Monday, April 14, 2008
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!