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Do It Yourself Tulip Wedding Flowers
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.
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
*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.
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.
* 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.
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.
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!
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?
© 2009 Kylyssa Shay