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Diy Jam Jar Flower Tutorial

  Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite floristry tutorials - my ultimate jam jar flower tutorial. There is nothing better than decorating your home with little arrangements. They are my favourite thing to whip together when I have people coming over - versatile, simple to make (when you know how) AND perfect for using little bits from the garden. I'm sharing with you my tips for arranging a trio of jam jars with seasonal flowers. This is a must read post if you want a simple, floristry DIY that always looks amazing.     Step one - The tools of the trade The great news is you don’t need loads of floristry gubbins to make your jam jars shine. A few simple tools listed below will be perfect to craft your jars. some sharp snips jam jars (I went for 3 of varying sizes) around 1m of decorative ribbon     Step two - Choose your flowers This is where the design kicks in – you could go tonal – all whites for example or go super sassy with ALL the colours of the...

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DIY Summer Flower Crown Tutorial

  Summer to me is always a celebratory time of year. We’re done hibernating and want to get out there and socialise. BBQ’s, weddings, festivals …dancing! I hope I’m setting the scene! Come rain or shine, summer is about channelling your inner hippy – colour, loose clothes AND, in my humblest opinion, flowers in your hair! Our DIY Summer Flower Crown Tutorial will have you reaching for the scissors and whipping one of these beauties up in no time at all – perfect if you're about to slip out to a festival, informal gathering or wedding!     Step one The tools of the trade The great news is you don’t need loads of floristry gubbins to make your crown: •    some sharp snips •    some wire (floristry or garden wire will do the job) •    around 1m of decorative ribbon •    some floristry tape, which you can easily get hold of at most florist shops or craft stores such as Hobby craft       Step two Choose your flowers This is where the fun really kicks in – this is your crown and you can customise it however you like – go bold or...

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Flower Club Week 1

    Welcome to the launch of our very first Flower Club! We are so totally excited about sharing this with you! We've been toying with the idea for a while so we hope you love it as much as we do! Every Monday we release a new Flower Club is designed to allow you to create DIY flower arrangements at home simply, with no effort (apart from putting by around 30 minutes of your time) You can dip in and out, so you're not stuck with a whole load of kits you don't have any interest in AND there's also a weekly flower-a-long where you can join us to see real-time how to make the arrangement. This weeks arrangement is a Spring inspired vase with some of our favourites - lilac, anmeones, tulips, seasonal foliage, ranunculus, guelder rose and forsythia. Not to mention you get the vase to keep too! You get some written instructions to talk you through how to make the weekly arrangement and to keep for future reference.

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DIY Spring Flower Tutorial

    Something I noticed since we filmed our very first flower tutorial for YouTube was just how much I say 'so' Its funny how been put in-front of a camera and having to sit there and edit it makes you pick up on all those little quirks. Anyway, that's very much by the by ... we've been wanting to do some online flower tutorials for a while, and this is our very first proper attempt. we are learning as we go along, so please bare with bare with! In our first DIY flower tutorial we're teaching you how to create a spring garden design for your table. I cannot tell you how amazing this looked (and smelt) when it was finished. There was a plethora of spring flowers - lilac, english narcissi, anemones, moss and some rather beautiful seasonal foliage. In total this project took around 30 minutes, so its more than achievable to re-create at home and can be made a few days in advance of your gathering, so really there is no excuse not to have a go. Despite the tweaks that...

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DIY inspiration, Green Parlour in the Press, Wedding Flowers

DIY Flower Bouquet Tutorial

  Learn how to make a gorgeous country fleurs for your wedding with this super easy DIY flower bouquet tutorial Every bride should have a gorgeous posy of flowers to walk down the aisle with and this tutorial will teach you exactly what you need to know to DIY your own bridal bouquet. This bouquet will take around 60 minutes to make and can be made the day before your wedding - just keep it somewhere cool in lots of cold water. All you’ll have to do on the morning of your wedding is attach the ribbons, and your bouquet will be ready to go. What you need   A sharp pair of scissors Twine or greens string A whole selection of ribbon Lots of foliage from your garden – we’ve used herbs, eucalyptus, weeping  pear, spirea and heuchera For your flowers you want to think about shape. Having a mixture of round and spikey flowers gives your hand-tied a gorgeous rustic bouquet.   We’ve used 3 stems of lilac, 8 Memory Lane roses, a bunch of muscari, 10 stems of wallflowers, aquilegia, 8 bluebells, 1 bunch...

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DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Some little thoughts

DIY Floristry Courses – Table Centres

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! 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...

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The Flower School by Green Parlour

  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

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Spring Urn

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...

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Learn Professional Flower Arranging

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

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DIY inspiration, Flower trends, Flowers, Pinterest inspiration, Pretty Things, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

Flower Crowns

What do you get when you leave three florists with a bucket of leftover flowers.... dress up time of course! It was flower crown central on Monday afternoon in the shop much to the surprise of our visiting customers - i think secretly they all wanted to join in! With a few wayward stems left over from Mother's Day we totally and unashamedly indulged our creative sides. It was such a pleasure to just go wild. Flower crowns are all over pinterest and instagram right now and it was the perfect excuse to do some in-house training with our lovely trainee Brittany, developing her own ideas and core floristry skills such as wiring and taping. Perhaps daydreaming of warmer climes, I went for a somewhat tropical design. Vibrant apricot toned Tulips, a soft marshmallow pink blousey statement Rose and a helping of cerise Rose buds for good measure went into my asymmetric number, finished of course with neon green ribbon! All I needed to complete the look was a grass skirt and a pina colada! Emma's design had much more of a...

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