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DIY Enamel Flower Bouquet

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I personally love alternative bouquets and I’m constantly on the look out for new materials that I can make bouquets with. Don’t get me wrong I love real flower bouquets, but non-traditional bouquets can become a family heirloom and can have deeply personal touches added to them.

This tutorial is a play on a simple paper bouquet, but adds the element of durability. I have seen several beautiful paper bouquets, but I always question how long the paper will last. There are so many “what ifs” on a wedding day that the last thing you want to worry about is your bouquet falling apart. The great thing about this bouquet is that the enamel gives a nice hard coating, which will protect your paper flowers and will look great all day and night!

The only drawback to this tutorial is that there is a small investment for necessary tools, but if you’re planning to become a serious crafter than it’s totally worth the cost.

Things You’ll Need For The Flowers:

  • Flower Paper Punches {Choose punches that will give you enough variety for a dynamic bunch of flowers. Also make sure you choose a small flower punch that you’ll use for the center of your flowers}
  • Beautiful Papers
  • Ranger Sue Weinberg Melting Pot and Tools {I got my melting pot on Ebay for $25 with shipping. It also came with the tweezers and spatula}
  • ¼ Yard Fabric {Choose any colour that matches your bouquet colour – this will be used to to wrap around the bottom of your bouquet}
  • Non Stick Craft Paper
  • Utee Thick Enamel
  • Gorilla Glue
  • 12 Guage Floral Wire
  • Small Block of Dense Foam
  • Craft Tacky Glue
  • Rubber Band
  • Small Buttons or Pearls for the centers of the flowers

Things You’ll Need For The Bouquet Handle:

  • 6” Wooden Dowels
  • Lace or any fabric / ribbon you want to wrap your handle with.
  • 3”-4” Diameter Foam Ball
  • Small Buttons

Things From Around The House:

  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Needle Nose Pliers with Wire Cutter
  • Small House Fan

Optional Tools:

  • Sizzix Die Cutter. If you are a “hardcore” crafter like me, then this is an amazing investment! I got my die cutter on sale at Joann’s for $70, but that doesn’t include the different dies you have to buy to use it. However, once you know the ease of die cutting with it, you’ll never want to go back!

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Step 1:

Either punch or die cut your flowers. I suggest at least investing in the paper punches otherwise you’ll be hand cutting flowers for a LONG time. Once you have a substantial pile of different size flowers in all the same colours or a variety of colours you’re ready to glue.

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Step 2:

Take each flower cut out and cut from the edge of one of the petals to the center of the flower. Take your Craft Tacky Glue and put a little on one of the petals next to where you just cut, then glue the adjacent petal to it. Depending on what kind of paper you are using you might have to clip you petals together and let the glue dry. In my case the Tacky Glue was enough so I didn’t have to clip them. Repeat this step until all your flower cut-outs are 3D. Let everything dry and by hand fold back your petals.

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Step 3:

Plug in your Melting Pot and put it to the Utee setting. Make sure you have your non-stick craft paper rolled out nearby otherwise you are going to make a huge mess. Pour in a good amount of Utee Enamel into your pot and let it melt without stirring it, which causes air bubbles. I like to have a small fan next to me when I work because it helps dry the enamel faster as well as clears the fumes from the melting enamel.

I used clear Utee Enamel, which turns an amber colour very fast but is still pretty. You can purchase many different colours and test out how it looks with different papers. After the enamel is melted take your pre-made 3D flower cut-outs and dip them one at a time into the enamel. Using your tweezers coat both sides of the flower and then place it onto your non-stick craft sheet. This sheet is amazing! You can drag your flower along it to get the excess enamel off and after a few seconds the enamel will be dry enough to peel off the craft sheet and throw back into the melting pot! Repeat this process until you have dipped all of your flowers cut-outs.

Tip: If you get excess enamel on your petals you can simply use a pair of small scissors and it will snip right off. It’s always easier to do this when your enamel isn’t fully dry, but can also be done after. It takes less than 60 seconds for the enamel to fully dry, so working quickly is key.

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Step 4:

After you have dipped all your cut-outs, it’s easier to see how many layers you want your flowers to be. Stack your dipped cut-outs and make your desired flowers. After you have your stacked piles take out your floral wire and cut it to approximately 4” lengths. Bend the end of each wire with your finger or with your pliers. Put a good amount of hot glue on the inside of your bottom layer of one stacked flower and glue down the wire. My die cut pattern had a hole in each flower, but if yours don’t you can simply cut one in your bottom flower layer so you can thread your wire through. Once the wire is glued, continue gluing your layers as you had already stacked them.

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If your flowers don’t have enough surface area to glue into the next layer, cut a small piece of dense foam and glue in-between the layers to act as a spacer.

Once your flower has all its layers glued including its small center piece take a rhinestone, pearl, button, or anything else you can think of and glue it in the very center of your flower.

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Now place the wire steam of your completed flower into a block of dense foam and start on the next flower. Look at how big your foam ball is (which will be attached to your handle) and how big your flowers are, this will tell you how many flowers you will need to make. In my case I used the Sizzix Flower Layers # 3 with a 3” foam ball and used 19 flowers to complete my bouquet.

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Step 5:

Now it’s time to make the handle.

I am sure there are hundreds of ways to make a bouquet handle, but this is what I made up and it works well! You can also buy plastic bouquet handles with dense foam tops from Michaels Craft Stores for about $5. For my handle you need to either find (6) 6”wooden dowels or cut dowels down to 6” lengths. I found 12” long dowels at Michaels and used a small hack saw to cut them in half. After you have your dowels at the length you want them, take your hot glue gun and run a line of glue down one of the dowels and then glue two together. Continue gluing in a circle until you have your handle. If you have cut your dowels yourself make sure the rough cut edges are all in the same direction and the smooth factory edges are all level and on one side.

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Once the dowels are glued, cut a piece of the same paper you used for your flowers and cut it to size. Cut out a piece of lace or matching fabric that is larger than the diameter of the bottom of your handle and glue the piece to the factory edges of the dowels. Cut the excess fabric edges and wrap it around the side of the dowels and glue them down. I wrapped the same paper as I used for the white part of my flowers around the dowels, then glue the edge with your craft tacky glue. I used a piece of lace and covered the edge of the paper and also wrapped a 4” piece of lace around the paper so the user can hold the lace and not the paper. You can use any type of fabric, lace, and paper combination for the handle. I also glued on a few small buttons along the length of the handle for decoration.

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Now take your foam ball and push your finished handle (the cut rough end) into the top of it. Push it down about 1” in depth. Now pull the handle out and place some Gorilla Glue in the hole and place the handle back in and let it dry.

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Step 6:

Take your handle and wrap your ¼ yard of fabric or lace around the top and wrap an elastic band around the bottom of your foam ball.

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Now that you have your dry handle and your dry flowers with wire stems……it’s time to assemble! I like to arrange my flowers by pushing the stems into the foam ball until I like the way it looks. Once I have arranged the flowers the way I want them to look I take my Gorilla Glue and cover the bottom of the stem. Be careful with the Gorilla Glue it expands when it dries and can be hard to work with, but it is the best glue for foam because it expands inside the foam and really becomes secure. Repeat this process and you have done it!

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You just made a unique handmade bouquet that will last forever!

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DIY enamel flower bouquet tutorial by One Stylish Bride DIY go-to-girl, Danielle of DSMeeBee.

Handmade Shell Bouquet

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Are you planning a beach wedding? If so a shell bouquet could be an amazing choice for you. The great thing about non-floral bouquets is that you don’t have to worry about your bouquet dying or looking limp on your wedding day. It’s sad to me how much money we spend on wedding flowers and bouquets, only to have them die.

One things for sure – this bouquet will definitely bring the wow factor to a beach wedding!

Things You’ll Need:

  • Shells – $1.00 a Bag! So I totally got lucky and found a mixed bag of shells at Christmas Tree Shop for a $1.00 a bag! I almost screamed in the store when I found them!
  • 4 ½ Diameter Foam Ball – $1.50
  • Scraps of Felt – $2 a Yard. Tip: I always save my felt and fabric scraps from all of my project because you never know when you will need them!
  • Fabric (I used Organza) $5.00 a Yard. For this project you will need less than a ¼ yard….about a 6-8” strip of fabric to wrap the base of your bouquet.
  • Sewing Pins with Pearl Heads – $3.00 a Box
  • Thumb tacks – $3.00 a Box. If you can find thumb tacks with a flat head and a long tack you are in business.
  • Dowels – $2.00 for a pack of 10 @ 12” long
  • Lace Trim – $0.40 a Yard
  • Buttons – $3.00 for a “lot” on EBay
  • Gorilla Glue – $5.00. I love Gorilla Glue and there is now a new formula that dries 2X faster and white! But always be super careful using it because it expands when it dries and can end up places you wouldn’t expect.
  • Optional – Spray Paint

Things You’ll Need From Home:

  • Hot Glue Gun. As you may know using generic hot glue doesn’t provide a very durable hold. If you find hot glue for foam, wood, and ceramic it is more durable.
  • Good Old Elmer’s Glue! I like to put a dab of Elmer’s glue along with the hot glue just to know it is going to get a good hold.
  • Pencil
  • Personal Touch. I had a pin/pendent that has a family photo from when I was 5 years old. I love this personal touch and it makes the bouquet extra special.

Step 1:

Make your handle. I took three 12” dowels that I cut into 6” lengths. You then glue each dowel together one by one with the hot glue gun. Before you glue the last dowel down glue down your lace trim. I cut my lace trim to be about 8” long to wrap around the handle. After gluing the last dowel down take an additional piece of lace and glue it to the ends of the dowels to cover the base of the handle. Now roll your handle so the lace is tight to the dowels and glue down the loose edges. On that seam of glue I glued down a few more shells and buttons from my random button collection.

Now figure out where the bottom of your foam ball will be and push the dowel handle making a hole in the foam. You can use Gorilla Glue to glue the handle down now or wait till after the bouquet is done. I waited because I wanted to sit the ball flat while I worked.

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Step 2:

In my case the bags of shells I got were all different sizes and types, so I had to go through and collect all of one type which happened to be the Conckle shells. After doing so I cut strips of felt from scraps I had from other projects to about 2” lengths. I then glued the felt to the inside of each shell I wanted to use for the body of the bouquet. I also glued a thumb tack to the inside base of the shells so that there would be more surface for the shells to get glued into the foam ball. The more surface area you have on each shell that you can glue to the foam ball the more secure the shells will be. (NOTE: Only glue thumb tacks to the shells that will be the base shells – meaning the shells that will be glued directly to the foam. Other shells will be needed that have tabs only.)

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Step 3:

Now that all your shells have felt tabs and some have tabs and thumb tacks…start pinning. Decide where you want your shells to start by the handle. Drawing a rough circle around where you want your shells to start will help you layer you shells evenly. Take your shells with thumb tacks and lay them out along the pencil line you drew. Using your sewing pins, pin each of the felt tabs down and for extra durability put a small drop of Gorilla Glue where you pin and then push the pin into the foam ball. Then take your glue gun and place a drop of hot glue on to the thumb tack and then also push that down into the foam ball. Follow this step for the first row of shells.

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Step 4:

Pin down your second row of shells to alternate in-between the first row of shells but only pin them down. After doing so flip over row 2’s shells on their felt tabs and pin down intermediate shells which will fill in the two rows while row 2’s shells will cover the intermediate shells tabs.

Glue down row 2’s shells and then the intermediate shells on top of rows 1 & 2’s shells. When gluing the intermediate shells use the hot glue only where the shell will meet the shells in rows 1 & 2. You don’t want to have glue showing so be careful. I also used Elmer’s glue to fill in spots where I thought the shells could come apart. Doing this will also make the bouquet more stable.

Follow this method of alternating rows till you get to the top of your bouquet. This layers effect will create a denser more dynamic bouquet.

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Step 5:

Making shell flowers. Take a scrap piece of felt and start laying out small shells to create a flower. In my case I used smaller Conckle shells and glued them top down onto the felt creating a flower. On top of the flower I glued another shell facing top up. Then I trimmed off the excess felt and had a little shell flower for the top of my bouquet. After I had 7 shell flowers I glued them on to the top of the bouquet.

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Step 6:

Glue your handle into the hole you already made in the base of the foam ball if you have not already done so. Take your fabric of any color and cut a strip 6-8” in width. Depending on how full you want your fabric to be cut your strip wider or narrower. Don’t worry about how long the fabric is you can always fold another piece in to make it look like one continuous piece. Fold the fabric strip in half to hid any frayed edges and start pinning the fabric down and folding it at the base of the shells. Then do the same at the base of the handle. The fabric will cover the base of the foam ball and give a soft look to the bouquet.

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Step 7:

Personal Touch! I happen to have a pendent pin with a family photo from when I was 5 years old. It just so happens to be the perfect touch for the bouquet and I just pinned it to the fabric at the base of my bouquet.

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Step 8: Optional

Using spray paint, give your shells a smooth and uniform color!

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The result is a unique beautiful bouquet with a personal touch. You can’t ask for much more!

DIY wedding bouquet tutorial by One Stylish Bride DIY go-to-girl, Danielle of DSMeeBee.

DIY Wedding Wands

Did you decide to use sparklers for your wedding exit, only to have your wedding venue shut down that idea? Well you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve found an equally charming send-off wedding idea. The Wedding Wand!

Below you’ll find the super easy steps for diy’ing these wedding wands.

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Step 1: Spray paint your rod/dowels or leave them oh natural.

Step 2: Cut your ribbon into desired lengths {approximately 35 inches of ribbon per wand}.

Step 3: Then tie a knot at the end of the length of ribbon around one end of your rod/dowel. Trim any excess ribbon.

Step 4: Add a drop of hot glue {or superglue} behind the knot and press firmly onto the dowel. Set overnight.

Step 5: The following day, hold the edges of your ribbon over a flame {just barley}. This will melt the cut edges so the ribbons won’t fray.

You can then display the wedding wands in vases or buckets at the wedding reception. Another cute wedding idea is to use them as a wedding favour alternative.

Materials
– 12-inch rods/dowels
– Spray paint {if you want to jazz it up}
– Lightweight ribbon {narrow satin ribbon seems to work best}
– Scissors
– Glue gun or super glue
– Lighter

{Images via Project Wedding}

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