Flowers are the most important sidekick to any party. Whether it is a wedding dinner, baby shower, Grandma’s 80th birthday or your parents 50th wedding anniversary, flower garlands, add color, texture, and height to any party decor. However, these fabulous garlands can come at a high price.
A luxurious floral garland for your aisle, archway, or centerpiece can easily run over $1000. I don’t know what kind of party budget you have, but that is not in my plans! I’ve got good news. DIY flower garlands are easier than you think.
Garlands are fairly simple to put together and are highly versatile. I have here everything you need to know to create a DIY flower garland that is both lively and natural.
Creating a Traditional Garland
This is the type of garland you’ve seen most often, with lush greens and bright blossoms placed throughout. You can customize it with flowers to match your party and colors.
Create Your Base
To start creating your own garland, choose at least three different types of greenery and trim the stems to about 3 inches on each piece. Lay out your base by starting with the fullest greenery and laying it out to the approximate length of your finished garland. It’s OK if it ends up a little short. It’s helpful to do this part on a floor, table or countertop when you can have some time to work on it.
Once you have your first layer of greenery laid out, continue to create your mock design by layering the accent fillers to the base garland. This should be at least two other types of greenery, we aren’t quite ready to add any flowers yet. You really want the green base to be substantial on its own before adding your flowers.
This step can also be done ahead of time and add the flowers later since greenery tends to last much longer than live flowers.
Wire it Together
Once the base is laid out, start at one end, and begin wrapping floral wire around the stems. Work in bunches, simply wiring and layering one bundle after another. When layering, be sure to cover the floral wire from the previous grouping.
Continue layering greenery and wrap the floral wire securely around the stems until desired length is reached. Sometimes the wiring process will actually shorten your laid out garland, so you may need to add a few extra greens at the end.
Prep the Flowers
You have to remember when working with live flowers for a garland, they are still alive and still need nourishment if you want the garland to last through the ceremony. Start by prepping water tubes and filling them with water. Have enough tubes for every blossom.
Next, cut the excess stems and leaves off of the main flower stem and insert it into the water tube. Once all the blooms are in a water tube you’re ready to arrange your final garland. This should not be done until the night before or the day of the wedding.
First place the garland where you’d like it to be displayed. This might be around the arch, down the aisle, surrounding the cake, around the venue, or even on the honeymoon car. Wherever it’s going to go, place the base first, then add the flowers so you can be sure they are at the right angle. Arrange flowers carefully throughout the garland and wire them into place one by one.
This can be a long and tedious process depending on how many flowers you are adding. Taking your time and being strategic about floral placement and style will create a show stopping garland.
While this same technique can be used for nearly any style of wedding garland, there are a few variations assembled slightly differently:
· Flowers Only:
If you want a lush, beautiful diy flower garland full of blooms, you’ll need to start with plenty of flowers and even more floral tape. Choose a limited color scheme and pick three or four different floral shapes to keep things simple as you assemble. Start with three small flowers and wire them together creating a 3-inch line of flowers where each one somewhat covers the stem behind it. Continue adding flowers three at a time to the garland, wrapping the steps together with floral tap as you go. Arrange each group so they can be viewed from any side. Once you’ve reached your desired length, trim off the extra stem and you’re done.
· Succulent Garland:
This is a beautiful option for a slightly different look and feel. You can follow the same basic instructions as a floral garland, but because succulents don’t have long stems, you may need to wrap the roots instead. Just be sure the roots are clean and dry so there isn’t any dirt in your garland.
· Ivy Base
This is the easiest and quickest garland to make, all you need is your favorite flower to either tape or wire into an existing ivy vine. Because the base is already naturally created for you, you can whip this garland together in a few minutes. You can also link several lengths of ivy together to create a large or fuller garland.
· OASIS Garland
This is what most professional florists use to great full and lush garlands. OASIS Garland is a linked chain of 5″x2″ cylinders are made with OASIS® Deluxe floral foam held together with flexible netting. The foam cylinders can be cut to any desired length and arranged to fit in any space. All you need to do is fill the cylinders with water to keep them moist and add flowers. This is the most durable option, but also the most expensive.
If you’re looking to make a statement with your party, a diy flower garland should be at the top of the list of decor. You can create a gorgeous hanging centerpiece, or create a luxurious archway. Use our ideas to launch your own creativity into getting the look you want for less.