A super easy Mimosa Wreath

bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath
bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath

Nothing says ‘SPRING’ more than fresh, bright flowers!
This is also the reason why I had to make a mimosa wreath, just like the one I saw in Holly’s new magazine Living at Home X Holly!
The styling is by my super talented friend Cornelia, and I simply had to have a wreath like that at home!

inspired by Cornelia Weber in livingathomexholly, bright yellow mimosa wreath
inspired by Cornelia Weber in livingathomexholly, bright yellow mimosa wreath

For this mimosa wreath I used:

-6 bouquets of mimosa

-scissors

-a wooden wreath with gaps (the best part of it, you can use it again and again and again…)

DIY mimosa wreath
DIY mimosa wreath

If you are just as inspired as I am and wish to create a little sunshine for your home, these are the simple steps to follow:

 

  • use the already dried blossoms as a base (the name says it all! mimosa is a very delicate flower and some of my branches were already dried a day after I bought them home. Still, don’t throw them away, use them as a base for your wreath, they will still give the arrangement a solid yellow background)
  • put the mimosa in the gaps of the wooden wreath (the wooden wreath I used as a foundation, already has gaps to use, if you use another wreath as a foundation, make sure you fix those mimosa with a thin wire)
  • slowly add more and more mimosa to the wreath (make sure the blossoms all show in the same direction, this way the wreath will turn out very evenly)

    DIY mimosa wreath
    DIY mimosa wreath
  • slowly the wreath will add up in volume (make sure to use the prettiest blooming mimosa on top of the wreath as this is your focal point)
  • I decided I was finished when I had used all of my mimosa 😉 
  • also, make sure to make a very fluffy and ‘stuffed’ wreath (this way it will dry beautifully and you won’t be able to see any gaps once its dried)

    bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath
    bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath
bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath
bright yellow DIY mimosa wreath

I hope you enjoyed my super easy DIY, but most of all, I wish you a wonderful spring!
A. XO

XXL WREATH INSTALLATION WITH TESA POWERSTRIPS

ANZEIGE

I have always been a fan of large flower and wall installations that bring more nature inside our homes! But the most important question is: how to install the big boys without doing any damage to the wall?!? Today, I will share my secret with you and I am sure you will LOVE it!

XL Autumnal Wreath
XL Autumnal Wreath

As the seasons change, the fruits of nature also change…This summer and fall have been so spectacularly beautiful that we were able to enjoy all of the wonderful creations outside. But now, it’s late autumn and we tend to spend more and more time at home – but why not continue to enjoy some natural additions from the inside of our 4 walls? Can you relate, that I want to bring the beauty of the woods into my home?

foggy morning in the woods
foggy morning in the woods

Ever since I have created an XXL wreath for Christmas a few years ago, I know how much beauty a large installation brings to my home, so why wait until Christmas? It’s almost the same amount of work as a small wreath but it sure has a bigger impact and is a statement to any room. Trust me on that one! Harvesting and fixing it to the walls wasn’t complicated at all! It took me only half an hour… without the harvesting… Ok, Ok, 35 minutes 😉

installation with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installation with TESA POWERSTRIPS

But first things first: You see, I had a large wall to work with – also it’s a wall with wallpaper. Might sound complicated for a wall installation? Not, if you have TESA POWERSTRIPS! It’s because, once you are done and don’t want to installation anymore, you can simply remove the POWERSTRIPS without any damage!

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

Also, it might sound like a wonder but a few years ago it simply sounded like a revelation to me to that you can temporarily fix some heavy things to the walls without damaging the walls! This is also the reason why I have been using TESA POWERSTRIPS for years now and there is simply nothing that can compare to these little wonders! But you can convince yourself here:

TESA POWERSTRIPS 

TESA KLEBENAGEL 

CHICKEN WIRE 

TONGS 

BRANCHES & LEAVES

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
chicken wire to install XXL wreath
chicken wire to install XXL wreath
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

In the images above you can see that it really doesn’t take much to get started with your installation: I cut the chickenwire into thin stripes, added a rough circle to the wall, using the TESA KLEBENAGEL as a hanger.

installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS
installing an XXL wreath with TESA POWERSTRIPS

After I created the round chicken wire base, I started adding the cut branches to the chickenwire. I made sure, that I cut off all the additional wood, so the wreath won’t be too heavy and slowly added the leaves to the wreath. You can see that I mixed the yellow leaves with the green ones, this way the wreath gained a more natural look.

XL Autumnal Wreath
XL Autumnal Wreath

Can you relate that I love working with  TESA KLEBENAGEL.

It’s oh so easy to work with! It is so small but can leave the biggest impact! It can be removed without any damage to your wall! It’s been one of my all time favorite tools for interior stylings over the past years now and I am quite sure that it will stay like this forever!

I hope you enjoyed this post and let’s start wreath season before Christmas, shall we?

A. XO

 

 

Hibiscus late summer arrangement

Sun and glorious summer weather have been spoiling us here in Germany for the past few weeks, so this is one of the reasons I was inspired to make an arrangement this bright and airy – made of hibiscus and everlasting pea ❤

late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea
late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea

late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea
late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea

late summer wreath with hibiscus and everlasting pea
late summer wreath with hibiscus and everlasting pea

late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea
late summer arrangement with hibiscus and everlasting pea

What an exotic view to enjoy ❤ A. XO

SPRING WREATH

white spring wreath via anastasiabenko.com
white spring wreath via anastasiabenko.com

You know the days, when the flowers start to wilt and the floral arrangement doesn’t look pretty anymore,in other words: simply tired flowers? Even then I can’t throw them away and one or two days before the flowers die forever I make floral installations – just like this half spring wreath for our bedroom. It’s a gorgeous possibility to use leftovers, without a bad conscience to cut off the heads of the blooming flowers. This way they get a second life and I extend the joy of flowers in our home to the maximum! I hope you do enjoy this half wreath too 😉

A. XO

Exciting news & XXL wreaths

Finally I can share the most exciting news with you: last year Holly from decor8 reached out to me and asked me to be part of her team! From now on I will be writing a monthly flower column! She has been my very first blog-crush and all of this is a dream come true! Thanks to her I was introduced to the world of incredible stylists and admirable photographers: I instantly knew, I wanted to create beauty, too! So here we are with my very first column:

You know, for my arrangements I love to use what my surroundings offer. For me, a house doesn’t feel like a home without flowers and plants! This is also the reason why you always find natural elements in my home, I never come home empty handed from my walks in the nearby forest. I love to challenge myself and try to stick to the changing seasons to reflect the nature of the season. Of course there are occasions where only a lush flower arrangement makes sense but I also think that branches can make a huge impression and almost look like beautifully arranged sculptures.

mid century vases, white porcelain via anastasiabenko.com
mid century vases, white porcelain via anastasiabenko.com

After several years of working with flowers and plants I realized that no matter what time of the year, I am always drawn to wreaths. Wreaths have the most perfect form for me, a circle that is connecting one end with another – it’s beautiful but yet complex. This time I wanted to make 2 super-sized wings out of eucalyptus that can be arranged in two different ways: an open half wreath and a more wreath-like, round installation. These are my mood boards I created for the stylings:

mood board for XXL wreaths via anastasiabenko.com
mood board for XXL wreaths via anastasiabenko.com

mood board for XXL wreaths via anastasiabenko.com
mood board for XXL wreaths via anastasiabenko.com

Next, my two wreaths:
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

We are in the middle of a gloomy winter here in Germany and instead of going for an arrangement with a lot of flowers that will fade in a week’s time, I decided to go with a huge wreath that can stay up on the wall for a few weeks. As I can’t change the weather, at least I wanted to change the mood in my studio and I knew, I wanted to go for a fresh look with lots of juicy greens as they add an airy / lively look to every home.
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

Once you notice it’s not too difficult to make these stunners, you will enjoy them for weeks as you can hang them just like that to freshen up your interiors, use it for a winter wedding backdrop or decorate for a winterly inspired birthday party!

Now, I will show you two different ways to style the wreath and I promise the DIY steps won’t be too difficult! So you can go ahead and try to make this wreath for your home too! The foliage used here looks amazing once it has dried so I went for a lot of eucalyptus and ruscus-leafed bamboo.

DIY steps for XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
DIY steps for XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

DIY steps for XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
DIY steps for XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

Because I didn’t use a lot of ingredients, I decided to work with scale to create a grand effect!

-To give the wreath wings a proper form, I attached the branches little by little to huge semi-circle branches.
-In the beginning I made sure to stay close to the circle form of the solid branch that made the basis.
-I used thin floral wire to attach the branches to one another.
-I cut the wire in small pieces because I didn’t want to get too tangled up.
-Once you have made the circle form of the wreath wing, you are allowed to get a little messy here: you can attach the branches pointing in every possible direction!
-Add some flowers or anything you fancy, for instance in the first wreath I’ve added some seasonal flowers like Dusty Miller, White Cyclamen and Chamelaucium (wax flower).
-When finished, I fixed them to the wall with transparent fishing wire.
-Note: If you are planning on having these wreaths up for a few days or weeks, you can also attach paper flowers to the wreath.

Kicking perfection to the curb is key here, as this disarrangement will add lots of interesting structure to your wreath! Seriously, don’t work too tidy and you will get a breathtakingly beautiful result!

XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com
XXL Eucalyptus wreath via anastasiabenko.com

golden bar cart with white porcelain via anastasiabenko.com
golden bar cart with white porcelain via anastasiabenko.com

I hope you liked my wintery arrangement and are inspired to make one yourself! I will see you soon on decor8 and please don’t hesitate to drop a comment on your future flower arrangement wishes.To celebrate the beauty of wreaths I even started a challenge called #wreathofthemonth on Instagram with my friend Berit. Please share your wreathstacular pieces in the comments section below with a link OR on IG adding #wreathofthemonth #decoratewithflowers.

If you have any questions about these wreaths, please comment so I can answer them. See you on March 21 (Holly’s Birthday!) with another flower idea for you! – A. XO