Post # 1
So i have been engaged for 7 months now and had allllll these grand ideas for alllll the DIY things I was gonna do for the wedding. Well I have bought things (that have been sitting in the “wedding corner” of my dining room for ages!!) that I was going to attempt and just have not gotten around to. In my defense I am finishing up my degree (grad in 3 weeks!!) however the one and only thing I have attempted is bouquets and I have FAILED miserably. I really think I just need to come to terms with the fact that while I can look at a pretty picture and say oooohhhh I like that!! Actually trying to put one together is another thing lol. I am honestly thinking about just toting all the silk flowers that I have not already destroyed back to Michaels and get what little bit of money I can get back and just scrap the idea.
The whole idea behind this was to save money (not happening) I even tried the coffee filter flowers and while they came out all right they were a pain in the ass and I only got through 2 of them before I (cried) and then gave up lol. Did anybody else have the “I think I’m freakin Martha Stewart” ego thing going on and then bomb? I would just like to know I am not alone lol. I am still going to attempt my other DIY but for me I think the bouquets might be better left to the pros!!
Post # 3
No, you are not alone in this! I have not started on any of my DIY projects but my first one will be my invites. I don’t expect my trial to go smoothly but with help I know it will come out just fine. There are many bees here who have tried to do to take on so many DIY projects and feel like they failed. I know you are trying to save money but I suggest you to take on realistic projects that you can do with the help of others. Do not overwhelm yourself…it’s just not worth it.
Post # 4
There is hope! I have the opposite problem; I’m able to do the DIY’s with Martha-like ease, but that means I want to DIY everything in sight! FI has to put the brakes on me at least once a week so that I don’t get overloaded with projects!
Look into a floral arranging class at your local Michaels or watch some tutorials on youtube and give the bouquets another go. They are easy to do once you figure out the basic construction and shape.
Tips: Do you have the proper tools? Needle nose pliers (with the wire cutter), scissors, floral tape, hot glue gun. Having a good set of tools will save you much frustration. You can also use a foam bouquet shaper (available at Michaels/Joanns) if you are having trouble getting the shape right. Start by holding the larger flowered stems in your non-dominant hand. Don’t trim stems just yet. Add smaller sized buds/accents around the larger flowers to add definition and visual interest. Stagger the heights slightly to give a more realistic look (since in nature not all flowers will be exactly alike). Once you have them arranged the way you want, tightly wind the floral tape around the stems (after about 5-6 go-rounds you can let go). Wrap the tape around a 2-3 inch section of the stems. Now you can trim the stems to the desired length. Secure your ribbon to the stems using hot glue and wrap the ribbon around over the tape in a pleasing pattern, and tie a pretty bow at the top. PM me if you want more info!
Post # 5
This = Me
Don’t worry, you’ll figure it out. Maybe ask for a friend’s help/opinion?
Post # 6
@ohmystars28 LMAO!! Too funny!!!
@OP this is one of the many reasons I am afraid to actually start all of the DIY projects that I have in the “to do” list lol I did however do the personalized wood hangers for my girls and they came out really great and were pretty easy to do once I had the technique down 🙂
Post # 8
Thank you ladies for the help and the laughs!! Who knows maybe i’ll give it another try and maybe i’ll fold and focus my DIY brain on my invites!
@khf777- I almost peed myself when I saw your comment lol I had to email that one to my BFF!!
Post # 9
@AlwaysSunny: @khf777: LMAO! I totally laughed out loud at work.
I too tried and failed at several DIY projects, but I did succeed at one (my glorious birdcage for cards). So I’m in the negative so to speak but I still had fun trying.
Don’t worry if you are super crafty bee, we can’t all be Martha Stewart. Thankfully for us there is Etsy. 😉
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My secret (and best strategy) so shhhhhh….
Try to make things that are super rustic and crafty looking then when things come out crooked/uneven/half-falling-apart tell everyone they’re supposed to be like that, they’re unique and have character! Works like a charm 😉
Post # 13
@KristenGotMarried: you see? great example of rustic, country style pizza!
Post # 14
Glad you like! I had to admit to myself a while back that I am not the crafty type. At all. It’s good to know I’m not alone! And like Treejewel19 stated “Thankfully for us there is Etsy”
Post # 15
I finally figured out how the whole tagging things work lol!! Yay me I’m learning lol
I actually have been on etsy since late last night and part of the day (who am I kidding MOST of the day which is awful because I’m in the process of a case study for school x ) and I think I have found the answer to my prayers!! I found an amazing girl who does bouquet packages and can work with your budget so I am soooooo excited to pass this tortous job over to her!! I’ll post some pics!!
This is an example of what she’s done
and these are the flowers she picked for mine…
Yay!!! Now I just gotta convince the ball and chain that it’s well worth it lol
Post # 16
@lionskitty: That is hilarious and genius all at the same time!! It’s so funny I really didn’t think I would be this anal bride losing my mind over every little detail, well I was wrong!! I stress, can’t sleep, and have nightmares lol!! It’s crazy!! And it’s still a year away…I guess I’m just a tad anal!