2 Nov

Kay, SO. This is a really exciting post. Remember Brittany and Paul’s super cute, ultra whimsical wedding we posted a while back? The one with the HUGE PAPER FLOWERS? Yes, of course you do.

Well, Brittany sent us over a tutorial! Hooray!!!! Now we can all cover our houses in huge paper flowers and we will be happy all the time.

Here’s the scoop from Brittany:

“From the get-go, I wanted large paper flowers to create a Thumblina/Alice in Wonderland-ish effect for our garden reception. My amazing mom came up with the brilliant centerpieces by creating a pattern, which we then duplicated about 30 times for all the centerpieces, walkways, and stairs. The great thing about paper flowers is that we could create them with plenty of time before the wedding without worrying about the wilting. That said, by the wedding day we then had 30 huge paper poppies “growing” in our house and we were plenty ready to get them out! Making the flowers is easy as pie. You’ll need a large surface to work on because these babies are quite large.

Materials:

• 7 sheets of a single color for petals. Each sheet is a single petal. (We used Canson Colorline Art Papers 19″ x 25″ from the local art supply store. Go local!)
• 1 yellow or mustard color for stamen (middle of the flower)
• 1 black for center
• 3 sheets of different greens (We used pastel quality greens because the colors are better)
• Glue gun
• Pencil
• scissors
• 18″ ruler to create the folded petal texture
• (If making multiple flowers, I would suggest making a template of the petals and leaves in chipboard)

1. The base of the flower is 9” wide so you can start by marking the middle of the short end of the paper at the 9” mark and then marking 4½ inches out on either side.

2. Create the shape of the petal. You can either copy this picture and blow it up to the right size or create your own. (I drew it in marker here to so it would be clearer, but use pencil to be more inconspicuous.) It’s roughly the shape of a light bulb or shell with lots of undulating waves (you don’t want them to be too precise, they’re flowers!) From the 9” mark on the short side of the paper draw a 5” line up the middle.

3. Cut the shapes out.

4. Create the texture for the petal. We kept it simple by simply folding the paper over the ruler from the widest rim to the center of the shortest side. Space them out about every 1-1 ½ inches. Remember not to be too precise. Then, turn the petal over and turn every other fold the opposite way like an accordian fold. It might look a little too much like a sea shell at this point, but don’t worry, it gets better.

5. Overlap one of the 5” split sections by gluing one piece over the other, about 2-3”. This will create a cupping shape with the petal. (I made mine with the glue coming out to make it more obvious.)

6. Repeat for each of the remaining 6 sheets.

7. Assemble the flower. Take three petals and glue one on top of the other so they are evenly spread around to form the center of the flower.

8. Evenly spread the remaining four petals around the center to create the outer petals.

9. Create the stamen by drawing a 16” circle from the yellow sheet of paper and cutting it out.

10. Create the center by drawing a 10” circle from the black sheet of paper and cutting it out. I found a 10” bowl to trace.

11. Cut 3” strips around the perimeter of the black center at every ½” mark or so.

12. Do the same to the yellow stamen, about 5” strips.

13. Slightly and gently use the edge of the closed scissors to curl the cut yellow strips of the yellow stamen and the black center, much like curling ribbon for a gift.

14. Glue the yellow stamen to the center.

15. Glue black center into the yellow stamen.

16. Make the leaves. Using the 25” as the width and the 19” as the height, fold the edge into the center. Do the same to the other side. This will create 2 leaves. Use the fold as the center of each leaf and draw a half a leaf shape.

17. Cut out the shape to reveal the full leaf. Do the same to the other side.

18. Glue two leaves together. Make as many leaves as you would like. I used 5 in a few shades of pastel and deep olive greens.

19. Group the leaves around the flower and glue together at the bottom. Voilá!”

Cute, no? And it seems like the kind of project that we could all tackle. Thanks so much for sharing Brittany! And thanks so much to your mom for coming up with the template.

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Comments

  1. These are lovely! I would love to make some for my July garden reception! The directions seem pretty clear but I am curious about how to make the stem. Suggestions?

  2. These are the most amazing DIY craft! I love, love, love them! Nicely done. If I make a bunch I’ll send in some pics of my wedding next year!

  3. Bride here…for the stem for my “bouquet” I found the largest silk flower I could find from a wholesaler and removed the flower part. I inserted the stem into the paper flower before I put in the black and yellow centers and hot glued it in like a mad woman. Ta dah!

  4. what a great idea.. thanks for sharing!

  5. Thank you! I was considering trying to recreate these based on the photos from the original post, but having the step-by-step is wonderful!

  6. Oh how completely awesome! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I have been obsessing over those flowers since I saw these wedding pictures…. I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate them into our celebration for next fall. Thanks again!!

  7. I am SO excited about this post. When I saw the initial post, I knew I wanted to create these but having a step by step so they can be spot on is SO SO SO wonderful! Thank you, Brittany!

  8. SO glad you shared this with us! Ever since I saw this wedding, I’ve been contemplating how I would make these for a future event. Thank you!

    Rachel
    xoxo

  9. OH I’m obsessed. Now how do I make these work for my Christmas decor…. ?

  10. ohmigod…these are awesome. i will definitely try this out with my daughter for “make time” over the weekend. Although I’ll probably just use construction paper. May make daisies and gerberas too.

  11. Lovely idea! Least then you can keep it forever!

  12. Wow! That’s creative!

  13. Such an informative post. These are unique and fun, and would work for many occasions. Thanks for posting this!

  14. Oh my GOD I love this… Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  15. Thank You Thank You for this tutorial! Super excited about this project, I am absolutely going to use them.

  16. I’m soooo happy to see this tutorial! That wedding was one of my faves, simply because the flowers were not only beautiful, but so whimsical, romantic and fun! Can’t wait to make them :) Thank you!!

  17. fantastical! thanks for sharing.

  18. So whimsical and fun! Love the creativity!

  19. OH MY ALLAH, thank you sooo much!!! I was one of the many commenters on the original post begging for a tutorial so 100layer cake ROCKS for totally delivering!!!!!

    GIDDY!!!

  20. Awesome tutorial! I’ll definitely be making some of these. Just out of curiosity, where on Earth did you find such a large silk flower?

  21. OMGooodnesss…..I love this!!! I am about to bust out my glue gun and make this right now!

  22. I’m back! Thanks for all your kind comments! For the huge silk flower stem I found it at Shinoda’s in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s a wholesaler with a ton of silk flowers but really you should be able to find something similar at any Michael’s I would think. The original silk flower on top was quite hideous so don’t look for a good flower, just a good stem.

    good luck!

  23. Wow, these are just absolutely stunning. Lovely and clear tutorial!

    Brittany; the pictures from your wedding were absolutely gorgeous, and one of my favourites perhaps of all time :)

    I’ll try them some time, maybe for christmas, and instead of big poppies, I could make poinsetta. … Somehow.

  24. yayy! thank you thank you!

  25. incredible tutorial! been wondering how to make those since i saw the images from her wedding!!

  26. So pretty, so simple! Ideas as marvelous as this make me want to throw a party designed entirely around that spark of inspiration.

  27. lovelovelove these flowers, i am going to use them for my photobooth at my june outdoor wedding! sky blue fabric background, a few potted hedges from home depot, and a few of there glued to the background sounds fun!!!

  28. Omgosh! I love the blown-up in scale of these flowers! I am so making it for …something!a

  29. SO excited to see this tutorial! I LOOOOOVED their wedding.

  30. Thank You very much for the tutorial! I thought I had to figure it out myselft how to make these flowers, but now I can learn it from here!

  31. what a grand idea!

  32. Ahh this is so exciting! I remember seeing these and wanting to create them. Thank you for putting up instructions! I’m trying to DIY as much as possible for my wedding and plan on including the projects I love on my blog. Right now I’m just blogging on the non-DIY details because I’m trying to start working on some projects.

  33. This is totally the most exciting post ever! DIRECTIONS! The best ever. Thank you for such clear step by step directions! I absolutely love these flowers and can’t wait to get started on them. Thank you , thank you, thank you. You are brilliant!

  34. Can’t get enough of paper and fabric flowers! These are great!

  35. These are the same flowers as Martha Stewart’s paper poppy tutorial http://www.marthastewart.com/article/giant-paper-poppy-flower-decoration

  36. I totally love this wedding.
    I have been making paper flowers for many years but never have I thought of making jumbo flowers like yours. Bravo to you for taking flower making a step further!
    Martha Stewart has nothing on you. Even she gets her ideas from others.

  37. wouaoh! Sooooo Lovely!!!! tx!

  38. I would just like to say thank you very much for this idea and tutorial.
    I was assigned the task of making extra large flowers for our store window and didn’t want to go entirely with the kind you can make from tissue paper.
    These turned out great and will be absolutely stunning in the window.

    Thanks again!!

  39. I hate to leave a comment like this. I really love this site, but I’m also a fan of Eloise Corr Danch, and that poppy would appear to be the project she showed on the Martha Stewart show a couple years ago. I know projects get reinterpreted and reinvented from blog to blog, and that’s swell, and we can all learn from each other, but I also think it’s kind of rude to not mention the original artist who took the time to make it widely available to all of us.

    Forgive me if I’m out of line, I just think all of us creative types ought to look out for one another and credit those who helped along the way.

  40. omg this is perfect for the alice in wonderland tea party bridal shower i am hosting!
    so awesome!

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