West Elm contacted me last month to see if we’d be interested in sharing some fun DIYs and inspiration using their paper flowers. Since I’m a huge fan of both West Elm + paper flowers (I love when couples use them in weddings!), I said yes, of course!
I thought this would be a great opportunity to inspire you lovelies to use paper flowers to DIY for your own events. So, to show a few different potential uses, we enlisted four of our rad + talented DIY contributos to give us their take on using the flowers. As you’ll see below, our DIY contributors did not disappoint and each brought along their own personal style when creating this lovely pieces that would add such a nice touch to any event.
I’m in major love with the results and can’t wait to share with you lovelies! So, let’s take a look…
Love & Peace
This first shoot is by Jesi Haack (and photographed by Mr. Haack). I love the mix of all the bright colorful flowers and this would make such a rad backdrop for a ceremony, dessert bar, or whatever else you can imagine! It would also be a great keepsake that you can use to decorate your house and remember your special day :)
To create these pieces, first use a pencil and draw your peace sign and heart. The using a drill with a medium sized bit, start drilling holes along the pencil mark. Pro Tip: Jesi drilled one hole, then cut the flower stem in, then drilled the next hole – that way she could see how much space each flower took up. Once the entire outline is full of flowers, go back through the design and fill in more flowers to thicken it up.
To tie the look together, she then used individual flowers to accent the tablescape. Makes a pretty gorgeous statement, right?!
Amanda dyed sections of burlap, using the bucket method (Pro Tip: don’t rinse the fabric to keep the color bold), to match the lovely shades of the West Elm flowers. Once the burlap was just right, she added splashes of acrylic paint to the corresponding sections to add visual texture – the messier, the better as it will add a very painterly, textural detail. :)
Next she bunched the fabric to create ruffles, which she then glued in place with a hot glue gun to keep them in place. Then she cut the paper flower with wire cutters to a stem length of less than an inch, added hot glue and placed them in the corresponding color sections in the folds of fabric. Lastly, she fluffed open the paper flower bloom. Super pretty!
Going Lovely used the West Elm Paper Flower Wreath for these, which is a great idea since the wreath is made of a few different flowers that already look great together!
To create the BAR letters, you just need the West Elm Paper Flower wreath, letters (which you can find here) and a glue gun. Once you have your supplies, remove all the flowers from the wreath. Next you’ll glue the the flowers to your letters. Pro Tip: Going Lovely recommends gluing the flowers in the same pattern in which they were place on the wreath – this helps make sure that the letters feel balanced and not overcrowded with one particular flower.
For a second fun DIY, they created fun drink stirrers! They’re made from wooden skewer sticks and the West Elm paper tulips. Just cut the wooden stick to 6 inch lengths and insert the pointed side of the stick into the base of the tulip. Pro Tip: make sure to insert it far enough into the tulip so it’s stable and useful for your guests.
- I wanted to bring in more gold accents, so I added detail to the leaves of the roses before crafting the wreaths. To create the same effect, use a gold pen (Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing Pen) to draw a line down the center of each leaf and several lines on both sides of it.
- Each centerpiece requires approximately one dozen roses and re-uses part of the packaging from the roses.
- I love that the stems and leaves of the West Elm roses have a wire base because it makes them so easy to work with!
- You could also use the roses on the place settings as name cards or napkin rings!
Bonus Just for GWS Readers Looking to DIY!
West Elm is giving one lucky GWS reader two dozen West Elm Paper Flowers along with the vessel of your choice! Just leave a comment below telling us how you’d style your paper flowers or how you’d love to see paper flowers used by GWS (if we find idea that strike us, we’ll create DIYs for your ideas in future GWS posts!) and we’ll pick a random winner. This contest is open to US residents and ends on April 25, 2013 at 3pm PST. We’ll announce the winner on April 26th.
** The contest is now over and the lucky winner is Jessica! **