In case you haven’t been able to tell yet, I’m a sucker for anything floral or plant related. So, when I saw these cross-stitch hoops being beautifully dressed in florals and used as decor all over Pinterest, I was hooked. My mom and I both thought they would be a great addition to my wedding decor, so I set out to find away to make them myself. Turns out, its pretty simple.
These can be used in a myriad of ways. They turned out to be lovely hanging outdoors at Eric’s and my wedding reception (see below). Now I’ve repurposed a few of them to act as a visual faux headboard in our bedroom. For a while my mom also was hanging some outside on her fence.
To make them, you can pick up all the supplies from your local craft store. There are so many silk flowers and greenery options available, it should be easy to find the perfect ones for your style and taste. Bonus: you can almost always find a coupon online for craft stores, so this is a budget friendly project!
- Cross-stitch hoop (any size!)
- String of silk greenery
- Small bunch of silk flowers (often the small flowers work best)
- Floral tape
- Scissors or wire cutters
Your first step will be visually measuring out how much of your greenery you’ll need to cover part of your hoop. I’ve made hoops where the floral part is mostly on the left or right, but this time I decided to make the florals covering the bottom half of the hoop. Its up to you!
After you’ve measured out how much greenery you’ll need, cut it to size and set the leftover greenery aside for use on your next hoop.
The next step is to adjust the greenery where you’d like it on your hoop and turn the whole thing backwards. Now you cut strips of the floral tape, about 6 inches long, and carefully tie your greenery to the hoop, placing the knot on the back of the hoop. Take care not to pull too harshly on the tape, as it can be fragile and tear off easily.
Continue taking sections of the floral tape and tying the greenery to the hoop. The amount of ties you’ll need will depend on how floppy your greenery is. Once its secured, cut off the extra ends of the floral tape leaving only the tight knots.
Now you can turn your hoop back over. Take your florals and cut off a few small stems of the flowers. I like to keep the amount to an odd number. Here is where you decide where you’d like the blooms to be placed on your hoop. It’s the hardest part for me!
Try to spread them out in a way that it looks natural, and not too uniform. You could opt to have a small bunch of blooms on one portion, and then spread out some smaller blooms on the other portion.
Once you’ve decided where you like them, try to stick their small stems in between the greenery and the hoop to briefly secure them. This will help keep them in place when you turn the hoop backwards again.
Following the placement of your blooms, turn the hoop over again. Now you’ll repeat what you did with the greenery, by using small sections of floral tape to tie the small stems to the hoop. Make sure to secure the flowers well to the hoop so they won’t fall out later. I found I sometime had to use a couple pieces of tape for one bloom.
After cutting off the extra pieces of tape, turn your hoop over and bask in its beauty!
How easy was that? Now you can use the leftover supplies to make more floral hoops, or pick out some different greenery and blooms to diversify your collection. I love how lovely and dainty these look; and you can beat how easy it is to create! Here are a few more that I’ve made, and a photo of more hung outdoors at our wedding.
I hope you enjoy creating these beauties for your home or party!
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