July 1, 2014
Last year I created DIY posts for the super awesome and funky wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes. One of the projects that was my favorite was this awesome pergola! Super easy, super simple and such a fabulous statement piece (especially for being a DIY project!).
Flower Disclaimer: I must say though, this is not the proper-‘pro-florist’ way of creating this piece. This must be done within about an hour or two before use and in a relatively cool climate. Otherwise, these flowers could wilt if they drink the water in the tubes too fast! The proper mechanism would be floral cages/floral foam affixed to the structure to design with. This is just a simple/easy/DIY kind of way to do it with limited materials and experience working with flowers.
– three sets of rod pocket style curtains installed on an adjustable tension rod
– approximately 12 yards loose mixed texture fabrics
– 40+ yards loose mixed width ribbons
– step ladder, scissors and roll of binding wire
– 20 stems pee-gee hydrangea
– 2 bunches of silver dollar eucalyptus
– 1 bunch pink gomphrena
– 2 tillandsia
– 1 bunch of joe pye weed
Step One: Create a base of large fabrics by hanging the tension rod from the pergola with wire
Step Two: Layer additional large pieces of loose fabric
Step Three: Add loose pieces of ribbons, tying in place if necessary
Step Four: Gather mixed ‘bouquet’s’, hand tie and place at top of pergola draping over the front. Thread wire around the bouquet and around the pergola to hold it to the structure. If your pergola structure doesn’t allow for this, attach the flowers to the front face of the structure. If floral must last for more than a few hours, it is recommended to supply the flowers with a water source such as water tubes — water tubes are the simplest DIY supply in this project. Here we only used tubes for the hydrangea, as the other flowers will last just fine out of water for a few hours. Setup time, approximately 30 minutes