You’re at the grocery store and you push your cart right past a bank of jaw-dropping, colorful blooms. They are just too pretty to pass up, so you grab three bunches wrapped in cellophane and place them into the child seat of your cart. You get home, unpack your flower haul, grab a vase, a packet of flower food and start snipping stems. After jamming them all in the vase you notice that you trimmed half of them too short, there is a big hole in the back of the arrangement and that one dang flower just won’t cooperate. Ugg. I’ve been there!
Flower arranging can be downright difficult and sometimes even overwhelming. So many questions! What kind of flowers should I buy? How many bunches? What kind of vessel should I use? Do I use flower food? It would be so much easier to just buy a finished arrangement, but who has the time or money for that?! Ummm, Not me!
Well, my “flower arranging luck” was about to change (is that kind of luck even a thing?). I connected with Stephanie, the owner of DIY Flower Maven, based out of Yorkville, WI. A new, one-woman business that specializes in teaching others simple and stress-free flower arranging. Whether you are a bride that wants to save a little cash and do your own flowers or a group of girlfriends that are in dire need for a quality “girls night in”, Stephanie’s flower workshops are the perfect fit!
Earlier this month, I had Stephanie from DIY Flower Maven come to House Fenway for one of her floral design workshops. I thought it would be a great way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon with some of my girlfriends. Stephanie came fully prepared for the class, with all of the flowers, vessels, tools, and buckets of patience (with us, this was needed. 😊 )
What to expect at a Floral Design Workshop
We began the workshop with a brief overview of the variety of flowers Stephanie brought with her and continued by setting up our workspace — prepping for the flower magic!
Stephanie did a great job teaching us about what kind of vessel to choose, dependant on the flowers we are going to arrange, how to prep the container for the bouquet to keep its shape, and how to maintain the bouquet after the arrangement is complete.
Starting with the greenery, we built the foundation for our gorgeous bouquets using two varieties of leaves.
Working on the focal point, we added some stunning Protea (super popular in the floral market right now), followed by a couple stems of Hydrangea and some intense Blue Thistle.
To add texture and help fill in space, we tucked in some spikey and naked, seeded eucalyptus. The smell was AMAZING!
Next, a punch of color and some elegance — sprigs of bright pink tea roses and some large cream roses.
Finishing off these beautiful bouquets, we added some dainty pink tulips, which not only added height but another punch of color.
Our Finished Arrangements
The finished floral arrangements turned out absolutely fabulous! We were all pleased with the outcome (and swooning over what we all created!). Stephanie at DIY Flower Maven did an amazing job teaching us the basics and assisting us all along the way. She was patient, personal, informative, and it’s reflected in the finished product.
Want to do your own Floral Design Workshop?
DIY Flower Maven will be hosting two half-hour workshops at the upcoming Spring re:Craft & Relic Show, April 5th & 6th. Hurry, space is limited!
Floral Design Workshop with DIY Flower Maven
re:Craft & Relic
Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, WI 53132
Dates & Times:
Friday, April 5th 7:00-7:30 pm
Saturday, April 6th 1:30-2:00 pm
Your Workshop Registration Fee Includes:
– Entrance Fee to re:Craft & Relic ($7 Value)
– Supplies needed to make your flower arrangement ($45 Value)
– Laminated Recipe Card with Photo Instructions
(so you can replicate the design at home)
– Thank You Gift From DIY Flower Maven
Enjoy for just $37
Where did these pretty shots come from?
Seriously, how pretty, right? These amazing photos of our workshop day were taken by the talented photographer, Jacob Hicks of J. Hicks Photography. He specializes in wedding and engagement photos and his business is based in the greater Milwaukee area. If you’re in the market for a photog…Jacob’s your man! Check out his biz >