DIY Floral Wreath

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Hi!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a DIY. Was it maybe even last Valentine’s Day!? That seems absurd but it’s entirely possible.

Anyway, comin’ atcha live today with a DIY floral wreath project. I love wreaths, the greenery and color add so much to a home.  But I figure I don’t really want to buy a million for every season (which I would 100% do if given the funds and storage space) so why not just make them?! I have enough creative direction for that, and I think it ends up being less expensive in the long run: you buy a few standard materials once and then you just buy different blooms as you go along.

Remember a while ago when I did a DIY floral arrangement? I mentioned I went to the Los Angeles Flower Market because you get good flowers for real cheap. I did that again. They upped the prices a little bit since it’s a big week for flowers, but it was still worth it. $30 for everything I used and I had enough left over for an arrangement for my coffee cart.

Everything else I bought on Amazon. THANK GOD FOR PRIME, Y’ALL.

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Supplies Include: thiswreath frame, this wire, flowers, scissors, and ribbon.

Once we got home from the market I got right to work. My first step was adding the greenery to the wreath and making it look lush and full. I took things one stem at a time, used the wire to wrap around and secure the stem to the frame, and filled things in slowly as I went. Pretty simple!

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Then I did the same thing with the big white flowers (ranunculus, one of my favorites!) I was pretty intentional here, dispersing the flowers evenly but making it visually interesting by adding a couple grouped close together and keeping a few more isolated.

Finally, I added in the roses. I cut the stems really short for these since things were getting crowded, and I just folded them in. Some I secured with wire. It was really just what my heart desired.

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I knew I wanted the wreath to hang over our bedroom door. I just felt like there was less likelihood that it would get ruined that way (verses a front door). So I fastened a command strip to the back of the door facing upside down, and then measured some ribbon so it would go over the door and hang the wreath at my ideal height.

I only tied a knot at the end of the ribbon, and kept the wreath merely resting on the ribbon. No need to add extra stress to the blooms by tying a knot around them!

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Once I hung it I felt instantly giddy. It added so much life to my door. And so much festive energy to the general space!

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I’ve filled a spray bottle with some water and lavender essential oil to hopefully keep the flowers looking fresh for a bit longer (at least 5 more days, please!), but it’s so dry and hot here that I’m not too optimistic. Even if they die tomorrow, I’m happy with the result. It was such a fun, simple DIY project. And it’s really nice to know that I made the damn thing and didn’t waste money on a cheaply made fake wreath that’s just going to take up space in my apartment! I’ve been so against buying non-versatile, hard-to-store decorations lately. v adult of me, no?

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Are y’all into DIY projects? I think they’re so much fun, especially when they’re holiday-themed. Comment if you’re making or crafting anything interesting for the occasion, I’d love to hear about it!

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement

Hello again and happy spring! The first day of spring zoomed by me (in the midst of a great visit from my parents and a very stressful organic chemistry test) and I never got a real chance to take a step back, smell the flowers, and soak in the fact that one of my favorite seasons is upon us. So I remedied that with a trip to the Los Angeles Flower Market and a fun DIY floral arrangement project!

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I’m like the biggest cliche in that I can be in the worst type of mood and flowers will instantly make me feel better. I usually stop by the nearest Whole Foods for fresh bouquets because it’s close and convenient. But lately I’ve found myself getting so frustrated with what I’ve found: small, underwhelming bouquets with high price tags. And I’m too good for that. And SO ARE YOU! 

So I decided to sub convenience for quality and I ventured all the way to DTLA for the official flower market. The gist of this place is it’s essentially a huge warehouse where growers sell their blooms to florist companies, event planners, grocery stores, trade officials, etc. and it’s also open to the public daily for a small fee. So you have a huge selection, great quality, and since you’re skipping the middle man, a smaller price tag. I paid $2 for entry and $20 for 6 bundles. Probably the same I would have had to pay for two shitty grocery store bouquets. Just sayin’. Most cities have this type of thing, you just have to do some investigating as to where.

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I’ll admit, I might have gotten a little overzealous with it all. I had a lot of flowers. But they’re all so beautiful! So who cares? Here’s what I included in my haul:

Stocks: The light pink flower in the top left of the photo above. These are really fragrant. And apparently one of the easiest flowers to grow! I think my dad even used to have them in my childhood home’s garden for a few years.

Mums: The pink flower right in the center of the photo. I think there is just so much texture to these, which makes them so delicious to look at.

Dusty miller: The light, almost dusty looking green leaf at the far right above. They’re so soft, like cotton, and I have always loved them. They remind me of spring in every way possible. Plus I like how cozy they make a bouquet feel.

Ranunculus: One of my favorite flowers, other than peonies, hydrangeas, and gardenias. The smaller, dark magenta flowers at the very top. I picked these last to add a little more color to the project and I’m so happy I did.

Eucalyptus: This is the tall green plant with the round leaves. I chose this because I think it’s beautiful and visually interesting. I also really like the combination of this rich dark green with the lighter hue of millers.

Baby breath: The little white flowers. I chose them because they add volume without taking up a lot of space…if that makes sense. Plus they’re delicate and feminine and that was the look I was going for.

No particular rhyme or reason to the combination. I just liked the colors/textures of the flowers together and wanted a lot of greenery. If you’re one of those people who understands the language of flowers and arrange accordingly, more power to ya.

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 I started by unwrapping and laying everything out on my table. It helped me visualize what I was doing and made it easier to add slowly and deliberately to the arrangement to get the overall look I wanted each time.

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Here’s how I filled the vases: Add one of each flower first. Vary the heights for a dynamic look and make sure to trim all (or most) of the greenery since you’ll be adding your own. I added eucalyptus first and the dusty millers second, took a step back and identified the areas that looked bare or empty. And then I stuck an extra flower here and some baby’s breath there to liven things up and fill everything out.

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The most fun was experimenting with different vases and changing the arrangement accordingly. I really liked the big, wide, clear vase because I could fit so much and really get creative. Plus the end result looked huge and so luxurious!

Life hack: I only had one actual vase here and instead of buying more I looked around my apartment for things that could suffice. This included two empty candy canisters and a mason jar. Other ideas include pitchers, ice buckets, and coffee mugs. I think the more creative the better.

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I am so obsessed with how they turned out. And now I have pretty bouquets all over my home! They make any room feel more alive and put together, which I’m all for. Plus they smell great. So who’s with me on team #NoMoreUglyGroceryFlowers?! And what are some of your favorite ways to ring in spring? Because this girl needs some fresh ideas!

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Have a great weekend, friends!