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DIY jam jar flower tutorial

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. Head over to the blog to read all about it www.greenparlour.com/blog

 

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.

 

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DIY Summer Flower Crown Tutorial

DIY 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!

 

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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

 

 

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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 go home, stick with more of a pastel affair … the choice really is yours!

For our crown we used:

•    1 hydrangea head
•    5 stems of  Blanchette spray roses
•    6 scabiosa heads
•    4 stems of alchemilla mollis
•    4 stems of bronze fern

 

 

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Step three

Shape the base of your crown

All you need to do is place the wire on your head and bend it into shape. It doesn’t have to go all the way around, in-fact I personally prefer it if there is a break because I love adorning with decorative ribbon. It also feels a little bit more informal.

Bend two loops at the base of the crown – this is where eventually your decorative ribbon thread through.

Secure all sharp ends with floristry tape.

 

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Step four

Wire your flowers

You want to keep your crown lightweight otherwise you’ll be taking off your handiwork before everyone’s had a chance to comment on how super you look. To get this lightweight feel we need to wire the flowers. Effectively were make a flexible stem that is thinner and more malleable than the actual stem. The first few times you wire it may feel a little fiddly, but you’ll be wiring like a pro in no time!

•    Cut your flower head reasonably near the base of the flower.
•    Bend a small piece of wire into an ‘n’ shape, with one end of the ‘n’ longer than the other.
•    Hold the wire against the flower stem and gently wind the longer piece of wire around the flower-head and the shorter wire.
•    Stretch out your flower tape and wind around the flower and the wire.
•    Repeat for all flowers!

 

 

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Step five

Assembling your crown

You want to start gathering small bunches of flowers together and holding them against your wire base. You want to start right by one off the loops, with your flowers pointing towards them.  Hold the flowers onto the base and tape them on using your floristry wire.

Repeat, layering each group of flowers on top of each other.

Note: I tend to leave around a 3cm gap between each group of flowers, to stop the crown getting over-full!

 

 

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Step six

Tie the ribbon

Simply thread your ribbon through the loops to make your band adjustable and give a quick mist with water! VOILA! Your hairpiece is ready to wear!

 

 

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Step seven

VOILA! Your DIY Summer Flower Crown is ready to wear and should stand up to the most vigorous of dancing!

We’d love to see your crown attempts to please tag us on on Instagram or Facebook

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Flower Club Week 1

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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

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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 we need to make to our filming (I know the lighting is more than rubbish) we really hope to inspire you to create your very own spring garden at home. If you attempt this DIY please show us your wares on our Facebook or Instagram accounts by tagging Green Parlour

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DIY flower bouquet tutorial

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.

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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 even a soup terrine dish.

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

 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!

 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!

 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.

 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.

This is just a taster of what you could learn about in our floristry courses. Log on to www.greenparlour.com to see our latest flower school timetable

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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 here Early Summer Flower Inspiration

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

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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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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 refined and vintage air. With textures of Sweet Williams, threaded Hyacinth pips and cloudy Gypsophila, not forgetting the beautiful open Anemones. I think her headdress was very elegant and wouldn’t have looked at all out of place on set in a 1920’s film.

And last but definitely not least – what a stunning piece from Brittany! And a first attempt to boot! She was inspired by the electric blue Delphiniums running through her crown. The Anastacia bloom is used like a living pompom with romantic swirly Lisianthus and Rose buds clustered above  – I think it looks great and she wears it so well!

Donning our floral masterpieces I think we were all pretty chuffed with the results and a mini photo shoot ensued. Well it would have been rude not to!

I wonder what next weeks leftover blooms will bring….

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