Here’s another little how-to from our recent (can we still call August recent?) wedding!
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.
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.
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.
Fold the two sheets of tissue paper in half.
Fold in half again.
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.
Trim off the extra rectangle of paper. I did this using a rotary cutter, but scissors work as well.
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.
Fold the paper, accordion style. I usually ended up with seven or eight folds.
Staple the accordion in the center.
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.
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.
Keep fluffing the layers until you have half the flower.
And then fluff the other side! Voila! You’ve made a paper flower!
I ended up cutting four different styles of flowers — here’s how I accomplished each look:
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.
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