DIY Floral Comb Tutorial

Mother’s Day Floral Comb Tutorial - By  Alison Fleck of Juniper Designs 
as seen on GreenWeddingShoes

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Things you’ll need

  • Fresh or Silk Flowers: we used freshwater Spray Roses and Brunia. 
  • Snippers
  • RibbonChoose various thicknesses for depth and interest. We picked ribbon with subtle colors and texture. Make sure you get a thick option to cover up the card stock.
  • Card Stock: Select a subtle color here, this is just a structural component.
  • Hair Comb: You can purchase these from any general store, they have various sizes.
  • Hot Glue Gun: Any glue gun will do, we use this for the construction portion of the backing and connecting it to the comb. 
  • Cold Floral GlueWe use cold floral glue for fresh flowers, it adheres in a flexible manor and does less damage to the fresh cut flower.

Step 1. Gather materials with preferred color pallet, we chose a variety of peach and ivory.

Step 2. Cut a 2” by 4” piece card stock. For various size combs a rule of thumb is to make sure the edge of the card stock extends about a quarter of an inch past the width of the comb. Fold the card stock in half.

Step 3. Run a pretty generous line of hot glue along the back of the comb and attach it to the non-folded side of the card stock. Press the two open sides of the card stock together to hide the top of the comb. Cut off any excess or extra that you don’t need.

Step 4. Cut your ribbon to the appropriate size to conceal the card stock. Don't be afraid to layer the ribbon adding depth and interest. Once cut to the appropriate length, glue the ribbon to the backing.

Step 5. Now we move on to the cold glue for fresh flowers (you can use hot if you’re using silk) 

Run a line of cold glue along the ribbon in the desired place. Let the glue set up for about 10-20 seconds. While your’e waiting for the glue to set up, snip your desired flowers pretty short at the base. *side note, make sure you clean your flowers by taking off any blemished outer petals.

Step 6. Apply a dollop of cold glue to the bottom of the cut flower (do this slowly as the cold glue has a tendency to run at first). Allow the glue to set up for 10-20 seconds

Step 7. Apply the flowers to the comb, making sure that the glue you placed on the backing and the glue on the flower are touching (the glue works like rubber cement and bonds to itself). Arrange the flowers as you see fit.

Step 8. Fill in any holes you may see with buds or other floral elements you’ve gathered. Let it sit for a good 30 minutes before use and enjoy!!

All photos curtesy of Ely Fair Photography

All photos curtesy of Ely Fair Photography