Wedding preparations are so fun and exhilarating but I am pretty sure you don’t plan what to do afterwards besides maybe go on a honeymoon or paying bills.
So pretty soon you’ll wonder: what am I gonna do with my bridal bouquet. Well look no further I’ve got the perfect way to preserve it.
The story behind
You will carry all those memories with you – in shape of a fancy necklace. I do for sure. In my wedding planning I know quite early how my bridal bouquet was gonna look like. It was either calla lilies or white peonies. When I decided on the peonies I just had to find the perfect little flower shop in a city I didn’t know and that is a bit too traditional for my taste when it comes to flower arrangement. But somehow I found Mrs John and when walking back to the train station looking for another shop but saw some candles in tiny dark alley which were so inviting that I decided I want to go in and get a feel. Just entering I knew that gone be it. She is doing my flowers.
So when I told her I wanted peonies she tried to move mountains to get me some. Unfortunately they did not deliver and 3 days prior to the wedding I had no idea how my bridal bouquet should look like or what to do because we had to take what she bought already. If someone told me I would marry in carnations I would have yelled: never! You must know I hate carnations because I think of them as communist flowers – but mainly the red ones. And I found this really cool idea of a carnation snowball. And that’s what I ended up. Nothing I would change only maybe a bit of color at the edge of the bouquet because than you actually see it in front of the dress.
But anyways, you wanted to hear about the tutorial. Well I am a bit into jewelry making and so it was pretty clear to me what I’ll do with my bouquet afterwards.
Step 1 – preparation
You can either do this with fresh flowers or with your dried bouquet – opens whole new possibilities doesn’t it?! I wanted to do mine with fresh but was sent on a surprise honeymoon.
Pick all the flower petals from your bouquet leaving a skeleton of the greens. This can be quite a meditative task.
Step 2 – cook
Yep throw them all in a big pot and add destilled water until covered.
Step 3 – blend and filter
Now through the whole gooey thing into a blender and go crazy. Once that is done take a fine mesh cotton clothes and filter out the water. The flower dough should be really dry with a consistency of cookie dough.
Step 4 – making beads
Now comes the fun part. Form little beads and stick them on your tooth pick. They really shrink! About 50%. I didn’t believe but it’s true. Let them dry. Best for several days (or in my case weeks). Unfortunately I forget to take a picture of the fresh beads.
Step 5 – get creative
I read that all flowers kinda turn some shade of brown when you cook them. Specially white ones have no color on their own to bring in. So I knew I was going to paint mine. But I still wanted to see the real bouquet. So I dip dyed my beads. Since they are not waterproof I also coated them with transparent paint. After that I made jewelry.
I like what I have turned my bridal bouquet into. Now it’s you turn!
Here is what you need:
– destilled water
– tooth picks
– paint (optional)
– clear varnish
You can also read up more on this topic here.
Please share, I would love to collect other bridal bouquet turned jewelry.
Happy bead cooking,
PS: This post has been entered to the RUMS linkup party.
Wow! Großartig! So kann man seinen Brautstrauß wirklich ewig haltbar machen!
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Ja, Toll oder?
Was für eine GROßARTIGE Idee! Wie kommt man denn auf sowas?! Genial! Was man damit alles machen kann…
Ich hatte es mir abgewöhnt, Blumen zu trocknen, weil sie doch nur irgendwo verstauben und Platz wegnehmen. Nun hab ich einen Grund wieder damit anzufangen :D
Wünsche dir schon mal ein tolles Wochenende…
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Ja Pinterest hatte da einen Anteil und ich brauchte nur n richtig guten Grund das zu machen. Soll ja was besonderes sein. Ich persönlich würd es jetzt nicht mit allen Blumen die ins Haus kommen machen :-)
Happy Weekend, Tobia
Wow, your bouquet is so pretty! Who knew carnations could look like that? Lovely.
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I know! Carnations were always rather shredded and ugly for me ;-)
was für eine schöne Idee! Schade, dass ich sie gerade 5 Jahre zu spät entdecke :)
Meinen Hochzeitsstrauß habe ich ganz traditionell trocknen lassen und seitdem dekorieren die Blumen meine Küche. Aber ein bisschen Angst habe ich immer um sie, immer wenn man dagegen kommt fällt ein Blatt ab :D
Liebe Grüße und einen schönen Start in die Woche,
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Och das ist gar nicht zu spät man kann es auch mit getrockneten Blumen machen…
Liebe Grüße, Tobia
Wahnsinnig cool! Danke für den Link. :-)
Aber gern geschehen ;-)