Do you have a wedding coming up and you need flowers for a bouquet, but you really don't care for real flowers or the cost of real flowers? Recently, I had a client reach out to me asking me to make her a paper flower bouquet made from book pages of her favorite books and some lilac paper flowers. She did want to include a letter from her father but that letter didn't make it to this project. I typical do not do a lot of paper flower projects but I love the way they turn out when I do, plus this project had so many special meanings behind it, I had to do it!
In this blog post, I thought I'd share how to make your own paper bouquet since they can some times be expensive to purchase due to the amount of time it can take to make them. However, if you have the time and skill (it doesn't take much as long as you can cut and fold lol), then I'd say give it a try.
Heres what you'll need.
*Paper (cardstock, book pages, or whatever you want to use)
*Hot Glue Gun
*Template (you can find them everywhere, google, Etsy, etc) or make your own
*Ribbon (whatever color you would like)
*Flower Wire or Kabob/Skewers Sticks* (optional, depends on how you want to put it together)
*Jewels (brooches, rhinestones or whatever you like, spray glitter would probably be a nice addition to add afterwards)
Note, you could use glitter cardstock but they can tend to be hard to work with so keep that in mind before starting your project.
I also used my Cricut machine to cut the lilac flowers but cut the book pages by hand.
1. Print out your template or free hand some flower shapes in varies sizes on a plain sheet of paper. Remember you can print and cut out as many as you want. There is no limit. You rather have more than not enough because you'll have to stop mid project to cut more.
2. Cut out all templates to trace on your paper, then cut. Note, if you are doing an ombre flower, cut your colors in order of size so the colors fade in or out depending on how you would like them. Be sure to keep all papers separated. Again, I cut my lilac flowers with my Cricut and did the book pages by hand.
3. Be sure to keep all papers separated by size so you can assemble them in order.
4. Next you want to start putting the pieces together. You want to start with the smallest petal by rolling the first piece. Glue the ends.
5. Next, you want to add the first petal to your first set of 4 petal in the smallest set. Then begin to fold in the edges and glue them to the middle.
6. You want to continue to do this for two more of this size and then move on to the next size. Remember, you can make these how you feel best. You can add more or less, just depends on how you want it to look.
7. Next I like to curve my petals the opposite way so that the flower is now appearing to bloom.
You can adjust the petals as you need. Again, make the flower as big as you want and continue to move up in size so that it will bloom properly.
8. Make as many as you want. I did the same with the book pages. The paper is much lighter and a bit more difficult with holding a "curl" so be aware of that.
9. After making the roses, I made the base of the bouquet. I apologize, I forgot to take document all the steps for this part but I will explain. I ordered a Floral Dry Foam half ball from amazon and attached half of a paper towel roll to the bottom with hot glue. I covered the top of the foam with tissue paper in the lilac color as well. You want to make the handle of the bouquet strong so I filled it with some paper and then I started to cover it with the ribbon. My client wanted a plum color. I added a lilac ribbon to the bottom to incorporate that color as well. I did start at the top in a spiral motion to cover the bottom of the dry foam and then covered the handle last. I added some iridescent rhinestones to the handle to finish it off.
10. I added the roses to the top and boom, thats it!! I did add some green leaves in there to cover some of the open spaces so that it was completely full. Check out the finished product!
She also asked me to do some additional flowers with the book pages on wires. Here is how they turned out.
I absolutely loved doing this project and my client loved it and even said she cried because she loved it so much. That just made my day! I hope that if you try this project you send me a message and let me know or even tag me on IG @lananicoleevents I would love to see your work!
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!! See you soon for another blog post.