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DIY Magnolia Floral Chair Garland by Stockroom Vintage

By Elizabeth Ulrich

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Hello! It’s Elizabeth, the stylist behind Stockroom Vintage event rentals in Nashville, TN, back with another wedding DIY to share with you all this week! Are you as ready for spring as I am? I’m dying to ditch the wintry days and infuse my home and the events I style with tons of flowers. Of course, that means I’ve got tons of floral DIY projects dancing in my head!

While I adore fresh flowers, they may not always be in the budget for your big day. But there are tons of ways you can incorporate faux flowers into your wedding day décor. And you won’t believe how simple it is to create this floral chair garland! You can make these garlands weeks—even months!—ahead of time. Trust me, you don’t want to worry about your décor wilting on your wedding day! I opted for these big gorgeous magnolia blooms for this project because I adore their size and their large leaves make for great greenery filler. But the Old Time Pottery floral section is like a secret garden—so choose whatever pretty blooms fit your color scheme and budget!

Don’t you think these floral chair garlands would also make great adornments for your wedding altar or dessert table? The possibilities are endless, but I think they’re so special when draped on the backs of the bride and groom chairs at a reception sweetheart table. Hope you enjoy them as much I as do!

Materials:

Here's what you'll need to get started.

  1. Six Single Floral Stems
  2. Ribbon (I used a 1.5-inch wide burlap wire ribbon.)
  3. Hot Glue Gun
  4. Scissors

Directions:

  1. Select your faux flowers. You’ll want large blooms with plenty of leaves on the stems. I chose 6 single stems of magnolias.
  2. Choose your ribbon. I fell in love with this burlap ribbon that I found at Old Time Pottery. It’s rustic yet refined. For the curled effect, you’ll want a wire ribbon that’s pliable and holds shape.
  3. Plug in your glue gun and allow it to warm up while you prep the blooms and leaves.

  4. Step 1

  5. Cut blooms off the stems, leaving about an inch of the stem as shown here.

  6. Step 2

  7. Cut leaves at the base and set aside.
  8. Cut two equal lengths of your ribbon to fit your chairs. My ribbons were each about 6 feet long to allow for draping.

  9. Step 3

  10. Begin gluing blooms to the ribbon. I glued 3 flowers onto each ribbon, spacing the blooms about 6 inches apart.
  11. Glue on leaves until you achieve the desired fullness, hiding any gaps of exposed ribbon between each flower. I placed about 10 leaves on each garland: several between each flower as well as some on the outer ends to get a true garland feel.

  12. Step 4

  13. To hang the garland, tie a simple single loop and place the loop around the top corners of the chair as shown here. If using a wire ribbon, gently wrap each end around your fingers to get a curled draping effect.

  14. Step 5

  15. Display the garlands at your sweetheart table and smile for the cameras—everyone will be snapping photos of these beauties!

Hope this tutorial gets you in the spring spirit! I’d love to hear your ideas for how you’d incorporate these DIY floral chair garlands into your big day! What blooms would you use?

Final

Photos: Alissa Saylor Photography

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Elizabeth Ulrich is a blogger for The Budget Savvy Bride and the owner, curator and stylist of Stockroom Vintage, a Nashville event rental company that provides vintage props and heirloom décor to brides, photographers, stylists and the like. When she’s not scouring estate sales and flea markets and styling her favorite finds, she’s creating handmade décor for brides, photoshoots and for her home, which she shares with her husband Will and three dogs, Nigel, Mumford and Topher.
Hello! It's Elizabeth, the stylist behind Stockroom Vintage event rentals in Nashville, TN, back with another wedding DIY to share with you all this week! Are you as ready for spring as I am? I'm dying to ditch the wintry days and infuse my home and the events I style with tons of flowers. Of course, that means...