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DIY: Add metallic pop to bouquets

Metallic is a great theme because it not only makes a stunning statement but also is easy to bring into everything from accessories to fabrics to flowers. It also can be interpreted in a classic or modern way, and everything in between.

PREP & TECHNIQUE:

It’s smart to wear gloves and a dust mask and lay some newspaper around to catch the overspray. Use a flower-specific spray, such as Design Master Just for Flowers, DMColor.com. Hold the spray can from 1 to 2 feet away and apply in a fine mist.

TIP 1: SUCCULENTS

Believe it or not, plastic succulents work beautifully. They have a lot of surface area and interesting shapes, so it doesn’t take many to give you a metallic pop. Using artificial succulents also means they’ll never wilt.

TIP 2: PETAL TIPPING

You can also just coat the tips of flowers, like roses or carnations. Just surround the bottom part of the flower with your gloved hand so only the edges get misted.

TIP 3: HYDRANGEAS

Of course you can also coat the flower entirely. Hydrangeas in particular are amazing with a metallic hue.

DIY: Tie the knot on your own ribbon wrapped centerpieces

Tie your colors and fabrics into your centerpieces. It’s easy enough to do yourself... or perhaps delegate the honor to one of your lovelies.

STEP 1:

A simple cylinder vase shape is easiest to wrap, so start there.

STEP 2:

Choose a ribbon color that works with your color theme. Go with a two to three inch wide ribbon width.

STEP 3:

Cut a test length of ribbon, enough so it wraps around your vase a couple times and then leaves enough extra so you can tie a nice bow. Cut several more, wrap the vase and line up the bows. Ta da!

DIY: Local flava wedding decos

Whether a beach wedding or a mountain getaway, add some local charm with elements you find around you.

STEP 1:

Here we imagined we were surfside. Find or buy shells, coral, driftwood.

STEP 2:

Prune the stems off your flowers or just use flower petals and adorn. Little arrangements like this work great next to guest books, or on tables where you might have photos displayed, at the bar, etc. Have fun with it.

DIY: Swath a chandelier

Add a lot of mood with a little effort.

STEP 1:

Choose a fire-retardant tulle and buy about 4 yards of fabric for each chandelier you want to drape. More or less fabric depending on how high the lamp is and how much you want it to pool.

STEP 2:

Consider using LED bulbs as they produce less heat.

STEP 3:

Drape the chandelier and let it pool as desired. Of course you can also do this same treatment to other types of lamps...fromJapanese lanterns to something more modern.

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