DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Flower Decor

diy paper flower decor

Who wouldn’t want a beautiful backdrop adorned with an abundance of flowers framing their head table on their wedding day? Um, I know I would! Unfortunately the average wedding budget just can’t accommodate such extravagant setups. That is unless you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty! If you’re game than you’ll want to bookmark this post because we’ve got a much more cost effective way to get the look without compromising an ounce of pretty. The secret? Trade in real blooms for everlasting paper versions. Take a few oversized paper peonies, blend with some gorgeously detailed paper dahlias and dainty paper apple blooms, and voila, you’ve got yourself a beautiful backdrop on a budget. Here’s the step by step on how to create these lovelies for your event.

The Supplies

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  • paper peony, paper dahlia and paper apple blossom. The total number of flowers will depend on how small or large you’d like your backdrop to be. Ours took two peonies, three dahlias and three apple blossoms. For a more full backdrop, increase your count and display the blooms closer together.
  • skewer and rounded pencil for curling petals
  • glue gun

Paper Flower #1: The Apple Blossom

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: take one of the flower’s layers, any one will do as you’ll repeat this step for them all, and begin by creating your petal details. Crease each petal in half, about 3/4 of the way down, toward the center point.

Step 2: once all petals have been creased, with creases facing up, collapse the flower’s center point such that it creates a dip and your flower is no longer flat.

Step 3: bring the petal with the jetting out flap together with the petal beside it and glue them together such that the flap is now covered.

Repeat Steps 1-3 for All of the Flower’s Layers. 

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Step 4: begin gluing together your layers from largest to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #2: The Dahlia

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The Step by Step

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Step 1 (image 1 & 2): begin by creating your petal details. For the prettiest bloom, tightest in the middle, we recommend using a thin skewer to curl the petals on the first two smallest layers. Curl in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Step 2 (image 3 & 4): for the balance of the layers we recommend using a pencil for curling, again curling in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Complete All Layers Before Moving onto the Next Step. 

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Step 3: for each curled layer, overlap the petals onto one another.

Step 4: in the palm of your hand or using your fingers, twist the overlapped petals such that a tight cone shape is created. Repeat step on all layers and line them up from smallest to largest.

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Step 5: begin building your dahlia by starting with your largest layer. Unravel the cone and flatten out the layer, leaving just the sides of the petals curled. Continue onto the next layer and begin gluing your layers together. As you work your way up from layer to layer flatten each one out less, leaving the first two (the smallest two) in tact.  As you glue alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #3: The Peony

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: select your largest or smallest layer and begin creating your petal details using a pencil to curl the edges. Curl each individual petal on the sides, inward. Repeat this step for all the flower’s layers, curling your top,smallest layers more than the larger bottom ones.

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Step 2: glue your layers together from the bottom up, largest layer to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Tips: Just Add Ribbon

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If you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of DIY around here. We love the personal touch a bit of it brings to a wedding. We especially appreciate those tactics that are easy “to dos”. So today we’re sharing one of our top DIY tricks, the simple {and it’s really simple} addition of satin ribbon. Whether you’re looking to add a touch of color, a bit of personality, or a pop of pretty, just add ribbon!

With next to no restrictions on what you can apply it to, and with massive theme versatility, the use of satin ribbon is really the ultimate ‘no-brainer’. But just in case you need some visual convincing, here are some of our favorite simple uses that went a long way to up the pretty ante.

diy accessories - white decorative ribbon

featured here: blown glass globe accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - white ribbon and favors

featured here: lustrous silver favor boxes and miniature clear acrylic phantom chair holding custom tag, both accented with satin ribbon in white

diy accessories - blue ribbon

featured here: love bird damask invitation in royal blue and black accented with satin ribbon in royal blue

Want More?

If this whole ribbon thing is right up your alley, come back this Wednesday when we use a little ribbon magic to transform one box five ways.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Ideas: Pretty on a Penny Part 2 – Making it Yours

decorative bottle vase sets - how to personalizse

This past Monday I shared with you all a few secrets to getting gorgeous and budget friendly floral wedding arrangements. The key component was a lovely bottle vase concept which I’m currently obsessing over ever so slightly! Today I’m going to show you how to take the look to the next level, personalizing it as your very own. Truth be told, there are endless ways to customize the look to meet your specific wedding design. And after much back and forth self-debating I finally narrowed it down to my top three style approaches, complete with some pretty petal suggestions.

Style Approach #1 – Charms, Trims and Things 

The Components

personalized bottle vases - charms and trims

featured here: decorative glass bottle set in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), striped cotton baker’s twine in mocha mousse, ruffled fabric ribbon trim in pastel pink and antique key charms in double hearts, heart and intertwined rings shapes

The Completed Look

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This approach is all about layering. Using whatever ribbon, fabric, twine or string you like to attach a decorative detail like a charm is the perfect way to both personalize the look and coordinate it with your overall wedding theme and design. And the details just scream pretty!

Style Approach #2 – Mix and Match 

The Components 

mix and match decorative bottle vases

featured here (from left to right): white glass bottle (sold in sets of 3), decorative glass bottle in clear (sold in sets of six assorted sizes), vintage inspired ceramic bottle in silver and lavender (sold separately)

The Completed Look 

decorative bottle vases - mix and match arrangement

There’s no real science to this approach. It’s as simple as playing around with various shapes, sizes and colors to bring dimension to your arrangements. The beauty behind it is that it allows you to represent all the design elements and colors within your wedding design. So go nuts and get creative!

Style Approach #3: A Personal Touch 

The Components 

personalized white bottle vases

featured here: decorative white glass bottle set, woodland pretty stationary collection – small antler cling and personalized diecut sticker

The Completed Look 

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What better way to personalize the look then by actually personalizing the look! Whether it’s through a motif, monogram, or a custom sticker, incorporating subtly personalized pieces within your wedding decor really makes the look yours. And don’t be shy about incorporating you. It’s your big day after all!

So that’s a wrap on on my top three. And whether you run with one of these approaches or something completely different, all that matters is that you apply your personal stamp. Happy styling!

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Decor Ideas: A Touch of {Art Deco} Gold

diy glittered tealight holders

I’m a happy girl today. Not only is it DIY Wednesday but I get to play around with some pretty gold glitter! With Art Deco themed weddings still all the rage, when asked to think of an idea for today’s post I instantly jumped at the chance to share my fave DIY from our very own Deco themed inspiration shoot. And the best part, it’s ‘3 step simple’. So get ready to get your glitter on girls!

The Supplies 

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The 3 Easy Steps 

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Step 1. Using a clean cloth make sure your luminary is free of all dirt and dust.

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Step 2. In a very well ventilated area, using an up and down motion for an uneven finish, spray on the adhesive. Go light with the spray and keep it concentrated to the top of the luminary.

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Step 3. Lightly dust glitter directly onto the sprayed area. {Tip: Take care to avoid a heavy handed application. A thin finish produces the prettiest effect, allowing the candlelight to shine through}

The {Glitzy} End Result

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Can you believe it’s that simple? Makes you want to make tons of them doesn’t it! And that’s a good thing because they do look best in groups. For an added touch of interest, alternate the ends of the luminaries you’re spraying. You’ll get a lovely effect from the various heights of candlelight.

Looking for More DIY Glitter Ideas? 

art deco themed wedding inspiration

Check out the full Art Deco inspiration shoot in the current issue of Weddingstar magazine, available for purchase online and on all major newsstands, and shop the entire look at weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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