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Have another look. Yes, these intricate florals are created out of paper! Kelly Sherman of Belford made all of these for her wedding to Brian Reynolds at the Water Witch Club in Highlands. “We were trying to be as eco-friendly as possible,” she says, “and since my favorite flowers weren’t in season, flying them in for the wedding wouldn’t work.” So she went to the internet and, on a whim, tried to make them herself. “It took a lot of trial and error but it wasn’t complicated. I think it would even work for someone who’s not really crafty,” she says. To try your hand at it, see the instructions below. We keep doing a double-take!
To make the swirly rose ones:
1. Kelly used white (recycled!) card stock but you can go to the craft store and get whatever color you want. Cut out a circle out of card stock but don’t make it too perfect. Nature isn’t perfect and you shouldn’t be either. Then cut a swirl through to the center leaving a small circle in the middle. The thicker you cut the swirl, the taller the flower; the thinner it is will wind up shorter and fatter.
2. Start with the outside and roll it up. Put a big glob of hot glue on the small circle you left in the middle and make sure all the layers get stuck into it. Kelly also hot glued some tiny pearls in the center of the ones in the bouquets to be a bit more fancy. You can stop here and have a nice flower. Kelly used tons of these laying on tables as decorations.
3. If you want to add these flowers to bouquets, they will need a stem. These are light so Kelly used a length of floral wire glued to the bottom. On some of the heavier flowers she had to double up the wire she glued on or use cloth-covered heavy floral wire.
4. To cover that mess, she cut leaves out of green card stock then just glued them on. This is scrapbooking paper with some texture. The big leaves in her bouquets are the same paper. For those, she traced a hydrangea leaf from her garden, glued on some wire as a stem and used floral tape to bind all the flower stems together. To cover the floral tape and avoid having sticky hands on my wedding day, she wrapped all the “stems” with pretty ribbon.
5. And here is the finished flower. She left a bunch in this state and put them in vases or wrapped the wire around things to dress up vertical spaces. To take it one step further, you can cover the wire with floral tape so they look more like stems in a bouquet.
Here are some of the supplies she thought were handy: (from left) flower hole punch, floral tape, beads, cloth covered floral wire (great for the big flowers), and floral wire.
She really wanted a bouquet of hydrangeas but once she realized how long they took, she settled on only having a few with the easier roses filling everything out.
For the hydrangea, here are the basics:
1. Use the flower punch, and punch out approximately one million little flowers. Bend them up a little to give them some dimension. Put a dab of hot glue in the middle, and put a few tiny beads on it before the glue dries. A pair of tweezers helps or you can use Kelly’s method of a dipping the flower into a dish filled with the beads like it’s sprinkles on an ice cream cone. It’s OK if they aren’t perfect, neither is nature. (For those perfectionists that realize that hydrangeas have four petals not five, you are correct. Kelly only owned a five-petal punch and wasn’t going to buy another one to be that accurate. No one mentioned to Kelly that they noticed, although it’s possible they talk about it behind her back! Ha!)
2. Next you will take the one million flowers and glue them onto some ball-like shape. You can use a styrofoam ball but Kelly didn’t have those on hand. She balled up some paper and then wrapped it in tissue paper, which looked a bit more natural and not perfectly round. Keep in mind the tissue paper will show through the flowers . Kelly kind of made that part up, but she grabbed the ends up like Santa’s toy bag and tied it off with a rubber band gently. Or glued the heck out of it. Either way have something to tie the wire around to form the stem. Try to glue the flower cut outs pretty close together so the petals have to stick up a little, which will give it dimension.
Kelly also made some big tissue paper flowers that I used to decorate the balcony. Since this post is already getting pretty long, I will leave you to google this one (they are everywhere). These are also pretty easy to do and if you make them large they can have quite an impact.
Thanks so much for sharing your technique with us, Kelly! And if you have any questions, she’s happy to help you out. She can be reached at [email protected]!
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