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Do It Yourself Tulip Wedding Flowers

Updated on April 26, 2016
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Kylyssa Shay worked as a florist for eighteen years and has created and taught an assortment of crafts to adults and children of all ages.

This tulip bridal bouquet can be set in a vase to decorate the head table during the reception.
This tulip bridal bouquet can be set in a vase to decorate the head table during the reception. | Source

Bouquets and Decorations You Can Make Yourself

Tulips are marvelous yet relatively inexpensive flowers, especially when they are in peak season, between February and May. They are such simple garden flowers yet they lend high style elegance to a wedding when arranged with care - even by amateur hands.

That's why I chose to create this article which will take you step-by-step through the process of making hand held tulip bridal bouquets and stunning table decorations for your wedding reception. I've also included instructions on how to make artichoke votive candle holders to use as table accents.

These wedding and reception flowers combined with a few (or a lot) of potted tulips to decorate your wedding venue will provide a polished, professional look to your do it yourself wedding.

All photos by Kylyssa Shay unless otherwise noted.

Close-up of tulips used in the bouquet.
Close-up of tulips used in the bouquet.

What You'll Need

You will need the following items to create these table decorations:

* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears.

* Fresh cut tulips in a color to match your wedding style and theme. You will need three to four tulips per centerpiece depending upon personal preference and container size.

* One clear glass lily bowl or similar shallow glass bowl per centerpiece. The pictured centerpiece is in a 12" lily bowl. Squat cylinder style bowls and globes also work well.

* Colored marbles, sea glass, seashells, or stones to highlight the design and secure the votive candles. Which type you choose is dependent on the style of your party.

* Votive candles in a color to match the theme and style of your celebration. You will need three for each centerpiece you desire.

Save Money on Vases

If buying all of this glassware is not in your budget you should be able rent the containers. Check with local wedding rental shops. Some florists rent out their glassware as well for a fraction of the cost of buying it.

How to Assemble the Centerpieces

Tulip, candle, and artichoke reception centerpiece
Tulip, candle, and artichoke reception centerpiece | Source

*Cover the bottom of each bowl with your choice of marbles, sea glass, seashells, or stones and add just enough water to cover them.

*Cut three to four tulips to length and gently curve them inside the dish with at least part of the cut end of their stems in the water.

*Arrange the three votive candles in the center of the design and gently twist them into whichever medium you used in the bottom of your bowls and straighten their wicks before lighting.

Keep Your Wicks Dry!

Save the votive candles for last, especially if you are transporting these centerpieces because the wicks can get wet and then won't light.

Many florists sell sea glass, marbles, seashells, or river rock but the best prices on these accents can be found at dollar stores and discount stores.

Close-up of an orange tone parrot tulip
Close-up of an orange tone parrot tulip

What You'll Need to Make the Bouquets

You will need the following items, tools, and materials:

* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears to cut the flowers.

* Fresh cut tulips in a color to match your wedding style and theme.

*One inch wide non-wired cloth ribbon that matches your wedding colors, about one and a half yards per bouquet.

*Yarn, about two yards per bouquet in a light green color that blends in with the stems.

How Many Should I Use?

The number of tulips you use depends on how large a bouquet you want and how big the tulips are. Dutch tulips are generally much smaller than French varieties or Parrot tulips. Buy more than you think you'll need, just in case.

Assembling Instructions

Tulip bridal bouquet in vase
Tulip bridal bouquet in vase

* Select twelve to thirty nice tulips and remove all of their lower leaves. Leave the top leaves on to provide foliage. If there is any dirt on the stems, gently wipe it off using a damp cloth.

* Take three tulips and cluster their heads together, all at the same height. Tie them together just under the tulip blossoms with the green yarn. Do this gently so as not to cut off their heads!

* Add a ring of tulips around the center three with their heads about one half an inch lower than the tops of the heads of the original three flowers. Tie the bunch together with the green yarn just under the tulip heads.

* Continue adding rings of tulips around the bouquet and tying each off with yarn until the tulip bouquet reaches the size you desire.

* Tie half of the cloth ribbon around the bouquet just under the flower heads, tightly but not so tight you break the stems. Use a double knot to secure the ribbon. You can then either leave the ribbon tails, cut them short or make a simple shoe-tie bow.

* Tie the other half of the cloth ribbon around the bouquet about six to eight inches below the other ribbon on the stems. Again, tie it gently but firmly finishing it with a double knot and either bow or tails.

* Cut the stems on the bottom of the bouquet to the desired length using your shears or cutters.

Bridesmaids bouquets can be made the same way, only using fewer flowers.

Store and Display

The bouquets can be stored in tall vases with just an inch or two of cool, clean water in the bottom.

photo by Kylyssa Shay
photo by Kylyssa Shay

What You'll Need to Make the Artichoke Votive Candle Holders

You will need the following items to create the artichoke votive holders:

* Fresh artichokes, one for each votive decoration desired.

* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears to cut the artichokes.

* Votive candles in a color to match the theme and style of your celebration.

photo by Kylyssa Shay
photo by Kylyssa Shay

How to Assemble the Artichoke Votive Candle Holders

Use caution while cutting through the fibrous artichokes to avoid injury.

* Cut out the centers of each artichoke using either a sharp knife, kitchen shears or garden shears.

* Cut the bottom of of it so it is as flat as possible so the votive holder will stay upright.

* Place a a votive candle into the center that has been hollowed out of the artichoke and straighten the wick.

You can store these in a plastic bag in the refrigerator (without the candles in them) with a wet paper towel for moisture for up to four days.

The Centerpieces and Artichoke Votive Holders Co-ordinate Nicely!

The Centerpieces and Artichoke Votive Holders Co-ordinate Nicely!
The Centerpieces and Artichoke Votive Holders Co-ordinate Nicely!

Votive candles are generally least expensive when bought in bulk packages. Many colors are usually available at Walmart or Target and at wholesale clubs like Costco or Sam's Club.

Would You Make Your Own Wedding Flowers?

There are so many great Do It Yourself wedding flower instructions available on the web that many more brides are comfortable making their own wedding decorations. Would you be confident enough to make your own wedding flowers?

With all the instruction now available, would you be confident enough to make your own wedding flowers?

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© 2009 Kylyssa Shay

Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Tell Me What You Think of These DIY Wedding Bouquets, Centerpieces, and Votive Candle Holders

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    • Adventuretravels profile image


      6 years ago from UK

      So lovely. You have cheered me up!

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      6 years ago

      Nice for a spring wedding.....and easy.

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      Lynda Makara 

      6 years ago from California

      Simple and elegant. Tulips are a perfect choice since they're pretty enough on their own.

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      6 years ago

      cute ideas

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very nice lens. The directions were clear and the photos beautiful! Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

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      wedpittsburgh lm 

      7 years ago

      Love this idea! I am a wedding planner and I always encourage DIY projects... even if it's me who ends up doing them!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic lens.

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens.

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      Congratulations on front page honors on this beautiful display of tulips for weddings...and wonderful in our homes to enjoy all the more! You cover all the bases with your expertise and great advice for saving money. I have to mention that I just love your artichoke votive holders.

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful project - even if it is not for a wedding

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      8 years ago

      The floating tulips and candles in the bowl looks great! I think you did a great job in the instructions. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      I appreciate your great info. Thank you!

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      Linda Pogue 

      8 years ago from Missouri

      Nicely done. Wish I had these instructions when planning my daughter's wedding.

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      8 years ago

      Your pictures are so beautiful,and I love the idea of the artichoke candle holders!

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      Beautiful and stunning, found you on the front page and thought I would stop in a smell these gorgeous flowers!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think they're beautiful. I wish we have them in some parts of Asia. We have to refrigerate the hyacinth we recently used for my nephew's wedding.

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      8 years ago

      These tulip wedding flowers are really nice and I like the way they are arranged on the table too.

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      8 years ago

      I probably wouldn't do it myself because I hope to have a destination wedding and I can't imagine wanting to add that stress on top of everything - but what a nice lens for someone who wants to save a little money without sacrificing style :)

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      Ribolov LM 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens, nice pictures, great infos. Thnx for this lens.

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      8 years ago

      Thankfully I'm not getting married as I've already gone through this but these were cool to see once again, thank you.

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

      Beautiful ideas, for any special occasion not only weddings, thank you!! :)

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      mjtaylor lm 

      8 years ago

      Creative ideas! And I do so love tulips!!

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      8 years ago

      Very creative lens.

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      8 years ago

      I am already married, but will keep these ideas in mind if a person close to me gets married in the spring.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      8 years ago from Houston

      I love tulips. Tried to grow them but it was only an iffy proposition here in Houston. Lovely idea and lens.

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      8 years ago

      Not only did I enjoy your instructions but I have to tell you that this page is set out really beautifully, I don't know how you did it but presentation wise not only are the tulips beautiful so is this lens

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely brilliant lense very easy, informative and best of all cost effective :o)

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      8 years ago

      Lovely tulip ideas!!!! I have actually done a wedding before :) All the flowers completely done my MOI!!!

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      9 years ago

      I have just heard too many horror stories about friends-as-florists getting lost, getting sick, having delayed flights, etc. I could not risk it on my owne and onlyu wedding day :-(

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      9 years ago

      Your guest book title just planted the song in my head for the day. Another lovely display of "how too" with your expert guidance. Your tulips are elegant and I love your artichoke votives. My daughter did everything for her wedding from flowers to the cake and saved a lot. She used stargazer lilies which are lovely but don't have a sweet smell at all.

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      9 years ago

      Love tulips, they are so pretty! I used them in my wedding as well :)

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      9 years ago

      I love tulips. This is a very well put together lens.

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      I love the tulip centerpiece! Your photos are beautiful.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Gorgeous photos and ideas. Love, love, love this frugal idea.

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      i love tulips. what a wonderful idea.

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      9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I think my wife would be very interested in your tulip arrangements. Will get her to take a look. Great tips :)

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      9 years ago

      they look like parrot tulips right?

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      9 years ago

      My best friend is getting married in May of next year and I am helping her with everything. She wants tulips for her flowers...gonna pass this off to her to take a look-see. Thanks!

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      Sue Dixon 

      9 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Reading this lens makes me wish it was tulip time so I could make some of these arrangements. We did the table flowers for my son's wedding in July ourselves. Great tips, blessed by a new SquidAngel and added to my Angel of the North lens.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, as a Theme Wedding Planner I found it very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lady Gotrocks 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens! Think I will lens role it into my Wedding lens. Oh and I blessed your lens too.

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      Beautiful, and lovely clear instructions too! The artichoke votive holders are an inspired idea! ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      Mary Norton 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love tulips and soon they will be out in my garden. I hope this year to be there to see them. Sharing this lens with my sister who has a wedding business.

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      Virginia Allain 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      I love the look of a vase of tulips. Maybe more brides will consider them after seeing this lens.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      I've enjoyed reading this well written and beautifully created lens about Tulips.They are one of my favorite flowers and my favorite way to welcome Spring.

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      Laraine Sims 

      10 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Tulips are beautiful!! Very interesting and I learned something too. I grow a lot of tulips in my garden and I never knew how to keep the heads from dropping. Thank you! 5*s, favored and lensrolled to my Tulip lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This lens is great eye candy! And, as always, well written.

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      11 years ago

      Pretty! good work.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! I have never had the decorative flare with floral arrangements!

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      11 years ago

      Very useful lens! Lensrolled to my Tulips Photography ... and More lens!

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      11 years ago

      Love it ..favourite it 5 starry

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      11 years ago

      Love it ..favourite it 5 starry

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      11 years ago

      Very nice lens about some under-appreciated flowers. A lady my wife works with brought some tulips to the office some time ago. She was told to put some ice into the water in the vase. My wife told me last night that the flowers still look great ten days later. That's not a trick I've heard before, but at least in this case it seems to be working.Art Haule

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      11 years ago from Montana

      Useful, unique and beautiful!

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      11 years ago

      I liked the whole lens. The artichoke votive candle holders is a very original idea.


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