How to make mini winter wreaths

I posted these simple wax flower wreaths on Instagram the other day and lots of people asked how they were made so I thought I'd pop a quick tutorial below. They are a perfect way to pretty up your place names and add a bit of a rustic touch to your big day... 

Wax flower place name DIY

Wreath place names

 

You will need: Wax flower, feathers, thistle, floristry wire, dried wheat, mini pegs & name tags. (We offer a bespoke lettering service where we can hand letter each of your place names, pop us an email if you'd like to chat about these) 

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Wax flowers are lovely to work with as they are so flexible you can bend them into a circular shape in whatever size suits you. If you want a more uniformed look for the wreaths you could always create the same size circles with wire and then wrap the wax flowers around them however I was happy to create these by eye.

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You can secure the wreath as you go using the florist wire to wrap around the wax flower.

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Another great thing about wax flowers is they will dry out rather than just wilt and die meaning you can make these in advance without worrying that you'll have wilted wreaths on your hands.

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Add thistles, feathers and dried wheat using the same method as the wax flower. Simply twist the floristry wire round them to secure. You can then add each of the name tags by pegging them to the wreaths. 

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The finished wreaths! Super simple and could be adapted to your theme using other foliage or flowers. I would love to know what you thought of this idea and if it's something you'd like to see more of...Come over and say hi on instagram @oliveandbramble or pop a comment below and if you have any questions you can email me info@oliveandbramble.com 

How to make flower petal confetti

It has been a busy first month for Olive and Bramble and I couldn't be happier painting and designing away. It has been lovely to work on a variety of themes from different couples and create stationery for their big days. It also gives me the perfect excuse to be constantly updating my (quite large) vase collection with gorgeous blooms and foliage for inspiration, which brings me to this quick tip for flowers past their time... Real petal confetti. Perfect for the big day and with this technique you don't need to wait weeks for them to dry out...

Petal Confetti

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Once the flowers have begun to wilt you can gently pick the petals off, I used a mix of bright and paler colours here as I love the contrast of the yellow against the shades of pink but its totally up to you how many colours and variations in size you use.

 

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You will then need to cover a microwavable plate with tissue, this stops the petals sticking to the plate when heated. Pop the petals onto the tissue ideally spacing them out to avoid them sticking to each other. Microwave for 1 minute before turning the petals over a microwaving for another minute, you will be able to see the petals drying out as they will start to brown.

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And here's the finished result above, perfect dried petals in a couple of minutes. A great idea for some last minute confetti or if you are super organised you could start a couple of months before so you have thousands of beautifully dried petals for the big day. 

Let me know what you think, is it something you would try for your big day? Or come say hi over on instagram, I have been sharing lots of my floral and foliage inspiration over there and I am so excited to see lots of signs of spring on my morning walks with reggie, bring on the brighter evenings and spring florals! 

A little hello and a DIY place card for your big day...

I thought it was about time I plucked up the courage to publish the first blog post on here. Mainly so I could introduce myself a little more, the face behind the painting and flowers but also so I could then counteract that useless information with a easy place name DIY for your big day. This blog is going to be a space I share my inspiration for new collections (which I'm working on already- can you believe it?), my process of designing bespoke stationery sets and any quick DIY ideas I have that might be useful for your big day like this one. 

So I'm Becki, the creator of Olive & Bramble and if you've read my 'about me' section you'll know I am a trained designer & illustrator with a passion for florals and nature, from arranging twigs and leaves to make an autumnal arrangement or painting whimsical foliage and florals. And if you're my friend you'll know I enjoy hip hop music, carrot cake, a good striped top and a bottle of prosecco, my boyfriend actually calls me proseccy Becki and I had to buy an Xbox just so I could play Rapstar so the obsessions are real. And the other thing you should know is my no means do I think I'm a writer, but I do think that you might enjoy seeing my process, thoughts, inspiration and ideas...

Simple wreath place card DIY

Materials: Eucalyptus, wire, sharp scissors, twine or ribbon, name tags (These hand lettered ones are available to buy from us with each name hand written, just pop over  here .   (quantities dependant on how many wreaths you are making)

Materials: Eucalyptus, wire, sharp scissors, twine or ribbon, name tags (These hand lettered ones are available to buy from us with each name hand written, just pop over here(quantities dependant on how many wreaths you are making)

Begin with making a circle out of the wire that fits around your name tag. Don't worry if it's a bit wonky as the eucalyptus will cover this. 

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Wrap eucalyptus around the wire weaving it in between using a small amount of wire at the end of each sprig to attach it to the main circle.

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Continue to wrap and secure the eucalyptus around the wire.

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Once you have covered the wire making the wreath as simple or full as you'd like, you need to thread the twine or ribbon through the name tag.

Tie the twine tightly- this will give you the ends to either tie onto the back of chairs and hang, or place delicately on napkins on the table. 

The finished wreath! Super simple and could be adapted to your theme using other foliage or delicate florals to weave around the wire. I would love to know what you thought of this idea and if it's something you'd like to see more of...Come over and say hi on instagram @oliveandbramble or pop a comment below and if you have any questions you can email me info@oliveandbramble.com