I’m a big fan of David Tutera. I’ve watched every episode of My Fair Wedding that is available on Netflix! When I heard about the new David Tutera Bridal line designed for DIYers like moi, I was really excited to check it out! David is the king of making sure everything looks high-class and amazing, so I knew he would do the same for the crafty brides. I got a collection of goodies to try out and the first thing I noticed was the bling! David often talks about how all of his brides love the sparkle. I thought it would be really fun to throw a bridal shower that plays up our love of everything blingy–particularly that all important engagement ring. So I am titling the shower “He Put a Ring On It!” There is so much you could do with this theme! Today I am going to show you how I made invitations, artwork, and a blingy flower arrangement, that would be perfect for this. The flowers would also work as wedding centerpieces.
The invitation was actually inspired by the invitation to my own bridal shower many years ago. My friend was a graphic designer and created a simple card with nothing on the front except a simple gold band with a rhinestone glued on top. The adhesive jewels from the David Tutera Bridal collection make this look really easy to achieve. I chose a Tiffany blue color (to keep with the jewelry theme) and added the text of my theme in a swirly font. I used a gold paint pen to add the gold band and simple placed one of the oval adhesive jewels on top of the ring.
I also created a printable to help reinforce the theme. This one says “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend!” I used the picture frames from David’s line because they are so blingy! I drew on the gold ring with the paint pen and slid the printable inside the frame. I added the adhesive jewel right on top of the glass, after inserting the the printable.
If you are thinking of throwing your own blingy bridal shower, I am helping you out by making these printables available to my Facebook followers on the Freebie tab there! (Note: This may not work from your mobile device. Try it from your PC).
For the centerpiece, I used several items from the Tutera line. One of my favorite things in the collection is the battery-powered wire lights. They can add so much drama to centerpieces. I even used them to line the front of the table in our “Game of Love” Valentine’s party, to give the feel of a game show stage. they are really flexible and can go anywhere.
You can see the wire lights in this photo, as well as most of the other products from the line that I used in these projects.
To make the glowing centerpieces, I started with a simple cylinder vase, the lights, and the tube of diamond cut accents from the David Tutera collection. Whenever putting filler in a vase, it helps if you can place something else inside first to take up a lot of the space, so you don’t need to use as much of the product.
The tube the scatters came in was almost perfect for the job, but was just a smidge too big for all of the jewels to be able to fit between the plastic tube and the vase, so we just cut it down and modified until it was the right size (BSB’s idea).
I wrapped the wire around the outside and tucked the battery pack inside. BSB suggested putting the wire lights inside the tube. That might give a little more control with where the lights are when you add the jewels. But this worked and would also work if you wanted to use two vases and put flowers inside the center vase.
I love fresh flowers. I’ve posted several fresh floral arrangements before, and several using wet floral foam (oasis). I used the foam in this arrangement for a couple of reasons. One being that with the lights, I can lift off the flowers to turn them on and off. I can also use a taller vase and shorter stemmed flowers. Also, the foam helps keep the flowers fresh longer and foam gives me a great place to stick in a little bit more bling!
Using the wet floral foam ball also gives you more options for other floral arrangements. I used a candle holder/stand I put together from Dollar store pieces (and used at this event), when I was assembling the arrangement, and thought it looked really pretty on that stand as well!
But first I should show you how I arranged the flowers.
I grabbed all the white flowers I could find at the grocery store: roses, mini carnations, and stems of Star of Bethlehem flowers, as well as some wax flower fillers.
I tested the ball before I started adding flowers to make sure it was the right size to sit on top of the vase. The foam was going to be a little bit visible, so I ended slicing a little bit off of one end with a kitchen knife and leveling that end. I had already let the foam soak up water in the sink. It is easy to cut when it is wet.
When doing an arrangement like this in foam, make sure and trim the flower heads to have short stems. The longer the stem, the bigger the overall sphere will be and the more flowers you will need to fill it in. These take a lot more flowers than you might think, especially if you aren’t using any greens or abundant filler.
Use a different elevated holder–other than your vase–so that you can get down under the edges and keep the foam from showing, and so you won’t get water everywhere, when it is displaced from the foam as you add the flowers.
Some flowers may need to be wired. My roses and carnations were sturdy enough to just stick straight into the foam. The stems of the Star of Bethlehem flowers were too flimsy and had to be wired. If you have a thin enough wire, you can slide it up the inside the stem and barely into the flower head. That should be sufficient for what we are doing here.
I only had six roses, so I started with those, spreading them out around the foam. Then just go around filling in the holes with the other flowers, trying to choose the ones that are under-represented in that spot until it is full and there are no large gaps between flowers.
Now for the bling!! Some of the David Tutera line is designed to wear in your hair or as brooches for clothes, but we dressed up the bouquet instead. The pins with the long stems were perfect for sticking into the foam, leaving the sparkly heads poking out of the arrangement. The snaps had to be wired, but then I stuck them into the foam as well.
Wouldn’t those be a beautiful addition to a bridal bouquet?
As for the big brooches, I used them to bling up the vase and echo the engagement ring theme of our party. I happened to have gold vinyl on hand, and so I cut a strip of that , just narrower than the brooch and wrapped it around the vase. I slid the pin part of the brooch underneath the vinyl to hold it in place. I know not everyone has gold vinyl hanging around their house, so you could definitely get the same effect with gold ribbon. You should be able to hot glue it to the vase for the party, and later peel the hot glue right off the glass.
When you are done arranging your flower dome, turn on your lights, and place the flowers on top of the vase.
I rounded out the look with some Tiffany blue colored favor boxes tied with white ribbon and some engagement ring scatters, both found at Michaels. If you’d like more info on the David Tutera Bridal line, follow Darice on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You also might want to check out these posts featuring fun projects using products from the line: