DIY Hanging Floral Arrangment from Blooms By The Box

Hi DIYers!

Today we have a lovely hanging floral project for you provided by our friends at Blooms By The Box. These gorgeous little arrangements would be perfect lining your aisle or as a hanging centerpiece at your reception.


Supplies Needed:

  • Flowers
  • Floral sheers
  • Flower food
  • Hanging basket
  • Rope or twine
  • Scissors or knife (for the rope)
  • Small vase or large votive cup (for inside of the basket)
  • Water



1. Order wholesale flowers for DIY wedding/ event.

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2. Hydrate the flowers. To learn all about flower care and preparation and ordering wholesale flowers for DIY Weddings and Events read this guide.

3. Fill your hanging flower baskets with room temperature water and a pinch of flower food. Each hanging basket has a small glass vase liner.

4. First insert the hanging amaranthus, it is important to do this first so they look like they are flowing properly from the hanging basket.

5. Start adding the larger focal flowers and create your desired shape. We used hot pink and light pink garden roses.

Step 3

6. Last, fill in the areas with smaller flowers, in this case we used anemones, ranunculus, and rice flower filler.

Step 4


8. Once you have the perfect balance of flowers, hang your baskets on tree branches, arbors, chairs and other décor. To get the most our of your DIY arrangements, move them to your reception after your ceremony!




This project was provided by Blooms By The Box.






Ombre Rose Bouquet

I think we can safely say that 2012 was the year of ombre. It was everywhere from fingernail polish to hair color to cake frosting — and we loved every bit of it! Since we’re not quite ready to let it go – and we know you love it as much as we do – so we’re kicking off 2013’s first floral project with something scrumptious: an ombre bridal bouquet. Our friends at Bella Wedding Flowers provided us with a great big box of beautiful garden roses to test out their bulk flower delivery service. The boxes arrived Thursday morning with flowers well-packaged, fresh, and oh-so-pretty. You can see the unboxing over at our Instagram account. Instagram

Supplies Needed

All the gear needed for this project.



  1. hydratingroses The first -and most important step – is to make sure your roses are properly hydrated before you begin. If you’ve ordered your flowers from Bella Wedding Flowers or another provider, they’ll likely be a little droopy and thirsty after their voyage. They’ll need to be placed in water as soon as you pluck them off of your doorstep. Hydration can take 4 hours or more so plan well ahead of assembly time!
  2. Step #2 Once your flowers are perky and at the stage of bloom you desire, it’s time to get started on creating the bouquet. (Note: I wanted to showcase how delicate and lush garden roses are at full bloom so I waited a couple of days while the roses opened to get max effect. While they were gorgeous at this stage, they were also beginning to become very fragile when handled. There’s a trade-off and, if I were to do it again, I’d probably not wait as long to do the bouquets.) To get started, you’ll need to remove the thorns and leaves from the roses’ stems and trim the stems down to approximate size. This, for me, was the hardest part of the whole process and the step that took the longest. Stripping 30 roses took over an hour.
  3. Step #3 After you remove the leaves and stems, cut about 1 inch of the stem off at a 45 degree angle. This cut maximizes the surface area that the rose can absorb water through and will help keep the rose hydrated while you continue to work. Hydrated flowers are happy flowers! Place the stripped roses in a bucket of clean lukewarm water (a clean kitchen sink will do in a pinch) so they stay hydrated and perky.
    Flowers taking a bath, getting all hydrated while they await their turn to be bundled.
  4. Step #4 The next step is to assemble to roses into mini bouquets. Working by colors, arrange all 5 flowers from a single shade in your hand and bundle them together using floral tape. (For example: start with the white flowers then move on to the lightest pink then do the mid-pink flowers, etc.) Place the bundle back in water. Repeat for the remaining roses colors. DSC_4746 image4
  5. Step #5 When all of your bundles are finished, it’s time to bind them together in order of lightest to darkest colors.I found that the bouquet was a little lopsided at this stage so I filled in gaps with extra flowers and taped them in when things started looking more balanced.
    Bundling the bundles together. Will need some more roses to fill in gaps.
  6. Step #6 The last step is to wrap the bouquet stems with pretty ribbon. Cut approximate 5 feet of ribbon from the spool. Beginning about 1 inch from the bottom of the blooms, wrap the ribbon around the bouquet stems, covering the floral tape. Wrap the ribbon on a downward diagonal from the top and work your way down. When you reach your desired bouquet sleeve bottom, wrap upward once or twice and secure the ribbon with corsage/floral pins. Be sure to place the pins at a diagonal so that they don’t poke through the flowers. Ouch!
    The bouquet wrap. This is secured with corsage/floral pins to keep it in place.



Assembly Time: 2.5 hours

Approximate Cost: $150 for 30 garden roses, floral tape and 2 yards ribbon.

Tips & Hints:

  • The folks at Bella Wedding Flowers have clear instructions on how to their blooms on their website for handy reference. Always check flower care instructions before you buy so that you can ensure you have enough time and supplies to help make your flower project a success.
  • White and other light-colored roses are notoriously easy to bruise and brown. Pro tip: simply pluck off damaged petals.

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Felt Pomanders

For my wedding I decided against real flowers and opted for something a little different instead.  Felt pomanders are a great alternative to having flower girls throw petals, they help keep little hands busy and, best of all, they’re nearly indestructible.  The night of our rehearsal, one flower girl was batting hers like a tetherball, and, the day of our ceremony, another decided that it would make the perfect foot rest as her feet didn’t quite reach the ground.  Both pomanders survived and still looked great afterwards.  If you’re planning a destination wedding these pomanders are light and won’t get crushed along the way.  So, now that you know how awesome they are, let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • 4 inch styrofoam ball
  • Ribbon
  • Colored felt (any colors; I used 3 shades of blue felt)
  • Corsage pins
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissor
  • Circular object to trace
Estimated cost: $15


Step 1: To start this project, trace circles onto the felt and cut them out.

Step 2: Cut a spiral shape into the circle using a scissor.

Step 3: Using the glue gun, create the rose by gluing the center down and continuing to glue around until the spiral is used up.  Continue steps 1-3 until you have the desired amount of flowers.  Note: I used eight 9 x 12-in. felt pieces to complete one pomander. 

Step 3

Step 4: Insert a pen or pencil into the styrofoam ball to create a small hole.  Use a marker and divide the styrofoam ball into fourths.  Cut a length of ribbon, fill the hole with glue and insert the ribbon into the glue to make the handle.

Step 4

Step 5: Now, it’s time to attach the flowers.  Use the corsage pins to attach the felt flowers (Note: the flowers can also be hot glued on if you’d like to have a button or sequin center instead).  I found it best to first attach the flowers along the lines and then fill-in from there.

Step 6: Continue attaching flowers until you have a nice full pomander.

Felt Pomander Done!


Multi-color felt pomander from Amanda’s wedding

We’d love to know what you think of this project?  Do you have any ideas for embellishments?


Wedding photo by Jeff Sampson Photography

Romantic Satin and Lace Flower Bouquet

What you’ll need:

  • 2 spools of  5/8′ satin ribbon
  • 1 roll decorative lace trim (9 feet)
  • Bouquet holder with round styrofoam top
  • Pearlized round or corsage pins
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pearl necklaces or old chain (optional)

Estimated cost: $30


Step 1: The first thing you’ll want to do is decorate the handle and underpart of the bouquet holder.  I started by wrapping them with ribbon and then adding the lace so the white of the holder wouldn’t show through.

Step 2: If you’d like to add the necklace embellishments to your bouquet, now would be the time.  To do so, remove the styrofoam top of the holder and thread the necklaces through the holes.  Once you’ve got them where you’d like, put a little glue on to hold them in place.

Step 3: Next, the ribbon and lace flowers need to be made.  To create the ribbon flowers, cut a length of ribbon (approximately 9 inches for small and 18 inches for large roses), and tie a knot on one end.  Put a spot of glue on knot, twist the ribbon, and place it in the glue.  Continue to twist and wrap the ribbon around until there is only a small end remaining, tuck that tail under the rosette and glue it in place.

Step 4: For the lace flowers, cut a length a lace (approximately 12 inches for small and 24 inches for large flowers).  Take one end of the lace and fold it over, then glue it in place.  Next, make a star-like shape around the glued end, glue it in place, and let the glue dry.  Wrap the the remaining lace around the shape until you’re happy with the flower you’ve created.   

Step 5: Use the pins to attach your flowers.  For the bouquet I created, each large flower had three pins and each small flower had one.  I organized the flowers in an alternating pattern, using the ribbon and lace flowers.  Simply push the pins through the flowers and into the styrofoam, but not all the way in, and create a round shape. If you find that the flowers seem loose, simply add some glue at the base of the pins to keep them in place. Continue to add flowers until your bouquet is nice and full.

Step 6: Enjoy your hard work!


We think the combination of pink, ivory, and white satin and lace, and the extra embellishments with pearls make this bouquet very romantic with a bit of vintage flair.   Tell us what you think!

DIY Feather Bouquet

Today I’m sharing how to achieve a feather bouquet with just a few materials and a couple hours of free time.

What you’ll need:

  • At least 2 packages of craft feathers
  • Bouquet holder with round styrofoam top
  • 24 gauge wire
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Pliers and wire cutters
  • Bling additions (optional)
Estimated cost: $26


*Note:  If you’d like the handle of your bouquet decorated, I would start with that.  The feathers will be kind of hard to work around once they’re all in place.

  1. To begin, insert feathers into the bottom part of the bouquet holder. Once you’ve got the bottom all filled in, set your project off to the side.  I set mine in a glass while I worked on the remaining steps.1 
  2. To make the feather blooms, hot glue two feathers so that they face each other (save your fingertips, let the glue cool a couple seconds first).  Once the glue has dried, wrap wire around the bottom of the feathers.2

    Continue to add feathers (approximately 6-8 more) using hot glue until you get something resembling a blooming flower, and once the glue dries, wrap a little wire around the bottom to help hold it all together.


  3. To add some bling to the bloom, simply put some hot glue in the middle of the bloom, stick the bling into the glue, and hold it until it dries.5

    Note:  If you think bloom is looking a little sparse, just add a few more feathers until it’s fuller.

  4. Next, take your bloom and push it straight into the styrofoam and fill in around the bloom with feathers covering the styrofoam.
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  6. Continue steps 2-4 until you create the desired number of blooms (I did five), and fill your bouquet in until it’s nice and full.*Note:  I used a little hot glue for the feathers that didn’t readily push into the styrofoam.8
  7. Sit back and enjoy all your hard work!