Flower Inspiration – Ferns

It isn’t always the value of the item that makes something special. Sometimes it is the thought, care and time that turns it into something surprising.

With this in mind I have given some time to something I have in abundance in my unloved rental garden, ferns.

Green on green is an emerging trend and I love for its simplicity and unpretentiousness.

Here are some Ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Antique botanical prints as inspiration for invitations.


Potted ferns as centrepeices. Most species in domestic gardens can be divided and re potted easily. Pot up what you need a few months ahead and keep the seaweed solution up to them to have a green lush reception. Consider making friends with a local nursery, they may be willing to hire larger specimens.


Is your reception somewhere with a sturdy roof? What about a ball of ferns as a centrepiece over your dance floor. All you will need is a hanging basket that will allow you to insert plants into the bottom to make a sphere. Here is a similar idea but using succlents.

mix the species  for texture.


Larger leaves gently twisted into wreaths for a lush green backdrop for your ceremony or to decorate a wall at your venue.


Simple white flowers combined with ferns

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These are cut ferns where the lower leaves have been stripped and simply used like flowers in a glass vase. These arrangements once made lasted 4 days before they showed even the slightest sign of wilting. This would make them a great  option to make even 2 days ahead.



A tutu experiment

Here is a sneak peek of a project I am currently working on.

I have had a roll of stiff white tulle in my stash for years just waiting for someone to ask me if I can make a tutu. This will be my first time so I am hoping that with the sewing skills I have and the research I have done it will turn out beautifully.

The plan is for a waist high adult size rehearsal tutu. I am using a stretch knit for the base which I know isn’t technically correct but will function well enough for this purpose. If this works as I hope I will try another using a mesh base and separate basque.

At school I remember thinking how pointless things were, when was I going to have to use Pi in the real world. Well the joke is on me, I want to make the top layer from a straight piece where the length is the exact circumference of the skirt. I will need to re-aquaint myself with Pi.

The image above shows me working out the widths I will need for each row. The image below shows the first sample of the base with fit adjustments and approximations of where the tulle will go so I can work out lengths (I have already planned my pleating ratio)

making a tutu

Experiments in Flowers


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.


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.


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?