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5 Tips for Easy DIY Floral Decor

Hello Friends,

I don’t know about you, but these days I’m not much of a brick and mortar shopper. I mean, it’s hard for me to justify the time it takes to get all dolled up and then plan a day trip around Atlanta’s rush hour traffic.  This is why I am thrilled to find online shopping resources that allow me to order the things I need for my home without all of the “shopping” hassle.

So when the good folks at Afloral offered to send me some of their products to use and share in a blog post, of course, I was happy to explore this “deliver-it-to-my-doorstep” and decorating opportunity.

Here’s what I learned.

5 Tips for Easy DIY Floral Decor

Tip #1: Shop Online

Afloral is a prime resource for all things floral and more. Whether you’re in the market for wedding, entertainment, or home decor, Afloral has got you covered with many kinds of faux flowers and accessories. 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Afloral, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

A floral centerpiece made from pussy willow stems | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tip #2: Layer Color and Texture

For example, I ordered this preserved boxwood wreath and then made a quick and easy DIY wall hanging by layering the wreath over a grapevine wreath and vintage window panel. It was easy peasy and looks super cute hanging on the wall in my back hall.

A preserved boxwood is layered on top of a grapevine wreath to create floral wall art | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tip #3: Snip Florals to Size

And don’t let the size of the stem hold you back. I ordered a few pussy willow stems that were about 36-inches long when they arrived. A bit of measuring and a few snips later and they easily fit into one of my favorite galvanized containers (also from Afloral). 

Long-stemmed faux pussy willows are cut to size for this container | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tip #4: Go Horizontal 

Then, when some of my girlfriends were coming over and I needed a rather large, but flat centerpiece for the table, I used a galvanized tray (from Afloral) and repositioned the pussy willow stems to lay horizontally. 

A flat floral centerpiece can be made by adding faux pussy williow stems horizontally | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

To cozy it up and complete the look, one votive candle was mixed with some ribbon and twine. This way, the ladies were able to talk across the table without obstruction from the centerpiece.

An unstructured floral centerpiece is made with traditionally items displayed in a non-traditional way | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Tip #5: Think Unique

I seldom use containers that are uniquely made to hold centerpieces. This is because I need all of my containers to be multi-functional. And the key, I have found, to making containers be these kind of decorating workhorses is three-fold. I always buy standard sizes, but look for interesting shapes and high quality finishes.

One small votive can provide a tabletop glow while claiming minimal space | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Great centerpiece containers often come from using items with unique shapes and fabulous finishes | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And I also look for ways that the piece itself can be changed.  For example, this awesome rustic handle can be removed from this round tray if needed.  

A container with a removable handle creates more flexible options for floral centerpieces | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Truth be told, this tray sorta got caught as my project tray because the handle made it so easy to carry around. But should the tray need to work double-duty, that fabulous finish –which only gets better with use– will provide a striking contrast to my vintage white tablecloth.

Containers with high quality finishes and unique shapes work well with other highly textured items | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Similarly, if the flatware sorter needs to be used for something other than a centerpiece container, no problem. It’s an easy change-up.

A flatware sorter makes a great oval container for a simple floral centerpiece | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And that’s all there is to it.  Five super-easy tips —that are simply a matter of rethinking how stems and containers are put together to create floral decor. 

What could be easier? Or more practical?

If you’d like to refer back to these ideas…

5 Tips for Easy DIY Floral Decor | #spon Aflora | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Shop Here

If you’d like to shop these products, please click here for the Afloral website. 

More DIY Here

If you’d like to see how to make a centerpiece using succulents from Afloral, please

click here for my bloggy friend (Toni) over at Small Home Soul for a fun and informal look.

and click here for my other bloggy friend (Carolann) over at Sassy Townhouse Living for a formal look on the dining room table.





  • Reply Marie from The Interior Frugalista February 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I sure could’ve used Afloral last year this time while preparing for my daughter’s wedding. We were on the hunt for good quality faux lavender and white roses. Must remember this because my son is getting married next year.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Marie and thanks! I’m thrilled to learn that the post is useful for you. Congrats to you and the family on the up coming marriage of your son. I look forward to seeing the photos.

  • Reply Vanessa Lund February 14, 2017 at 3:22 am

    These are great tips and I love the pieces you purchased.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 14, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Vanessa! I had such a difficult time choosing, but totally love the items I receieved. They fit anywhere in the house.

  • Reply Carolann February 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Everything looks so beautiful Susie. I love Afloral products! You photos are stunning, and I love the wreath so much! I can’t wait to shop there soon.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Carolann. I have had a good many people respond that they are happy to have found Afloral as an online source. Being helpful is always a huge plus. Thanks also for your sweet words.

  • Reply Michelle February 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    You are so good at this! I love every single photo! Amazing.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 14, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Thanks Michelle. You are so sweet!

  • Reply Toni Harvey February 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Those are lovely, all the arrangements you came up with are just beautiful. The delicate linen with the rough galvanized tray, and the ribbon and pussy willow. Just lovely! Happy Valentines to you sweet friend!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Toni! Happy Valentine’s to you, too!

  • Reply leanne with divaofdiy.com February 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I love all the different textures! Beautiful!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Leanne and thanks!

  • Reply ducttapeanddenim February 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

    So pretty! Love those so much more than traditional flower arrangements.

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 15, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks! Me, too! Something different and simple. Always a favorite with me.

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  • Reply Debbie February 16, 2017 at 7:43 am

    I love the product, especially the piece with the handle. great tips on the use of florals too!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Thanks Debbie!

  • Reply Nancy @ Slightly Coastal February 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Super cute! I love the pussy willows. Great styling. I love the weathered and worn look of these arrangements. I think anyone could live with these ideas in their house.


    • Reply theChelseaProject February 16, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks Nancy! It’s so sweet of you to stop by! Love hearing your thoughts about my projects!

  • Reply Sue March 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    All your photos are so lovely that I could pin them all. There are some spring-like instagram photos like yours that I am seeing, but I like yours a lot.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 2, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Sue. I loved these products so it was easy and fun to use them in photos.

  • Reply Carolann March 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I am always so inspired by your work Susie. Everything you do is filled with inspiration. I can stare at your photos for hours. You really put YOU into your designs and I love you both!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Carolann. You are such an encouragement. You’ll never know how much I appreciate you.

  • Reply Sam @ Raggedy Bits April 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

    Gorgeous Susie!! I love everything and how you have styled everything!! You truly are a natural! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 21, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hi Sam and thanks! So lovely to have you stop by!

  • Reply Lisa Taylor May 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing such great information last month at The Favorite Fives Party!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 15, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I don’t often work in numbers, but when I do, I think of you! #letslinkup 🙂

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