very cool, so I immediately started brainstorming with a few of the floral designers on staff. I asked a friend of mine who has been making her own jewelry for the last few years to add her skills to the mix… and the results of this collaboration are simply amazing!

We shot everything on location last week, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. It was one of those photoshoots where everything just falls into place—which means I have hundreds of images to go through and so many ideas and how-to’s to share with you that I am going to break it down into multiple posts! In the meantime, here is a sneak peek behind the scenes!

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How to Make a Kentucky Derby Hat With Flowers

April 25, 2016

If deep inside you there is a Southern belle just waiting to shine, then the Kentucky Derby is your chance to set her free with a standout statement hat! Even if you can’t make it to Churchill Downs, there are Kentucky Derby parties happening all across the country. If you don’t already have plans, then having the opportunity to strut your stuff like a lady is as good a reason as any to throw your own Derby party.

Kentucky Derby Flower Hat

You can have lots of fun creating your own unique hat with a little creativity and very little money. In doing a little research I learned that a wide brim is key. Not only will it keep the sun off your pretty face, but it adds so much drama, so I say the bigger the brim the better! Adorning your hat with flowers, feathers, lace or ribbon completes the look and is said to bring luck to gamblers at the race. In keeping with the Derby theme–also known as the Run for the Roses–I chose red roses as the centerpiece for my adornment, with a little bit of black tulle, and finished it off with a daisy crown around the brim. After all, a girl wants to look good coming and going! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations, How-To's, Mother's Day

DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

April 23, 2016

Pink and Orange Hot Air Balloon Place SettingMom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself on Mother’s Day, and show her how appreciated she is. Treating your mom to a nice brunch is the best way to make her feel like a queen bee: Since you’ve already taken care of everything, Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. To make her day even more special, pick a fun and truly original theme for your luncheon: hot air balloons!

This beautiful hot air balloon arrangement adds a whimsical take-me-away touch to any Mother’s Day table setting. As soon as she sits down, Mom will feel like she’s floating among the clouds without a care in the world! This Mother’s Day craft is really simple to make, so you can make a big, loving statement with minimal effort. Here’s how to make a floral hot air balloon for Mom on Mother’s Day! Continue Reading…

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How to Make a DIY Asparagus Vase for Tulips

April 14, 2016

I’m always looking for new unique ways to arrange flowers in a vase and if you remember my Thanksgiving Centerpieces, you know that incorporating fruits and veggies is one fun way to do it! This asparagus vase is super easy to make but looks a lot more impressive, and it gives your guests one of those, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!” moments. With just a regular beverage glass or glass cylinder vase, a rubber band, ribbon, asparagus and a bouquet of fresh tulips, you can make this DIY asparagus vase in under 5 minutes!

 

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How to Make a Flower Crown

April 4, 2016

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

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Tulips For Your Table

February 23, 2016

Tabletop Tips

Sometimes your inspiration starts with just a sprinkle of an idea, or some beautiful linens, or heirloom china. Sometimes it’s the season or the special occasion. And for me, more times then not it starts with the flowers… in this case tulips! My tulips are so bright, fresh and colorful you can almost hear them say “look at me”, so I kept everything else neutral and organic.

Burlap Table Runner with Tulip Arrangement Centerpiece

Using a burlap table runner instead of a full tablecloth keeps most of the warm wood of the farm table exposed, adding to the rustic feel. Continue Reading…

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Revisiting The Waxed Roses

February 17, 2016

I know that some of you were curious as to how long the flowers that we waxed a few week ago would last on my How to Preserve Flowers with Wax blog post, so I thought I would share an update. This shot was taken almost 4 weeks to the day after I dipped each of the fresh fully-bloomed roses in melted soy wax. Isn’t it so amazingly gorgeous – still!

Waxed Roses 4 Weeks Later

I took this next photo 4 MONTHS after I waxed the roses, and they are still beautiful, just with a more rustic feel.

Waxed Roses 4 Months Later

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