Post # 1
I bought a bunch of Mexican white paper flowers yesterday at a local place and last night I sat down to play with them to see what I could come up with. They are white “dahlias” but they really look like carnations. Anyway, the problem I keep having is that when bunched together, I can’t get them to stay in place, some of them are always slipping down and I want them to be rather uniform in “height” if that makes sense. I guess if I use floral tape they will stay? I don’t know. They have been harder to work with than I imagined, because of the stiffness of the wires I suppose (in the stems).
Or maybe I just have too many. How large is too large for a bouquet anyway? LOL.
Second, I was wondering what other flowers to incorporate. Last night I stuck some blue silk roses in here and there and thought it looked awesome but I also envisioned some fresh flowers in there too, something pink. I just don’t know what I should plan on for the pink. Carnations too? Or roses? Or something of a totally different shape/texture?
Post # 3
Using the floral tape should help everything stay in place. I actually didn’t have floral tape and just used more floral wire to keep mine together (wrapped extra pieces around) lol
For a bridal bouquet I think anything 8″ and up is good & simply up to what you want.
Not really sure what other flowers to use (a pic of what you got would be nice to see) =)
I made my bouquet out of paper, but went for a different look….. really like how it turned out!
Good luck! =)
Post # 4
@runsyellowlites: Do you have a pic of what you ended up with? I don’t have one yet of what I’m working on (currently all loose in a HUGE box) but it’s kind of like this:
Of course not nearly as uniform and pretty yet, and when I added the blue silk roses randomly the effect was SOMETHING like this (but my roses are much paler blue); try and imagine the blue roses amid carnations only..
I feel kind of overwhelmed with choices at the moment! I also have a bunch of white feathers from when I was working on my hair fascinator, and some pearly corsage pins, tons of ribbon (both pink and blue), and some pretty little “lace” looking fabric circles that are actually for favors, like tulle circles, but I thought might look pretty made into “flowers” or accents otherwise in the bouquet. Oh and I have boatload of tulle and netting as well (in white).
I need to narrow it down some huh? 😉 But I DO think I have some leeway to “go bigger” because 1) I’m not a tiny girl, 5’8″ and a street 14/16 on a large frame, and 2) my dress is “big”, with a train, and big puffy skirt with lots of crinoline going on. So the dress “volume” will balance out a bigger bouquet, I think. Which is good because I find myself with a LOT of materials here as it is!
Post # 5
Okay, yesterday I bought some roses on discount (the near-dead kind) just to play with and here’s what I came up with. These pics are all the same bouquet from different angles. The white are the paper flowers, the blue are fabric, and the roses are, well, roses (real):
Then I played around a bit with no roses, and put the blue flowers in the center:
I don’t know if I’m thrilled about either though. I think I like it best without the roses. When I went shopping for the paper flowers I wanted pale blue also but they didn’t have any in that color, just aqua. I am starting to think now maybe I want ALL carnations so if that’s the case, why bother with real flowers at all? I could just get / make paper ones in pink and blue too and have no fresh at all?
Post # 6
I think that’d be fine (all paper, no fresh). It has the added benefit that you don’t have to do anything to ‘preserve’ it. I think your white ones are gorgeous – it totally would fool me, they look like real carnations.
Post # 7
@mak418: Thanks. We are making paper ones now, in 2 shades of pink, and I think I’m going to do that (pink, pink, white) with blue elsewhere, like in the ribbon wrapping the stems. Once we figured out the basic procedure for making them it’s been easy. Time consuming, but easy. Plus that way we can make them all now and I can even assemble my bouquet and take it with us out of state and have it DONE.
Post # 8
That sounds good. The paper carnations look real in your photo. 🙂
Post # 9
@creativeplannertobee: Cool. Now that I realize how simple they are to make I wish I hadn’t paid money for the white ones! 😉
Post # 10
FH and I are going to make paper flowers! I’ve found some sweet tutorials online, and he made me some beautiful origami roses from patterned paper for Valentine’s Day last year, so I think we’ll probably do those again. Your white flowers are beautiful! 🙂
Post # 11
I like the plain all white ones, looked more realistic and elegant. try adding pearls or some sparkle in some the the flowers …