Hello again flower friends!
I hope you're all doing well. I'm back for an extra #APRflowerEd as promised :). Another little fun one: A flower garland wall hanging. It is quite fiddly so it will take time and practise to get into a nice flow, but once you get it, you'll be well on your way! There's nothing quite like a fresh flower garland but you can do this with dried flowers or artificial. It's a great little idea for any little pieces you may have saved up—but I also get that this might be a Florist thing to do haha.
The last time I made one of these was for a baby shower just before my nephew was born about three years ago. There was no wind at all until we hung it up (outside) and this is how I know that you're better off adding another stick at the bottom if you don't want it to get tangled haha.
The great thing I've learnt through Floristry is that, if you can problem solve, you can make anything come to life. In the video, I show you one of many ways to create a flower garland wall hanging. As you watch or read below, you might come up with your own ways of constructing this. It's also a fave thing for me to see how many different designs people can come up with. It highlights our uniqueness and individuality.
You can watch the video by clicking here or on the image below. I've also got some instructions below to go along with it. What I love about this little idea is that you really can't go wrong and you can forage for the flowers and foliage you need. You don't have to have all different kinds of flowers and foliage also; sometimes simpler is better. The one I made above is different to the one in this video and I like both. So have fun with it!
How to make a flower garland wall hanging
Fishing line or bullion wire
A selection of fresh, dried or artificial flowers and/or foliage
Something to hang them from like a stick
Hot glue gun & glue (optional)
Scissors - for flowers and fishing line
Get your rod and hang it on the hooks. You can also work on the floor if it's easier.
Prepare your materials e.g., cut flowers and foliage to appropriate size and thickness so you can grab and go.
You can plan your design before you begin attaching them so that you take out all the guess work or wing it. It's always safer to have too much flowers and foliage than not enough.
Measure out the desired length of fishing line and how many columns you can fit across the stick. Don't be afraid to have more length of fishing line than you think you'll need. In the video, I had about 190cm of fishing line per column and used about 150-160cm with flowers and foliage.
Attach one fishing line to the stick by tying a couple of knots. Attach one fishing line at a time so as not to get it tangled.
Grab your flowers and foliage and start attaching—as many as you have planned—to each fishing line. You will only be using the one piece of fishing line to secure your flowers and foliage. The more spaced out each piece is, the less you'll have to use. The closer together the pieces are, the more flowers and foliage you'll need.
To attach the flowers and foliage, all you will need to do is carefully tie a strong knot as close as you can get to the actual flower head and at the tip most point of your foliage piece. You can make two knots if you need to, just be sure that you don't cut the flower head off. You can also use bullion wire and just carefully wind it around the stem and continue with each piece or you can use a hot glue gun.
Continue until all columns are complete, making sure that every now and then, you stop and stand back to have a look at your work, making alterations where needed.
Hang your finished piece on your wall and enjoy!
If this is to be hung outside for an event or something, I highly recommend adding another bit of wood or something to the ends just so that if the wind blows it doesn't get all your garlands tangled up.
You can use the method I used where the flowers and foliage were placed one after the other with some space in between or you can also have the flowers stacked on top of one another (great with Sim Carnations). You might also like to have all flowers or all foliage in the whole design, or one column with all flowers and the next column with all foliage.
I hope you enjoyed this. I'm already thinking of making a purely dried one so that I can hang it on my wall forever :).