Hoppy Decorations: DIY Hop Garland / by Clare Johnson

We know lots of folks get engaged over the holidays and are busy Pinning away and planning their dream tablescapes, event decor and more (congrats!). We can't help but think what we have to offer today may just be what you're looking for.

 At our fall salon, hosted in the Guest Room at Antique Taco,  Kelly Connolly of Nimble Well added a some serious flare to our cocktail bar using homegrown hops. It has us dreaming of unusual garlands, or similarly inspired garlands of, perhaps, dried grasses and flowers in winter or lush & live ones in summer, spring and fall. Ours? Great for gardeners, greenery lovers and beer lovers alike. It smelled so good, too!

where did the hops come from? 

Kelly acquired the hop vines from a local source: her neighbors. As home brewers, they grow several varieties of hops in their yard. Hops grow rather vigorously (up to one foot per day) and it's important to trim them back throughout the growing season to keep them healthy. So, why not use them for some hop-crafting?

I’m in love with the shape of the flowers; one variety is long and draping like grapes and another compact and densely clustered.

To create the frame, Kelly used copper pipes and joints - items you can find at practically any hardware store. For a quick tutorial on DIY frame backdrops, check out the Parties for Pennies site. 

Once the frame was constructed, she clipped different lengths of vines and flower clusters and attached them to the frame using floral wire. Floral wire is great for any plant-based crafts. Its malleable quality makes it very easy to use and the green color of the wire is easily camouflaged by the foliage. 

I started with the longer pieces and then added the flower clusters. I know hops aren’t the most common vine growing in backyards, but the same method would work with grapes and ivies.

Small touches like these, great for photography and photo booth backdrops, are guaranteed to take your event to the next level and leave guests gobsmacked. 

For more DIYs, see the Balloon + Fringe tutorial from our 2013 winter salon and Balloon Garland and Spiral Paper from our 2015 summer salon at Greenhouse Loft. 

Kelly Connolly of Nimble Well - event stylist extraordinaire - has been an integral part of our Forth team for two years and an integral part of countless beautiful events. Her collection of tabletop rentals adds the perfect touch of color and elegance to our salons, but her talent doesn't stop there! Go see all she gets up to on her gorgeous Instagram feed