DIY: Wildflower Bouquet

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I have been lucky enough to take my sister’s engagements as well as her bridals which has been the perfect way to involve me because it’s what I love to do. She was having a hard time getting ahold of her florist to get her bridal bouquet so I offered to make one. 

This is the tutorial on how I made it. It is simple, bright, & delicate. I truly loved the way it came out. It was so easy to do! I promise anyone can make their own bouquets. 

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I began with two bouquets of wild flowers from Costco. They seem to have the best bouquets for the most reasonable price. I trimmed off the ends & put them in water until I was ready to use them. 

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I layed out all of the flowers in a row so that I could quickly grab whatever I wanted to add into the bouquet. 

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As I added flowers to my bouquet I tore off the leaves all the way to the bottom of the stem. So that it the stems had a clean look. 

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When I was done adding one section I would tape it off with floral tape. Floral tape is not sticky so you have to squeeze it together so that it will bond & not come apart. 

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Periodically I would look in a mirror or take a picture & see how the bouquet was coming together. Looking at it from these angles helped me decide what I did & didn’t like or where flowers needed to be added or taken away. 

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Continue adding flowers & taping it together until you feel you have the perfect bouquet. 

Once you have completed your bouquet and floral tape it well to insure the flowers are being held tight. 

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I wrapped the burlap around the bouquet as tight as I could to help hold the flowers in place. I wrapped it down the stems & back up & tucked the fabric in the top once I was finished. 

After that I added the lace but did not pull it as tight as I did the burlap. On the lace I also wrapped it down & back up. 

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After that I pinned down the bouquet with the sewing pins. I pushed them down into the bouquet not straight into it that way they didn’t stick out the other side & poke my sister. I got simple ones with pearl balls at the end. You can find them at any craft store. 

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Last step is to trim off the long stems. You can leave them as long or as short as you would like. You can even leave them all cut at different lengths. For this bouquet I wanted it all cut evenly. 

That’s it. You’re done & have officially made your own bouquet! 

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It came out perfectly & looked so beautiful. The lace & burlap gave it the perfect rustic look. 

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I am by no means a florist. Although I wish I had enough talent to work with flowers all day everyday. Any florists out there? What tips would you add when DIYing your own bouquet?

Getting Started! 5 Tips on Opening an Etsy Store

I’ve been talking about opening my own Etsy store for years now. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to just do it. Here are some things I’ve learned as I create my own store!

1. Pick a name. Just do it! If you’re anything like me you want the perfect name or you can’t move forward. It took me forever to pick a name & the one I ended up sticking with was one I picked years ago. Don’t over think it. Just pick something clever & roll with it.

2. Stay organized. Write down your passwords for each account or use the formula method which you can read about here so you don’t forget them. Write out “to do” lists daily & complete it. Keep all of your supplies you’re working with in one place & when you’re finished working for the day clean up & prep your work space for the next day.

3. Ask for help. I have two little babes making it difficult to do much of anything during the day. I’ve asked my husband to hang out with the girls alone for a few hours when he gets home from work so I can plug away & get some work done.

4. Read. A lot. I researched, read & studied an insane amount. I wanted to start my Etsy shop & do it right. I think I’ve read every single tip & blog about starting an Etsy shop & it helped immensely.

5. Have fun! Seriously, have fun! It’s a lot of work & the hours are long. Learning a brand new industry you’re not too familiar with is a little overwhelming & confusing… but enjoy it! Take it all in & know that as you learn it’ll get easier!

I still have so much to learn! Any of you small business owners? Any tips you can pass on to me?

xoxo//a