the idea of spending mega $$$ on flowers that will wilt in hours and then disappear out of your life forever makes you want to gag?
fake flowers seem like a good idea, and you have seen some paper flower options you like, but what to choose?!
Where to start?


The other Attempts at Paper Flowers that didn’t make the Cut

I have a cutting machine called a KNK Zing – for those of you who are into scrapbooking or cardmaking this is kind of like a brother scan and cut or a cricut or a silhouette cameo.  It’s not only AmaZING (hardy ha ha) it’s totally amazeballs.  So naturally I gravitated toward the idea of cutting flowers in either fabric/felt or paper. My felt bouquet idea, (which I believe was inspired entirely or wholly by Princess Lasertron Bouquets), was soon quashed by mommy dearest, who objected quite strenuously to the idea of warm fuzzy felt in the heat of an Aussie summer.

Then the easiest paper floral options are what we would call roll-up (quilled) flowers I guess…  I found some free cutting files online and also purchased this set from Lettering Delights. (Currently on Sale for $1!!!). Basically it’s like having a spiral pretty edged or un-edged piece of ribbon and you roll it all up and glue it at your chosen tightness and et voila you have flowers!

Minimum Requirements: paper to cut, scissors to cut paper, some sort of adhesive

I cut all of them out and then passed them around to all and sundry to find out what the stand out faves were…

Quilled Flowers From Lettering Delights

Quilled Flowers From Lettering Delights

and just so you know, that beautifully printed extravagant bridal magazine, I got that for free at one of the stores I tried dresses on at. It was the only bridal magazine I had the entire time I was engaged and was extremely useful for dropping hot glue on, using as a photo backdrop (as per above image) and knowing that I really did not want to entertain most of the crazy wedding industrial complex (I think that term may be copyrighted by Offbeat Bride!) ideas of what a bride is or should look like. I will save another ranty post for that…. but I highly recommend Rock n Roll Bride and Offbeat Bride for a taste of the other side.

Then I got some trusty styrofoam or polystyrene balls some half domes (that I used over and over with tests and trials and actually in the wedding eventually) other than the hilariously oversized one I purchased because my brain did not translate diameter into it’s real 3d size well on the day I purchased it. I tried out the half domed and in some cases stemmed versions of the favourite of the quilled flowers.  All in paper I was probably not going to use for the final products.

Incidentally the top row – first two flowers on the left were the standout faves. We will name them Straight Edge and Lotus for the purposes of this post.

Quilled Plain Flowers Domed

Quilled Plain Flowers Domed (Straight Edge)

I really liked this but wanted it even more uniform – so thought all the same size on the dome would look fantastic.  My dear partner said it looked like rolled up pieces of paper stuck on a ball.  Why, yes darling, that is because it actually is rolled up pieces of paper stuck on a ball… but isn’t it pretty?

He preferred these, which I was not sure worked in different sizes and I wasn’t convinced would work the same size either…

Quilled Plain Flowers Domed (Lotus)

Quilled Plain Flowers Domed (Lotus)

It’s not the best photo, but I want you to agree with me, not with him anyway 😛

Quilled Polkadot Flower Dome

Quilled Polkadot Flower Dome

Please note the top right corner is a rubbish bin with lots of left over strips of paper.  Yes… When you craft rubbish does happen!  It’s not all beautifully manicured fingers without evidence of paper cuts, glue gun blisters or paint stains you know?  I’m not so sure how we crafty peeps are supposed to hold down a job, love a family, craft and get pretty for photos or you tube videos… (he he he – but seriously can you in-box me I need instructions on how you do that?!)

Ok so from this attempt we discovered – a) these flowers don’t work well in a printed pattern, they probably need a solid colour  paper and b) they may or may not need a button, but hey I had bought a big jar full of purple buttons because of my Princess Lasertron dream 😀


Quilled Striped Flower Stemmed

Quilled Striped Flower Stemmed

These ones were the other side of the polka dot paper.  I threaded the buttons with florist wire to make a stemmed flower and then held a bunch together.  I thought they looked okay so this was the best option at the time that I made them.

After I made my first kusudama flower though, that was all over.  I just loved them and everyone else did too.  I discovered maybe a day or so later that I had actually made my first few flowers wrong anyway.  Kusudama flowers are made up of 5 petals glued together after quite simple folding. Each petal is folded from a square.  For some reason all the first attempts I made I glued together 6 petals… I still like them a lot better than the quilled options I had tried.  There are plenty of very good tutorial sites, showing you how to do the fold so I won’t bore you with that.  After that it’s a matter of how you get from one flower to an entire bouquet or pomander…  This is what I will be walking you through – though I think I will make it post 2 since, I have been dribbling on a bit already.

Kusudama First Flowers I folded Wrong!!! Should be 5 Petals

Kusudama First Flowers I folded Wrong!!! Should be 5 Petals

See they are still pretty even though they are wrong.  I made some of these from cardstock (larger flower with button centre).  They are quite difficult to fold from cardstock and the idea of making loads or smaller flowers would not work. The rest I tried with printed paper, much easier to fold and would be fine at smaller sizes. Next post should be up in a day or so 🙂

Goodnight Wherever you Are!

Please Note: All paper and bridal magazines harmed in this post, have now gone to paper recycling heaven where I hope they have become something beautiful, functional and happily re-useable.

Wedding Craft Disclaimer Thingie…

I did a lot of crafting for our wedding.  A lot.  In most cases (this is true for Australia, it may or may not be true elsewhere) I don’t necessarily think this was the budget option.  In some cases it was definitely the more costly option (especially if you factor in your time and any other poor souls who you have roped into crafting for you). I loved doing it, planning it and executing it.  To a certain extent I would even say I loved the stress associated with worrying about whether or not it would be done or it would be done on time.

Do what you love, because you love it (as a couple or on your own if your partner is one of those, “I just show up and look pretty right?” peeps).  This is probably not going to be super useful if you need to make honey without paying for the bees (sorry!).