How to Make a Wedding Arch With Flowers

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How to Make a Wedding Arch With Flowers
A homemade wedding arch adds a dramatic touch to a backyard wedding. (wedding image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com)

Creating a wedding arch with flowers will take time and patience, but all that work will be rewarded in spectacular fashion. The arch can be economically constructed from large branches and bundled twigs. Plan to begin making the arch at least a week before the wedding date. Add fresh flowers to the structure the morning of the big day for maximum impact. Large blossomed white blooms, like lilacs, hydrangeas or daisies, will make a spectacular display and their long stems will be easy to weave through the twig clusters.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Metal tape measure
  • 4 branches or saplings, 7 1/2 feet tall, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter
  • 2 bent branches, 3 1/2 feet tall, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter
  • 50 small branches or twigs, 3 to 4 feet long, 1/2 inch in diameter
  • Stones
  • Shovel
  • 26-gauge stainless steel wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Strong twine
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the area for the wedding arch and mark four sites for the support branches with stones. Two side supports will be 3 1/2 feet apart at the front and back sides of the arch, and the arch opening will be 3 1/2 feet wide.

  2. 2

    Dig four holes 6 1/2 inches deep with the shovel where you have placed the stones. Place one 7 1/2-foot support branch in each hole and pack the dirt around the branches tightly.

  3. 3

    Attach each 3 1/2-foot bent branch to the supports for the archway top by wrapping the steel wire around the join spots.

  4. 4

    Bundle three same-sized small twigs and branches together. Attach a bundle between the side support branches with the wire in an crisscross design. Repeat with eight more twig branches on each side, beginning near the ground and continuing up the supports.

  5. 5

    Wrap all exposed wire with twine to hide the wire.

  6. 6

    Insert flower stems between the bundled twigs and branches, using wire and twine if needed.

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