Experiments in Flowers

Banksias

I love the idea of making your own wedding flowers. When there is a possibility of raiding your mothers Banksia tree the savings make this an even more appealing option. Australian natives are a great choice for a relaxed wedding and their drought tolerance means that even if left out of water (like this bouquet was) for 24 hours they still look exactly the same.

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Materials – Flowers and pods and some stems of only leaves, strong wire and ribbon/string to cover your stems. Dont forget a bag to put all your flowers in, the stems are so wonky and short you wont just be able to hang onto the bunch.

Sort your flowers and pull off any damaged leaves watching out for spiders. Use the flowers you have with the longest and straightest stems as your centre flowers. The shorter and more crooked stems will work better around the edges. Keep adding, moving and looking down from the top until you are happy. I left the leaves mostly as they were attached and clustered some pods off centre. The flowers are large so may sit slightly sideways but this looked worked for me.

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Wrap wire around just above and below where you are holding the bouquet. I twisted the wire to make it super tight and hold all the twisted stems together. Trim wire and fold flat. Trim all the stems and wrap. If you use a ribbon use dressmakers pins to secure, the string is fine to knot.

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If you want to make this a few days before leave the stems uncut and unwrapped and keep upright in water.

If you still have a year before your wedding make sure you look around to see what is in flower in friends and families gardens. You could even make a test bouquet and see how well it lasts. Some native flowers may even last 2 days. A bouquet may be a little stretch but what about your centrepeices?

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A yellow flowergirl dressed from a recycled cocktail frock.

 

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I need to declare a conflict of interest here, this flowergirl is my daughter.

When the bride decided on her flowergirl wearing yellow  a coincidence struck me. The bride wore a yellow dress when she attended my wedding.

The dress was pulled out from the back of the brides cupboard and recycled into the flowergirl dress. The skirt was permanently pleated so I could easily cut and re sew it into a few layers. The top I cut down to the small size and added a zip and lining.

The flowergirl was supposed to be wearing a corsage but as soon as she saw the pin she wasn’t having it, ‘too ouchy’ She was also supposed to be wearing shoes and have brushed hair but I suppose you take what you can get with a three year old.

Here is the dress in its original incarnation.

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