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DIY Rose Garland

Guest Blog: Maggie Lord


I love this charming garden rose garland. It is perfect for any wedding decor. Use it as a ceremony backdrop, a window frame garland, a photo booth backdrop, or a sweets table accessory….the list is endless.

What You’ll Need :  

  • Floral Wire
  • Green Branches
  • Garden Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Sea Lavender
  • Clippers
  • Rose Stems


Your first step is to lay out your branches into the shape that you will want your garland.  You may want to measure first and then tape out the shape on the ground or table where you are working so that you have something to follow.  We followed the seams in the concrete to get a good right angle to follow.


Once you have your layout, take sturdy floral wire and attach the branches where they cross over.  You can leave some extra wire loose to use later.



Next, you will want to trim the stems off of the garden roses and attach pre-soaked rose stems to the blossoms.


Using the wire from the rose stem, secure the garden rose blossoms to the branch as tightly as you can without damaging the blossom.


It is best to attach to the branches further back so that the rose feels nestled into the garland.


Space out the blossoms so that they form a loose cluster that feels organic.


Next, using extra loose wires or fresh wires, add the spray roses in and around the garden roses to create dense clusters.


You can also add the spray roses out along the branches to give the garland some color.


Use the spray roses to fill in any large gaps you see.


Next take sprigs of sea lavender and wrap the stems with thin floral wire


Using the loos wire at one end twist the lavender into the empty gaps in the garland to create a full effect.


Add lavender along the garland as you see fit.  You may want to hang it at this point so that you can get a feel for how it looks up on a wall.


Go in and add any extra filler at this point until it looks balanced.


You may want to extend some of the filler down the branches away from the center.


Also take a look at the garland from the side to see if there are any gaps that need filling.


Et voila ! You are finished!   This looks amazing hung outside as a window dressing ….


… or inside as a free form wall decoration!

**** A special thank you to Maggie Lord and Rustic Wedding Chic for sharing this charming tutorial. 

** Photo and Tutorial credits: Rustic Wedding Chic

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Spring Bouquet

Before we know it Spring will be here and that means the debut of flowers we haven’t seen in months — and the blush pink hues and ivory blooms you see here top my list for warm weather floral favorites. Florist Petal Pixie and photographer Tonya Peterson came together to showcase this fluffy, showstopping bouquet, along with two options for matching boutonnieres.

Shoot Photographer: Tonya Peterson / Flowers: Petal Pixie

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Finding new ways to highlight roses is something I will never tire of! Rose garlands are a fresh decadent decoration for any celebration. Mix your palette or streamline with one hue to instantly add glamour, sophistication, and elegance your wedding ceremony or reception. A creative and alluring way to ensure your event space is in full bloom!


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This soft, romantic rose and  ranunculus bouquet would be perfect for an antique inspired wedding.

Bouquet Recipe

Print out the photo and take the recipe to your local florist to have this pink, peach and orange bouquet recreated.

Pink, Peach And Orange Bouquet Recipe

  • 4 Stems White Adromeda Flower
  • 3 Stems Peach Spray Roses
  • 6 Stems Peach Stock
  • 3 Orange Ranunculus
  • 4 Pink Ranunculus
  • 4 Stems (Caramel Anteke) Garden Roses
  • 5 Stems Mini Red Leucadendron Pods
  • 8 Stems Leptospermum Scoparium


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Peonies and Roses Bouquet Recipe


I Love this Peonies and Roses Bouquet.

Bouquet Recipe:

  • Coral charm peonies (2-3)
  • Pink Piano garden roses (3-4)
  • O’Hara garden roses (3-4)
  • Peach and butter colored Icelandic poppies (about 6)
  • Pink and ivory lisianthus (4-5 stems)
  • Pink astilbe (5-6 stems)
  • Succulents (2-3)
  • Pink ranunculus (5-6 stems)
  • Craspedia (billy balls) (8-9 stems)
  • Dusty miller
  • Maidenhair fern

* Photo Credit: Wedding Chicks


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Pink Bridal Bouquet Recipe

There are a few colors on the spectrum that I think are crowd pleasers and pink is by far one of them. It is delicate, lovely and reminds us of all things pretty. Just like this bouquet recipe designed by wedding florist Oak & the Owl Interior and Floral Design Studio.

Flowers needed to duplicate this bouquet

  • Honeysuckle
  • Iceberg Floribunda Rose
  • Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose
  • Sexy Rexy Floribunda Rose
  • Snowball Viburnum
  • Tulip

* Photographed by Tonya Goettsche.

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Beautiful free-form bouquet of garden roses, nigella, and dusty miller tied with a pair of deep blue satin ribbons.

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DIY Autumn Leaf Bouquet

I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside my backyard is filled with leaves. So I thought I would share with you a simple and fun technique to turn your leaves into roses.


  • 10 colorful maple leaves per flower in various sizes (they should be dry & freshly fallen, so they are pliable). 
  • short twigs
  • scissors
  • floral tape


1. Using one of the smaller leaves, place the colorful side down and fold the points in. Begin to roll the leaf from one side.

2. Take a second leaf and fold the center point down. Place the first rolled leaf in the center, fold down the side points on the second leaf and wrap both sides around the first “bud.”

3. Continue to add leaves, rotating the flower as you go to get an even size. Work with the smaller leaves at the center and the larger ones toward the outside. When you rotate, it also helps to keep the petals tucked in so that it doesn’t unravel.

4. When you have added all your leaves or reached the desired size, pinch the leaf stems tightly and begin to wrap with florist tape. Trim the stem ends by cutting with scissors.

5. Finally, if you are wanting a “long stem,” use a stick and attach to the flower by wrapping it with a bit more florist tape.

6. You’re done!


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