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Pantone’s Living Coral-Inspired DIY Bouquet

By now you’ve probably heard that Pantone’s Color of the Year is Living Coral. It is everywhere, especially in florals. The vibrant hue draws inspiration from below the sea, hence the name, and captures glowing tones rarely seen above water. Thankfully, with the help of artificial flowers, you can have the best of both worlds – any color, any season, any flower!

LeAnne Samuelson, Creative Director at Afloral, loves using pops of coral in her DIY bouquet arrangements. According to LeAnne…

Sometimes I come across a color or combination and I love it. It’s not always planned but I see the colors together out in nature or online and I throw it all together. You just get a feeling!

By pairing complimenting colors (coral & white) you add dimension. Samuelson shared with us her steps for this DIY bouquet, choosing white dahlias, cherry blossoms, coral & peach roses, and salal greenery. You can also use artificial flowers (Afloral has all those shown), or you can opt for real flowers or even paper flowers. Same steps for all.


Step 1: Find your focal flowers. Whatever catches your eye – color or texture – start there.

Step 2: Build around the focal point. Let it grow organically.

Step 3: Tape away! Samuelson uses floral tape every time she adds a new stem – it allows her to finetune later on.

Step 4. Keep the stems long and don’t trim till the end – you can change their heights later.

Step 5. Add your greenery. Fill in wherever could use a little love!

Step 6: Top it off with a ribbon or simply drop it in a vase for decoration.


Hopefully, these steps will encourage you to take a chance and try to make your own bouquet. You may decide you still want to leave the actual wedding bouquets up to the professionals but at the very least, this could be a fun activity with your bridesmaids. And who knows… maybe you’ll surprise yourself with something great!

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    April 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    This is gorgeous and such a perfect DIY! So simple to follow! I may have to share this on my blog as I put together wedding posts!

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      April 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      So glad you liked it. Let us know if you end up trying this. Would love to see the results. :)

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    May 15, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I think this is lovely. I like the simple tones to it. It doesn’t have to be just for weddings.

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      May 15, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Not at all. Perfect at-home decor as well.

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    May 15, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I love the colours so pretty!! Might need to do this for my home

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      May 15, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Yes. We show it as a bridal bouquet but this could easily be for your home as well.

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    May 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

    This is beautiful! I love the colors and the simplicity in putting it together. Is it okay if I share this on my site? I’m going to start a series in June for engaged women and this is perfect! I’m planning on having some guest posts, as well! This is lovely!

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      May 20, 2019 at 11:43 am

      Feel free to share with a link to the post. :) Would love to see if anyone uses this tutorial and how it turns out.

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