diy baby's breath wedding garland

diy flower garland

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)
A Sheet of Card Stock
Floral Snips
Small Hole Punch
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.
diy wedding flower garland
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 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
Project created by Laurie Cinotto


Comments (46)

Abbie Zeppetella | Reply

I’m looking at the love bird garland and I’m not seeing the link for the bird templates. Is it possible to forward it to me?


vickie | Reply

could I please get a template to the bird? Thanks.

Rebekah | Reply

I can’t see the bird template either :( Very cute idea I can’t wait to try it for myself :D

Erin | Reply

I am missing the link for the birds too.

Bea | Reply

Hi! Can I also have the bird templare, please? This is so nice!! Thanks!

Vicky | Reply

HI! I love this idea and I want to do it for my room but i cant see the template either, could I also have it please? Thanks!

Shina | Reply

I love this idea but can’t access the template, can you please send this to me? Thank you!

Natalie | Reply

I would love this template as well. Thank you so much!

Wendy | Reply

Beautiful garland. Could I also ask that you forward the template as it is not here.

Stacy | Reply

would love to have the link…my daughter and I are doing an all homemade decoration theme for Christmas this year and when they come down they will go with her to college next year…
Thank You

Jessica | Reply

Hi there!
I would like the bird template as well! I love the idea! It will look great over our ceremony site!

Samantha | Reply

How long did this take to do? Is it really feasible to make this a day before the wedding?

Ashley | Reply

Did anyone ever get the link to the bird outline? I would like to make this but would like the bird template.

Ashley | Reply

Could I also get the link to the template?
Thank you

Yaniza | Reply

Beautiful please fwd the template.

Carla | Reply


Could i get the link to the bird template?

sandy | Reply


How do I get the template of the birds ?

Eleftheria Pipi | Reply

Could I please get a template to the bird? Thanks.

Sarah | Reply

Can you please forward this to me as well?

Thank you!

Adriana | Reply


could i please get the template please? thanks

Kelly | Reply

Hey! Can you please send me the template to the bird? Thanks a lot!

Meg Davis | Reply

Can I get a link to the bird template too…

Carolina | Reply

Please…the link to the bird template!!!

Julie | Reply

Craft day today! Can I please have the link to the bird template?

Xenia | Reply

Wonderful idea! Can I get a bird template, please :(

vicky | Reply

Please may I have the bird template too? – they look so pretty – thank you Vicky

vicky | Reply

Please may I have the template too – thanks

Jessica | Reply

About how long will the flowers last in the garland form? Thank you!

Mary McLeod | Reply

It depends on what you use. You can get dried baby’s breath that will last longer!

Anaïs | Reply

I love this idea and it’s a wonderful coincidence because my wedding theme is over the bird
Can I also have the bird template, please?
Thank you

Bel | Reply

The flower garland is beautiful! May i have a copy of the bird template? Thank you.

Grace Rolley | Reply

Would love the bird template. Can I please have one? Thank you

Jennifer | Reply

This is beautiful. Would love to do something similar. Can you send the bid template?

Beth | Reply

May I have the link to the bird template?

Leslie | Reply


Is there anyway you cans send me the bird template? This is a wonderful project and can’t wait to do this for my son’s christening.

Karolina | Reply

Could I please have the template as well? Thank you.

Katie | Reply

Beautiful! Would love the bird template! Can you send it to me?

M Smith | Reply

The bird template is a link above in blue. Its in #7 of the directions.

Hochzeitskleid verkaufen | Reply

I love birds! Thank you for such an awesome idea!

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