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DIY Floral Decor for Events

The tradition of decorating with flowers dates back to ancient civilizations. From weddings to festivals to grave markings – the beauty and importance of flowers have always been recognized. 

Today, we continue this legacy by adorning our most special events with gorgeous flower arrangements. 

If you want to harness some of this timeless charm at your celebrations, I recommend creating your very own DIY floral decor! 

Faux flower arrangements are an easy and cost-effective way to display natural beauty at your events. You can customize a range of flower projects to create ambiance and a powerful aesthetic. 

In this post, I’m sharing how to make the most beautiful DIY floral decor for events, with projects suiting all skill levels. 

Learn how to make basic flower centerpieces, or challenge yourself with an incredible flower wall!

I’m also including my master list of materials for all of your flower decor needs, as well as my top tips and tricks for professional-looking arrangements. 

Necessary Materials for Creating DIY Floral Decorations

Materials are, of course, going to vary based on the project of your choosing.

With that said, there are some tried-and-true materials you’ll want to collect for a variety of DIY floral decor projects!

This is my master list of the most common materials you’ll need:

Must-have tools

  • Scissors/wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • EZ bow maker
  • Florist wire
  • Zip ties
  • Florist picks 

Decor staples

  • Florist foam
  • Floral mesh
  • Acrylic water
  • Spanish moss
  • Focal flowers
  • Filler flowers
  • Berries
  • Textured greenery
  • Glittery extras
  • Seasonal picks 
  • Silk, wired ribbon 
berry garland around a wine serving area

Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Basic DIY Floral Decorations

Creating simple yet stunning floral decorations for events is easy to do and super rewarding. You just need the right steps!

Here are the basic guidelines for creating a few simple projects including centerpieces, bows, and garlands. 

Floral Centerpieces

Centerpieces are one of the easiest and most useful projects for DIY floral decor. Here’s how to make your own:

1. Gather materials

First, gather all of your elements. You’ll need:

  • Vase or pot
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors/wire cutters
  • Acrylic water or florist foam
  • Assorted greenery
  • Various florals in a cohesive color palette
  • Any extras you wish to include

2. Set your base

For a glass vase, add acrylic water for a realistic display.

If you choose an opaque vase, add a cut of florist foam, including a thin layer of Spanish moss on top to disguise it. 

Finish setting your base by adding pieces of greenery to the base, using a few different types for depth and variety. 

3. Add focal flowers

Next, add your focal flowers throughout the piece, evenly distributing them for visual impact. 

These flowers are the main attraction!

4. Play with texture

Next up, add bouts of texture to your arrangement with extra clippings of greenery and filler flowers. 

5. Add fun extras

Finally, finish your arrangement with seasonal elements like fruit, berries, or sparkly leaves. 

You could also add feathers, pampas grass, ribbon, bows – whatever your heart desires!

Floral Garlands

Floral garlands are excellent for hanging over archways, draping over mantels, or cascading as table runners.

garland for wedding table

1. Select a base

First up, select your garland base.

Choose between autumn colors, frosted tips, or lush green displays. Think seasonally and by occasion!

2. Add focal flowers

Next, add your chosen focal flowers. These flowers should reflect your inspiration color for the design, immediately drawing the eye. 

Distribute them evenly through the garland, adding small clusters near the center if it fits your design. 

3. Fill in with greenery

While a garland already comes with set greenery, adding your own is a good way to create more dimension and texture for a realistic design. 

Hot glue clippings of greenery throughout your garland, using a minimum of three varieties in a similar color palette. 

4. Accent with filler flowers 

Finally, add filler flowers throughout your garland for more color and contrast. You can use as many varieties as you like that fit within your chosen color harmony. 

Add any fun extras that you choose, fluff up your design, and you’re done!

Bows

You can use silk ribbon bows as tree toppers, add them to your faux floral designs, and more. Here’s how to make a big and beautiful loopy bow. 

1. Select your ribbons

beautiful ribbon pairings for bows

Begin by selecting three types of ribbons in various colors and sizes. For example, a 3” plaid ribbon, 1 ½” sparkly ribbon, and a 1” velvet ribbon. 

Ensure these ribbons are in the same color palette. An easy way to do this is to pick a patterned multi-color ribbon and match your next ribbons to colors found in this pattern. 

2. Choose your method

Choose between hand-tying your bow, or using an EZ bow maker. 

Personally, I find hand tying to be easier, though folks who struggle with arthritis will love the EZ bow maker as it’s easier on the hands. 

3. Make your first layer

Begin by measuring a 12” streamer of your largest ribbon, then pinch and twist that point between your fingers.

Once secured, measure out another 12” then fold it in half to create a 6” loop. 

Pinch and twist to secure the loop. Repeat this step to create as many loops as you would like. I suggest 3-4 as this is just our base layer. 

Once you’re pleased with your loops, trim your ribbon for a 12” streamer. 

4. Add and play

Holding your original layer in one hand, you’re going to continue working on top of this base. 

Repeat the steps above with your next ribbons, adding additional layers, loops, and streamers. Make sure to always twist to have the good side of the ribbon facing up. 

Layer your bow until your heart’s content!

5. Secure the center

When you’re happy with your bow, take a bit of florist wire and wrap it around the center of the bow, pulling the wire tight until secure.

You can trim the wire ends, or leave them to help you secure the bow to a garland, archway, or any other flower display. 

Advanced DIY Floral Decor Ideas for Events

Once you’ve mastered the art of simple event floral decor, or you’re looking for a challenge, some advanced projects provide a major wow factor!

Learn how to make floral arches, hanging installations, and iconic flower walls.  

Floral Arches

A floral archway is a gorgeous addition to a wedding, birthday party, or any other lavish celebration. While it is advanced, it’s totally achievable with a bit of gumption. 

DIY floral archway

1. Assemble the arch

Depending on your project, you may need to assemble the archway. 

Make sure your arch is stable and ready to decorate; no wobbly arches, please!

2. Prep the base

You’ll need something for your faux florals and greenery to attach to. Use florist wire or zip ties to attach florist foam or mesh to the archway. 

You can also use a staple gun for thicker material. 

3. Attach greenery

You can use garlands, greenery picks, or any greenery of your choice. Attach stems with florist wire or zip ties, covering the entire arch for a lush display. 

Make sure to vary and layer your greenery for the best results. 

4. Include faux flowers

Next up – the flowers!

Integrate a variety of flowers throughout the arch, focusing on bold focal flowers and smaller filler flowers for great variety. Secure with florist wire or zip ties as usual. 

5. Fill in for texture

Step back and reassess your arch. Fill in any gaps with additional greenery, faux florals, glittery extras, ribbons, and more. 

Fluff up your elements for a realistic appearance and enjoy your masterpiece!

Hanging Installations

There’s something about hanging DIY Floral Decor for Events that makes it instantly magic. So grab your fishing line and let’s get crafting!

Greenery Market founders handing a garland

1. Gather your materials

For a hanging installation, you’ll need all of the faux floral basics along with some sort of hanging frame, nylon fishing line, and a hook to hang your finished product. 

2. Prep your base

First, prep your base base choosing your hanging design. Some examples include a hoop, a chandelier, or cascading design. 

You can attach florist foam if your base suits it, or glue elements directly to the base. 

3. Set a greenery foundation

Begin by creating a foundation of greenery, attaching it with florist wire and hot glue. 

I recommend always using at least three kinds of greenery for a lush dimension. 

4. Include faux flowers

Next, include faux flowers of various sizes in harmonizing colors, attached by the stems with florist wire and hot glue. 

Make sure to set a focal point with focal flowers and work outwards from the design. 

5. Play and secure hanging lines

Once you’ve finished your base, add the hanging element. 

You may choose to hang just the base itself or include additional hanging decor for a spindly, whimsical look. 

Securely fasten the fishing wire to the top of the installation for hanging. 

You can also add more strands within the arrangement, hanging faux floral clippings, tiny lanterns, feathers, and more. 

6. Hang and adjust

Finish your piece by hanging the secured fishing line from a hook or ceiling mount. The transparent fishing line will make the arrangement appear like it’s floating.

Step back and reassess your arrangement, ensuring all elements are secure. Fill in any necessary gaps,  trim stray ends, and marvel at your finished piece!

Flower Walls

A flower wall in a photography haven – perfect for a DIY photo booth, dessert table backdrop, or event signage!

Here’s how to make your own. 

1. Prep the base

For this project, you’ll need some form of foam board or plywood as your base. To the back attach command strips for a lighter project or mounting hardware for heavier plywood. 

Remember to take into account how much weight will be added through greenery and faux florals. 

For plywood, you’ll need to add a layer of florist foam. 

I recommend mounting the base to your desired wall before you get creating to ensure it’s secure. 

2. Lay the greenery

Next, add a base layer of greenery throughout the wall, attaching it with florist wire, zip ties, and hot glue when necessary. 

Use a variety of textures and shades for a varied look.

3. Include faux flowers

Next, evenly incorporate faux flowers in a variety of shapes and sizes, sticking to a cohesive color palette. 

Secure with florist wire, zip ties, and hot glue – whatever works best for you!

4. Finishing touches

Stand back and look at your arrangement. 

Include more greenery for depth, additional florals for contrast, ribbons for a fun element, and more clipping in any gaps. 

Ensure your design is balanced and beautiful before celebrating the finished product!

Tips and Tricks for Perfect DIY Floral Decor for Events

When creating DIY floral decor for events, you’re bound to run into a hiccup or two. Here are a few of the most common challenges in event floral decor, and how to overcome them. 

  1. Creating a color harmony can be tricky. I recommend using a Creative Color Wheel to create cohesive color combinations
  2. Matching decor to the occasion is super important. Remember to think seasonally and by occasion, taking color psychology and cultural symbolism into account. 
  3. Making realistic arrangements is easy to do by manipulating your elements. Remember to fluff your petals and greenery, clip your sprays, and bend stems for a realistic appeal.
  4. Choosing high-quality materials is the best way to ensure great results. 
  5. Want your designs to stand out from the pack? Focus on creating gorgeous texture with your greenery, color contrast with your flowers, and drawing the viewer’s eye through your design with an even distribution of color. 

Time to Create DIY Floral Decor for Events!

Just by reading this post, you’re well on your way to creating stunning DIY floral decor for events of all kinds. 

Use these ideas to propel your creations, creating memorable decor that is sure to wow!

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