Monday, April 14, 2008

Centerpieces!! And Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

After a most productive trip to Ikea (the happiest place on Earth), I now have everything I need for centerpieces. Well, almost. I do need candle holders, since I can't really use my high ball glasses. I have a brilliant idea about wedding stuff: there should be a craigslist site for weddings only. We all buy 20 white vases, use them one day, then what? Well, actually, these are flower pots, so I'll probably use them for planting but still. I'm sure there are thousands of brides out there with votive candleholders and nothing to do with them. I'm just saying. I wish I was a programmer. Or had the money to invest in that.

So anyway, here are the flowers, and the kit I got from Martha Stewart's aisle at Micheal's. It set me back $20, but now I know how to make them myself and it will be sooo much cheaper than live floral centerpieces. The orange ones are the designs on which I went renegade. Plus, I really like how the light shines through the tissue paper. Does anyone have a good source for all shades of tissue paper?

Here's how this works. The Martha kit has several other designs with stamens, etc. so it might be worth it to get the package, at least as a starter kit. (p.s. It's not that I'm vain, but my PhotoBooth application made the photos very easy for this lazy girl)

1) cut a rectangle stack of about 6 sheets of tissue. Then fold in half and cut the edges in a scallop or point, or whatever you like. These will be the petals.

2)Fold the stack of paper accordian style

3) wrap a small piece of floral wire around the folded stack. The fold will the top, the flat side will be the sides.

4) Take the top tissue layer and pull it up toward the center. Work your way around and continue pulling those sheets up until the flower is all done!


Posted by Beth Howard @ 7:57 AM

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I've seen that kit and wanted to get it, but I have no use for paper flowers at this time in my life but what a perfect idea for your wedding! Too cool! I love those colors too - what are the colors for your wedding again?

Posted by Blogger freshie (and zero) @ 10:52 AM #

I absolutely LOVE this! So cute!!! Are those flowers your colors? If so, they are very bright and vibrant - very you! Let me know if you need help constructing. I'm happy to help.

Also, my mom might have some votives. I can check. After three weddings, she has an entire basement full of "props". I keep telling her she should rent her stuff out! I'll let you know what I find.

Posted by Blogger The Clicks @ 11:31 AM #

I absolutely love your use on MAC photobooth! I miss you lots.

Posted by Blogger Shona~ LALA dex press @ 6:48 PM #

Hi. Me again. As a Craigslist junkie I thought you might like to know about this:

It's basically what you described. A place for people to get rid of their centerpiece supplies.

And there's always

(You gain so much trivial, one-time-use knowledge when you plan a wedding, you have to share it with someone :)

Posted by Anonymous jessica @ 8:28 PM #
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