I went to an event a few years back that had the most beautiful floral garlands draped everywhere. They made such an impression on me — I loved that there were flowers everywhere but not necessarily in vases, in the usual arrangements. They smelled like heaven, too. Being the nosy DIYer that I am, I snuck a moment to look at their construction and realized that they wouldn’t be too hard to make! So long story short, we chose some of our favorite florals and made some. And here’s how you can too!
- Your choice of florals (we used Peonies, Ranunculus, Carnations, and Billy Balls)
- Greenery with a sturdy center branch or stem (we used Ruscus Israeli)
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
Make Time: 10 Minutes per foot of garland
Step 1: Start with your greenery. Choose a few pieces that have a sturdy center branch or stem and lay them out in a line. Cut a few lengths of floral wire, each about 6″. Start to wire the greenery together by winding the wire around the center branches of two adjacent pieces. Be sure to wire them together in a place where each branch is strong enough to hold its own weight and not snap.
Step 2: Keep wiring until your garland is your desired length.
Step 3: Now comes the fun part! Choose your florals and start embellishing the garland. For heavier florals, trim all of the leaves and cut the stem to about 3 inches. Then wire the stem to a sturdy part of the garland. For lighter pieces, you can probably trim the stem and then use floral tape instead of wire.
Step 4: Continue embellishing with florals until it’s perfect!
Step 5: Cut two pieces of floral wire, each about 6″. Wire one to each end of the garland and twist it around itself to create a loop. Use these loops to make hanging the garland easier.
Isn’t it just lovely? I could see these in so many places — at weddings, showers, spring parties, over a door, as photo backdrops, or even laid down the center of a dinner table. I found that these will last without wilting for a little more than a day, and even longer if you are able to refrigerate the garland after you make it. If you’d like to make it last longer you could always attach a floral water tubes to each of the flowers you use. It was so fun to work with Flower Muse’s florals on this one. They have a perfect selection of greenery and even pre-made garlands if you don’t want to wire your own greens together. Be sure to take a peek. xoxo
Flowers for this project were graciously provided by Flower Muse.