So I’ve set up the process of how I decided to make our own flowers, but I guess the question stands: How do you determine the type of flowers to make?
Having paper flowers was an easy decision to make. Paper is cheap, it’s easy to work with, and when I think paper flower, I think of this—books that have been cut up into a gorgeous bouquet.
But I will say, people have gotten *really* good at making these gorgeous flowers that make me not miss real flowers at all.
Source: Moonadea on Weddingbee
I loved the idea of using coffee filters, since they are extraordinarily cheap. I bought a package of 800 #4 coffee filters on Amazon for about $14 and made approximately 200 coffee-filter flowers with them. You really can’t get much cheaper than that.
When I first had this idea, I had seen a couple of different tutorials that I wanted to try out.
Coffee filter roses / Source: Sady Jane on Weddingbee
Recycled paper peonies / Source: Martha Stewart
|Cardboard ranunculus / Source: DIY or Don’t|
I, as always, was originally incredibly indecisive, though, especially since none of the paper flowers I had seen were really good at mimicking the lush, full blooms that I wanted in my inspirational pictures.
So I did what every insane researching person would do: make them all and take polls on friends and family members.
I think the coffee filter roses were the easiest, though none of them were really *that* easy. I think people typically thought the rose looked the most realistic, but since it is my wedding, and I have a weird thing against roses, I chose to go with the coffee filter ranunculus that was based on a combination of various tutorials that I found online. I love the lush petals and the softness of them. They just ooze romance to me, and I think that’s awesome.
My tip for other brides is to not be afraid of taking parts of different tutorials and mashing them together to see what happens. It’s paper—you’re not going to break anything and you could create something that you really love.
I will say, I have a very love/hate relationship with these flowers—which is the reason I haven’t made them into bouquets or centerpieces yet. I like that I have unique flowers that no one else will have, and I think they are very close to my inspirational pictures.
On the other hand, these were a complete and total pain. I cringe to think that I might have to make more. I really think I might cry. I hope the number I have is enough, and I can’t believe I wasted this much of my life doing them (guestimating 30 minutes each times 200 flowers…you do the math).
I am a bit torn about putting up a tutorial for the flowers I created. I know there is a real lack of good paper options that have this type of feel to them, and also I’m sure if someone wanted, they could figure it out, even without my tutorial. But honestly, I wouldn’t recommend doing it unless you have tons and tons of extra time on your hands.
Was the process to creating your own paper flowers a process too? Did you follow a tutorial or make up one of your own? Does anyone have any good tips for making them into bouquets?