Our Wedding: Paper Flowers + Tutorial


How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Here’s another little how-to from our recent (can we still call August recent?) wedding!

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Our budget was a little lopsided for the wedding. We knew we wanted great food and a fantastic photographer — which left about $4 for table decorations. I’d thought about making fabric flowers for the centerpieces, but then I realized that fabric (as many of you know), ain’t cheap either. So I decided to borrow an idea from Target.

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A while back, I bought some paper pompoms to decorate my friend’s daughter’s birthday party. I realized they are not at all hard to make, so I decided that “rivers of flowers” would decorate the centers of our long 8′ tables. I was able to get a good price on the paper through a wholesaler. Which was good, because I needed, like, 500 flowers.

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While it seemed kind of crazy to make 500 flowers, it actually wasn’t too bad. I had the help of many of my family and friends, who came over and helped me fluff all the flowers. My lovely mother watched HGTV and fluffed more than I can count.

Want to make some of your own? Here’s a tutorial on how to make them!

How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

Start with two sheets of tissue paper. Mine was purchased in bulk so it only has the center fold, but using regular tissue paper with more folds works too.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Fold the two sheets of tissue paper in half.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Fold in half again.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Find the corner with all of the separate pieces of paper (not one with a fold). Take this corner and fold it to the opposite edge to make a triangle.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Trim off the extra rectangle of paper. I did this using a rotary cutter, but scissors work as well.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

When you open up the triangle to make a square, you’ll notice that some edges still have a fold. Trim off that edge using a rotary cutter, or slip the scissors into the fold and cut to separate all the pieces of paper. Basically, you want eight individual squares.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Fold the paper, accordion style. I usually ended up with seven or eight folds.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Staple the accordion in the center.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Trim each edge to create the “petals” of the flower. See below to find other ways of cutting the ends of each flower to create a different look.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Carefully start to separate the layers of the flower. Pull from the inside of each layer, as opposed to out on each edge. This will help keep the flowers from tearing. To be honest, we ripped a lot of petals but there are so many on each flower that it wasn’t noticeable.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Keep fluffing the layers until you have half the flower.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

And then fluff the other side! Voila! You’ve made a paper flower!

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Flower Styles

I ended up cutting four different styles of flowers — here’s how I accomplished each look:

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

Pretty fabulous and not so difficult! Perfect for the bride (or bridal or baby shower planner!) who wants to save a bit of money but still make an impact.

How to Make Paper Flowers Tutorial | Let's Eat Grandpa

 

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Comments

  1. says

    These are so pretty, and very inventive! They looked lovely on your tables. I can definitely appreciate not having a ton of money left for decor . . . our centerpieces were books purchased at library book sales and secondhand stores, paired with science flasks bought wholesale from a distributor online with flowers bought wholesale locally from an Amish farmer. We still spent a bit of coin, honestly, but nothing compared to the prices I’d been looking at for “professional” decor!
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    • says

      “Professional” decor can be ridiculous. We had a few rented items that were very reasonable, but if I wanted to go all out on every single table, it would have been thousands of dollars! Heck no. $40 for paper flowers was our biggest savings!

      And I looooved your wedding. So cute!

  2. Cherrie says

    Since we have very limited funds for our wedding next May, this will be an absolute win for us! Thank you for the tutorial!

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