In today’s post, I’m going to teach you how to make a fresh floral garland. These are beautiful on a buffet table or around a frame to highlight an image or a sign. The fresh florals are really elegant and elevate the sophistication for your event. Check out this video for step-by-step instructions.
For this specific flower garland, I used three different flowers in the purple variety. I picked these up at my grocery store. Honestly, a carnation is a great flower for a floral garland. Carnations get a bad rep, but they are perfect for garlands and actually end up being very pretty. Unfortunately, my store was completely out of carnations, so I went with these.
To make a floral garland, you will need a few things: flowers, obviously, a long embroidery needle, scissors or shears, and thick thread.
First step is to thread your needle. You’ll want to leave about four inches on each end of your garland for tying. Next, cut all of the buds off the stems of your flower using your scissors or shears. Put your flowers kind of out on your space to see what you are working with.
Begin threading the needle through the bud of your flower. Go in and thread asymmetrically to get a more interesting and unique pattern. It’s up to you how you want to position your florals. You can either do a 1 to 1 ratio, make an ombre effect, or be totally sporadic. You also can decide how far apart you want the flowers to be. You can do a tighter more traditional look or leave them further apart for a more wild look.
Do you prefer a one to one ratio or more sporadic? Let me know in the comments.
Keep in mind how many flowers you have. I am only making a small garland for the purposes of this video, but if I were making a larger garland, I would definitely need more flowers. This is another reason carnations are nice, they are cheap so you can buy a lot of them on a budget. Also they have long buds for threading and take up more room on a garland.
Continue threading until all of your blooms are on your garland. Leave another four inches on the other side. Go ahead and cut your thread and tie off each end with a knot to keep your flowers in place. If your garland is being tied to something, you can leave the extra thread on the garland to use for tying. If it is just adorning a buffet table, go ahead and cut it off.
Either place or tie your garland and enjoy! I would recommend doing this the day of your party, or keeping in a fridge. However, I wouldn’t store in a fridge that has food in it because certain types of food can affect the longevity of your flowers. If you have a spare fridge in your garage, that is perfect or a mini fridge, that is perfect. If not, just plan to make them the day of.