Paper flowers? Cute or tacky?

posted 3 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Paper roses?
    Those are cute!! : (18 votes)
    35 %
    Eww, no! : (19 votes)
    37 %
    You're crazy, but if you want to take on that big of a project, go for it!! : (14 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

    I don’t think they work with your theme. Sorry

    Post # 4
    95 posts
    Worker bee

    If you have a farmer’s market in your area, and you prefer fresh flowers, talk to the flower vendors there. I’ve had a few friends save lots of money that way!

    Post # 6
    8385 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @marinesfiance:  You have to really price everything out.  How much will each paper rose cost you to make?  Also consider if will these be near water (i.e. condensation on glassware, outside, etc), since that may make the color bleed.  I was originally choosing between fake and real flowers, but once I totalled costs, it was actually cheaper to DIY my own fresh flowers.

    Post # 7
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    I was in the same exact boat as you budget-wise, so I took the paper rose plunge.  I’m a little biased, but I think they can look fantastic.  And I’m also doing a backyard/garden wedding.  I would definitely try your hand at a few roses to see if it’s something you want to commit to.  Of the ones I have made, I’ve received nothing but positive comments.  

    Also, I think the outcome depends a lot on the quality of crepe paper.  I use the double-sided crepe paper from D. Blumchen and Company ( and I like the heavier feel of it.  This website also sells a guide on making paper roses for like $2 and it’s totally worth the money.  The guide has several varieties of roses and instructions/patterns on how to make them.

    Here’s one of my centerpieces.  Currently, I have finished 6 of these and need to finish 2 more.


    And here’s one of my bridesmaids’ bouquets (I still have 3 to complete)

    Post # 8
    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @marinesfiance:  How about just not using quite so many roses? Use small/short bud vases and make a nice little line down the center of the table. Fill in the space between with votive candles. Don’t want to purchase vases – use beer and wine bottles spray painted in your colors! I am a big proponent of real flowers versus fake, even if you have to use less of them!

    I like these minimal floral centerpiece ideas:

    Post # 9
    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Why don’t you do half roses, half red carnations? Carnations will be much cheaper, and they can still look elegant in large numbers like you have posted here.

    Post # 10
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    I love the idea, but I’m not sure about the quantity you need. It feels like an overwhelming project to craft ! How many table do you have ?

    I would either change the centerpiece but still add little rose touches here and there, or I would buy fake flowers (real touch) off ebay. 

    You need to calculate how much for each option and time counts. You can think saving 50$ buy doing it yourself is a good idea, but the 60hours you’ll need to achieve that is not worth it IMO.

    Post # 14
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    I’m doing fake flowers for the bouquets and boutineers and acorns, wheat and pine cones for the centrepieces. I don’t want the fake flowers that close to people to touch and realize they are fake.

    Post # 15
    465 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    All of my flowers were Real Touch roses from Hobby Lobby. They’re latex, so they feel more real than other fake flowers. I bought a bunch of bouquets (they also sell single roses with much longer stems), took the bouquets apart, and then rearranged them to my liking. My grandma actually put her bouquet in water after the wedding & called my mom 2 weeks later to say she couldn’t believe they were still alive! Ha. They’re 50% off right now, $20 for 9 roses:

    Post # 16
    507 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @marinesfiance:  You don’t need to do sprayed bottles that was just a cost effective alternative. Ikea and the Dollar Store both have cheap clear and colored bud vase options. Overall though… it being a garden party theme I really prefer real flowers opposed to fake ones. 

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