It's no secret, fresh flowers are the easiest way to make any event special, but when you're running around like a crazy person getting ready to host a party, sometimes they're the last thing on your mind. Even as a floral designer I've bought flowers for events that never end up getting arranged (sad to say). Today I wanted to share what I think is one of the simplest floral DIY's ever. It makes a gorgeous visual impact, and you can even do it before your event to help save time.
Here's what you'll need:
- An empty frame.
- Foam board cut to go inside your frame.
- Packing or duck tape.
- Large corsage pins. I like to use these because they're extra long.
- Flowers: The number of blooms you'll need will vary greatly depending on your frame size, flower size, etc. I used an oval frame, about 8x10 in size, and about 20 blooms. Larger blooms like roses, or carnations will fill in quicker.
- Floral sheers or heavy scissors.
You'll need to prep by backing your frames with foam board. Cut the foam board to the correct size to fit inside the frame and then tape it to secure it. You can also cover your foam board with scrap book paper or fabric, as I've done here, for an additional decorative touch.
Taking your sheers cut your flower heads off the stems. Cut as close as possible to the head of the flower.
Push one of your pins through the center of the flower from the front to the back, until it pokes through the bottom. These pins are great because not only are they super long, but also pretty, and you can get them at any craft store in the floral section.
Push the pins into your foam board, and layer your flowers alternating colors, and sizes. You'll find that some flowers sit lower to the board and others are taller, so play around, the blooms are easily removed and re-positioned.
**Take note, the pins pierce through the back of the foam board, so don't poke yourself in the process.
You can do this project the night before your event too, and keep your finished frames in your fridge overnight (I'd suggest doing a fridge test first). Using hardier flowers like carnations, roses, and mums will also get you a longer lasting display. You could also easily replicate this project with fake flowers, just use hot glue instead of pins, as I did in this floral letters DIY.
And that's it, so easy, right? Style your frame however you please. You can use it on a tabletop with a stand-up easel as I've done here, or hand it on the wall. Can't you just picture a gallery wall covered with frames full of flowers? This would make a perfect DIY wedding ceremony backdrop too, don't you think?
I hope you'll try doing your own framed flower DIY for your next event to create a gorgeous display. If you do, be sure to share and tag your post #handmakerofthings. I always love to see what you create!
xo - Emily