Several Mother’s Days ago, I received a small wooden painted sign from my children. It reads:

Forever My Mother SignThat day, it brought me to tears, and it sits on my windowsill, where it catches my eye and is a never-ending reminder of how blessed I am to have the most amazing children whom I love dearly. Every year it is increasingly difficult to come up with unique gift ideas for my mom; after all, how many HomeGoods gift cards can one woman use?! (Well, in my case, I can never have enough of those, but I supposed that’s just me : ). Inspired by a gorgeous wedding bouquet that was created by a co-worker using vintage brooches and pins, I decided to make a “Forever Bouquet”. This floral forever bouquet uses only silk flowers, crystal pins and beads and any other embellishments you wish to add. Nothing to water and something that will last forever.

Mothers Day Forever Bouquet Closeup

Here is the how-I-did-it: The supplies:

1. A glass vase or vessel. It can be transparent or not. You can actually use any style vase you would like, even a martini glass or mason jar! The options are only limited by your imagination!

2. Any crystal beads, barrettes, pins and buttons you wish to use to create your bouquet. It can be multi-colored or simple.

Mother's Day Bouquet Jewels3. Florists foam, green florists tape plus any embellishments: rhinestones, lace doily, beads and a hot glue gun.

Mother's Day Bouquet Supplies5. Faux flowers: again, any type. The base of my bouquet is one large white sparkly hydrangea, which I encircled  with roses and feathers and berries- all faux (faux sounds so much better than fake, am I right?!) I also used white, pink and green roses.

Simply take the vase and place the foam in the base and press down firmly.

Mothers Day Bouquet Vase with FLorist FoamI added a touch of bling by cutting a rope of rhinestones

Mothers Day Bouquet Rhinetone Cutterand hot-gluing it to the middle of the vase.

Mothers Day  Bouquet With Rhinestone Trim

To assemble the jewelry flowers, remove any backing (such as the barrette or the pin). Add a spot of hot glue to the middle of the underside of the flower.

Mother's Day Bouquet Glueing Stem to BasePress cut stem into glue and hold until secured. When I cut the wood stems, I actually make the end rather jagged to give it better gripping power.

Floral Stem CutWrap entire stem with florists tape. Repeat with as many sparkly blossoms you would like to use in your bouquet.

Mothers Day Bouquet Wrapping StemsNow is the fun part! Start building your bouquet, beginning with the lace doily at the bottom of the vase.

Mothers Day Bouquet Vintage Doily DetailThis creates a base, much like a wedding nosegay. Next up was the one large sparkly hydrangea, to which I added a drop of glue to the base before I stuck it into the foam.

Mothers Day Forever BouquetAdded the feathers around the base, gluing each at the base and pressing them into place.

Mothers Day Bouquet Feather DetailAfter that, I arranged the flowers. I am not a flower-arranging expert, so I am not going to instruct you in the proper techniques, only to say that you should make a “dome” effect of the bouquet. I wanted it to have a tightly-packed look, but you could certainly do a more woodsy, organic look as well.

Mothers Day Forever Bouquet Closeup

I used primarily white flowers to really show off the jeweled blooms, but then added one pink rose in the center for a spot of color. Once my shape was complete and flower-filled, I started adding the jewelry flowers, one at a time, until the entire piece was completed. The final touches were some green berries and eucalyptus stems. There you have it!

Mother's Day Forever Bouquet Vintage Vignette

A forever sign of love for your forever friend or mom to cherish. And, since I won’t be blogging on Sunday, I will just say Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!! And to my mom? Well, it goes without saying, Forever My Mother, For Always My Friend. XOXOX Susan

 

 


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  • Tina Monczewski May 10, 2014 at 08:30

    simply gorgeous! your talent just amazes me! oxo

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  • chris aka monkey May 09, 2014 at 12:05

    awww what a nice thought…happy moms day to you xx

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  • Marie @ The Interior Frugalista May 09, 2014 at 11:10

    Stunning silk flower bouquet Susan and excellent tutorial. I’m not a fun of silk bouquets but this one has me swooning!

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    1. countrydesignhome May 09, 2014 at 11:11

      Thanks Marie! I figure this is the way to go since I kill any living plant in my house : )

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