How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

DIY Floral Wall Clock

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made…

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made out of fake leaves, with little tea cups marking each hour on the clock. The first time I saw it I was like, “Huh, cute idea, but those dusty plastic leaves are bumming me out.” And then the next time I saw it I was like, “How cool would that be if it were real flowers?” And Ryan was all, “Dude. Make it.” And I was like AAAAHHHHHH yes! Good story, huh? I knew we’d be working with Flower Muse soon and I was so excited to use their gorgeous florals to put this baby together. And that is how our DIY floral wall clock was born. I love, love, love it. Can’t you just see this thing gracing the wall at a spring party or shower? While I was making it, Ryan said something about how it would be perfect at a Cinderella-themed wedding. And while Cinderella-themed weddings aren’t necessarily my thing, you have to give the dude credit for having that in his brain.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Step 1: Start by covering your wreath form with the greenery. One stem at a time, wrap the stem of the greenery and a section of the wreath form together so that the stem stays affixed. Work until the wreath is completely covered.

Step 2: If you like the hands on your clock movement, great! I wanted a more modern and colorful look for ours, so we switched it up. To do the same, cut two strips of cardstock — one long one for the minute hand and one shorter for the hour hand. Use double stick tape to affix the cardstock to the appropriate clock hands and assemble your clock movement according to the package instructions.

Step 3: Place a nail or hook in the wall where you’d like to hang your clock and hang the greenery-covered wreath. Start placing clumps of larger flowers around the clock where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours would be. You should be able to trim the stems to about 3 inches and just weave the stems through the wreath and greenery and have them hold. If you find that some flowers want to fall, use a bit of floral tape to affix a stem in place.

Step 4: For the smaller hours (1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11) place a small flower like a billy ball at each hour mark. Use the same technique as described in Step 3.

Step 5: Affix the clock movement to the wall in the center of the wreath using wall putty or something similar and removable. If desired, include a couple of smaller blooms around the clockwork to soften the look.

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Eeeeeee it’s so pretty! If you leave the florals in water until just before you put this together, it should last about a day or so. If you want to put it together a day ahead, you could probably get away with it if you kept it refrigerated overnight — just be sure all of the flowers are affixed really firmly before you store it. And when you’re done with the clock, you can use the florals to do something like this! Sigh. I wish it could stay forever. Tick tock, ya’ll! xoxo

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

Floral and wire words

DIY Floral and Wire Words + Free Download

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall!…

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

After our flower messages last year with Flower Muse, I wanted to revamp the project a little so that you could transport it and even hang it on a wall! What’s prettier than something said with flowers, guys? Nothing, that’s what. These lovely little floral words are sturdy so you can move them around, hang them, lean them, and reposition them however you like. Can’t you just see these at a wedding or a shower, spelling out a fun phrase? So pretty! I loved ’em so much we made our “be you” sign into a free wallpaper download, so get it for your desktop OR phone down below.

Materials

Make Time: 10 Minutes per Word

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Step 1: Use your wire cutters to cut off a few feet of wire. Start bending it to form your words. Don’t be afraid to really work it into straight lines or curves. Experiment a little with the type of writing you’d like to use. Remember that in each word all of your letters will need to be connected, so think “cursive.”

Step 2: Cut off a few stems of florals, planning where you’d like them to be. I like the sparse look for this particular project but you can cover as much or as little of the wire as you like! Cut the stem to about 2-3 inches. Place the stem against a portion of the wire word. Wrap floral tape around and around the stem until the flower is secured against the wire. Rip of the end of the tape.

Step 3: Repeat with more florals! Try fun combinations of flowers and greenery, and place the combinations at various spots along the wires until you’re satisfied.

Just hang them on the wall with small tacks or nails, or even removable hooks if the words aren’t too loaded with flowers and they’re light enough. You can also lean them against walls, suspend them from the ceiling, or hang them like a wreath on a door! And if you just want to dress up your computer a bit, grab our freebie desktop wallpaper download below. xoxo

DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL DESKTOP WALLPAPER
DOWNLOAD “BE YOU” FLORAL IPHONE WALLPAPER

Floral and wire words

Floral and wire words

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

A New Way to Extend the Life of Cut Flower Arrangements

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a…

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Since we’ve been working with Flower Muse on all of these pretty floral projects, I’ve been getting better and better at making my cut flowers last! Yes, there’s definitely a shelf life but there are also lots of little tricks you can use to extend the life of cut flowers. It just kills me after making a project like this one to toss the flowers when it’s done. I can’t bear it! So we came up with a little inspiration and created this unexpected floral arrangement using only flowers that had already been used in other projects — beautiful flowers that lots of people would just throw away. Here we go!

Materials

  • florals (fresh or a little used, it’s okay either way!)
  • a low dish
  • scissors
  • fresh water

Make Time: 10 Minutes

There really aren’t any right or wrong steps here so I’ll just describe what we did! We had lots of flowers left over from other projects where we had cut the stems short (these, these, and these are perfect examples). All of the flowers had been out of water for a few hours, cut up, wired, taped, and more. But the blooms themselves were still beautiful!

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So. We trimmed the stems down to about 1 inch each, getting rid of any broken or soggy greenery. (When you trim, be sure to cut the stem on an angle to allow the flower to soak up maximum water.) Next, we filled a low dish (it’s actually a serving platter) with about a half-inch of water. Finally, we just started filling the dish with the florals until it was chock full of blooms!

This arrangement lasted for another 5 or 6 days, and I was so glad we decided to start salvaging these blooms! To really make them last, change the water daily with fresh, cold water and remove any flowers that start to go bad.

I kind of love this new take on a floral arrangement anyway — it’s so unexpected in a dish, and it wasn’t annoying me by getting in the way of the person sitting across the table while we were trying to talk. Hooray all around! xoxo

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Floral arrangement in a hexagonal dish

Flowers for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

How to Make a DIY Floral Boutonniere

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just…

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

Is it just me or is prom right around the corner?! Did you go to prom? I kind of both loved and hated it. There’s so much pressure! I just wanted to dance and have fun, but you have so many things to plan for and worry about. Should we get a limo? Who’s going in our limo? Should I just borrow my dad’s car? What’s my date wearing? Do we match? And what about the boutonnieres?! Getting flowers for your date was like a big deal in my day. The boys had to get the girls corsages and the girls had to get the boys boutonnieres. If I was going to prom now, I’d get all my girlfriends together that morning and make a bunch of these for our dates. Boom. Problem solved.

So simple, huh? They took me about 3 minutes each to make in real time, and if you get a mixed bouquet you can make a whole bunch of them! Totally simple and way less cheesy than the little rosebud you’ll get at a florist IMHO. 😉 In case you’re in a reading mood, see full instructions below!

Materials

Step 1: Pick a few stems and trim them to about 3 inches in length.

Step 2: Layer the blooms and wrap the stems with a few rounds of floral tape.

Step 3: Wrap a length of twine around the floral tape, tying with a double knot on the back side of the boutonniere.

Step 4: Trim the ends of the twine and trim all of the stems so that they’re even. Fasten to a lapel with a straight pin.

That’s it! Now let’s all go pretend we’re florists! xoxo

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Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Boutonnieres

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DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to…

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I am jumping for joy to finally share this one with you! When these dreamy peonies came from Flower Muse in the mail I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. Remember our floral bike handlebars last year? Well, if you’re more a basket type of gal, this project might be right up your alley! I’m just dead over it. It’s so dreamy. And if you happen to be going to a music festival or something equally fun, how rad would this be to get around the place?! Pretty sure you’d be the belle of the ball.

Also, I’m so happy to say that this is our first post in another series featuring some insanely beautiful blooms from Flower Muse! We teamed up last year and it was such a blast we had to do it again. If you don’t know Flower Muse, check them out — they send farm fresh blooms right to your door, and they’re some of the best quality florals around. Because they’re so fresh they last forever! And they even have tons of special instructions on how to get the most out of your florals. Love them! And now, without further ado… Let’s make some bouts!

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes

DIY Floral Bike Basket

Step 1: Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 7 inches. Hold the bloom over your basket and use the wire to affix the flower firmly, weaving it through and around the basket wires. Repeat this process with large blooms across the basket, working in a diagonal.

Step 2: Once your larger florals are firmly affixed, insert a few smaller blooms (we used ranunculus and anemones). Wedge them in between the larger florals and affix with more wire if necessary.

Step 3: Fill in any blank spots with some greenery and you’re all set!

DIY Floral Bike Basket

I love it I LOVE IT! And the coolest part is that the basket is still functional because all of the florals are on the outside. So fill your basket with all your goodies and ride this baby around town. We rode downtown to take some photos with the flowers on the bike and it was quite the topic of conversation with the people we passed, lemme tell ya. It’s not every day you get to see some pretty fresh flowers riding around town! xoxo

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Floral Bike Basket

DIY Dahlia and Amaranthus Bouquet

You may remember that I have a proclivity towards flowers that look like they came from a Dr. Seuss book. So on a recent trip to the flower market, I…

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You may remember that I have a proclivity towards flowers that look like they came from a Dr. Seuss book. So on a recent trip to the flower market, I saw these dahlias and I completely stopped short. These actually reminded me of a Van Gogh painting. They were so gorgeous in a totally crazy, over-the-top way I had to grab them and show you guys. I mean, there’s one that’s as big as my head! I thought they looked weirdly cool with some amaranthus, so they all bunked up together in a vase and made nice on my dining room table.

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Materials

  • 5-6 dahlia blooms
  • bunch of (upright) green amaranthus
  • tall vase
  • scissors

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Choose a bloom and trim the lower greenery off. Cut the stem at an angle, ensuring that it’s the right height for your vase.

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Arrange the stems in your vase bit by bit. These were kind of wild to work with because the stems are so stiff, but just keep working them together until they stay where you want them. Work your way through all of the stems until you’re done! Make sure you take a step back and rearrange if need be. Sometimes I forget to look at the big picture when I’m putting flowers together.

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Isn’t it crazy? In such a beautiful way. What do you think — do you guys like a more classic, refined look in your flowers, or are you up for something that’s a little out-there? xoxo

P.S. Check out some of my other favorite floral posts herehere, and here.

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DIY Peony Bouquet

Note! Yes, I know peony season is pretty much over. I wrote this post a few weeks ago and it somehow got shoved to the end of the line! But…

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Note! Yes, I know peony season is pretty much over. I wrote this post a few weeks ago and it somehow got shoved to the end of the line! But it’s too pretty not to share. So don’t be scared to substitute some other blooms for peonies — open roses or something similar would do the trick. 

I think of peonies as an extra special treat. They’re always so expensive, and they have such a specific season that they’ve become this elusive flower in my head. I think this is literally only the second time I’ve had peonies in my home, ever. Suffice it to say, this was a splurge at the flower market. But they were just too good to pass up! The pink and blush petals against the yellow at their centers is maybe one of the prettiest combinations ever. So I snapped up a bunch — go big or go home, right?

Materials

  • approximately 10 peony blooms
  • medium bowl
  • scissors
  • washi tape

Make Time: 10 Minutes

Start by taping a grid across the top of your bowl. Don’t let the tape trail too far over the ends. Carefully add water to the bowl.

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Trim excess greenery off of a peony stem, and cut the stem down at an angle until it’s the right height for your bowl. Insert into one of the openings on the tape grid.

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Continue in the same fashion until all of your blooms are included. It may take a little shuffling at the end — I rearranged a couple of my peonies so that they’d sit better in the bowl.

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I put them on my desk and, I kid you not, they were so gorgeous they were almost distracting. Like, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the fact that I had peonies on my desk instead of getting any work done. It was such a special treat! I think it’s safe to say that peonies are my very favorite flower these days. (Me and the rest of the world!) xoxo

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DIY Flower Crown

I’m secretly a hippie on the inside. (And maybe also a little bit on the outside.) I love feeling the sun on my shoulders, and singing Joni Mitchell songs, and…

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I’m secretly a hippie on the inside. (And maybe also a little bit on the outside.) I love feeling the sun on my shoulders, and singing Joni Mitchell songs, and running around barefoot. So what better way for a hippie to hang on to the summer than with a DIY flower crown? I can’t think of one.

I love this little crown because it’s made of feverfew and mint. Feverfew looks like little tiny daisies, but it’s also used as an herbal treatment for headaches. Did you know that? I didn’t until I brought some home to make the crown! I thought it would be cool to add some sprigs of mint so that it would smell extra good when I wore it. Good choice, me.

Materials

  • one bunch of feverfew or similar small flowers
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint
  • floral wire
  • floral tape
  • scissors

Make Time: 30 Minutes

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Start by creating a crown of floral wire large enough to fit your head. I wrapped mine around twice and twisted the ends around itself to secure.

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Make a bunch of mini-bouquets. Snip off a few feverfew flowers and wrap them tightly with the floral tape. Make about 15 of these; half with a sprig of mint included, and half without. (Too much greenery will overwhelm the crown.)

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One by one, tape the bouquets to the wire. Wrap floral tape tightly around the bouquet and the wire, securing them together. Work your way around the crown in this fashion until all of the wire is covered. You may need a few extra bouquets if you like a fuller look.

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Ensure that all of the flowers are secure and put on your crown! I loved running around in the sunshine wearing this thing. They’d be particularly adorable on a bunch of little flower girls at a summer wedding. Would you wear one? xoxo

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DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother’s Day Gift Tag

I love, love, love celebrating my Mom. I hope you love celebrating yours, too, so I dreamed up a really gorgeous DIY for Mother’s Day, which is on May 12!…

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

I love, love, love celebrating my Mom. I hope you love celebrating yours, too, so I dreamed up a really gorgeous DIY for Mother’s Day, which is on May 12! I’m so excited about this one, because we collaborated with the lovely Lana from Lana’s Shop again. (Remember the desktop wallpaper she made for us?) It’s so inspiring to work with her, and I think we make a pretty good team! A few special words from her:

I hope you enjoy these tags to share your sentiment with all the amazing mothers and women of all forms in your life! Things are best homemade (if you ask me), and no one will appreciate it more than mom. For future custom gift ideas, take a peek at how to get started on your next project with me. 

So this DIY has two parts, and the first one is Lana’s gorgeous printable gift tag. She put so much love into this project, and we both hope you download it and give it to your ever lovin’ mama! The instructions are simple. First, grab your free download here and print it out.

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Cut out both pieces.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Use a glue stick to stick the two sides together, being careful to make sure that you glue the inside right-side-up. Fold in half.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Punch a small hole over the printed guide, and string it with ribbon or twine.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Isn’t it just the most lovely? I think the inside is so wonderful, and I could fill a whole book with the reasons why I love my mom. Be sure to write something awesome! Now if you want to put Lana’s gorgeous little tag on a floral bangle bracelet, like we did, read on for instructions. You’ll need:

  • about 20 medium-sized blooms (we used ranunculus!)
  • floral wire
  • floral tape
  • scissors

Start by taking the leaves and stems off of your blooms. Leave about 2-3 inches of stem.

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Cut 30″ of floral wire and form it into a circle large enough to fit on your mom’s wrist like a bracelet. Wrap the wire around itself a few times to secure and strengthen the bracelet.

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Begin attaching the blooms to the wire. Cut about 6″ of floral tape, hold a stem against the wire, and wrap the tape around the stem & wire, just at the base of the bloom. Continue the process around the wire, keeping the blooms close together. Trim stems if needed.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Continue the process until you’ve covered the entire bracelet.

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Gently tie on Lana’s tag and present it to your mom on Mother’s Day! I think this is such a cool, modern take on a traditional corsage. I think it would also be perfect as an alternative corsage for prom, if you know any teens! And FYI, as this is a project that involves fresh flowers, be sure that you hold off making it until shortly before you intend to give or wear it. You wouldn’t want any droopy blooms!

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

Big thanks to Lana for the beautiful printable. Be sure to visit her site and check out more of her awesomeness. Now go celebrate your mom! xoxo

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Floral Bangle Bracelets & Mother's Day Gift Tag

DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

I made my first trip to the LA Flower Market the other day with Kelly and Brittni, and my brain exploded with the flower awesomeness. We were running around like…

DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

I made my first trip to the LA Flower Market the other day with Kelly and Brittni, and my brain exploded with the flower awesomeness. We were running around like a bunch of crazies, and when a sweet vendor handed us an armload of ranunculus for free because he was closing up shop, it just about sent us over the edge. Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a few floral DIYs from the three of us soon.

So since I know next to nothing about flowers, I decided to put together a super-simple bouquet of two of my faves: yellow ranunculus and craspedia (better known to some as billy balls). I love how it kind of looks like a bouquet that you’d find in a Dr. Seuss book. Here’s how you can put one together, too.

Trim the stems of each bloom with a fresh diagonal cut and strip the leaves on the lower half of the stem.

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DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

Insert the blooms one by one into the vase, arranging them so that the taller blooms are center and the outer blooms arch over the side of the vase a bit.

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Trim the stems of the billy balls also, cutting enough off so that they tuck down into the arrangement, just below the ranunculus.

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DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

Fix anything that’s out of place, set it out, and enjoy. And keep an eye out for a few more floral DIYs! xoxo

DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

DIY Simple Monochromatic Bouquet

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It’s Mayday!  Do you ever celebrate Mayday?  My mom used to send my sister and me to school with flowers for our bus driver on May 1st.  Today for Mayday…

It’s Mayday!  Do you ever celebrate Mayday?  My mom used to send my sister and me to school with flowers for our bus driver on May 1st.  Today for Mayday I’m celebrating with these crazy silhouettes I made.  I had a photo of my niece’s profile that was just so cute, and I thought it would be kind of funky to put flowers in it.  So I did.  And then I did it a couple more times.  Happy Mayday!  xoxo