It's officially the holiday season which means it's time to decorate, decorate, decorate. Nothing gets me more in the spirit of the celebration than decorating our home, and of course that usually involves beautiful fresh flowers. Today on Periscope I shared a DIY on making this textural fall floral spray. It was my first time teaching live, and I wanted to be sure to have the instructions up here too, just in case I missed anything.
For this project I wanted to use a mix of textures in beautiful fall colors. Here's my recipe from left to right: nandina branch, maroon mums, yellow solidago, agonis, billy balls, orange roses, eucalyptus, and safflower.
Other than flowers the only supplies you need for this DIY are floral sheers, paddle wire (I'm using 26 gage green), and ribbon.
The first step is to strip the stems of any unwanted foliage. Remove any greenery that is showing browness or signs of wilting.
For the stems that are multi-headed, like the mums, you can pull them apart to maximize how you can use them in your spray design. You want your stems to be at least 4 or 5 inches long though, so don't pull them off if they're too short.
Now it's time to start assembling your spray. Start first with your foliage. I'm using the agonis as my main base. Gather the foliage at the center making the bottom foliage longer than the top.
Begin wrapping with wire. First twist the ends together and then wrap several times around your spray.
Next I layered on my eucalyptus foliage and nandina. As you wrap you may notice your foliage getting tight, but once it's all secured you can fluff it back out.
Now begin adding your flowers. I like to start most projects by using the medium filler flowers first, in this case the mums, solidago, and safflower.
Next comes the larger statement flowers like the roses, and last the smaller textural elements like the billy balls. Continually add and wrap, add and wrap creating layers of greens and flowers. When you're done adding blooms wrap your wire around itself and then be sure to create a loop for hanging.
The last step is to add your decorative ribbon to hide your wire and you're done. Hang it on your door to welcome guests as you celebrate the fall season. If you missed my live DIY, come follow me on Periscope @emmyray to get future updates, and share your floral projects on Instagram with #emmyraydesignstudio. Can't wait to see what you create!
xo - Emily