(Closed) DIY paper/crepe flowers?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you mean is paper difficult to make? Well, not really difficult, but it does take time and you need to know what you’re doing. Plus, you  need to make sure you have the right materials. You can definately incorporate flowers into the paper easily, as well as sparkles, etc. The process is pretty simple: You soak your materials (cotton, or even other paper all shredded up) in water for at least 24 hours (changes depending on your material) then mix into the goop whatever you want (flowers, etc) then press it between two blocks to squeeze out all the water and let dry. You usually need to have clamps for that part.

what castles are you interested in? the same one, or just a bunch of different castles? You could print a trifold and have it laminated to go in the middle of the mirror, or you could buy castle shaped candles, or check out castle “statues” for fish tanks (sometimes they’re really cool)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I found that I really didn’t like working with crepe paper… just wasn’t doing what I wanted.

I preferred working with cardstock and construction paper and the flowers I chose were pretty easy to make… you could also use old books or Sheet music to give a softer more romantic feel.

The Kusudama were really simple, just time consuming. and…

The Rolled Roses took some getting used to rolling & holding to glue it to itself to stay.

Otherwise they were incredibly cost effective… I think I spent less than 75 bucks for ALL the supplies that went into ALL of my bouquets and flowers for the reception.

=)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SweetRose2011 Here are tutorials for the flowers I made…. Now I’m going to be completely honest to the fact that the rolled roses one I SO wish I had found BEFORE when I did mine.

It’s a great tutorial… shows the gluing to the base AND attaching to the wire.. things that I had to “figure” out and now seeing I did the hard way. lol

here’s the rolled roses

And here’s a youtube tutorial for the Kusudama

to attach them to stems I “looped” the wire and then just put it through the small hole through the center. Then I took 1cm strips of scrap paper.. rolled it up real tight.. put a small bit of glue on the outside and stuck it in the center… it “hid” the wire going through it.. hope that made sense =)

I used pieces that were 5×5 up to 8×8 for the Kusudama and 8×8 to 10×10 for the roses =) And I think I had about 20 flowers for my bouquet… You can play around with them though =)

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SweetRose2011 NP… don’t beat yourself up if the rolled rose take a few tries… or if any other flower you try looks “crappy” the first time… the first few just take some getting used to. Once you do though they’re pretty easy!

Have fun!

Post # 11
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244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SweetRose2011:  you could incorporate them into your seating arrangements too…Name the tables after the castles! (So instead of a seating card saying Mr & Mrs So and So at table Four, it would say Mr & Mrs So & So, Ashford Castle) Then, you can use the tall table number holder to hold up a double sided card with a pic of the castle and a little info about it. You can set the holder on the mirror and surrounded the base with blossoms and candles! (sort of like: http://calderclark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/badmirror32.jpg )

Good luck!

Post # 12
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798 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m working on them now, and they aren’t pricey at all, here’s my price breakdown:

  • styrofoam ball from Michaels, about $6 (try to find cheaper or use coups)
  • 2 rolls of crepe paper from dollar store $1 (does 1 ball)
  • 16 glue sticks from dollar store $1 (does 1 ball)

They are time consuming mofos, but the pay-off is awesome.

I used this tutorial:

http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2010/02/hanging-roses-i-was-browsing-blogs.html

It does take a couple roses to get the hang of it – don’t give up!  Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to do it, 3 glasses into a bottle of wine (um, kinda like me now)

 

Good luck!!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You’re in the same boat I am.  If you’re looking for specific colors and don’t want to buy multi-packs, try Blick art supply.  They have crepe paper, double crepe, and tissue paper that you can buy in single colors.  I would recommend practicing with cheap dollar store paper, then buying the exact colors you need.

http://www.dickblick.com/

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