Kylyssa Shay worked as a florist for 18 years and has created and taught an assortment of crafts to adults and children of all ages.
Bouquets and Decorations You Can Make Yourself
Tulips are marvelous yet relatively inexpensive flowers, especially when they are in peak season, between February and May. They are such simple garden flowers yet they lend high style elegance to a wedding when arranged with care - even by amateur hands.
That's why I chose to create this article which will take you step-by-step through the process of making hand held tulip bridal bouquets and stunning table decorations for your wedding reception. I've also included instructions on how to make artichoke votive candle holders to use as table accents.
These wedding and reception flowers combined with a few (or a lot) of potted tulips to decorate your wedding venue will provide a polished, professional look to your do it yourself wedding.
All photos by Kylyssa Shay unless otherwise noted.
What You'll Need
You will need the following items to create these table decorations:
* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears.
* Fresh cut tulips in a color to match your wedding style and theme. You will need three to four tulips per centerpiece depending upon personal preference and container size.
* One clear glass lily bowl or similar shallow glass bowl per centerpiece. The pictured centerpiece is in a 12" lily bowl. Squat cylinder style bowls and globes also work well.
* Colored marbles, sea glass, seashells, or stones to highlight the design and secure the votive candles. Which type you choose is dependent on the style of your party.
* Votive candles in a color to match the theme and style of your celebration. You will need three for each centerpiece you desire.
Save Money on Vases
If buying all of this glassware is not in your budget you should be able rent the containers. Check with local wedding rental shops. Some florists rent out their glassware as well for a fraction of the cost of buying it.
How to Assemble the Centerpieces
*Cover the bottom of each bowl with your choice of marbles, sea glass, seashells, or stones and add just enough water to cover them.
*Cut three to four tulips to length and gently curve them inside the dish with at least part of the cut end of their stems in the water.
*Arrange the three votive candles in the center of the design and gently twist them into whichever medium you used in the bottom of your bowls and straighten their wicks before lighting.
Keep Your Wicks Dry!
Save the votive candles for last, especially if you are transporting these centerpieces because the wicks can get wet and then won't light.
What You'll Need to Make the Bouquets
You will need the following items, tools, and materials:
* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears to cut the flowers.
* Fresh cut tulips in a color to match your wedding style and theme.
*One inch wide non-wired cloth ribbon that matches your wedding colors, about one and a half yards per bouquet.
*Yarn, about two yards per bouquet in a light green color that blends in with the stems.
* Select twelve to thirty nice tulips and remove all of their lower leaves. Leave the top leaves on to provide foliage. If there is any dirt on the stems, gently wipe it off using a damp cloth.
* Take three tulips and cluster their heads together, all at the same height. Tie them together just under the tulip blossoms with the green yarn. Do this gently so as not to cut off their heads!
* Add a ring of tulips around the center three with their heads about one half an inch lower than the tops of the heads of the original three flowers. Tie the bunch together with the green yarn just under the tulip heads.
* Continue adding rings of tulips around the bouquet and tying each off with yarn until the tulip bouquet reaches the size you desire.
* Tie half of the cloth ribbon around the bouquet just under the flower heads, tightly but not so tight you break the stems. Use a double knot to secure the ribbon. You can then either leave the ribbon tails, cut them short or make a simple shoe-tie bow.
* Tie the other half of the cloth ribbon around the bouquet about six to eight inches below the other ribbon on the stems. Again, tie it gently but firmly finishing it with a double knot and either bow or tails.
* Cut the stems on the bottom of the bouquet to the desired length using your shears or cutters.
Bridesmaids bouquets can be made the same way, only using fewer flowers.
Store and Display
The bouquets can be stored in tall vases with just an inch or two of cool, clean water in the bottom.
What You'll Need to Make the Artichoke Votive Candle Holders
You will need the following items to create the artichoke votive holders:
* Fresh artichokes, one for each votive decoration desired.
* A sharp knife, kitchen shears, or garden shears to cut the artichokes.
* Votive candles in a color to match the theme and style of your celebration.
How to Assemble the Artichoke Votive Candle Holders
Use caution while cutting through the fibrous artichokes to avoid injury.
* Cut out the centers of each artichoke using either a sharp knife, kitchen shears or garden shears.
* Cut the bottom of of it so it is as flat as possible so the votive holder will stay upright.
* Place a a votive candle into the center that has been hollowed out of the artichoke and straighten the wick.
You can store these in a plastic bag in the refrigerator (without the candles in them) with a wet paper towel for moisture for up to four days.
The Centerpieces and Artichoke Votive Holders Co-ordinate Nicely!
Would You Make Your Own Wedding Flowers?
There are so many great Do It Yourself wedding flower instructions available on the web that many more brides are comfortable making their own wedding decorations. Would you be confident enough to make your own wedding flowers?
© 2009 Kylyssa Shay
Tiptoe Through the Tulips and Tell Me What You Think of These DIY Wedding Bouquets, Centerpieces, and Votive Candle Holders
Giovanna from UK on April 29, 2014:
So lovely. You have cheered me up!
GrammieOlivia on April 19, 2014:
Nice for a spring wedding.....and easy.
Lynda Makara from California on April 19, 2014:
Simple and elegant. Tulips are a perfect choice since they're pretty enough on their own.
katiesnow on April 08, 2014:
psiloveyou1 on August 06, 2012:
Very nice lens. The directions were clear and the photos beautiful! Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)
wedpittsburgh lm on July 17, 2012:
Love this idea! I am a wedding planner and I always encourage DIY projects... even if it's me who ends up doing them!
anonymous on June 23, 2012:
Millionairemomma on May 08, 2012:
VarietyWriter2 on May 01, 2012:
Great lens. Blessed!
anonymous on March 25, 2012:
Congratulations on front page honors on this beautiful display of tulips for weddings...and wonderful in our homes to enjoy all the more! You cover all the bases with your expertise and great advice for saving money. I have to mention that I just love your artichoke votive holders.
KevinColson on March 24, 2012:
Wonderful project - even if it is not for a wedding
beaworkathomemom on March 22, 2012:
The floating tulips and candles in the bowl looks great! I think you did a great job in the instructions. Thanks for sharing!
Bobbala on March 22, 2012:
I appreciate your great info. Thank you!
Linda Pogue from Missouri on March 22, 2012:
Nicely done. Wish I had these instructions when planning my daughter's wedding.
EmilyChristine on March 22, 2012:
Your pictures are so beautiful,and I love the idea of the artichoke candle holders!
Lisa Auch from Scotland on March 22, 2012:
Beautiful and stunning, found you on the front page and thought I would stop in a smell these gorgeous flowers!
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 21, 2012:
I think they're beautiful. I wish we have them in some parts of Asia. We have to refrigerate the hyacinth we recently used for my nephew's wedding.
getmoreinfo on March 20, 2012:
These tulip wedding flowers are really nice and I like the way they are arranged on the table too.
wormwood80 on March 20, 2012:
I probably wouldn't do it myself because I hope to have a destination wedding and I can't imagine wanting to add that stress on top of everything - but what a nice lens for someone who wants to save a little money without sacrificing style :)
Ribolov LM on March 20, 2012:
Nice lens, nice pictures, great infos. Thnx for this lens.
anonymous on March 19, 2012:
Thankfully I'm not getting married as I've already gone through this but these were cool to see once again, thank you.
dahlia369 on March 19, 2012:
Beautiful ideas, for any special occasion not only weddings, thank you!! :)
mjtaylor lm on March 14, 2012:
Creative ideas! And I do so love tulips!!
anonymous on January 22, 2012:
Very creative lens.
sguerrero2006 on January 11, 2012:
I am already married, but will keep these ideas in mind if a person close to me gets married in the spring.
Vikk Simmons from Houston on November 25, 2011:
I love tulips. Tried to grow them but it was only an iffy proposition here in Houston. Lovely idea and lens.
anonymous on November 18, 2011:
Not only did I enjoy your instructions but I have to tell you that this page is set out really beautifully, I don't know how you did it but presentation wise not only are the tulips beautiful so is this lens
anonymous on November 05, 2011:
Absolutely brilliant lense very easy, informative and best of all cost effective :o)
miaponzo on September 16, 2011:
Lovely tulip ideas!!!! I have actually done a wedding before :) All the flowers completely done my MOI!!!
BetsyGorman on May 28, 2011:
I have just heard too many horror stories about friends-as-florists getting lost, getting sick, having delayed flights, etc. I could not risk it on my owne and onlyu wedding day :-(
anonymous on May 27, 2011:
Your guest book title just planted the song in my head for the day. Another lovely display of "how too" with your expert guidance. Your tulips are elegant and I love your artichoke votives. My daughter did everything for her wedding from flowers to the cake and saved a lot. She used stargazer lilies which are lovely but don't have a sweet smell at all.
dessertlover on April 25, 2011:
Love tulips, they are so pretty! I used them in my wedding as well :)
marsha32 on November 15, 2010:
I love tulips. This is a very well put together lens.
capriliz lm on November 10, 2010:
I love the tulip centerpiece! Your photos are beautiful.
Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on November 10, 2010:
Gorgeous photos and ideas. Love, love, love this frugal idea.
hlkljgk from Western Mass on November 09, 2010:
i love tulips. what a wonderful idea.
Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on September 20, 2010:
I think my wife would be very interested in your tulip arrangements. Will get her to take a look. Great tips :)
TeeFit on September 16, 2010:
they look like parrot tulips right?
jbarnhart41 on September 13, 2010:
My best friend is getting married in May of next year and I am helping her with everything. She wants tulips for her flowers...gonna pass this off to her to take a look-see. Thanks!
Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on September 08, 2010:
Reading this lens makes me wish it was tulip time so I could make some of these arrangements. We did the table flowers for my son's wedding in July ourselves. Great tips, blessed by a new SquidAngel and added to my Angel of the North lens.
SantaClaws1 on September 05, 2010:
Thanks for the tips, as a Theme Wedding Planner I found it very helpful. Thanks for sharing!
Lady Gotrocks on September 04, 2010:
Very nice lens! Think I will lens role it into my Wedding lens. Oh and I blessed your lens too.
Indigo Janson from UK on June 28, 2010:
Beautiful, and lovely clear instructions too! The artichoke votive holders are an inspired idea! ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 07, 2010:
Love tulips and soon they will be out in my garden. I hope this year to be there to see them. Sharing this lens with my sister who has a wedding business.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 16, 2010:
I love the look of a vase of tulips. Maybe more brides will consider them after seeing this lens.
Robin S from USA on January 22, 2010:
I've enjoyed reading this well written and beautifully created lens about Tulips.They are one of my favorite flowers and my favorite way to welcome Spring.
Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on December 17, 2009:
Tulips are beautiful!! Very interesting and I learned something too. I grow a lot of tulips in my garden and I never knew how to keep the heads from dropping. Thank you! 5*s, favored and lensrolled to my Tulip lens.
Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 13, 2009:
This lens is great eye candy! And, as always, well written.
anonymous on June 18, 2009:
Pretty! good work.
Lizblueberry on May 21, 2009:
Great lens! I have never had the decorative flare with floral arrangements!
Floraluniverses on May 06, 2009:
Very useful lens! Lensrolled to my Tulips Photography ... and More lens!
nekoneko on May 03, 2009:
Love it ..favourite it 5 starry
nekoneko on May 03, 2009:
Love it ..favourite it 5 starry
Violin-Student on May 02, 2009:
Very nice lens about some under-appreciated flowers. A lady my wife works with brought some tulips to the office some time ago. She was told to put some ice into the water in the vase. My wife told me last night that the flowers still look great ten days later. That's not a trick I've heard before, but at least in this case it seems to be working.Art Haulehttp://www.squidoo.com/buffalonickelhttp://www.squ...
gia combs-ramirez from Montana on May 02, 2009:
Useful, unique and beautiful!
jjj1 on May 02, 2009:
I liked the whole lens. The artichoke votive candle holders is a very original idea.