When we decided to do our own flowers, I was too nervous to post any trials and tell people my ideas because I thought it wouldn’t look as good as it did in my head. Even as we were making the flowers, I thought they were beatiful, but I was still not confident that everything would pull together nicely. I gasped when I walked into the reception room. I wanted to share them with those trying to do their own flowers. It was alot of work and research. But, man did we talk about those flowers months after. People were taking flowes with them!!! LOL. And I just let them, because I figured it was a compliment.
I have some advice on where to purchase flowers, how to care for them, and would you believe painting flowers! Yes, all my green flowers are painted!!! Which means you can do this with your OWN colors. Ask me for details if you are interested.
i would have never thought these flowers were diy! How did you paint them? My colors are navy and fuchsia so i would love to be able to paint my flowers! also where did you find the best places to purchase? i have just started looking, but no place fabulous yet. Thanks and omg so beautiful!
I bulk ordered white hydrangeas and white roses from Sam’s Club. I used a friend’s membership and was still able to pay with my own credit card online. I have to tell you that this made me nervous because they didn’t charge my credit card until the day they were delivered. I kept calling to check on the shipping, but they said since the flowers are packed and shipped so quickly they can’t track them. But, sure enough they showed up on time!
As far as panting, I used Design Master “Just for Flowers” Flower Dye Spray Paint. Here is a link to a tutorial from the Design Master website. As far as WHERE to find the paint, that is a little trickier. I googled Floral Wholesale shops in my area and called and asked if they sold it. Most of them did, but at least in my area the hours of the Wholesale shops are odd. The guy at the Wholesal shop said that one can would probably cover about 12 hydrangea, but I overestimated to be sure.
If the link doesn’t work, go to youtube and type in: howTO spray FLOWERS.mov
They used ColorTool in the demonstration video, but someone suggested to me to use “Just For Flowers” still by the same company, Design Master. Here’s a picture of what I used.
OMG This is it! This is exactly wahat I’ve been searching for! Thank you! Now I know my flower dreams can come true. Any advice on boquet wrapping or good tutorials you watched? What about Mother’s corsages did you do those too?
can i also have your timeline? how far before your wedding were the flowers delievered? when did you spray them? and when did you actually arrange everything? also, how long did they last? sorry for all the questions although you definately have the best diy flowers i have seen!
The timeline question is easier to answer then the how we did the bouquets, so I will start with that. The wedding was on Saturday. We had them shipped on Thursday. They arrived in boxes and they looked pretty poor when we opened them up (so don’t be afraid). We borrowed several 5 gallon buckets from someone. Here was our timeline:
Thurs- Groom and I opened all boxes and put flowers into fresh room temperature water in 5 gallon buckets. Before putting them into buckets we smashed the end of the stems (yes, smash! This was a suggestion given by a florist friend who told us it would allow for maximum water uptake) We used a hammer to smash it until it is broken at the end of the stem. Everything I read said not to smash the stems, so this is up to you. I am just telling you what we did and it seemed to work fine. We did not store the flowers in a refrigerator on this night. Just in a house, set at about 68-70 degrees. This took about 2 hours. Taking the thorns off the roses was time consuming. The roses looked pitiful on Thurs, but beautiful on Friday.
Fri- Early Friday morning, about 7am, the hydrangeas were still not up to par in my opinion. I poured very hot water into the buckets that contained hydrangea. (They opened up more and more as each hour passed after doing that.) About 9am on Friday we began spraying the flowers in an outdoor area. WEAR GLOVES!!! After that, we prepared the centerpieces. I had 5 people total working. And we had 27 centerpeices. Then we worked on the bouquets, followed by the corsages and bouts. We set aside some flowers for the cake. And lastly, we tore off the heads of all the remaining flowers and used these flower petals for down the aisle. Not a single flower was wasted! We put the flower petals in giant ziploc bags (3-5gallons). We stopped at about 2:30pm and started to get ready for the rehearsal dinner. We loaded up the car, and took the flowers to the venue where they stored them in the walk-in refrigerator overnight. (A note on loading the car–we used the boxes the flowers came in and put the centerpieces in them, putting newspaper in between vases, so to prevent movement.) The bouquets were stored in a vase with a small amount of water and we bought plastic corsage boxes from hobby lobby–hard things to find! The venue stored them and set them out for us on Saturday.
When I practiced on the flowers, I never stored them in a refrigerator and they looked good two and three days after. If you don’t have a walk-in refrigerator, I think you should be fine. But, if you are not sure, do a practice run and see how they stand without refrigeration. But, the corsages, bouts, and flower petals do need refrigeration. And I read that you have to be careful not to put them next to certain foods.
I will post soon about how to do the bouquets, centerpieces, and corsages, etc. BUT, some of it is a little tricky. You can do it if you practice. I was soooo glad we practiced.
For the bridesmaids bouquets and the centerpieces we used 3 hydrangea and 6-9 roses. For my bouquet we used 7 hydrangea and about 9-12 roses. I am not exactly sure on the numbers for mine. We had orginally only planned on using 5 hydrangea on mine (that’s what we did when we practiced), but we had to add more to make it look more round and uniform.
Congratulations on your wedding and your flowers!!! they look fantastic!!! I’m so glad to hear you had success by DIY-ing your flowers! I am still hesitant to do mine on my own but have held off booking a florist because I really want to to attempt it to save money. Did you feel stressed that you were doing the flowers the two days before your wedding? Thanks!!
@Lindz060212 That is a good question. Honestly, I was NOT stressed about it as we were assembling the flowers. However, I was stressed beforehand with organizing the whole plan. Deciding the timeline, practicing, getting supplies, organizing help, organizing transportation and storage. After all the planning and practice was done, it was just a matter of doing it. I had them all done the day BEFORE the wedding. I wouldn’t want to have to deal with them on the day of the wedding. That would be too much, personally.
So, I would say if you have a good core group of people who can commit to a whole day of helping you, you can coordinate a doable plan, and you have time to practice, it is well worth it. Not to mention the amazing feeling when you know that you did it.
If you have the money for a real florist and are happy with what they can give you, then definitely skip the headache of coordinating this plan.