(Closed) Submerged Flowers DIY

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

That is so beautiful! I wish I could help but I am curious to see what the trick is. I know ur tablescapes will be stunning with those!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Wiring is a key trick.  You can use fresh or silk.  But either way, on their own, the float. You need some sort of stiff wire or string and weights.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We’re doing submerged flowers for our centerpieces.  I’m a little apprehensive how it will all turn out but we’ve done a few mock-ups and I’ve got a couple pieces of advice for you.  We’re using fake flowers but I think you could also use real.  One thing to keep in mind if using colored flowers, the color might bleed into the water so make sure to try it with the flowers you want to use. 

Also, we’re putting those colored glass beads in the bottom of the vases which actually holds the flowers so they don’t float.  Since we’re using fake flowers, they actually absorb water which also keeps them from floating.  If you need something to hold them down, you can buy aquarium glue (that clear glue used on seams of fishtanks!)  from pet stores which is water-proof and holds flowers down without being seen. 

Finally, I read that if you use regular tap water, after a while bubbles will form on the flowers.  Personally, that does not bother me but you can use distilled water to eliminate the bubbles.  

Hope that helps!  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

No problem!  I will definitely post some pics after our wedding for you!  We’re going to be putting the centerpieces together in 2 weeks to have them ready so if I come across any other obstacles I’ll let you know.  🙂

Post # 8
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Wannabee

Definately pass along any suggestions.   We are doing the following and I am undecided on real or fake.   I currently did a mock one with fake roses, it seems ok but I need to find a better flower.   Here is my inspiration.   I bought most of the items from a dollar store.  

Post # 9
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Wannabee

It didn’t work, trying again.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can also try to use a fishing weight. They are the small silver weights sold at any hardware store. Hook those onto the flower with some clear fishing wire and let it sink – cover up with decorative stones. This idea also works well if you are trying to have photos that are laminated to float in water – I’m going to do this for the entry way to the reception with photos over the years of FH and I.

Best of luck 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It doesn’t look to me that in the photo there is much water at all in that arrangement except at the bottom where the river rocks are.

How about doing it at home and seeing how they look for say 10 hours?

Maybe we can get a creative bee to create a DIY guide to making this?  Either a submurged arrangement or one that gives the same appearance (as the one in the pic)?

Creatively wonderful bees?

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

one suggestion with fake flowers… try to get the latex ones to prevent bleeding into the water. i used fake and had river rocks at the bottom, which held the flowers down. i tried this (fully submerged) for my mock-ups, but decided to do something like in the photo where the water was only up to where the river rocks are for our actual wedding because fully submerging the flower made the centerpieces too heavy. anyway, here’s a photo of what i did for our centerpieces.

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was going to use submerged flower centerpieces as well, and in my Google searches, I learned that using synthetic flowers will create more bubbles in the water, and also, when anything is in water, it is magnified, so if there are stray threads or frayed edges on the synthetic petals, it will be more obvious. But I say do what you want. In my readings, I read that people used individual bubbles from bubble wrap when submerging flowers. You may want to see what you can dig up on that. I hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

I thought about doing this a while back and tried it using orchids. Cymbidium orchids last the longest (up to 4 days with no issues, murky water or anything) and look the best. Problem is they’re relatively expensive. Dendrobium orchids are much cheaper and still last a few days, but they don’t look as pretty – albeit still very nice. Goodluck!

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