Post # 1
I need to rant a little.
I have never really been a creative person, but I have some creative friends, so when it came to start planning the wedding, I decided that I would try to DIY a few things to try and save money. My main focus was centerpieces. Real flowers were too expensive, so I started looking to paper flowers and fabric flowers. I tried paper flowers first, the rolled ones, and they turned out ok, but they were tiny, and after a few tries, they just turned out worse and worse. So I tried another way. Cutting out some circles and gluing them together. Sounds easy enough right? Nope. Those all turned out badly too. I decided then to go in a different direction. I found a simple enough tutorial for fabric flowers, went and bought everything and started working on them this afternoon. None of them turned out right either.
And I’m honestly, really upset about it. I have a few crafty friends that can almost make anything without even trying, and some of them offered to help me out with this. None of them have come through though, so I’m currently sitting here amongst tons of paper, fabric and glue sticks, feeling like I could cry at any moment. The earliest anyone offered to come over and help was February, since they’re busy with other things. I get that, and I wasn’t expecting everyone to drop everything and come to my house to help me make stuff for my wedding. I’m really not an unreasonable person, but February is cutting it a bit close for me.
It seems so stupid to write it out, but I’m so frustrated. My DIY project was supposed to be something I could work on, on the weekends bit by bit and not stress out over (I’m sick and stayed home so that’s the only reason why I tried working on them today) and instead it’s been one of the most stressful things in my planning world.
Now, I really have no idea what I’m going to do about centerpieces that won’t cost me an arm and a leg.
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
@jigga143: Even when I’m not ill they don’t turn out right. I’ve been working on these suckers for months.
@CoCoCourtney: I didn’t really have any other projects. I painted some vases and did my invitations, but those are finished.
Post # 6
How many flowers/centerpieces/etc. do you need?
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride: I’m not sure how many flowers I’d need to make a full bouquet since I’ve never actually made one, but I need 10 centerpieces.
Post # 8
@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 ($15)
I got them right at the grocery store!
How big do you want your centerpieces to be?
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Post # 10
Ugh, I tried flowers too with no luck. I didn’t bother spending too much time on them because it became pretty obvious that they weren’t going to work for me (couldn’t find coffee filters anywhere, so I had to go with the more difficult types).
I ended up buying real touch for my bouquet and I am doing manzanita trees for the centrepieces. Have you thought about doing something like that instead? or centrepieces don’t have to be flowers 🙂
Post # 11
@BrandNewBride: So you did real flowers for that cheap? That’s awesome. I’m not really sure about size or anything… I don’t have anything to really go off of.
@orchidblooms: That’s an idea too.
@Lovemelovemyhorses: I did see some lighted tree branches a while back but I wasn’t really sure how to use them.
Post # 12
@SouthernGirl: I think this tutorial looks quite easy it might help you.
Good luck and don’t give up yet!
Post # 13
@SouthernGirl: You are a girl after my own heart- I wish I was crafty and could DIY but alas..I cannot. This is why I enlisted the help of talented people to make things for me ($) 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
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 # 15
@LilyBee70: Thank you for the link.
@bkrocks13: It sucks so much, because you look at something, think it’s easy and then it’s not. My MOH is really crafty, but she’s getting married next month and has a lot on her plate, so I haven’t even bothered her with helping me. Our normal schedules just don’t work out that much, we’re never free at the same time, so I don’t know if she’ll be able to help me at all.
@howsweetitis: I wish I had known about kits. I love kits! My emotional state is mostly due to me being sick. I tend to become a big baby when I’m not feeling well, add that to not sleeping well because my cough medicine, while it makes me not cough, also makes me quite ill on its own (because it’s narcotic), and I’m just not a happy camper. Thanks for the link to Martha Stewart. I wish I had half the craft talent she does.
Post # 16
Here’s what I’m doing fOneida of my centerpieces. Basically gluing involved