I am a DIY failure.

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SouthernGirl:  I think you should try working on them when you dont feel ill. not feeling wel and doing DIY projects does not go hand and hand. There are some VERY crafty ladies on here who I am sure would be willing to help you (through words and pictures) with your projects

Post # 4
498 posts
Helper bee

I’m a pretty crafty person, but I’ve never tried to make flowers because I don’t think I could make them look quite right. I have a feeling a lot of the ones you see online look good at certain angles, in certain light and with the right background. Maybe try a differnt project for a while, or just set the flower stuff aside and try again after a while?

Post # 6
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

How many flowers/centerpieces/etc. do you need?

Post # 8
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@SouthernGirl:  I had two dozen roses for my bouquet ($30), a dozen for each of my girls ($30 for both), a dozen roses for the cake decorations ($15), a dozen for the buttonieres ($15)

I got them right at the grocery store!

How big do you want your centerpieces to be?

Post # 10
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Ugh, I tried flowers too with no luck. I didn’t bother spending too much time on them because it became pretty obvious that they weren’t going to work for me (couldn’t find coffee filters anywhere, so I had to go with the more difficult types).

I ended up buying real touch for my bouquet and I am doing manzanita trees for the centrepieces. Have you thought about doing something like that instead? or centrepieces don’t have to be flowers 🙂

Post # 13
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@SouthernGirl:  You are a girl after my own heart- I wish I was crafty and could DIY but alas..I cannot. This is why I enlisted the help of talented people to make things for me ($) including paper flowers. I’m confident that the professionals will make it 100x better, and shes still a fraction of the cost of real flowers.  Win/win!

Post # 14
3216 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Aw, honey, crafts are so tough. (I’ve told this story on the bee before, but I will never forget the sight of my BFF sobbing on the floor of our dorm room in college because her strong of pearls from the craft store was too short to fit around the border of the thing she was making, lol.)

I definitely recommend watching videos for crafts, rather than just trying to read the instructions. Martha Stewart tends to have solid videos: here’s a whole channel about paper flowers: http://www.marthastewart.com/244817/crepe-paper-flowers

If you decide to keep trucking along, don’t throw out your early attempts. If you’re making whole centerpieces of flowers, you can keep the less attractive ones and just sort of use them to fill out the arrangement.

Also, there are definitely paper flower kits you can buy, where the right sizes are punched out already and you just sort of assemble them. I bought one on PaperSource once, and it turned out great! So that might be a good option, rather than starting from scratch.

And lastly, remember, nobody is going to be scrutinizing your crafts like you will! They’ll just look at them, go, “Oh, how pretty!” and move right along. So they don’t have to be perfect to look great!

Post # 16
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Here’s what I’m doing fOneida of my centerpieces. Basically gluing involved

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