I’m back today with a super fun DIY. Okay… I have to say that because I totally want you to try it and tag me in your pictures. However, this DIY was so dang frustrating for me I wanted to poke my eyes out. But… it was totally worth it in the end!
In the process of wedding planning… I always had in the back of my mind “Make sure you dry out our bouquet.” I knew that I wanted to keep it. I knew that I wanted to do something special with it. I just wasn’t sure what. My mom had suggested that I take it apart and put it in the terrarium we used for cards. Which would have been pretty, but all I could think was “where the heck am I going to put that?”
So, I found myself on Pinterest and honestly… I didn’t see a whole lot of ideas I absolutely loved. Until I came across this beauty. I LOVED the idea of having a little snap shot of my bouquet, and I thought this is going to be SO EASY.
But I’m here to tell you, it’s not. Dried flowers suck and are super hard to work with. In the end, mine turned out okay. But I found myself a little disappointed because it was as bright and pretty as the original. That’s when my mom pointed out that I had a VERY different bouquet than she did.
So, just know that the types of greens and flowers you have in your bouquet will dry completed different than mine did. I had all white flowers, which is why mine doesn’t have a huge variety of colors.
A few other things I want to point out before we get started?
If you find this post before your big day and are tucking it away for later, cutting your flowers while they are still “fresh” ( a few days after your wedding) will make your life a whole lot easier when you go to put them in your shadow box later.
Be selective when choosing your shadow box. I chose the frame she recommended in her original post, because I liked how the matting looked around the flowers. In hindsight, I would have chosen something a little bit deeper, because I had a few tall flowers. If you have taller flowers, I would get a deeper shadow box too, because cutting my flowers turned out to be a disaster… more on that later.
Also, I would be sure to choose something that comes with matting, or have some on hand. While your bouquet may look big when you hold it, when you start deconstructing it, it may not cover as much space as you think. (Plus, I think it looks really chic!)
When it comes to drying your flowers, hang them upside down in a cool, dry place. Hanging it upside down helps it to preserve it’s shape. I let mine dry for a realllllly long time. Like 8 months. But that was because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my flowers yet. However, a few weeks should be more than enough time!
Okay. Now that is out of the way… let’s move on to the tutorial!
1 Shadow Box Hot Glue Gun
LOTS of glue sticks (You can get the crazy cheap at Walmart!)
White card stock
Start your project by plugging in your glue gun so you don’t have to wait for it to heat up later. Then, start pulling apart your bouquet. Separating, sorting, and plucking off pieces you think you’ll want. (Be sure to start with only a few pieces, because once you pull them apart, you can’t go back.)
Now, go ahead and trace the size you want your flower collage to be onto your card stock. I chose to trace the square of my matting. I knew my flowers needed to fit inside the square, but I left extra on the edges when I cut it out so I could glue it down later.
Next, it’s time to start your first layer. This bad boy is lots and lots and lots of layering to get the affect you’re looking for. My first layer was my biggest leaves. I laid them out, then started hot gluing when I had them where I wanted them. I wanted to be sure all the white card stock was covered.
Now, start adding in the bigger “filler” pieces. For me, it was all sorts of greenery. But this would be where you add in your babies breath, berries, or whatever else you had in your bouquet that wasn’t flowers. Just try not to use them all. Be sure to set some aside for later. Glue these down.
Then comes the hard part… the flowers. Okay. If you found this post after you’ve dried your flowers, I wish you the best of luck. Seriously. I had to cut my flowers down so they would fit into the frame. And since dried flowers are the definition of crumbly, I’m sure you can guess how this turned out. My mom would hold the flower together while I sliced it and then I would grab the glue and we would race to get it on the card stock in one piece. In the end, most were still too tall, and I had to give the flowers a hair cut on the top. If you can avoid having to cut your flowers, do so at all costs! Or, lay your flowers so it looks like the side of the bouquet instead of the top. It will save you a lot of hassle, and you won’t end up with any flowers looking “smooshed”.
Last, take the pieces you set to the side and start filling them in, around the flowers finishing off your masterpiece.
For me, this final step was a lot of trial and error. Chances are it’s going to look “dark” in the places that aren’t as tall as the flowers. No matter how much I built up the greenery, it still looked kind of dark in the corners. I know that this is because all of my flowers were varying in size, and my fillers were so leafy they didn’t even come close to being the same width as my flowers. I didn’t mind a little depth and shadows, but there was too much for my liking. To fix this, I glued pieces of leaves to the matting, so they hung just a little bit over the edge. This covered up the shadowy corners that I couldn’t seem to get rid of. It also really brightened up the edges and made me a whole lot happier!
I actually ended up with quite a few pieces left over. I’m going to take them apart and put them in an ornament for our Christmas tree!
What did you do with your wedding bouquet? Let me know if you try out this fun DIY! Tag me on any of my social media accounts so I can see!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! We’re heading down to spend some time with Trev’s family. The boys are heading to a Wild Game dinner (ew) and the girls are heading out to dinner and a movie.
I’ll be back Sunday with a weekend roundup!