Getting wedding inspiration from blogs and websites is always a great idea, however, they might not fit your budget. A very popular trend these days is a floral backdrop for the wedding ceremony, or a picture backdrop that can also be used for the bridal shower!
In a lot of these pictures, the garlands are made using real flowers, but it can be a little tricky, especially if you want to make this ahead of time. So I thought to myself, why not make a flower garland made with fake flowers?! I initially made this DIY on my blog, Zencity, for my bedroom but thought that it would be a great DIY for weddings!
Depending on how crafty you are and how much time you have, you can either make the flowers out of tissue paper (like I did), or you can buy fake flowers. If you want to make them yourself, Pinterest has a large variety of different paper flower tutorials; I used this one, but mint turned out different than hers. For those who don't have time to make their own flowers, you can get fake flowers from the dollar store, an art store like Michael's, or buy silk flowers online. Keep in mind that the heavier the flowers, the stronger the adhesive/command strip will have to be to hold it up. Since I used paper flowers, I stuck the string to the wall using regular scotch tape.
I made this garland for my bedroom, but these can be used as decorations for the wedding day or bridal shower! I have attached a couple ideas below on how to use the garlands:
1. As a backdrop during the ceremony
2. Against the walls at the bridal shower/wedding
3. Above the tables during the reception
4. As a backdrop for engagement and wedding pictures
For my garland, I used clear string, but you can also attach the flowers using twine, cotton, or lace to give it a more rustic or romantic look
Now, for the DIY! Here are the materials you'll need:
– Scotch tape
– Tissue paper or fake flowers
– Clear string
1. If you’re making the flowers yourself (and using the tutorial that I used), cut out 13″ square pieces of tissue paper. You make as many as you want; my garlands had 5 flowers on each strand and 7 in total.
2. Measure out how long you want the garland to be and add at least 10″ extra for tying the flowers (it’s better to have too much than not enough!)
3. Tie a knot at the base of the flower, and continue for each one. I didn’t have a set length that I set them apart, I didn’t want it to look too perfect.
4. When you’re done adding the flowers, cut 2 pieces of tape and place them one above the other on the area of the string that will be taped to the wall. Make sure one piece of tape is stuck to the top of the wall, and the other, to the ceiling. I’ve had these garlands up for a couple of days now and they’re holding strong. If you’re going to be hanging them in the middle of a ceiling, I’m not sure it would hold up very well with tape, so you might need command strips.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the rest of your garlands, and that’s it!