Before we get started, don’t worry: there’s no sewing involved in this project and there aren’t any tricky patterns to follow. These no-sew beaded tulle picks can easily replace (or supplement) the flowers in your bouquets, your boutonnieres, and even your corsages. And because they’re so lightweight, you can even make a few extra to decorate your cake or incorporate into your veil. All you need is some tulle, some beads, and a little bit of a patience.
- Wire cutters
Note: Make sure your wire is thin enough to fit through your beads. Some large-gauged wire is too thick to fit through small seed beads.
Step 1: Cut your tulle into small square or square-like shapes of varying size. Aim for something between 2 to 4 inches and don’t worry about making your shapes uniform or perfect.
Step 2: To create the “stem” for your tulle flowers, use your wire cutters to cut a piece of wire about 24” long. String one of your pearl beads onto the center of the wire and fold the wire in half around the bead. Grasp the two strands of wire with your pliers approximately 1” below the bead and twist them together. This will hold the bead in place.
Step 3: Add two additional beads to either side of your first bead, leaving about 1” for twisting the wire to hold them in place once again. I prefer to vary the finished height of each bead, making some stick up further than others. By doing this, you’ll create a small cluster of beads resembling the stamen inside the petals of a real flower. (You can use more or less beads but three tends to yield the prettiest results).
Step 4: By this time, you should have two strands of wire of approximately equally length. Join them together and poke the ends through your first piece of tulle to form a “petal.” Guide the tulle up the wire towards the beads, allowing it to bend and scrunch up as your go. Add four or five additional tulle pieces in the same manner. For fullness, add them one at a time, make them slightly off-center, or fold the petals in half before adding them to the wire stem.
Step 5: Adjust the shape of your petals until you’re satisfied and then twist the two wires together to hold everything in place. For boutonnieres and corsages, trim the remaining wire to just a few inches. For bouquets, leave the stems nice and long.
If you’re using a florist for your wedding, be sure to check with them about the preferred length for your tulle floral picks; you may need to make the wire stems longer or shorter depending on the type of bouquet you will have.
Either way, these beaded tulle picks are the perfect way to add a touch of romance to the floral elements at your wedding. And don’t forget: you can always up the bling factor by using multiple colors of tulle and additional beads in your stems.
Kat Richter is a freelance writer and newlywed who lives in Philadelphia and blogs at Fieldwork in Stilettos.
From use in weddings to home decor, succulents have become one the most popular natural elements out there. Known for their easy maintenance and beautiful simplicity, succulents have become especially trendy in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. After all, it’s safe to say that the days of traditional roses in pink and red hues are long gone. These days, many brides are opting for the natural tones of green, sprinkled with a coordinating color palette. To incorporate this trend into your wedding’s decor, try your hand at a DIY boutonniere. Not only can you coordinate it with the bridal party’s bouquets and corsages, but it can also add a clever handmade touch to your wedding. Here’s how to make your own.
- Artificial or real succulents
- Artificial or real stems, leaves, and flowers
- Twigs, dried baby’s breath, fresh flowers (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Burlap remnant
- Heavy-duty pliers
- Floral tape
- Leather cord or ribbon
Dried baby’s breath makes an excellent filler component. It is also relatively inexpensive. Feel free to incorporate fresh, live flowers to further personalize the boutonniere. Just be sure to allow extra time before the big day to construct the project. You can even add a sentimental touch by bringing in flowers and stems that mean something to you and your relationship.
Step 1: If necessary, remove portions of the succulent. Some artificial stems may be very large, making them too heavy for a boutonniere. You can remove leaves until the succulent is a smaller, manageable size. You might need to use scissors to do this.
Step 2: Trim down artificial stems and any fresh or dried flowers. Aim to keep the bottom half of each stem fairly clear of protruding parts. If you are using twigs, you can trim down bits and pieces that may be poking out. To do this, use a pair of pliers to trim away the pieces. This will make arranging the stems much easier, ensuring that they flow together seamlessly.
Step 3: Gather the stems together. Use the succulent as the focal point of the bundle. For best results, be sure to add the stems evenly throughout the boutonniere. This means that either side should not contain too much of one kind of stem or flower. Tightly wrap the bottom half of the stems together with floral tape, pressing down to secure. Continue wrapping until the stems do not budge. If you need to rearrange the stems, simply peel away the floral tape and try again. It is strong but forgiving.
Step 4: Wrap a segment of burlap around the bundle. Apply a dot of hot glue to keep it in place. Of course, you can use any type of sturdy fabric in place of burlap; cotton and denim are both great options. Choose a material and color that suits the theme of your wedding. Tie a strand of leather cord or ribbon around the bundle.
Step 5: Tie into a tight knot and top it off with a bow. For extra security, add another dot of hot glue to prevent the cord from slipping. Again, you can choose any kind of ribbon or cord that best suits the theme of your big day. Additional ideas include twine, rope, and embroidery thread.
DIY Tassel Bunting Garland
In recent years, tassel bunting garland has become a staple in the craft and decor world. This classic garland style is especially wonderful for adding a charming rustic vibe to any event or party. If you’re looking for decor that is inexpensive and easy to transport, consider whipping up your very own triangle bunting garland. This project is simple, sweet, and ideal for beginner and expert crafters alike. It also provides another way to incorporate your wedding’s colors and themes into the celebration. Fabric scraps from past projects or existing wedding decor can also be used for this DIY, which can be made as long or as short as necessary. Once finished, hang it along chairs at the ceremony or above tables at the reception. It would look especially darling draped over a fence, deck, or set of stairs. The possibilities are endless with this one!
- Fabric scraps
- Floral lace trim
- Embroidery thread
- Cotton ribbon or twill tape
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric scissors
Dried Flower Guestbook Tutorial
I’m excited about all my projects, but I really think this dried flower guestbook turned out awesome! I just love the aged look and beauty of the flowers. However, let’s address a few things before we start. I used a very elementary pressing method in this tutorial. You’re welcome to try out more advanced methods. I was told wax paper is a good way to ensure your flowers will come up easily and won’t ruin the pages of the book. I didn’t use wax paper and my flowers came right up, but they did leave their mark on the book.
I would suggest using an old heavy book that you don’t mind marking up a bit. Also, most of the lilacs I pressed turned brown because of their high water content. I’m not sure if letting them dry for a day before pressing would have helped or not, but it might be worth a try with those flowers that don’t press well. One more thing: I used hot glue mainly because I love hot glue. It worked extremely well, but be careful with it. It’s so easy to burn yourself, especially working with these small flower parts. So now that we’ve got the intro out of the way, we can get started.
- Flower cuttings
- Large heavy book
- Hot glue
- Embellishments (I used small pearl beads.)
- Blank page guestbook
DIY Bohemian Bouquet for Brides
So, you’re having a bohemian style wedding? I feel like this style is very trendy right now, which is great if you’re on a budget because it can be done pretty cheaply! It’s also easy to make bohemian crafts look fancy (like something from Anthropologie). I’m not promising Anthropologie store windows (if you don’t know, they’re extremely artsy and cool). But! I do promise that this bohemian bouquet will have a casual, “anything goes” vibe.
In this bohemian-inspired wedding bouquet, I’ve chosen to use flowers I cut myself. My cousin lives in the country and has a beautiful assortment of greens and spring flowers, and she was kind enough to let me use them. However, if you’re going this route as well, my advice is to either wait until the last minute to cut your plants, or do it no sooner than the day before and keep them in water. Be realistic if you do this. Some flowers will hold up better than others. For instance, I noticed the ferns I picked faded almost instantly. Of course, if you get your flowers wholesale, shipped and preserved, then you don’t have to worry.
It’s no secret that getting dressed up for your wedding is half the fun. And while your big day is traditionally the definition of a formal gathering, it’s totally OK to take it easy. After all, the more comfortable you feel, the more you can enjoy the festivities. That’s why a pair of flats can save the day. Compared to heels, they’re easier to walk in—especially when you’re wearing the dress of your dreams. To top it off, flats will increase your chances of feeling good all day and night, letting you enjoy the dance floor and mingle with your guests. With this DIY, you can customize a pair of flats to match your style and wedding theme. These embellished geometric glitter flats also make a charming gift for your bridesmaids. As always, feel free to customize this idea to your heart’s content!
- Scrap paper
- Mod Podge
- Extra-fine glitter
- Vinyl electrical tape or masking tape
- Flat-backed gems
- Strong craft glue
Vinyl electrical tape can be found at the hardware store, while masking tape can be found at most retailers and craft stores. If you don’t have either type on hand, you can also use painter’s tape. For best results, avoid duct tape and transparent tape.
Step 1: Adhere two strips of tape to the point of each shoe. Place the tape at an angle to form a triangular shape. As always, you can customize this part to your liking. For a larger triangle, use longer strips of tape. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the tape until you achieve a shape and size of your liking. Smooth down the tape to remove air bubbles and creases. This will help create a clean and crisp glitter shape.
Step 2: Using the brush, apply Mod Podge between the tape. Remember, a little goes along way. Try your best to create a smooth, even layer. Taking your time is key for this step. Make sure the tape is perfectly flat on the shoe’s surface. Otherwise, the Mod Podge may seep under the tape and your edge won’t be clean.
Step 3: Place the shoe on top of the scrap paper, which will protect your work space. Slowly add the glitter to the decoupaged section, paying attention to the natural curve of the shoe. Shake the excess glitter off onto the paper. You can pour the excess glitter back into the bottle (or a spare bowl) to save for the next shoe. Set aside to dry and work on the second shoe.
Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape. This will expose a glittery geometric shape at the end of the shoe. If you missed a few spots, don’t fret. Simply add a small amount of decoupage using the brush and add a helping of glitter. Afterward, shake off the excess.
Step 5: Adhere a gem to each shoe and leave it to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. You can place the gem at the tip of the triangle or directly on the glitter. Looking for another alternative? Try adding multiple embellishments around the glitter shape. Consider bringing in studs or pearls, depending on your style. Your shoes, your rules!
After you’ve dropped a pretty penny on your wedding rings, purchasing a holder for the ceremony may be one of the last things you’ll want to do. Fortunately, giving your rings a home doesn’t have to be another big wedding expense. A simple mason jar lid can be transformed into a darling holder made to suit your wedding’s theme. The trick is to completely cover up the lid, dressing it up in rustic embellishments and elements. You can even use leftovers from past projects, making this DIY extremely budget-friendly. Showing off your rings has never been so easy.
- Hot glue gun
- Hemp cord (or ribbon or other lacing)
- Green floral moss
- Mason jar lid
- Fabric scrap
- Decorative trim or ribbon
Paper flowers are super cool, and such a great flower alternative. I actually built an entire paper flower arch for my mother’s wedding. Their ceremony space was rather plain, and their budget rather small, so I wanted to give them a way to have flowers without the cha-ching. Ever since, I’ve been trying to come up with unique ways to utilize paper flowers. You can use pretty much any method out there for your flowers. You can use fabric, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, etc. I wanted to try out something fun and different for this tutorial, so I’m going to do an origami flower headband. This is a great base idea for a bridesmaid’s headband or even a bride’s hairpiece. The one I made is pretty simple with a pop of color and flowers, but you could go huge and flower crazy; the sky is the limit. You can follow along and create your own origami flower headband or you can just take this idea and run with your own style. … read more
When it comes to your wedding, party favors double as “Thank You” gifts for your guests. It’s the perfect way to show appreciation for the people that helped you celebrate your big day. With a project like this mini tambourine party favor, your friends and family can send off you and your loved ones with cheerful, celebratory vibes. These cuties can also add a fun party feel to your reception. And since this DIY is totally customizable, you can emphasize your wedding’s theme down to the last detail. The key is to choose materials that tie in the colors and elements of your event. You can even use leftover supplies from other projects from your wedding. How’s that for personalization? … read more
I am a fabulous and famous painter. NOT. I like to paint, but I’ll admit it’s just a hobby. That’s why I’m so excited about these floral rocks. I’ve figured out a way that almost anyone can paint these flowers. If you can paint dots and color in the lines you can definitely do this! I wanted to find a way to make this doable because painted rocks are hot right now, they’re a perfect favor and table setting for your guests, and they have so many possibilities. With this technique and a will, there’s a way to paint flowers on rocks. Okay you get the picture. Here’s what you’ll need. … read more