DIY: Bird and Flower Garland

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We love garlands here on Once Wed so when Laurie threw out the idea of creating a fresh flower garland I immediately jumped on board with the project. Not only does the garland above look beautiful hanging on an entryway, but it could also act as an affordable but fun way to display escort cards or favors. Not a big fan of birds? You could substitue them for cut out hearts or choose to use just the garland by itself. Did I mention it’s also super easy to make? Thanks, Laurie!

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What You’ll Need:
One Bunch “Million Star” Gypsophilia (AKA Baby’s Breath) Generally, a bunch is 10 – 12 stems, with multiple laterals on each stem)
One Spool Fabric Coated Wire
Decorative Paper (3 or so coordinating sheets)
String
A Sheet of Card Stock
Floral Snips
Scissors
Small Hole Punch
Pencil
Computer and Printer
Resources: Gypsophelia is a very common flower
and available through any floral wholesale house, flower shop, or
grocery store florist.  There are many on-line resources as well.
Fabric coated wire is available in the floral section of your craft
store.
Before you get started on the
garland,  unwrap your bunch of Gypsophelia, trim the stems and place
in warm water.    Allow the flowers to drink for a couple of hours
before proceeding.
1.  Take your floral clippers, and trim all of the flower tufts
off the end of the sprays, leaving just a little stem.  (see figure 1)
2.  Cut a 7 foot length of fabric coated wire.    Twist the end of the wire to make a little loop at the end.
3.  Take a tuft of Baby’s Breath, and lay it on your support wire,
just past the loop.   Pick up your wire spool, and wrap the wire around
the flower stem and support wire.   (see figure 2)
4.  Add another tuft, this time to the back side of the wire, and wrap again.
5.  Keep adding the flower tufts, alternating front and back, and work your way down the wire. (see figure 3)
6.  When you reach the end of the wire, cut the spool away  and
wrap the wire around the garland end several times to secure.  Make a
loop on the end with your support wire.  Trim your flower stems to make
the end of the garland tidy.  (see figure 4)
To keep your garland fresh, coil it up, mist it lightly with
water, and place it inside a plastic garbage bag.  Put it in your
refrigerator, or in the coolest spot available.   It should stay
fresh for 24-48 hours depending where you keep it.
7.  Print out the bird template(see below) on a
sheet of  card stock.   Cut out the birds, and trace them onto your
decorative paper. ( I used 10 pairs for a six foot garland)
8.   Cut all of your birds out, and punch a small hole in the middle of each bird’s back.  (see figure 5)
9.  Cut a length of string about 14 inches long, and tie a bird to each end. (see figure 6)
10.  Hang your garland from the wire loop ends and hang your birds over the garland, spacing them evenly apart. (see figure 7)
What it Cost:  (to make one six foot garland)
1 bunch of Baby’s  Breath = $8.50 (from a wholesale florist)
3 Sheets of Paper = $1.80
Spool of Fabric Coated Wire = $2
String = $1.50
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42 Responses to “DIY: Bird and Flower Garland”

  1. Amber

    well that does it. I’m done! This is what was missing, its lovely, enchanting, whimsical! draped in the birch trees, at the inn’s front door, vases of baby’s breath on the misc. tables, in the flower girl’s hair! THANK YOU!

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  2. coco+kelley

    awww – it’s VERY sweet and soft. i don’t know that i’d use this for a wedding, but how perfect for easter, or a baby shower?!

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  3. sylvie

    i love this idea, thanks for the template..i will use these love birds to hang off my tulle pouf garland at my aug. 21 st wedding.

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  4. Melissa

    I love this! It could be done so easily with any shape, too! Will definitely be linking this one to my blog… don’t worry, no one reads mine either! =P

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  5. Stephanie

    How long did you make the garland? It will be the perfect decoration for my friend’s bachelorette party, her maiden name is Bird!

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  6. Diane

    I love the bird, but for some reason I am unable to get the bird template from the post. Could you please send the template to me? I would greatly appreciate.

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  7. Sarah Dean

    I can’t get the bird template link to work. Could you please email it to me? I’m throwing my sister’s baby shower in 2 weeks and would love to use that template. Many thanks!

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  8. Jaclyn K.

    I cannot access the bird template. Is there anyway it can be emailed to me or re-posted? I was looking for a place card for my wedding and I think I’m going to use the birds and perch them on the wine glasses at the table. Thank you!

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  9. Diane

    Could you please send send the bird template
    to my email as I cannot access, and template
    indicates see below.
    Thank you,
    Diane

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  10. clare

    I cannot access the bird templete either…?
    is it possible to email it to me all the way over in Scotland? :)
    thanks

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  11. Sarah Kwiatkowski

    Could you email me the link to the template please? It doesn’t work on the site. Thanks!

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  12. Kristin

    Could you please e-mail me the template for the bird, it’s exactly what I have been looking for!!!!

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  13. kaylea

    Love it! I too, would like the template for the birds or the info on where I can find them!
    thank you!!!

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  14. Melanie Bauer

    Could you please send me the bird-template? This Garland would be perfect for our spring-wedding. Thank you!!!!

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  15. Sophie

    I know this entry was written a few months ago now but if possible could you email me the template? The garland is wonderful and I hope to make a few for my wedding in December. Thank you x

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  16. Iris

    Hi! These birds are exactly what I need for my daughter’s first birthday party! Could you please email me the template? Could not access it for some reason. Thanks so much!

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  17. Anna

    I’d love to use this template for my escort cards. Is there anyway you could email me the template. Thanks a bunch!

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  18. Charlotte

    Hi, That’s exactly this kind of bird I would like to use for my escort cards. Would it be possible to send me the bird template by email? I can’t find it on the website. Thanks a lot!

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  19. Khris

    Hi! Could you e-mail me the bird templates as well? This is adorable! Thanks!

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  20. Cassie

    Hi,
    I am getting married 3rd August 2012 and am using your garland for my wedding, can I please have the bird template? It is an inspiration.
    Thank you so much, love your work :)

    Reply

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