Those who came to our wedding remember that I made our centerpieces out of silk flowers. While I was planning my wedding, I met with a florist who, rudely (not to mention unprofessionally) told me that I had “champagne tastes on a beer budget!” Champagne tastes, yes. Beer budget, absolutely not!
Sorry sister, you lost a good chunk of business!
I took our six month engagement and created silk centerpieces, managing to purchase glass vases that she wanted to rent me for $40 a pop. I bought them for $12 each, and my guests got to keep them as well. How’s that for a beer budget?
A few months ago I made a silk flower arrangement that I’d like to share with you. I chose peonies because they are timeless, and most importantly because the blooms are huge (equals less flowers purchased)
What it cost me:
- Peony bush (40% off Michael’s): $6.59
- Bronze square planter box on clearance: $2.79
- The green foam box inside was about $1.
You’ll also need a glue gun, glue sticks, and wire cutters. Here’s how I did it:
First, make sure that your foam fits snugly inside the planter. I purchased both at Michael’s so this was easy. The last thing you want is to have the entire arrangement slide out of the planter!
I only had to glue two sides of it. Don’t go crazy with the glue. You need just enough so it doesn’t wiggle. After you glue it, give it a minute or two to cool down. You’re done with the glue gun at this point, unless you want to reinforce the stems once inside the foam.