DIY Floral Arch | How to Make your own

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I’m back with another creative/crafty post for you today, in the form of making your own DIY Floral Arch. An easy and budget-friendly DIY project to have a go at.

Today’s post is going all floral and feminine with this DIY project. Something that is perfect for adding a bit of something else to your party decor, wedding decor or even as a backdrop to your video and blog photos. That’s right today, I am having a go at making a DIY floral arch.

The past week I turned a big birthday age, and I wanted a party decor piece to suit the occasion. Although in lockdown, the rules have relaxed slightly, allowing more people to be in your garden at an appropriate social distance. Well, that’s the case in the UK at the moment anyway, but I am sure this is due to change as the pandemic eases. So, as it was my birthday, we decided to have a socially distanced bbq with my family (all 6 of us), as well as a social distanced garden party with my friends on a separate day. I wanted a focal point in the garden and a DIY floral arch was the perfect way to do it. I am so impressed with how this turned out, and can’t wait to share with you on how you can make your own.

DIY Floral Arch

DIY Floral Arch | Pinterest Inspired

As with all creative ideas, Pinterest is the place to head when needing a bit of inspiration. I headed over to Pinterest to get an idea of how I wanted my DIY floral arch to look and the best placements of the flower arrangements. Here are a few inspiration pins that I found and loved.

Now, Pinterest is amazing for inspiration and ideas, but the real fun part of this DIY is actually creating a piece to suit you. You can really get creative with this party decor and have whatever colour, flowers, foliage you want. Also, the frame for this is easy to assemble and disassemble so that you can change up the theme depending on the party or wedding decor. How amazing is that?

So, if this sounds like something you would be interested in making, then let’s get crafting!

If you prefer watching rather than reading to see how this is made, head to the end of this post for the Video Tutorial.

DIY Floral Arch:

This DIY floral arch comes in two parts; the frame and the decor pieces. As I said, the frame is easy to put together and can be disassembled for easy storage and transportation. So, I will split this project into the two halves, one for the frame and one for the floral design.

If you are not very handy with putting together wooden pieces, then you can totally buy a photo backdrop frame, or use PVC piping to make up a frame. This project is very versatile. To keep costs down, we opted to make the frame out of scrap wood that we had left from past projects.

Close up of the DIY Floral Arch

What you need – Frame:

To make the wooden frame, you are going to need the following items:

  • x2 6ft long pieces of wood – 4cm in thickness
  • x2 5ft long pieces of wood – 4cm in thickness
  • x4 pieces of wood 20 cm in length – 4cm in thickness and cut at a 45Β° angle on either side
  • x2 base pieces of wood – 4cm thickness – 55cm long – 15 cm wide
  • 30mm countersunk wood screws
  • Nuts and bolts
  • Spanner

What you need – Floral decor

To decorate the DIY floral arch you are going to need the following:
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DIY Floral Arch – Making the Frame:

Before starting the arch, you are going to need to make the frame for the foliage and flowers to sit.
The frame of this project measures at 6ft high by 5ft wide. Connect the two 6ft pieces of wood to the two 5ft pieces of wood. The 5ft pieces will go at the top and bottom of the frame. You will need to make small slots where the wood pieces join, to connect the pieces flush. Or, you can just connect on top of each other.

Drill a pilot hole where the wood will connect and place in the nut and bolt to secure. this will make it easier to unassemble the frame if you want to store it.

Connect the newly made frame to the base pieces of wood. Ideally, you want these to be placed on either bottom corner edges of the frame. This will give it a bit more stability when stood upright, balancing the frame out. Initially, we placed the wooden ‘feet’ further in but found that when adding the foliage and flowers, the frame became quite unstable. Moving the feet to the edges gave a bit more stability.

This part of the frame will then remain as one. Screw the base plates to the frame using a few countersunk screws to secure.

Wooden frame needed for the project

For further stability, you want to use the four angled pieces of wood, and place across the four corners of the frame. Because the ends are angled, this should fit in the inside of the frame. Again, these brace pieces add a bit more stability to the frame.

Brace added onto the wooden frame

We did find that the frame became more unstable as we added on the flowers. If you want the frame to be a bit more durable, then increase the thickness of your wood.

DIY Floral Arch – Decorating

Once the frame is made, it is time to decorate the arch with some beautiful foliage and flowers.

Step 1 – Add on Pipe insulation

Before adding on any foliage or flowers, it is time to prep the wooden frame. Add on pieces of pipe insulation to various places along one side of the frame. Secure it in place with a bit of sellotape.
Adding the foam insulation gives you places to add in any loose flowers and bulks out the frame a little. As it is foam, you will be able to secure flowers in place with craft wire, sticking this into the foam. This will decrease any damage to the wood too.

Adding foam pipe insulation to the wooden frame

Step 2 – Add on material

I decided to split the floral arch in half, so one half is fabric and the other flowers. I thought this gave a lovely look to the arch, as well as reducing the amount of foliage and flowers needed, so the cost to make was lower.

Use a cotton voile type material first. This will have a see-through type effect and add a pop of colour to one side of the arch. Drape this over one corner area of the frame, and create a form of swag. Tie this in place if needed, or secure with a small binder/bull clips. This will take a bit of trial and error to get the material in the correct position and how you want it. As the material is fine, you may find that it slips out of place.

Then, add over another layer of fabric. I opted for a lace curtain that I bought from Ikea years ago. I think they are the Alvine Spets net curtains if you want to use the same as me. Again, this can take a bit of trial and error to get into place and to drape nice. Try to use the scallop edges as a guide to swag down into place. Use small binder clips to secure it in place to the material underneath. I place the binders to the bak so that they are not on show.

Material added to the frame
Binder clip holding the material together

Step 3 – Add Foliage

Now, it is time to start adding on a bit of base foliage. Use the leaf branches, and begin from the middle and wrap it around the wooden frame. Position some of the smaller branches at angles, so it gives the illusion of an actual plant growing up the frame. Repeat until you have covered the half of the frame. Secure into place by using craft wire, wrapping it around the branch and the wooden frame, twisting at the back to secure.

If you have some smaller pieces of foliage, or any of the branches have shed leaves, then place these over the corner of the material part. This will tie the two halves of the DIY floral arch together more.

You may find that some areas of the frame look a bare, even with the foliage in place. Don’t worry because adding on the flowers will help fill this out.

Foliage added to the frame
Foliage added to the frame

Step 4 – Add on flowers

Now, it is time for the more fun part of adding on the flowers. Start by using the trailing/garland type flowers. Again, wrap this around the wooden frame, interlinking it between the foliage. Leave a little bit trailing down near the middle. This will give it a wisteria tree look. Keep adding this on, until you have covered one side of the archway.
Make sure that you spread the garland pieces out, and leave some pieces trailing. Again, this will help give it the look that the flowers have grown up the frame.

Faux flowers hanging down from the floral arch

After you have added the garland type flowers, it is time to fill in any gaps left with the loose flowers. The roses I bought were on individual stems, that were flexible and can be wrapped around the frame. Ideally, you want to place these where you placed the foam insulation so that you can stick the end of the stem into the foam to secure. The flowers should help cover the insulation and stand out slightly as it is a bit bulkier in this part of the frame.

Close up of foam roses added to the project

If you still need to fill in gaps, then use a faux bouquet of flowers, cutting this down into smaller stems to fill gaps. Add a few of these thinner pieces towards the middle, so that the flowers overlap slightly onto the material. Again, this will help tie in both sides of the arch and make it look more together rather than two sides.
Also, add a small bit of foliage and flowers to where the curtain/material has been attached to the frame. this will again bring both sides together.

Flowers decorating the material tie

Step 5 – Enjoy the DIT Floral Arch

Once you have added all the flowers you like, your DIY floral arch is ready to be used. Now, this can be used both inside and outside, which makes this a really versatile decor piece.
We found that we needed to secure the arch outside with string, pegging it into the ground. This was mainly so that it kept an upright position and wasn’t moving all over in the breeze.

We also decided to add on a birthday banner, to give the arch a bit more meaning of what it was for. This is totally optional and you can leave it blank. The arch still looks beautiful either way.

DIY Floral Arch
DIY Floral Arch - Photoshoot background

What do you think of this DIY floral arch? What colour scheme would you go for? Let me know in the comments below!

If you enjoyed this post, then you may like How to Make a Paper Flower Wall and Teacup Candles.

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70 thoughts on “DIY Floral Arch | How to Make your own

    1. So glad you like it! It’s perfect for a wedding or party, isn’t it? Thank you so much!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, thank you so much. Glad you liked! It is really simple once you get into it, just making the frame can be a bit more difficult.

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, definitely will look gorgeous. A perfect addition to the garden, or party etc! Have fun creating!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  1. This is really pretty and such a fun way to add that special touch to a party or event! I am going to have to save this – I’ve been starting to work on a birthday party surprise for a friend and I’m sure she’d LOVE if I included a floral arch in the decorations!

    1. Oh, I am sure your friend will love this as a surprise to the decorations! Definitely a great way to add a bit of a statement piece to the party decor. Hope you have a fab party!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww thank you, I am so glad you like. Also so glad that you find it inspiring, that is always what I am for when making and sharing…inspiring others to get creative πŸ™‚

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww, thank you. Yes, it would look fabulous at a wedding, wouldn’t it?

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. So glad you like it! Definitely a great place to take IG pics (although I would recommend moving dirty old chairs out of the background first )

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      Aimsy xoxo

  2. Happy belated Birthday Aimsy! What a brilliant idea for a backdrop, it looks so good.

    We have a roof garden we recently did work on and I’d love to add something like this to our fencing, kind of like a vertical garden to add a bit of greenery.

    1. Aww thank you so much! Oh, something like this will look beautiful on your roof garden! You could add a few fairy lights to make it really magical too! Have fun doing up your roof garden!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you! Maybe when you have your own garden, you can have a go at this one. Although, you could have this as a bit of decor inside, but it might get in the way!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. So glad you like it Lucy, and thank you. I’m not sure it would fit in a Royal Mail van

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      Aimsy xoxo

  3. I love this arch you have made; the pink cloth and flowers go so well together and using clips is an innovative way to keep the cloth on without making holes! It is funny I have come across this right now too, since I have been poking around Pinterest looking for arches lately! πŸ™‚

    1. Glad you like it! The colours go so well together, don’t they? The pink/coral material was originally for a kimono type jacket I wanted to make ages ago, but never got around to making. I thought clipping would be better so that I could use the material for a sewing make.
      Great minds think alike then!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  4. This is so pretty, I love arrangements like this. It sounds fairly straightforward too which is amazing. I hope you had a great birthday gathering with your family too! x

    Sophie

    1. Glad you like, it turned out so nice and totally what I wanted. Very easy to do, with the frame being the difficult bit really, but there are alternatives to that.
      I had a lovely birthday. Slightly apprehensive with the socially distanced bbq, but we all stuck to it, even my 5-year-old niece!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Oh, they are deffo pricey when I looked into how much they were. So much cheaper to DIY your own!
      Glad you like and thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      Aimsy xoxo

  5. I saw you post this arch on your Instagram and it looked so beautiful – I didn’t realise you’d made it yourself! This is so beautiful and very picture worthy. My birthday is coming up in august, and I think I will make it and have it as a cute photo opportunity for friends and family I haven’t seen in ages. Thank you for sharing this – it is amazing!

    Em x

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    1. Aww, thank you, so glad you like it! The photos would have been so much better if the sun was shining more and I actually moved the dirty old plastic chairs in the background Oh, it will make a perfect photo opportunity for your friends and family, definitely make it that extra bit special!
      Happy flower arch making!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you, glad you like it! Happy floral arch making, it will look fab for any event.

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      Aimsy xoxo

  6. I’m not sure if I’m up for the challenge but this is a lovely result. And a natural original backdrop for photo ops! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

    1. Glad you like how it turned out and found the instructions useful. Definitely a great backdrop for photos!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  7. This is beautiful! Must have been such a fun project too. For once I’m wishing that I had a garden

    1. So glad you liked it. I loved making it, although it did take a lot of patience, and trial and error to get the material right.

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww, thank you, love how it turned out too! Definitely a great photo backdrop!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  8. Oh wow! This is such a great DIY. The floral arch looks so good. This would be so perfect for a wedding or a party! Thanks for sharing this project idea!

    1. Glad you like how it turned out! Hope it gave you a bit of inspiration, definitely great for a wedding or party!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  9. Oooh! So cool that you can make your floral arch. They cost so much when you have someone else do it!! I like that you can go simple with the frame and really decorate around it however you like. I love how yours turned out. I need to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    1. Oh, these cost so much to buy and rent, so definitely better to make your own! You can really make this your own and decorate with as many flowers or little flowers as you like. It is so versatile!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  10. What a lovely idea, I love your floral arch, it’s so pretty! Great idea for a little garden birthday gathering too, I bet it would make so many lovely photo’s! I made my own flower crown a year ago now, but this reminded me of that – it was so much fun, if I had more space where I live I would love to have a go at this too. Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a lovely birthday!

    Chloe xx

    1. Aww, thank you, glad you like it! Oh, a handmade flower crown would have gone perfect with this!
      I had a lovely birthday thank you, keeping all my fingers and toes crossed I can carry on the celebrations with a trip to Italy in September!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. I am glad you like it, it has turned out so pretty, hasn’t it? Surprisingly it was a great little socially distanced get together.

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      Aimsy xoxo

  11. Happy birthday, Aimsy! Such a beautiful arch – what a clever idea for birthday decor and beautifully put together. Hope you had great birthday celebrations, despite the current circumstances!

    1. Aww thank you! Had a lovely time celebrating, and the arch just really added to it.
      Glad you like it!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Thank you, glad you like it! Oh, it will look beautiful at a wedding, you will have to show me it if you do give it a go

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      Aimsy xoxo

  12. Ohhhhh, this is absolutely beautiful, Aimsy! And how perfect for a garden party as well as a wedding. I had no idea it was so (relatively) straightforward to make either. I think we have a clothes rail in our attic so I’ll have to see what we can do. I know Flora would love this, especially being able to make it so personal. Thank you! Lisa x

    1. Aww, thank you! I loved creating this and how it turned out, so so glad that you love it too. A clothes rail will be a perfect frame for the arch, and will definitely be more robust that the wooden frame we used. I hope you and Flora have fun decorating your own!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you like it, hope it gives your niece some inspiration!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Glad you like it and thank you! A big Happy Birthday for a few weeks ago!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww, thank you! Definitely perfect for Spring and Summer, and so adaptable tot he flowers you might want to use!

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      Aimsy xoxo

    1. Aww, thank you! Glad you like it. It is definitely a fine balance with getting artificial flowers to look natural, isn’t it?
      Glad it has inspired you!

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      Aimsy xoxo

  13. This is beautiful and I’m going to try to create it! I can’t find the links you mention in the video, routing me to the flowers on amazon you purchased. Can you send those to me, or help me find them? Thanks!

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