DIY Giant Paper Roses

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Ok, so the DIY wedding flowers were, by far, my favorite wedding project! We had decided to stick to a tight budget for our wedding so rather than including fresh flowers, I decided to make them all out of paper!I had been eyeing up oversized paper flowers for a while and decided that I HAD to make some... read more

Ok, so the DIY wedding flowers were, by far, my favorite wedding project! We had decided to stick to a tight budget for our wedding so rather than including fresh flowers, I decided to make them all out of paper!

I had been eyeing up oversized paper flowers for a while and decided that I HAD to make some for my own wedding! This decision allowed us to stay within our budget and have some fabulous handmade statement pieces throughout the wedding.

As bouquet alternatives, I chose to make giant crepe paper roses for the bridal party. Each of the ladies in the bridal party carried a single giant paper flower.

There were three similar tutorials I referred to for my flowers… Crepe paper roses (video tutorial included) over on Martha Stewart, Giant Paper Rose Flower on Green Wedding Shoes, and Giant Crepe Paper Roses on Studio DIY. All three tutorials are wonderful for making these flowers.

DIY Paper Flower Bouquets
DIY Paper Wedding Flowers

I did come up with a few helpful tips to share with you as I was making them…

Tip #1: Don’t be intimidated by their size or beauty! These lovely blooms are actually not super difficult to make. It can be a little tricky getting started (that’s why Tip #2 is important) but they are easy to get the hang of.  They are, however, VERY time consuming. Each step (tracing the petals, cutting the petals, curling the petals, wrapping the stem and leaves and putting the flower together), takes a good amount of time and patience. As long as you plan for that, this project is totally doable! :)

Tip #2: Do a practice run! Well, if you’re making these for fun.. get right to it! However, if you’re making them for your wedding day, I would suggest making a trial flower. This will help you get the hang of curling the petals and putting them together. It will also give you an idea of how long it takes you to make a single flower. This is extremely helpful if you’re making lots of these oversized flowers and need to schedule your time to make them all.

Tip #3: Don’t get the crepe paper wet! While I was working on my flowers, a piece of the crepe paper touched some water that was on my work table. Water will remove the color from the crepe paper and will also make the color bleed onto your hands/clothing. This is something to keep in mind in case it ends up raining on your wedding day. Plan to protect your blooms in their travels to the wedding, if necessary, so they don’t get ruined.

Tip #4: Keep them sturdy! Because I was making 9 of these stunning flowers along with other wedding projects, I had to start working on them long before my wedding day. I was nervous that the crepe paper wouldn’t hold shape and my paper flowers might actually wilt! To make them extra sturdy, I used masking tape rather than floral tape when putting the petals together on the stem. When the flower was pieced together, I covered the stem with green crepe paper, as it says in the tutorials above, so you didn’t even see the masking tape when all was said and done. The other thing I did was (carefully) add little drops of hot glue between the petals to keep them from drooping. With these steps in place, these flowers were seriously sturdy! I mean, I could have done a bouquet toss with them and they probably would have held up!

*Note: For the flower I made as my practice run, I didn’t use masking tape or hot glue. I simply went by the instructions in the tutorials. While the petals did fall open slightly, the flower was still in tact and looking lovely over a month later. So, the steps for an extra sturdy flower are helpful but not necessary.

Tip #5: Show those babies off! The end product of this DIY is seriously stunning and impressive! Your wedding guests will LOVE these huge blooms. Whether you’re carrying them as bouquets or using them in your decor, make sure you do so in a way the highlights how beautiful these paper flowers are… and don’t be shy to show off your hard work! :)

DIY Giant Paper Flowers
DIY Paper Wedding Flowers
DIY Giant Paper Roses
DIY Paper Flower

Resources: Paper Flower Tutorials

{All photos by Brianna Cox Photography}

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