How to DIY your own rustic twig ball bouquet #Floral DIY#crafts#crafty wedding#diy bouquet#non-floral bouquet#tutorial April 8 | Guest post by Mari Bland Since we are on a fairly tight budget for our wedding, I've been really giving fresh flowers some thought. As in, I don't think we can afford anything fancy. So, for reception decor, the woman who owns our venue used to own a florist shop (how lucky is that?) and said she would decorate with local greenery (Beaufort, SC). I think it will look great! But, then there was the bouquet concept. How can you have a bouquet without fresh flowers? Well, I scoured Offbeat Bride, and the world wide interweb and saw all the many amazing things you can do without fresh flowers… My inspiration photos. In keeping with the same DIY vein as most of my wedding projects, my mom and I decided we could tackle the bouquet. So, I scoured some more and found a few inspiration photos that I liked and went to town. Here's how I made my rustic twig ball bouquet… I took a trip to a few craft stores (Michaels, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and picked up some goodies I thought I might want to use, as follows. Materials: dried Spanish moss green soft moss faux butterflies beaded wire (or you could bead some yourself!) one approx. 5" twig ball miscellaneous woven threads/yarns wired rhinestones (the ones I used were vintage, but you could just use rhinestones) fimo blue egg (handmade by Mom, but you can find them at craft stores) feathers hot glue gun wire cutters sheer ribbon Related Post DIY your own funky button and bead bouquet Emily needed some budget-friendly DIY bouquets for her upcoming wedding, so she made her own button and bead bouquets! Now Emily is showing us how... Read more Step 1: First, I took my twig ball and put some of the green moss down inside of it. It can be a little tricky to get stuff in there, but if you push back some of the twigs, you can create a hole to put things through (without damaging the actual ball itself) and then pull them back into place when you're finished. Step 2: Next, I took some other twiggy type stuff, some faux Spanish moss, threads (leftover from other crafting projects), a feather, and some wired rhinestones, and created a little bird's nest that would fit down in the ball and sit atop the moss. If you don't have all of that random twiggy stuff around, don't fret – you can purchase some really neat pre-made nests! I then hot glued a tiny blue egg (something blue!!) that my mom made out of fimo clay to the center of the nest. I smooshed the nest up and put it into the twig ball and used a pencil to situate it because I couldn't fit my fingers down in there! Step 3: Then, I wanted to embellish the twig ball itself and give it the same feel that the inside of the ball has. So, I took the faux Spanish moss and the beaded wire and entwined them with the twig ball itself. Step 4: Then, I attached the butterfly (which came with a wire attached). If it had not come with wire, you could easily hot glue wire to the butterfly and attach it that way. Step 5: Once that was finished, I was ready to give it a handle! So, I took a piece of sheer ribbon (about 1.5 feet long) and tied it to the twig ball. And, there you have it! I cannot wait to carry this little ball of handmade love down the aisle! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Mari Bland Mari loves the amazingness of the Offbeat Bride Tribe and thinks that her wedding would end up being quite boring without all of the inspiration and advice found on this site! She is an eclectic sort of gal... she has a journalism/cinema studies degree and a culinary arts degree, she loves creating absolutely anything that is artsy, and her favorite food is sweet potato gnocchi. http://maribland.blogspot.com/ PREVIOUS Rock 'n' roll wedding favors to match your kick-ass wedding NEXT What was the hardest thing about writing a book? Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] OMG I MUST make these for my wedding. I knew I didn't want flowers because of my allergies and the cost, and these are an absolutely adorable (and customizable)solution. 1 agrees Reply So glad you like it! 🙂 I hope it works for ya! Reply This looks so cute! I love the uniqueness to it. Your guide is great, definitely going to pass this around. Thank you! Reply This is a great idea! I don't like cut flowers but I still want to carry something. I was originally working on the lantern idea but now I'm thinking this kind of idea with a faux-flame candle. Awesome project! Thanks for posting! Reply Gorgeous! I'm going to look into these with a faux-flame candle too. These are such a great idea. Thank you for sharing! Reply so great to see this! i was just thinking about a project like this for center pieces. i am so glad to see what it looks like all done! i am planning on using battery opperated twinkle lights inside them! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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