Deconstructed boutonnières for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you love flowers just as much as I do, you see inspiration for gorgeous floral arrangements everywhere right now, don’t you? It is the perfect possibility to finally show your love and appreciation for that special someone! Even though I believe in the principle of showing your love to your loved ones every single day of the year, Valentine’s Day has become an excellent occasion – even for the least romantic among us – to woo that person you can’t stop thinking about…

pink sunset at North Sea
pink sunset at North Sea

My recent trip to the North Sea, particular this image of a mesmerizing sunset left me speechless and inspired me to create a similar color palette with flowers for Valentine’s Day… I teamed up with the fantastic crew of 1000gutegruende to create this special project ❤ They share so many cute projects with flowers and I am so honored to now be one of their ‘flower girls’! I felt, flying balloons were the perfect interior decoration to recreate this magical atmosphere I was able to experience at the North Sea! Looking at this sunset, a vision started forming in my head. Not only did I want to have ballons, but I wanted to have balloons with flowers! And just like that I translated two symbols of love: the boutonnière & the garland as a figurative symbol for the bond between two lovers, but let us follow the step by step instructions as I will first show you how to make the boutonnière:

BOUTONNIERE DIY: 

I know from experience that helium balloons don’t last this long, so it was my intention to pick flowers, that were not too heavy. During my research I stumbled over this breathtaking flower – the alstroemeria. I worked with alstroemerias for the very first time, but it certainly won’t be my last time! This little wonder of nature opened from an inconsiderable little green pea to this stunning beauty! Ok, and it truly reminded me of a leopard inside, but this is another story 😉

alstroemeria and pink marble
alstroemeria and pink marble

I decided to make the alstroemeria my main flower of the boutonnière, because it was the most impressive but also a lightweight, this way I could easily adjust it to my helium balloons. To add a little more color to the balloon boutonnière I added a few more pink flowers like roses, kalanchoe and ranunculus…

pink kalanchoe and pink marble
pink kalanchoe and pink marble
pink roses and blush linen
pink roses and blush linen
pink marble and salmon colored ranunculus
pink marble and salmon colored ranunculus

You will now see what I mean by a ‘deconstructed boutonnière’… Boutonnières have a very long history and in the past decades they have become symbols for love and appreciation… Traditionally a boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men on special occasions, but I wanted to bring this symbol of love into our home and this is why I decided to create balloon boutonnières! 

Balloon boutonnière DIY
Balloon boutonnière DIY
balloon boutonnières for Valentine's Day
balloon boutonnières for Valentine’s Day

If you like the idea of attaching flowers to balloons, you are so welcome to get inspired and to recreate it for your home, too! Here you will find a step-by-step DIY so you know how to make it work in your home ❤ In order to make these colorful floral boutonnières for Valentine’s Day you need a few basic floral tools and to make it even simpler, ans also to take out the weight, I reduced the materials intentionally so you can have the most of your pretty interior decoration for Valentine’s…

You need:

big helium ballons

flowers

scissors

thin wire

washi tape

colored ribbons ( I used cotton because it is not as heavy as linen)

tools for Boutonnière DIY
tools for Boutonnière DIY

The main flowers, the focal flowers, I used for my balloon boutonnière are alstroemerias. The colorful accents are added by ranunculus, roses, kalanchoes and additionally baby’s breath.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

The first step after cutting the flowers from the stems, was to remove all of the stems and leaves, leaving only a small nub at the base. After all the stems and leaves were removed I put the wire into this little nub.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

After the wire was attached, I took both sides of the wire and bent them to make one solid wire. As I was attaching the wires to the flowers, I made sure to remove all the heavy and not so pretty petals from the flowers, so the boutonnière won’t get too heavy. Now that all the wires were attached to the flowers, I combined all of the wires to create one wire base.

Valentine's Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY
Valentine’s Day Balloon Boutonniere DIY

Again, to reduce the weight of the boutonnière, I used washi tape instead of a heavy floral tape. To cover the wire stems with the washi tape, I started at the base and wrapped it around the wire. Then I taped it little by little, making sure it was as smooth and as tight as possible. I also made sure, that no wire was sticking out. This ways I could attach the little flower boutonnière safely to the end of the balloon…

Balloon boutonnière DIY
Balloon boutonnière DIY

After you are finished with making your boutonnière, you can easily attach the wire stem to the end of the ballon, adding a few colorful ribbons if you like. Et voilà, your balloon boutonnière is ready to be given away to the person who has won over your heart…

PS: The kind of helium balloons I used only last for one day, so I have a TIP for you: You can prepare those pretty boutonnières in advance, you can make a few and store them in your fridge until you want to attach them to your balloon for the big day… ❤

But of course it was not enough for me to create one idea, I simply ran wild with all of the gorgeous flowers I gathered for my Valentine’s Special. So I made a few additional garlands made of hyacinths and dressed an antique chair for this special occasion 😉 These are a few other gorgeous flowers I used for my decoration – but wait until you see the chair ❤ Not a chair prettier in our house right now 😉

pink tulips and blush linen
pink tulips and blush linen
white phalaenopsis and pink marble
white phalaenopsis and pink marble
blush anthurium and pink marble
blush anthurium and pink marble
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers
antique white chair with pink flowers

HYACINTH GARLAND DIY:

To add another, and a last Valentine’s Day decoration I made a garland out of hyacinths. They are easy to make and also last a few days.

You need: 

big helium balloons

needle & yarn

opened hyacinth blooms

ribbons

hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon

For this project I took fully opened hyacinths, removed the blossoms from the stems and threaded them to a garland with the help of a needle and yarn. And this is the stunning result ❤

hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon
hyacinth flower garland attached to helium balloon

I really hope you liked my Valetine’s Day decoration and feel like making a balloon boutonniere, a garland or simple a lush pink floral arrangement for your special someone now. I truly enjoyed working on this gorgeous project and can’t stop looking at these pretties as they light up our home now… I would love to thank the gorgeous team of 1000gutegruende for letting me play with all these gorgeous flowers and giving me the opportunity to create this extraordinary decoration. I simply can’t imagine a world without flowers and I hope you feel the same ❤ A.XO

Valentinstag steht kurz vor der Tür, und natürlich darf die passende Deko auch da nicht fehlen – natürlich muss es bei mir eine Deko mit frischen Blumen sein! Wie wäre es zum Beispiel mit einer Blumen-Boutonnière an einer Luftballon-Girlande? Für alle, die ihrer Valetinstag-Deko einen Hauch Eleganz verleihen wollen, ist dieses DIY eine tolle Alternative.

Für die Ballon – Boutonnière benötigt man:

-XL Helium Ballon
-Blumen, deren Blüten eine leichte und filigrane Form haben, z.B. Alstroemerien oder Kalanchoë
-farblich passende Dekobänder aus Seide, Baumwolle oder Kunststoff (der Stoff sollte nicht zu schwer sein, also schwere Leinenstoffe vermeiden)
-statt schwerem Floristenklebeband, das man üblicherweise für Boutonnières benutzt, l–leichtes und farblich passendes Washi-/Masking-Tape benutzen
-dünnen Draht (um den Ballon nicht zu verletzen und um Gewicht zu sparen)
– Blumenschere

Schritt 1

Einzelne leichte Blüten auswählen und vom Stiel trennen. Bei allen Blüten die Stiele so weit kürzen, dass man noch ein Stück Draht befestigen kann. Anschließend den Draht durch den Stiel durchfädeln, beide Drahtenden verbinden und zu einem Strang zusammendrehen.

Schritt 2
Nachdem alle Blüten mit Draht präpariert wurden, alle Drähte mit Blüten zu einem einzigen kleinen Strauß zusammenfügen. Sucht nur die schönsten Blüten aus. Kleine Makel fallen bei einer kleinen Boutonnière besonders auf.

Schritt 3
Zu guter Letzt alle Drähte zusammendrehen und den Drahtstiel am Ende mit dem Washi-Tape verkleiden. Achtet darauf, dass kein Draht hervorschaut, sonst könnte das den Ballon später zum Platzen bringen. Den ummantelten Draht um den Ballon wickeln. Zur zusätzlichen Fixierung und zur Dekoration ein paar farbige Bänder um den Ballon wickeln. Wer mag, kann auch noch eine kleine Botschaft auf die Ballons schreiben.


Für die Girlande am Ballon benötigt man:

-mehrere XL-Ballons, mit Helium gefüllt
-farblich passende Hyazinthen
-Nadel und Faden
-farblich passende Dekobänder aus leichtem Stoff

Schritt 1

Die Blüten der Hyazinthen vom Stiel entfernen und die einzelnen Blüten nach und nach mit der Nadel auf den Faden fädeln, bis eine Blumengirlande entstanden ist. Die fertige Girlande samt Stoffbändern an den beiden Ballons befestigen – fertig.

Kleiner Tipp:
Die Boutonnière basteln und im Kühlschrank aufbewahren – dann erst am Tag des Einsatzes am Ballon befestigen. XL-Gummi-Ballons halten nur einen Tag. Wenn man möchte, dass die Ballons länger halten, sollte man auf feste Folienballons zurückgreifen, die größer und stabiler sind.

Ich wünsche einen zauberhaften Valentinstag, A.XO

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