- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
We are on a super super super tight budget and we have absolutely no money for flowers. We can only afford some small centerpieces and an orchid aisle runner. Our wedding will be facing the ocean on the lawn of a private home and will have a bamboo arch. Flowers for the arch will cost upwards of $500. I began looking for flower alternatives. I saw various alternatives online including this, this, and this. However, I wanted something simple and something I felt I could actually do with minimum tools or effort. I settled on something similiar to this that I saw on Etsy. Online they are called paper pinwheels or paper rosettes, but I thought it looked simple enough to plaster all along the top of an altar without looking too gaudy or costing me too much money. Here is how mine turned out. I made it super long because I live on a different island for the wedding and don’t have the measurements for the arch.
If you are interested in something like this, then read on for the tutorial!
12×12 decorative paper (NOT CARDSTOCK), Martha Stewart Scoring Board (or any other scoring device), Fiskars Paper Cutter (or any other straight paper cutter), hot glue gun, 1-1/8″ circle punch, double sided tape (optional)
1) First decide how many rosettes of each size you’ll need. Small rosettes are about 3″ across. Medium rosettes are about 6″ across. Large rosettes are about 8″ across. Extra large rosettes are about a food across. The picture above is about 14 XL, 14 L, 10 M, and 10 S. It is about 7′ across total. The picture below depicts the various sizes. These were my test ones so they look all cut up when I was still trying to figure out how to make each size.
2) Select which papers you want to use. Our colors are green and white so I purchased this green pack and this white pack. It’s nice to use decorative paper packs because it gives you various shades of your colors of choice and adds variety to your final product.
3) XL rosettes are made with four 6″x12″ pieces of paper. Just to clarify, you’ll need two sheets of (matching) decorative paper to create one XL rosette. Use your paper cutter to slice each sheet in half to create your 6×12 pieces.
4) Using your scoring board, place your paper horizontally, so that it stretches all 12 inches across and only 6 inches down. Score the paper at every half inch. I found that I could score two pieces at once to save time.
5) After you score all four pieces, accordian fold each piece.
6) Using double sided tape or hot glue, glue each piece to create a circle. Make sure that the ends of the paper match up so that your rosette will look uniform.
7) Push one side of the circle as close together as possible while pushing the other side of the circle flat in order to make the rosette.
8) Use your circle punch to make two circles per rosette. Hot glue one circle to the center of each side of your rosette. Hold rosette together until glue sets. I then placed a heavy book on top for a few minutes (while I was assembling the next rosette) just to make sure it would hold its shape.
9) After creating all of your XL rosettes, begin creating L, M, and S rosettes. Large rosettes are three pieces of 4″x12″ paper (one 12×12 decorative piece of paper). Medium rosettes are three pieces of 3″x12″ paper (3/4 of a 12×12 decorative piece of paper). I used the last 3 inches of paper to create the Small rosettes, which are two pieces of 1.5″x12″ papers.
XL: Four pieces of 6×12 inch papers
L: Three pieces of 4×12 inch papers
M: Three pieces of 3×12 inch papers
S: Two pieces of 1.5×12 inch papers
10) Arrange your rosettes. I found it easiest to work from largest to smallest. I laid out all my large rosettes first, followed by L, M, then Small.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!