Paper Heart

Early on into the wedding-planning process, I decided something major: flowers. I decided not to have any (real ones, that is). I like flowers and think they are gorgeous, but I’m not a huge flower girl. (I actually prefer to receive chocolates…like the chocolate-covered strawberries I received this past Valentine’s Day!) I really couldn’t see spending so much money on something that would just die! I love the look of flowers and knew at our wedding I wanted that elegant and romantic ambiance that they create, so I decided to create my own flowers out of paper!

Let’s rewind a bit. In case any of you don’t know, I absolutely love all things paper! Paper has always been my favorite medium when creating art. I love to work with my hands and find cutting sheets of card stock oh so therapeutic. For as long as I can remember, paper has always been a major part of any project that I do. You see, I love to create artists books. I love to write, so I take my tales and create illustrations on the computer (using my graphic skills) and then bind each book by hand. My dad restores old books as a hobby and actually builds his own book presses, so I have a very nice wooden one in my possession.

Seeing that I have a deep love of paper, I knew that creating paper flowers for our wedding a was perfect idea! I had never created paper blooms before (how hard could it be?), so I did a bit of research online. What I discovered was there are so many varieties of flora that one can make and out of all different kinds of paper! Now I only have to figure out what type of flower and out of what type of paper…

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Giant paper poppy / Image via 100 Layer Cake / Photos by Ali Degraff

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Paper poppies / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings

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Paper poms  / Image via Martha Stewart

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Crepe paper flower / Image via Martha Stewart

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Coffee filter peonies / Image via Design Sponge / Photo by Aunt Peaches

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Paper flower aisle / Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Dave Robbins Photography

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Paper flower decorations /  Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Dave Robbins Photography

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Coffee filter poppies / Image via Green Wedding Shoes

As you can see, there are so many possibilities with paper! I could even create a sort of hybrid flower that uses multiple techniques and materials! So many choices. I’m using paper flowers throughout the wedding (the bouquets and centerpieces), so I’m going to have a ton of buds to create!

Is anyone else out there saying “yes” to paper flowers for their wedding?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Beanstalk

Location:
Boston/Delray Beach
Wedding Date:
October 2012

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    loveandbasketball 34 posts, Newbee @ 1:56 pm

    I am also seriously considering creating paper flowers for my wedding. Before I got engaged I had it set in my mind that I would create all of the florals in paper, but now that I am engaged, I barely have time to breathe let alone make paper flowers! I’m hoping time will open up for me to create at least something. Can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 2:06 pm

    I love how non-floral centerpieces are becoming a more frequent choice for brides! This is going to look great.

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:15 pm

    Love all the samples you posted! I am thinking of doing paper flower centerpieces as well.

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:18 pm

    I made it my mission to have zero real flowers. Bad news is I tried some of Martha Stewart’s flowers and they didn’t turned that well.

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 2:24 pm

    I am using Origami flowers and roses for my wedding/reception… There’s a post out there somewhere by me showing a picture of one

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 2:25 pm

    Can’t wait to see how yours turn out! I especially love the big paper flowers going down the aisle.

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:25 pm

    @Coffee cup: Oh Martha… love her, just not some of her tutorials! I tried a few of her flowers and didn’t have much luck =( However, I did find some other paper flower how-tos on the internet that yielded much better results!!!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:32 pm

    There are sever nature allergies in my family so I’m trying to do all fake flowers (paper, brooches, fabric, etc) except for my centrepieces which will be a single submerged rose.

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:33 pm

    *severe

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    macshap 126 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:42 pm

    I’m in the mist of folding a gazillion flowers for our centerpieces. I think I’m about 25% of the way there and it’s going faster than it was the first couple weeks before I had the technique down. I’m doing 6 petaled kusudama flowers on the table surrounding a vase with other origami flowers (and a few cranes, butterflies, etc since my fiance insists it not just be flowers. i’m doing what i can to keep him from making dragons and pegasus origami for centerpieces)

    I highly recommend avoiding glue sticks (they slow you down) and go with hot glue, double sided tape, and/or floral tape as need be.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:57 pm

    If I had the patience, I totally would have done paper flowers, they are just so cute! I can’t wait to see which style you end up making.

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 3:35 pm

    I lack the patience but love the look. I did a bunch of poms for a shower and that maxed me out. But I especially love the huge ones- so fantastic!

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    SassyBell 25 posts, Newbee @ 6:30 pm

    I used all tissue paper flowers for my wedding… my only recommendation is to make them all early on when you’re motivated. I got through 6 of my 8 bouquets at the beginning and then put off the last two until the week before the wedding – it was just so hard to get back into it

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 8:12 pm

    I love all the flowers you posted. Its kind of inspiring me to give it a try.

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:01 pm

    The first set of photos I have had on my “inspiration” pin board for so long! Post-wedding, I’m not sure what I would do with them, but these flowers are so gorgeous!!

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    workerbee, Guest @ 5:35 am

    wow, very cool…. I’m sure it’s gonna come out great!!

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    coyote 1679 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:40 am

    Such beautiful inspiration photos! I can’t wait to see what you end up doing!

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    thirdtimebride 483 posts, Helper bee @ 7:56 am

    Absolutely! And for pretty much the same reasons as you. Only I’ve made paper flowers before in various styles. Now I just have to decide what I want them to look like!

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