So, FH and I have decided to do what we’ve always wanted and elope. No fuss, no muss, just…well….us (and an officiant). Of course, I still want to have a nice looking bouquet for this event, and in all likelihood, there will be some sort of reception later in the year, which will necessitate yet another bouquet. I’m far too frugal and budget-conscious to justify purchasing two bouquets, so DIY silk flower bouquets seem like the way to go.
So, why make a DIY silk flower bouquet for an elopement? Well, for starters, durability. We plan on getting married in the mountains, with the potential for a bit of travel. Since I really want to make my own bouquet, it seems like silk (or other fake flowers) are a good option for making sure that I don’t reach the top of the mountain with a handful of stems and broken petals. I also like that silk flowers take seasonality out of the question – all flowers can be available all year when they’re silk!
If you don’t want to DIY your own silk bouquet, that’s no problem – there are many Etsy shops offering remade ones in all colors and styles. In fact, there are some pretty realistic looking bouquets on Amazon that are totally reasonably priced.
For the more crafty ladies, though, a quick trip to a craft store, Amazon, or Etsy is basically all this project needs.
How to Make a DIY Silk Flower Bouquet
Step 1: Pick a Bouquet for Inspiration
You’re going to need to start somewhere… A lot of wedding blogs have a “bouquet breakdown” section. If you need something a little more instructional, The Flower Recipe Book is what you’re looking for. It’s packed with unique DIY flower arrangements and step-by-step tutorials on how to create them!
Step 2: Make A Shopping List
Now you know what bouquet you want, write down the flowers you’ll need. You may have to omit some stems, or substitute one here or there, but on the whole, you should be able to find most varieties online. More basic flowers can be found on Amazon, while you may have to go to Etsy, or a specialty craft floral supplier for other varieties. You will also need some other materials for making a DIY silk flower bouquet.
- floral tape
- floral wire
- ribbon in whatever color, material and style you want!
- pearlized pins (to secure the ribbon)
- flowers for your specific bouquet – following a recipe can be helpful, but you can freestyle if you’d like!
- wire cutters for the stems
Step 3: Arrange the flowers
This seems easy, but there are actually a few rules for getting everything to look professional. These aren’t hard and fast, but were taught to me when I worked in a little flower shop, and seem to work. You can actually use these guidelines with regular flower arranging as well!
- Play with texture – different textures (like soft petals of dusty miller and dry scabiosa pods) create interest
- Avoid Clusters – too many of the same flower in the same place looks sloppy – try to blend everything together for the best results!
- Groups of 3 – For fancier flowers, adding a group of three (or 6, for a bigger bouquet) is a good place to start – odd numbers of flowers are more visually pleasing
- Design in 3D – if you want the bouquet to look beautiful from all angles, be sure to arrange the flowers in a vase or jar, so you can see how it looks all around!
- Use interesting pieces sparingly – feathers, sticks, pods and other pieces of interest look really cool, but try to limit the design to just 1-2 of these types of accessory, otherwise the flowers will become too “heavy” and will look messy.
- Filler is your friend – baby’s breath, greens, wax flower, Queen Anne’s Lace, and other filler flowers are often less expensive, take up some space, and let the punchier flowers breathe.
Wrap the Bouquet
Well, first, you’ll want to gather the flowers, make sure everything is at the right height, and chop the stems so they’re neat (or not – if you’re going for messy!). Then you’ll want to wrap the stems together with floral wire, and cover that with ribbon.
These instructions are pretty helpful for wrapping! And now, you’re done. The great thing about using artificial flowers for a DIY wedding bouquet is that if you mess up – you just start again. The flowers won’t wilt, or become bruised, so you can really tweak things to perfection.