Flower Garland: Quick & Easy Decor

Looking for a way to celebrate the warmer weather AND spruce up your interior space? DIY Flower Garland FTW!

After staring at a big, blank, white space next to my Eclectic Hearts home workstation for about a week – I finally decided to try out a version of all the beautiful, boho flower garlands I’ve been seeing on Instagram and Pinterest lately. Friends, it was SO EASY – why did I wait this long to create my own floral masterpiece?!

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5 Easy Steps:

  1. Gather literally any string, rope, twine you have available in your home or pick some up at your local hobby store – the flowers do the talking anyways. There’s plenty of recommendations for the ‘best’ string to use out there. Some people prefer a thinner string as it creates the illusion that the flowers are floating (which is totally fab), but I used just a bundle of twine I’d had sitting around (because ya girl is cheap) and it still turned out very earthy and chic.
  2. FLOWERS! Have some little friends finally blooming in the yard out front? Or maybe a recent anniversary or event that’s got a beautiful batch currently sitting crowded together in a vase? (I used my wedding weekend flowers) If not, maybe go for a relaxing hike to pick some wildflowers and leaves to use!
  3. Find a sturdy dowel rod or stick to hang the rope and flowers from. You can of course grab a dowel rod from your local hardware or craft store OR you can be like me and send your husband and dog out on a walk to gather sturdy, straight(ish) stick options for you (#efficient).
  4. Cut your strings at whatever lengths you’d like / whatever fits your available space. Trim your flowers (I left about 1″ of the stem to tie the rope to). Tie one end of the strings to the stick and then do a simple knot around each of your stems as you work your way down – as far or as close together as you’d like (I tied them every 4″-6″).
  5. Use a piece of your extra string and tie a knot at each end of the stick to easily hang your bohemian goddess decor!Homemade Bohemian Flower Garland

Voila – a beautiful, colorful, natural piece of decor to spice up your weekend and your walls! Of course, if you use natural flowers they will die, but they actually dry nicely and still look beautiful after the fact (I’ve had mine up for about 1.5 weeks now and still love it). Other option is to purchase silk flowers, but that’s of course not the most cost efficient route (although I’ve been scouring Facebook Marketplace for someone giving some up for a more permanent version of this).

Honestly, the whole shebang took me approximately 45 minutes at the most – it was a super relaxing craft and it made my step daughter say the sweetest, most genuine ‘Wooooow’ I’ve ever heard – worth every minute it took to put it together.

Get outside this weekend, smell the roses… & then hang them up!

Interior Design: A Form of Self Expression

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ― Allen Ginsberg

Like all stories of self expression, this one includes that lovely awkward phase from circa 6th grade to Sophomore year.

…Oh wait, your ‘blossoming’ phase didn’t last that long…?!

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The Infamous Hot Pink – Starburst Orange Handprint Bedroom. I still have the freckles, not the pajamas.

If Mom wasn’t the one holding the camera, I can guarantee you that she was on the other side of this room rolling her hands in hot pink paint and slapping ’em on the walls.

Lucky for me and my sister, this woman was just the right mix of insane enough and kind enough to let us have free reign of designing our own bedrooms over the years [and would even HELP us see these outrageous ideas through]. The patience she had to have when 8 months after rainbow splatter painting my bedroom I started proclaiming, “This has to change…this room just isn’t ME anymore, Mom.”

Looking back now, I realize that this specific form of freedom to express [the ability to create my own personalized space to exist in] was just one of the many seeds my Mom was planting. She was cultivating her children to realize that simply being ourselves is really what it’s all about [and it worked – nice job, Ma].

Having my own space that I designed and created made me feel accomplished, like my opinion mattered and, most importantly, like I had a safe place to retreat to and just enjoy being myself in. I carried that feeling with me as I eventually attended design school and then went on to work in both commercial and residential design for several years.

I’ve more recently branched out to run my own creative business called Eclectic Hearts, a subscription company that sends original art prints for home decor to subscribers. Little did I know, the purpose of this very business was developing all the way back in that bright pink and orange bedroom: the importance of decorating spaces in ways that are meaningful + inspirational to us as individuals.

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My best friend then (and still to this day) posing in my Moons + Stars bedroom, which of course had hundreds of glow in the dark stars hand stuck to the ceiling.
“No matter what place you call home, the very word strikes a chord deep inside each of us. Home means sanctuary, the place we can rest, relax, enjoy time with friends, learn, grow … and just be. Our homes say a lot about who we are and what we think is important in life.” – Jill Angelo [The Importance of Home]

So of course we should desire to decorate and design our abodes in ways that are special, unique, and inspiring. Even more so, we should be allowing ourselves the flexibility to let these interior spaces evolve, change and adapt – as we do! Follow this blog if that topic interests you, as we’ll be sharing design tips, DIY projects and inspirational artistic stories.

Do you have a special bedroom design from your youth that you remember fondly? Share it in the comments below! Bonus points for awkward photo proof.

If you’re looking for a unique Mother’s Day Gift or you’d like like to learn more about Eclectic Hearts, our story and the independent artists involved – head on over here: Boycott Boring Walls.