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How to make buttonholes for your DIY wedding

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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If your looking to DIY your wedding, buttonholes should definitely be up there on your flowers to do list.  There is nothing better than DIY’ing your big day and taking on these floral chaps is the perfect way to get creative with minimal tools and time. I say with wise specs on, having made everything from food to flowers for our big day than occasionally some delegation and professional help are required. Bring in the flower pro’s for bouquets and table centres, for on the morning of your wedding, others should be playing with flowers and you should be been pampered. You are the bride and those are wedding morning rules!

So the fact that these little fellas are super easy to make and can be whipped up the day before you tie the knot is even better! So enlist some helpers, grab a glass of celebratory bubbles and make some fleurs for the men in your life.

 

diy buttonhole tutorial

So first things first, you want a few choice blooms. Go for something bold, head to your local independent florist for some rather interesting blooms. There is no room in this DIY for your standard red rose/ivy combination. Take a selection that catches your eye. For the ultimate relaxed feel go mis-matched, so grab a selection of odds and ends.

 

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To get that Pinterest buttonhole look, foliage is key! Ivy is out … herbs are in! We love using rosemary, mint, thyme, eucalyptus, berries (currently slightly obsessed with brunia balls) and even little acorns. Go rummaging in your garden for some gorgeous textures. Most foliage is fine for buttonholes, but make a couple extra just in case anything doesn’t last.

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The tools required

 

A bunch of miss matched flowers

A selection of gorgeous foliage

Twine or greens tring

A whole selection of ribbons

A sharp pair of scissors

 

buttonhole tutorial wedding flowers

Step one

Gather together a flower head, smaller flower head and some foliage. For this buttonhole we used a ranunculus, thyme, fern leaves and astrantia flowers and muscari. You want the main flower to be near to the base of the tie point (this is the area where you are holding the flowers) and the foliage to sit behind. I love to add a smaller flower to the side, it gives it that just picked air.

 

buttonhole DIY wedding flowers

Step two

Grab your twine or green string and tie all the flowers and foliage together. I tend to wind the string around a few times, getting tighter each time. You don’t want to pull too tightly, it’s just enough to secure everything in place. Trim your stems so they are about the same length.

 

ranunculus buttonhole DIY

Step three

Its all about the finish … this is where you can have some fun. Use bold ribbons, stripes, velvet … anything you fancy to jazz up your buttonhole. You need around 30cm of your finest ribbon to tie over your string or twine. Give the chaps a pear-headed pin and voila, they are fully floralled and ready to walk the aisle.

 

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Step four

Repeat with a different selection of flowers until you have enough buttonholes to adorn your bridal party. Balance in a bowl or saucer full of water overnight and hand to the grooms entourage to dish out to the guests.

 

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buttonhole tutorial for wedding

DIY orange and peach table centre

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

 

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We’re so pleased you dropped by for our bright spring inspired table centre DIY. I don’t know about you, but spring is the time that our house seems to come alive again. We start entertaining, people drop in and there is a whole host of blooming beautiful flowers available.

This easy peasy table centre tutorial is the perfect way to spruce up your home ready for Easter celebrations and lets face it who doesn’t love a bit of flower DIY, especially with us there to hold your hand every step of the way. If you’ve got any questions, just leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you pronto!

 

DIY flower tutorial table centre 2

First things first you want to choose your container. We opted for this rather vibrant orange number, mainly because I’ve become a little obsessed with everything orange. I also think its perfect for spring. Who doesn’t want a little (or bold and large) injection of colour after those dull winter months. If you wanted something a little more pastel you could recreate this whole tutorial in a teracotta pot or maybe even a soup terrine dish.

 

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The flowers and tools

So we’re firm believers in the less is more approach, our finished table centre will appear filled with flowers, but actually your floral shopping list isn’t that huge. Most of the flowers should be available in any lovely local florist, so give them a tinkle and see what gorgeous fresh flowers they have in stock.

1/2 a bunch of eucalyptus (you could also use garden foliage here)

3 Pearl Avalanche roses

2 Romantic Pepita spray roses

5 tulips

3 alsclepia

3 veronica

5 narcissi

1/3 block oasis

1 pair of sharp scissors

 

table centre dIY with flowers

 Step 1

Soak your oasis in a deep sink and let it absorb for around 5-10 minutes. We used 1/3 of a block for this container, use as little or as much as required to fill your chosen vessel. There are a few top oasis tips I’d always try to follow – the main one is, no mater how tempting, don’t run the tap onto the foam or push it into the water. Just fill a deep bucket and place it onto the surface and let it absorb naturally, a little like a sponge. You should also onto try to use your floral foam just once, all flowers give off bacteria, so by reusing it, your placing your lovely fresh flowers into dirty water, a definite no no if you want them to last!

 

table flowers tutorial for weddings

 Step 2

Always start with your foliage, this gives a base for your flowers to sit into. You could use all sorts of things from the garden including herbs for this step but we’re eucalyptus fiends so have opted for this steely green foliage to take centre stage. You want to create a dome, as in the image above and less if definitely more otherwise you won’t have room for all your flowers!

 

flower school table centres

 Step 3

The first flower I use is always a little bit of a filler flower, for this tutorial we’ve gone for alscepia (love this stuff!) and inserted it in 3 places. Working in odd numbers is a great way to encourage your eye to travel around the whole arrangement. Using evens makes everything look a little wonky. You want your filler to be the same kind of height as your foliage.

table centre DIY with fresh flowers

 Step 4

Start arranging your other flowers, next I put in the 3 Pearl Avalanche roses as they are such a feature to the arrangement you want them to be in prime position. Next I added in the 2 Romantic Pepita spray roses these started to fill in the gaps in the arrangement. The Veronica added a looseness to the arrangement, narcissi followed, adding in the true scent of spring. Place these fellow in delicately as they have a tendancy to snap. The tulips finished the design perfectly, adding in another flash of that stronger orange tone.

Water daily, enjoy with a chocolate easter nest cake.

 

table centre fresh flowers tutorial

The Flower School by Green Parlour

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Summer is definitely in full swing in our lovely flower studio. We’re bursting with gorgeous peonies, scented stocks and our favourite delphiniums. I think the heady scent is getting to us as we’re busy planning our next flower school course on Tuesday 10th June.

If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

 

Flower School Details

Date: Tuesday 10th June
Time: 19.00 – 21.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000

Spring urn

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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This beauty almost fell into my handbag on the way home today. I think it may be my favourite urn arrangement to date. These miniature metal urns are completely perfect – the right size for plants, arrangements and not too huge that they would swap a table setting for a dinner party.

They are also super versatile to arrange in. Make a hand-tied bouquet, use some oasis, chicken wire (always my preference) or those funny little pin cushion flower frogs. I’m more of a chicken wire lady myself, scrunch a tiny piece up and simply just start threading your stems through, starting with your foliage and voila! A scaled down vase suitable for any stately home (or semi-detached terrace house)

The ingredience of my urn arrangement includes; jasmine, eucalyptus, forget-me-nots, sweet peas, spirea, astilbe, helleborus and the most gorgeous to die for ever roses (aka Caramel Antique) the perfect amount of blouse, don’t you think?

For more spring/summer loveliness you should really take a little peek at our recent post about some of our favourite flowers of the season. Take a look here Early Summer Flower Inspiration

There may be more arrangements to come this week that may want to accidentally come home with me.

Learn professional flower arranging

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

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It may be tipping it down outside but we are busy planning our next flower school course on Wednesday 14th May.

The studio is full of late spring and early summer flowers and we are literally bursting with inspiration. If your a budding flower designer, our Vase Arrangement course is for you! Not only do you get lots of gorgeous flowers to arrange with you also get to take home your vessel and a whole load of inspiration to boot.

Held in our working studio, we will talk you through the know-how of using oasis to create wonderful arrangements as well as touching upon hand-tied skills required for some containers.

We teach you the tricks of the trade, walking you through a step by step guide to perfect vase arrangements!

 

Flower School Details

Date: Wednesday 14th May
Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Tickets: £55.00
Bookings: You can book your place online at www.greenparlour.com or by calling our studio on 0118 984 4000