On Wooden Flowers…

From day one of this wedding planning I decided I didn’t want real flowers, so I jumped onto the paper-flower train.

I practiced paper flowers and even made enough for half a bouquet, but then I stumbled on a thread in the boards by hive member Robin Sparkles, who proudly showed us her wood bouquet.

Image via Robin Sparkles

Image via Robin Sparkles on Weddingbee

Isn’t it gorgeous? So, in the most innocent, platonic way I clicked over to the site she ordered them from, Accents and Petals, and started drooling over those masterpieces.

I sent Cousin P the link and asked her to play devil’s advocate and convince me it was not unreasonable to order some flowers. She did her job and even ordered some music sheet flowers herself, and in less than a month we had our beautiful flowers.

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I didn’t order a bouquet, but I ordered a (more affordable) package of 150 natural wood roses that I intend to turn into my bridal bouquet. Easier said than done.

At first I intended to glue the flowers to a foam ball, but I later decided to glue them to individual stems and try to shape them that way.

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Now, these roses are exquisite, but I got greedy and wanted some color. So my mom told me to just buy some paint and dip them in it. I did exactly that with brown paint and a mix of red and yellow paint to make orange. I created different shades of brown, adding more water to the mix.

I dipped every flower in the paint mixture and let them dry overnight. Tip: Do not use plain paint—it is thick and acts like a coat. It has to be watered down, that way the wood absorbs it and it dyes the wood.

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I made individual stems of floral wire and wrapped them in floral tape and hot glued them to every flower.

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Then, I started wrapping them:

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Almost 80 flowers later:

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I’m thinking about adding some dried baby’s breath and wrapping the stems in ribbon.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Toadstool

Location:
Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012

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    S, Guest @ 11:43 am

    So pretty!

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    Jessica, Guest @ 11:55 am

    Oh my gosh – are you serious?! :-) These are beautiful!! You are beyond talented. I think definitely on the ribbon and baby’s breath is always nice. Have fun!

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    christine, Guest @ 11:59 am

    Gorgeous!!! Maybe with the ribbon you could do like the first bouquet has and create kind of a base? Don’t know how to describe it, but the loops of ribbon so that the flowers aren’t a perfect half-sphere and then nothing. Love the painting you did!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 11:59 am

    I love them: I think they’re absolutely beautiful! I think they’re great the way they are, other than wrapping the stems with ribbon, but some dried baby’s breath would definitely be a pretty accent!

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    christine, Guest @ 12:00 pm

    And I’ve been married 5 years and I still want to order some to make a display bouquet- those prices are incredible!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:03 pm

    @christine: I know exactly what you mean, my mom suggested it, but I think I’ll cover the base with baby’s breath because I can’t get the ribbon to stay up.

    @christine: I forgot to write it, but that’s the best part of this bouquet, I can keep it forever.

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 1:11 pm

    Those are really neat! I think the baby’s breath will look awesome.

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    ABoxForPandora 36 posts, Newbee @ 2:04 pm

    LOVE IT! I have a collection of artificial roses, and I’m using one of mine in my bouquet. I was thinking of using all of them, but they’re all so different, it would have looked weird. All wooden roses, man, I wish I had thought of that before I bought my silk flowers!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:19 pm

    I never would have guessed that these were wooden, so cool and so pretty!

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    MissSpark 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:26 pm

    Wow! Those are so amazing and beautiful! I never would guessed they were wood!

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 3:05 pm

    OMG I know exactly what thread you’re talking about… when I read it and saw the pics of her bouquet I was amazed at how beautiful the wooden flowers were!!! Your bouquet is going to look gorgeous no matter what you add to it!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:53 pm

    duuuuuude, these are gorgeous. love them!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:18 pm

    So gorgeous!! I love it!! I can’t believe they are made out of wood.

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    Wow!! I would have never guessed they were made from wood. Your bouquet is gorgeous and will be a lovely keepsake.

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:07 pm

    Holy goodness — they are soooo pretty!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    That looks amazing!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 1:19 pm

    wowsa. yeah no idea these were wooden – is it heavy? it looks great.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:21 pm

    @Miss Gray Wolf: Not really, it’s lighter than a real flower bouquet, and the weight is mostly from the wire since the flowers are pretty much weightless.

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    Miss Pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 9:36 am

    What happened to the orange woodedn flowers you made? I dont see them in your bouquet.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:05 am

    This is such an awesome idea! I never would’ve known they were wooden.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:12 am

    @Miss Pez: I’m using them for the dad’s bouts and mom’s corsages. Once I saw all the brown flowers together I didn’t feel the orange ones fit.

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    Miss Pez 267 posts, Helper bee @ 6:38 am

    @Miss Toadstool: Awesome job! Love the bouts too.

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