It's become clear to us that you just can't get enough DIY...projects, decorations, ideas and cooking, we know that you all just like to DO IT YOURSELF...so we've decided to start bringing a little more DIY into your lives. We kick off this DIY series with the help of Petra Cremming from Pomp and Splendour. Based in Melbourne, Petra marries her background in theatre and acting with her experience in the floriculture industry. The result is lavish, whimsical and unique floral designs. We asked Petra to share with us some DIY wedding tips.
Flowers in bottles and jars and how to make them work:
A very chic and popular way of displaying flowers for weddings and parties is the use of recycled glass bottles and jars as vases. These can be old jam jars, soda bottles and pasta sauce bottles. It's a completely gorgeous idea and can be done very beautifully and also, unfortunately very badly.
It sounds easy enough, but a few simple tips can make all the difference to the overall look of the finished product.
Start off by selecting your colour scheme; it can be a simple palette or a combination of lots of bright colours together. It's usually better to stick with two or three colours at one time, bright colours all together or lots of pastel colours all together.
Have a look at your collection of bottles and jars, make sure all of the labels have been completely removed, that they are clean and ready to use. If there are any stubborn labels that don't come off you can always wrap a strip of pretty paper, some lace or fabric around the jar.
When buying the flowers, keep in mind the height and size of the vessels that you have and buy accordingly. There is nothing worse than lovely tall bottles and very short flowers to go in them. Consider that the height of the flower needs to be around one third of the bottle/ jar height above the opening.
Decide on whether you are going to do mixed flower collections in each vase or stick to the same type of flower in each vessel. If you are opting for a mixture, keep the combinations simple but use contrasting textures and shapes of flowers. This make for an interesting overall look.
Try not to overcrowd the vase, flowers look best when they have some room to move, sometimes less is more.
When displaying the vases, it can be nice to do small groupings of bottles and jars of varying heights; collections of 2-5 can work well and create greater impact. Good Luck and have fun!
Check out more of Petra's floral styling on her blog. Thanks Petra!
All images by Pomp and Splendour.