DIY: Giant Standing Paper Flower

DIY Giant Standing Paper Flower

Earlier today we shared a Whimsical Watercolor Inspiration shoot, which featured some amazing, giant paper flowers. Now, thanks to Blome’s Paperie, we are sharing how to make them! We love that these giant flowers are free-standing and look so whimsical in any setting! Could you imagine a ton of these for a rad ceremony backdrop? Let’s see how to make one!

What You’ll Need
• Watercolor paper
Watercolor paints
Paint brushes
• Scissors
Glue

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Step 1: Start with water color paper. I used 12 inch by 18 inch paper but any size will work. Paint your paper. For the whimsical watercolor photoshoot I blended the colors together more, but today I felt like making it streaky. Do whatever inspires you!

Let the paper dry. This step is easily overlook but important. You don’t want to mess up your paint with your hands or the scissors so it’s best to let it dry for about an hour or until it’s dry to the touch before moving onto the next steps.

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Step 2: Draw your petal shape onto the paper, keeping it with rounded edges and coming to a point. Depending on what I am making the flower for I might throw more bumps onto the petal, or make it more streamlined.

Step 3: Draw out the rest of your petals making them 1/3 the size of the previous one as you go. Culminating in a petal about 2 inches high. You may need more layers of petals than pictured if you are making a particularly large flower (though mine is 2 feet wide) you might also use less layers of petals if you’re making a smaller flower. The big thing to keep in mind is stepping the sizes down by 1/3 every time. Then, cut out your petals. Cut six petals of every size and cut an extra 6 petals for the smallest layer.

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Note: Don’t throw away your scraps! You might need to cut some extra petals from them.

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Step 4: Cut a slit in the base of all* of your petals. *Except one of the small 2 inch petals.

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Step 5: Glue petals along one side of the slit you cut.

Step 6: Overlap side of the slit without glue over the side with glue. Hold until dry. *This is why it’s so important to let your paper dry before starting, if you’re paper is still wet your glue wont dry.

Not Pictured: Get a piece of something hard and cut it into a circle. (Empty cereal boxes will work for this)

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Step 7: Take your large petals and add glue to the back of them, then glue your petal to the flat circle you just cut.

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Step 8: Repeat with all large petals, slowly overlapping them under they go all the way around the circle.

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Step 9: Hold your petals down for a bit so they can dry/ get attached to your base.

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Step 10: Repeat for all layers of petals.

Note: When you finish gluing your layers of six it’s time to evaluate. Does it look full enough at the center? If not you may want to add a few more small petals. I decided to add 3. I overlapped my flowers a bit more than previous layers so I needed to make sure I pressed them down firmly again.

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Step 11: Now to start the center, take a small 2 inch petal and roll it around a paintbrush.

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Step 12: Remove your petal from the paint brush and glue it into a cone shape.

Step 13: Cover the bottom of your cone in glue

Step 14: Place the cone into the center of your flower and press down firmly.

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DIY Giant Standing Paper Flowers

DIY Giant Standing Paper Flower


Sit back and revel in your beautiful flower! If you make this DIY, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thank you so much to Blome’s Paperie for the DIY and Sarah McKenzie Photography for the photos! Love these but aren’t really a DIY person? Blome’s Paperie makes paper flowers for events! So be sure to contact them for a unique paper flower installation. :)

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Whimsical Watercolor Wedding Inspiration

watercolor inspiration

To quote Lauren Peele, the talented photographer behind our next feature, Nothing is quite so dreamy as fluid watercolors, bright pastels, and French Bulldog puppies! We totally agree! So when we saw this pretty editorial (styled by French Knot Studios) grace our inbox, we knew it was perfect Wednesday afternoon wedding inspiration to share with y’all! Between that romantic De Ma Fille dress, the cheeky paper goods by Miss Wyolene, and those stunning florals by The Southern Table, there really is just so much to love. And you didn’t think we were going to glaze over those incredible, giant paper blooms, did you? No way. Blomes Paperie killed it with those beauties + we love ‘em so much we’re sharing a DIY for how to make them yourself later this afternoon!

bright succulent bouquet

bright succulent bouquet

pink boutonnieres

watercolor inspiration

pink flower hair piece

gold sequin bouquet wrap


Oh, hi guys! The sweetest, right!?

french bulldog puppies

puppies

watercolor invitation


Can’t wait to share how to make these pretties!

giant standing flowers

giant standing flowers

giant standing flowers

ombre tablecloth


The modern chairs and geometric-inspired place settings were the perfect balance for the softness of that hand-dyed ombre table linen! Such a cool tablescape. Oh, and if you love that ombre tablecloth, we are sharing a DIY for that on Friday! :)

watercolor tablescape

watercolor name tag

watercolor tablescape

watercolor tablescape

watercolor tablescape

watercolor tablescape

watercolor centerpiece

watercolor bows bunting


And major love for this romantic cake table, featuring treats by Sugar Bee Sweets!

watercolor cake

cookies

watercolor cake1

marshmallows

watercolor inspiration


Bravo to the talented creatives below! And see you in a bit for the paper flower DIY! :)

photography: Lauren Peele Photography // planning + design: French Knot Studios // venue: 809 at Vickery Fort Worth, Texas // florals: The Southern Table // make-up: Tracy Melton Makeup // paper flowers: Blomes Paperie // dress: De Ma Fille // rentals: Rent My Dust // stationery: Miss Wyolene // cake + desserts: Sugar Bee Sweets

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Stylish Ojai Valley Inn Wedding: Kelsie + Benjy

ojai wedding

As soon as we heard Kelsie + Benjy’s fun Ojai wedding was designed by the incredible team at Bash, Please, we knew it’d be good! And once we saw the bold black + white palette and super charming details (like garlands, citrus + lots of candlelight), we realized our assumptions were spot-on. K + B’s day exuded style from every facet and feels like a true reflection of the two of them. When you can say that about a wedding, without knowing the couple personally, you know you’ve pulled off a styling success!

More from Kelsie, When planning the wedding, we went for an old school/classic/rat pack sort of feel. It was all about candlelight in a big top tent with really great music and delicious food. More than anything, we wanted to throw one hell of a party! I designed a monogram that we used throughout our wedding (Benjy is in advertising and I’m a graphic designer…so, naturally, we branded our wedding a bit). The monogram added a bit of personalization to the big day. Also, the lovely ladies of Bash, Please came up to us every little bit on our wedding day and made sure that we were taking time to focus on ourselves. We really got to enjoy every minute, and that feels like such a blessing!

A big thanks to the lovely Paige Jones for the images + congratulations to Kelsie + Benjy on a beautiful day!

dotted invitation

getting ready

black bridesmaid dresses

bride


Kelsie’s timeless bouquet, featuring white garden roses + anemones, was designed by Twig & Twine.

white bouquet

pup with garland

groomsmen bobble heads

groomsmen

oranges

flower girl z

Processional: Clair de Lune – Debussy (Played Live on Piano)

Recessional: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (Played Live on Piano)

First Dance: Days Like This – Van Morrison

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony


Right before I walked down the aisle, Paige (one of our wedding planners) said to me, “Just do what feels natural. Don’t worry about what you’re supposed to do. Just do what feels right.” We got married on grass, and I was wearing stilettos. My heels sunk into the grass, and I was terribly uncomfortable, so as we were standing up there, about to say our vows, I heard Paige’s voice in my head and right then and there, in front of everyone, I ditched my shoes and went barefoot. There will be moments that don’t go exactly as you thought they would, but you’ve just got to go with the flow!

ojai ceremony

ojai ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

french fry appetizers

striped bar table

escort cards


The tent was positively bursting with style. We’re dying over the crisp black + white palette and those incredible citrus + greenery table runners!

tented reception

tall skinny candles

monogram bar napkins

cake z

orange inspired tablescape

striped table runner

orange inspired tablescape

tented reception

That's a tough one! Saying our vows (we wrote our own) was a really lovely moment. Seeing everything that we'd spent so many months planning come together so beautifully was absolutely fantastic. Our first kiss was certainly a moment I'll never forget. But I think really, the most incredible part of our wedding was seeing 150 of our loved ones (none of whom live in Ojai,) from so many different times in our lives, all converge in this beautiful little place in California.

tented reception

tented reception

first dance

sparkler exit


And Kelsie has a stellar endorsement for hiring a videographer: When we were planning the wedding we weren’t sure whether or not we felt like a videographer was necessary, but we were just so wrong. Hiring Quixotic Pictures was the absolute best decision. I still can’t watch our wedding video without crying, and that’s saying something, because I’ve easily watched it 1,000 times by now.

About 3 weeks after we got engaged, my parents flew out to LA from St. Louis and in the span of one week we booked the wedding planner, set a date, booked the venue, and bought the dress. Getting those big things out of the way early took a lot of stress out of the equation and made the next nine months a lot easier. Also, I cannot stress the importance of a wedding planner enough. We hired the truly wonderful Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please, and honestly, I don't know what we'd have done without them. They were so patient, so thoughtful, so calming. Every minute of our wedding weekend was scheduled, and on the big day they took care of everything (seriously, everything) so that we could fully focus on gettin' hitched.

photography: Paige Jones Photography // venue + catering: The Ojai Valley Inn Ojai, California // event design + planning: Bash, Please // florals: Twig & Twine // wedding dress: Monique Lhullier // veil: Monique Lhullier // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // hair + makeup: Symmetry Beauty // groom suit: A custom-made Klein, Epstein & Parker tux // videography: Quixotic Weddings // paper goods: Page Stationery // ceremony pianist: Ben Rico // cocktail hour + reception music: Ground Control // Gold Flatware: Casa de Perrin

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryQuixotic Weddings, Symmetry Beauty, Bash, Please, and Casa de Perrin are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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