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 | 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.
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 45° angle on either side
- x2 base pieces of wood – 4cm thickness – 55cm long – 15 cm wide
- 30mm countersunk wood screws
- Nuts and bolts
What you need – Floral decor
To decorate the DIY floral arch you are going to need the following:
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- 22mm Foam pipe insulation (*)
- Artificial foliage branches(*) in various designs You will need approx 3-4
- Artificial trailing flowers (*) in whichever colour/flower type you prefer
- Faux roses (*) in whichever colour you prefer
- Faux flower bouquet (*) – Optional if you don’t have enough flowers
- Fabric (cotton voile) and/or lace curtain
- Craft wire
- Small binder clips
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you think of this DIY floral arch? What colour scheme would you go for? Let me know in the comments below!
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