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On Monday we shared a few tips from Ashley Beyer and Kelly Perry on how best to forage for your own wedding, and today we’re excited to show you how to use those beautiful foraged greens in your wedding decor with these stunning chair garlands! Keep reading for the full materials list and step-by-step tutorial.
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Materials Used

– Beautiful Chairs

-Clippers

-Flexible draping greenery (we used Russian olive)

-Sturdier greenery in various shapes (we used herbs from Ashley’s garden like sage and rosemary)

-Medium Gage wire

Instructions

1. Using strips of wire, begin attaching the base greenery to the chair. Choose pieces that naturally drape to fit the shape of the chair.

2. Continue layering olive until you have almost reached your desired thickness

3. Add herb bundles. To create bundles, arrange smaller pieces of the sturdier greens in your hand, placing them in the area you would like to cover to measure and guide you as you arrange. Bind in the bundle with wire and leave extra wire on each side to attach to the chair. You may need to use an additional piece of wire neatly threaded behind a few key pieces of the bundle to add extra support higher up the bundle to keep it in place.

4. Finish the chair treatment by draping additional olive to the ground if desired.

Photography: Heather Payne | DIY: Ashley Beyer of Tinge and Kelly Perry of Philoposphy Flowers

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Comments (7)

Claire | Reply

I love the natural, free-flowing look. I’m tempted to try it with fake greenery, so I can keep it forever, but sadly, I don’t think that it will look as well.

Heather | Reply

So Lovely! I am wondering how far ahead of time I could make this? Perhaps keeping it refrigerated would allow me to do it a few days in advance?

Mary McLeod | Reply

Hi Heather,
It depends on what type of greenery you use. If you choose something like bay leaf or eucalyptus, you could probably do it a few days ahead of time and it would be fine. If you forage some more delicate greens, we suggest waiting until the morning of the wedding and spritz it with water throughout the day.
Thanks!

Lindsay | Reply

Where do you get such beautiful greenery in bulk? I assume you could go through your florist but I’d like to cut out that middle man. I live in Portland, OR.

Mary McLeod | Reply

You can forage some from around your home or really anywhere (as long as it’s ok with the owner of the land). And try visiting your wholesaler- they may be able to help!

Samantha | Reply

What are some other great types of greenery for cascade bouquets and garland?

Eden Passante | Reply

Beautiful! What a great DIY!

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