One of the most beautiful and elegant ways of decorating your table is with a lush and full floral table runner but getting a florist to create one for you can be expensive, especially if you have a large number of tables to decorate. If you find that you don’t have the budget for fresh flowers expertly designed by a florist you can easily create your own, and with very few materials, that will have your guests swooning at their beauty. Plus if you choose to buy artificial flowers you can make these in advance and they will keep perfectly unlike fresh flowers which may wilt in certain environments and without a water source. This tutorial uses artificial flowers, but if you would prefer to use fresh flowers you will need to ensure that they have an adequate supply of water and don’t get too warm to keep their best shape and colour.
First of all you’ll need a selection of artificial greenery and silk flowers, green tape and thin wire. To make things slightly easier purchase a ready made garland you can add to as this will give you a basic structure to work from, or you can choose mesh ribbon to begin from scratch which is slightly trickier but gives you total freedom in length. You can find these in a number of homeware stores and garden centres, and by buying them from a physical store you will be able to see how they look when placed against one another. If you aren’t able to get to a physical store there are a lot of choices online, just take a look at sites such as Pinterest for which colours work well with your chosen theme. Just remember that you have total creative freedom with your floral runner, your wedding should be all about you and your style so if you can’t find examples that fit in with the styling of your big day don’t be discouraged. Start experimenting and you will soon find which floral pieces work beautifully together, AND you’ll have a totally unique piece that’s never been seen before!
1. Take your mesh ribbon and gently tape in place to a flat surface. Begin threading through your bulkier pieces of greenery to create the base of your runner, and try to keep this a consistent thickness throughout the length of ribbon to avoid bulkier patches.
2. Once in place use tape or wire to secure this greenery to your base and to avoid pieces moving when repositioning in the future. Don’t worry too much if you can see this at this stage – your additional layers of florals will cover this.
3. Place your largest florals evenly along the length of the runner, making sure these are spread regularly throughout and tape in place.
4. Now simply begin to fill in the gaps with any smaller pieces of foliage and florals to build up your runner to the complexity you prefer
And that’s it – you now have a beautiful, long-lasting unique runner which is simple to make and a much cheaper alternative to costly floristry work.
Photographer: Reema Desai