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diy project: giant paper flowers from ruche

by Kate Pruitt

You may remember the wedding of our lovely D*S contributor Brittany Watson Jepsen. Her huge paper blooms made such a splash that she started selling them in her shop, and just recently Brittany wrote a great article for Brooklyn Bride about the paper flower trend. I’m thrilled that this is a growing phenomenon; I adore anything made in exaggerated scale, so I feel that the more giant flowers and plants there are in the world, the better.

This particular giant-flower DIY project comes from the creative team at Ruche. They decided to make these giant fantasy flowers for their spring lookbook, which is aptly titled “Enchantment.” Read below for the story of how this project came to be, and find the full tutorial after the jump. Thanks for sharing this awesome DIY, Ruche team, and thank you, Brittany, for being on the forefront of such a cool trend :) Enjoy! — Kate

Our creative team brainstormed ways to turn our spring lookbook, Enchantment, into a daydream. When the idea of oversized flowers came about, we couldn’t wait to make them a reality! Josh, the CFO of Ruche, used his engineering background to design the stems, and with the help of additional Ruche team members, they created them by hand at our warehouse. Surrounded by tissue paper and scissors, our talented set-design interns designed and created the rest of the flower pieces at our warehouse. Once they were finished, the whimsical daydream came to life. — The Ruche Team

Read the full how-to after the jump!


  • plastic cups
  • cement
  • approx. 5” wide stucco corner
  • approx. 20-gauge tie wire
  • gloves and wire cutters
  • tape, glue, and scissors
  • tissue paper
  • dried moss
  • zip ties


Making the stem:

1. Determine how many flowers you’re going to make and pour cement into the corresponding number of plastic cups. Let harden.

2. Purchase stucco corner (sturdy wire) from your local hardware store. The pieces we used were 5” in width.

3. Cut the wire into desired stem lengths. We varied each stem from 3 to 8 feet high. Remember to protect your hands with gloves!

4. Use the cement cups as a base and mold the wire into stems.

5. Cover the wire stems with tape for a smooth surface.

6. Glue layers of tissue paper onto the surface until the entire stem is covered.

Making the leaves:

1. Purchase approximately 20-gauge tie wire from your local hardware store and cut into desired lengths. Remember to leave extra length at the end (to attach to the stem later).

2. Twist pieces of wire together to form the leaf base.

3. Cut layers of tissue paper into leaf shapes.

4. Glue the layers together around the wire base.

5. Poke the leaves into the stems.

Making the flowers:

1. Cut layers of tissue paper into petals of various sizes.

2. Form the smallest petals into a bouquet. Tape the bouquet’s stem to keep the layers together.

3. Add the next layer of petals and tape and repeat until you have reached the desired size.

4. For the flower centers, cut circles out of tissue paper, scrunch the edges, and glue two layers together.

5. Glue moss into the center of the circles.

6. Attach the center to the petals, and the flower is complete.

7. Use zip ties to attach the flower to the stem.

You’re done!

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  • Wowza!! I would love to make them, but definitely don’t have the space to make them or anywhere to place them! Umm if the D*S office hosts a giant flower making event, I’ll be there :P

  • Wow! These are amazing! Perfect for fun interiors, bridal showers or weddings! Gorgeous! Totally inspiring a craft night. =)

  • LOVE the way these can softly dominate a room. I may try to hang them in clusters in a corner like pictures.

  • So cute! I had a huge flower similar to this when I was younger. I think I got it from some fair. I think it would be fun to try to make one of these!

  • I really need that dress for an alice in wonderland themed wedding. Where did it come from!???

  • Is there a template for the leaves, petals, etc, as well as quantities? I also would like to make several of these to decorate a space.

  • I can’t wait to make these.

    Few questions first:

    Any online recommendations to buy lovely shades of tissue paper?

    What type of glue did you use to adhere the tissue to the stem?

    Thank you!

  • I adore these. Only thing I’m wondering is if there’s a more attractive way to attach the flower to the stem other than zip ties. Looks great from the front, but what about the back?

  • Love this it brings me back to the tissue flowers we made when we were kids but better!

  • I love, love these. Thankyou for sharing! I’m going to make them for my Spring dinner party on the tree house patio . They have these giant flowers within the rain forest in Martinique and you have given me the tools to bring these to life in my own home. Thankyou!

  • So many questions: what kind of tape did you use? Did you have to order the tissue paper from somewhere or would the kind you find for gifts be acceptable? Any particular kind of hot glue/wax?

  • I would also like to know approx. how large each petal is & how many of each size you used per flower. (Just to get a rough idea of how much tissue paper to order) And what kind of glue that is. Thanks! Beautiful project!

  • I adore these. I’m thinking a few over the headboard of a bed would be a great way to add some whimsy to a bedroom. I’ll have to try it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • IF my daughter ever got married, I’d love to make these for her wedding….or at least for a gorgeous shower!!

  • Simply, beautiful, charming and delightful! One day I’m going to try and make them.

  • I tried this project with chicken wire like someone had recommended. The stem is too flimsy and doesn’t stay upright and definitely can’t hold the weight of a flower. Instead of restarting I inserted a dowel rod all the way from the top to the stem base. It still wouldn’t stay straight up because the dowel rod shifts the weight over. I have to somehow secure the rod to the cup. Still working on that. I may have to scratch this and buy stucco corner. Home Depot did not have it. Hope you all will have better luck than me.

  • My friend and I are working on making these right now in shades of teal and green. We’re using them for the background for my engagement photos. Thank you for this beautiful idea!.

  • I’m also working on this right now to use in my studio. I bought diamond mesh from Lowe’s, so I hope it works. I also bought Aleene’s tacky glue. I think that is the glue in the photos posted.

  • I have been making a bunch of these with 5th and 6th grade kids for our spring concert decoration… it does work with chicken wire but you need to wrap it round a bunch of times to get the strength… I cut 14inch wide piece for a 5ft flower stem and then wrapped it round and round to get the stregth to hold up the flower head!

    They are looking amazing… incidentally if you are doing this with kids… I found the chicken wire stem bit the most difficult and did that bit myself and let them do the rest!

  • Ooh, I have no idea what reason I’d have to make these, but I’ll come up with something. They are stunning for photographs, that’s for sure!

  • I am making 26 of these for my wedding in May. I started last night and with 8 of us we got about half way done… I am having trouble making the leaves so if anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. I ABSOLUTLY LOVE these flowers though! So excited to see them totally finished!

  • I had trouble finding the stucco corner, but Home Depot has a 6″ by 25′ roll of Kwikmesh in the roofing section that seems to work…

  • I made these I used double sided tape made it muchhhhh easier and I used the Diamond Mesh, I first tried with chicken wire and I DO NOT recommend it! Also, buy the white duck tape it was super sticky and made the stem smooth. The flowers I cut the petals 8 of 4 different sizes layered biggest to smallest taping each layer with double sided photo tape (the kind you use to scrapbook) once finish I flipped the flower smallest on the bottom now pinched and twisted, stapled it. I had trouble at first doing it the original way so I hope these help!!!!

  • I have all the same questions as others, can someone answer for us please?
    Where did you get beautiful colored tissue paper? What kind of tape did you use for the stem? Can you give us an approximate size for flower pedals? Who is the model in the picture?

  • How much is this project costing people? I’m just curious because it seems like the expenses could add up quite quickly.

  • Oh, I wish I had known about in September! I was given the task of helping a young woman decorate the lobby of the theater our community theater group uses. The play was “Alice in Wonderland”. Two aisles go off from the lobby into the seating area. The director asked us to represent “bigger” on one side and “smaller” on the other. We used some of the techniques shown here to make giant flowers but the overall effect wasn’t nearly as pretty…we just couldn’t find a good way to make the blossoms! Sending a link to this site to my friend. You never know what the future holds! Beautiful work!

  • Tissue paper can be found at Papermart.com. They are well priced and arrive quickly without folds in the paper. We are making these as part of a teacher appreciation day and can’t wait to see the results.

  • I can’t wait to make these for my Wedding and Event Design Studio. They will be displayed with a dessert table. Thank you for giving me the instructions.

  • Hey… I’m in the process of trying to make these Fabulous flowers…
    Did anyone have problems with the tissue paper on the flower stems ripping?
    Like, during transportation?
    If mine turn out, I’m going to donate them to my daughter’s school carnival… and they can maybe raffle them off as an extra fundraiser.
    I’m thinking if the the tissue paper wants to rip, perhaps I should mod podge strips of tissue paper on? Does anyone have tips???

  • Use fabric instead of tissue paper on the stem (especially if you want to re-use the flowers) same goes for the leaves. You could use modpodge to give it a papier mache effect but this will increase the weight despite being the sturdiest option. To make it lighter and more portable you could also replace the wire in the stem with cardboard of intermediate thickness (the kind used for support envelopes-or just reuse the envelopes). Any kind of double sided tape will do or you could use glue tape (comes in a dispenser and works like double sided tape). Hope that helps.

  • Thanks for the tips… !! I have not decided quite what to do… have to think some more. In the mean time… my cement is hardening and my stucco corner is ready… :)

  • Thank you! I do windows for our family-owned boutique & am always looking for ideas. What a perfect way to welcome spring &/or summer. I am in the process of making 30 of these right now. Can’t wait to see them in our windows!

  • I’m halfway through making ours, we used newspaper to cover the mesh wire and so far its looking fab! Just making the leaf, we also used wet sand to weigh down the paper cups as h2b thought it would be heavier than concrete, feels pretty weighty so hoping it will work. Hoping the flowers aren’t too tricky to master, this is my first wedding DIY! So desperate to share with my friends and family but want it to be a surprise on w day! Good Luck everyone, if I can do it, anyone can!!

  • I have been looking for what seems like forever for either a pattern or a diy article for “good” paper flowers and here it is. I NEVER thought I’d find one for flowers this big. What a wonderful bonus!!!! Thank You!

  • How did u size the petals? Im assuming the first layer is a whole sheet, but what about the other 2 sizes? Just making sure I get this right :) I was thinking to turn just the flower into center pieces for a family reunion coming up REALLY soon. Hope to get some feed back thanks!

  • Hey everyone, I just did this awesome craft project for easter at my church. I have some helpful hints at my blog (http://diyandfyi.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/diy-giant-tissue-paper-flowers/).

    To answer some of the questions I see on here…hope that helps!
    @Sonja, Anna, Agnes, and Cindy – The number of petals and size is up to you! I used 4 large, 6 medium, and 4 small. And my large petal was half a whole sheet. My flowers turned out about almost 3′ wide. The bigger the petals, the harder it will be to keep it together and without it getting heavy.
    @Crystal – I used masking tape. I used tissue paper from Target (they have lots of vibrant colors!).
    @Julie – I made 3 flowers. Total cost was $20. Breakdown: Each 10′ stucco corner piece was $3.40 each. My Home Depot had a 8′ size too. I imagine this is a pretty standard building material so be sure to ask an employee before assuming they don’t have it!
    @Suzanne – I inserted the stems and flowers on-site so I didn’t have to worry about pieces bending and ripping. Doing on-site is better too because there may be site issues you aren’t aware of until you arrive (for example, there was a short wall where I was setting up, which forced me to insert my stem on the side opposite of the short wall.

  • How long did it take to you to make it? I want to make this for my niece’s Christening in June.

  • Im curious about the diamond mesh vs. the kwikmesh. Anybody have luck with one or the other? It seems like the kwikmesh might be flimsy over a few feet tall.

  • LOVE these! I am going to make some this weekend and see how they turn out. I love flowers I don’t have to water every day :)

  • Interesting that I stumbled upon this. Earlier today I saw an identical flower in the window display of a photography studio. I didn’t know it was a trend. hmmm.

  • This is amazing. I’m going to try this for my wedding! Big thanks to those involved in the project, and for posting it online for others!

  • I recently looked at large flowers to purchase, saw the price and decided not to.
    Ha ha I can my own now. thanks

  • I saw some large flowers the other day, thinking of buying a few, NOT when I saw the price, now I can make my own. Thanks so much.

  • Instead of the chicken wire you can cut a large branch and set it inside a piece of log with a hole drilled out for the branch. Then cover the stem in green and add the flower. Or paint the branch green.

  • Hi I want to make a giant ruche flower just like this one! but i dont know where to buy all these materials…do you know where you bought yours? It’d be a great help if you can help me locate that specific stucco corner, the tie wire, dried moss, zip ties, and the cement.
    I know michaels doesnt sell any of the things in the material list, except maybe tissue paper and scissors. thanks !

  • These are fantastic. Love the comment re using a long branch and covering/painting it green. This will cut the cost even further!!!! The would look great placed in tin buckets. I’m going to make some for my garden party. Thank you s much for sharing your idea :)

  • I wish i had enough time left to make this for my sons wedding…but we are having a reseption later and you bet ya I will be making this for the entrance to the room so thankfull i found you pics… thankyou so much for sharing your talent

  • Absolutely amazing.My pal is getting married next year and i do believe that the bride and us bridesmaids should definitely give this a go….Wish us luck.

  • Absolutely amazing.My pal is getting married next year and i do believe that the bride and us bridesmaids should definitely give this a go….Wish us luck.I’ll leave another comment if we pull this off.Thanks for sharing.

  • We are doing a great project and want to use your giant paper flowers. A few questions. What is the size of the largest flower in inches. How many layers I see four. Is this correct? Is it good to use Crepe paper instead of tissue?

  • There are several sites that sell tissue paper in a great variety of colors. Office Depot, Nashville Wraps, and Paper Mart are three that I have bought from. The largest sizes that I have used are 20 x 26 and 20 x 30 inches.

  • thanks for this beautiful thing. it is really amazing. i love it. lots nd lots of thanks………………

  • So I made these for a party last week. based on the other photos people are posting, we all had the same issues and I suspect mine come closest to the originals. I really wanted the meandering stems and the height of the flowers. I made 12 of them, varying in heights up to 10 feet. Here are my suggestions:

    1. I could not find stucco corner. i too, used chicken wire and suggest it would be fine, however make sure the gauge is heavy enough. Too light and the stem will fall under its own weight.

    2. 5″ is rough. Go with something like 7″ instead. As you cut through the wire, do so haflway through the diamonds, wearing gloves, and then to marry the two sides of the “tube” that creates the stem, loop an open end of the wire through a diamond on the other side and bend it back to lock it there.

    3. Cement: fill the cups COMPLETELY with cement. The heavier the cup, the better. Fill to top and level off so they sit well. I used a quick setting cement.

    4. Now, duct tape the base of the stem to the cup by just going around and around with it. If you’re going to use dowels (and I did) duct tape the dowel to the cup.

    5. I used paper tape, which requires water to activate the glue. Don’t use newspaper, its hard to cover, we’re not paper mache-ing here. I cut off a piece of paper tape, used a spray bottle to wet it and then wrapped it around. Use all tape at an angle to go “up” the stem. If you hit a weak point in the stem, use more paper tape. Even if its over the tissue. Just tissue back over it. The tape basically helps reinforce strength.

    6. I didn’t bother with glue, i used spray mount. Saved HOURS of time. Tear or cut the tissue paper into lengths, hold in air, spray and then wrap it around the stem.

    7. leaves: didn’t require the internal structure they used. Simply made the outside shape, leaving enough “tail” to wrap around the flower. Spray the tissue paper, put the wire down and then wrap the tissue around it. boom. Once its one the flower stem, you can add more tissue around the stem to mask the tail of the leaf. Make leaves low enough to not interfere w flower.

    8. Flowers: the shape they used didn’t work well, the bottom too narrow. I used the same basic shape, with a more wide base and that made the petals stand out more. I used 12 petals per flower, four of each size. I skipped the raffia in the middle and used gold tissue paper cut into strips (leave it folded up, cut 1/8 off the end, it makes perfect strips). It occurred to me, you could use paper napkins for the flowers and centers. Do NOT mess around with the taping each petal part or they’ll fall apart.

    9. Didn’t require the ziptie, just used a bit of tape. the outside leaves fall outward, so they cover everything anyways.

    10. Do NOT attempt to move flowers much. they’re not super sturdy no matter what you do.

  • I just made my own version of these super cool giant flowers for my daughters upcoming wedging, they turned out great ! I used PVC pipe for the stem instead of the wire. I put the PVC pipe into quick drying cement and then glued green tissue paper to the pipe.

  • Love this one. It is inspiring and helpful. I am planning to make big sunflowers like this!!
    Love this one. It is inspiring and helpful. I am planning to make big sunflowers like this!!

  • Thank you so very much! I just finished making these for a my twin girls’ fairy birthday party! It took a few hours, but the end result was incredible!

  • Any suggestions on where to purchase the stucco wire online, it does not seem to be available anywhere in my area. Or what type of wire could you use instead of the stucco wire?
    Thanks in advance!!

  • Hi, lovely flowers. But how do you store it? What is the best way to
    store the already made flowers after display?
    Like if its needed for an event 3 months later.

    • blusette

      you’ll want to wrap them in bubble wrap and place them in a plastic (or air tight) storage container (try one of the tall ones meant for gift wrap). you want to keep them free of dust and safe from getting banged up.


  • Im in Canada and want to make these for my wedding but I am having a really hard time finding the tissue paper in bulk in specific colors without a huge shipping fee. Anyone have any suggestions?
    Thank you

  • I made these for my women’s church group this week and they were a huge success! Everyone loved them and I even have a few friends who want to make them too.

  • I also used stucco lath instead of the corner wire because it was easier to form. It is available at Home Depot or Lowes or most home improvement stores I would think. I used more zip ties to hold the edges together instead of wire.

  • Creating an “environment” for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s event, “Finding the Forest,” March 30th. These will be perfect; mahalo!

  • They are so cute I made 50 of these for our Christmas party at my nanas house and gave them to all of the guests

  • After not being very creative in years, I made these big pink flowers to decorate the inside of a tent for my daughter’s bridal shower. They looked so pretty! Thanks so sharing your instructions :)

  • Are these transportable? Does anyone have any that they’ve made that they would want to sell? I would love to have these for my wedding but it looks too complicated for me to make!

  • Cynthia, I am in the process of making my first flower. print out the directions and follow precisely. Read the comments of people above. Study each direction and it will take shape in your head. The only part I had trouble with was the size of the petals. I will post those precise dimensions later if that will help you. Believe me it is not complicated when you do one step at a time. If you look at all the steps at once, you will be overwhelmed. These flowers are worth the effort. They are dazzling. I am making a dozen of them for guests at an upcoming formal dinner, and I am making each flower in the favorite color of each of my guests. Improvise where necessary as tape can work magic in holding things together, using any tape…all tape sticks. I am using spray glue, but any glue will do…I will tell you more when I complete my flower which I will post on Pinterest. You go, girl!

  • these are the dimensions I used to make the most lovely flower, much prettier than zi imagined.

    5 or 6 large petals:
    14 to 15 inches at the widest part at the top,
    11 to 12 inches at bottom across,
    18 to 20 inches high

    6 or 8 medium petals:
    11 to 12 inches across widest part at top,
    8 or 9 inches wide at bottom,
    15 to 17 inches high

    4 or 5 small petals:
    4 inches wide at bottom,
    7 or 8 inches across widest part at top
    9 to 11 inches high

    These size petals give you a flower measuring about 2 feet in diameter, not too heavy and it does not fall unto itself. The flower is full and can be shaped into a lovely blossom.

    When making the flower, start with the smaller petals, then the medium, then the large. I simply bound the paper blossoms one at a time in my hand, just clutching the ends of the petals, continually turning it in my hand so that the flower petals were evenly distributed. When all the petals were added, I then tightened my grip on the end stock of petals, and snapped on a snap tie. Pull that snap tie until it is extremely tight. I never used glue. If you snap tie the stock base of the petals tightly, no glue is necessary.

    The snap ties that I bought are approx 8 inches long. I also bought several color snap ties so that if I make an orange flower, I have an orange snap tie disguising the snap. The snap ties are very cheap at Lowes or Home Depot or Value Hardware. I hope this helps anyone making the petals because the instructions did not even give a clue to their size.

    Lastly, you can make the stem of the flower as long or as short as you wins. Before putting on a snap tie, while the flower stem is in your hand, grip it higher into the flower and the try gripping lower at the stem until you decide where you want the stem to be snapped.

    There is a lot of flexibility in making this flower, do what makes you happy when you are making the flower. If you want more petals, add more. It’s your call to make. This is a great project, and when they first posted directions on how to make this large flower, they took for granted too many things that were left unanswered. Nevertheless, this is one of the best ideas on flowers I have come across. If I can help anyone further, leave a post here and I will do what I can to remove doubt and present more clearer instructions.

  • For the people concerned about transporting these flowers, I have a simple solution. When making the stalk or stem out of the corner stucco wire, do dot seal or close off the top of the stem as shown in the instructions. Leave the top of the stem open, forming the wire into a circular shape at the top. Do not squish the opening tight. Now, aboutvthe flower. When you make your flower, make sure you keep a long enough stem in your hand as you make the flower. After you are finished adding all the petals to the flower, tighten the stem of the flower and use a snap tie to hold the stem in place. Then tape (whatever tape you use) the stem of the flower and wrap the stem of the flower with the tape to make a nice handle out of the stem. Make sure the stem is at least 4 to 5 inches long after you snap-tie the stem. Now you can insert the flower stem into the hole at the top of the stucco corner wire that you molded. When you travel, simply remove the flower and put it safely aside in your vehicle. The wire stem can then be layed down in your car or van. When you arrive at your destination, insert the flower into the stalk wire. If need be, bend forward the flower stalk until you find the desired position for the flower. I am doing this and it is a perfect solution.

  • I have one last suggestion. Rather than making leaves, go to the craft store and buy a cluster of large leaves. Snap each leaf off the cluster of leaves as you need them. What a great solution because you do not have to fabricate each leaf….the part of this project that gave me the most trouble. Now, I just tape the leaf to the stalk. Wow! I bought a huge cluster of big leaves at Hobby Lobby for $11 and I must have at least 15 leaves in the cluster.

  • absolutely beautiful .. thanks for sharing the info. I’m going to try and make these for my daughters 13th birthday

  • I can’t wait to make these.
    Few questions first:
    Where did you get beautiful colored tissue paper? Any online recommendations to buy lovely shades of tissue paper?
    Can you tell me how much it is the thickness of the tissue paper?
    Thank you!

  • Specifications

    Tissue paper thickness
    1.Gram weight: how much ?
    2.Size: What size ?

    can you tell me more information for this tissue paper?

    thank you~

  • JEEB: you buy regular grade tissue paper, don’t really know the gram weight as all tissue paper, to my knowledge, is standard weight. You can order it on line at Amazon or you can find it in abundance in the Party Store. You can buy it in half size sheets or full size sheets. Both will be sufficient to make a large leaf. These are truly beautiful flowers when done. I receive so many compliments on them. If you care to view one of the flowers I made, you can go to Pinterest under Rusty Marie Belanger Wilson, go to my board called Paper Flowers – How to Make, you will see the flower I made, about 5 ft tall, taken with my granddaughter (to illustrate size). You will find that after you make your first flower, it will be easier because there are so many ways to improvise to create lovely flowers. This is really the best flower craft I have ever made. Hope this helps you.

  • Sorry for my english… Where can I find what is glued in the middle of the flower : the brown texture ? I’m in France, so that would be easier to find this on internet. Thany you !

  • I made “palm trees” years ago for a Luau style party I threw for the parents of my after school program. Similar to pvc pipe I used large cardboard rolls, I cannot remember If I made them or I got them from a carpet store or similar. Anyway, I covered those in brown paper and made giant palm leaves using a wire hanger I shaped and covered with green paper, then I cut the sides of the paper to shape and fringe. the ends of the leaves, wire hanger, I secured into the top of the tube/pipe. I stuck the trunk in a white bucket the contractors use and I filled it with sand/dirt..I covered the bucket, you could use fabric, paper, or whatever you can think of to cover it, or place it behind other decorations. You could even use led white lights for deco.
    Those palm trees were borrowed many times by other site directors wanting to put on a Luau for their parent nights. We also used them for a play. The trees lasted a long time, with some small repairs here and there, when I left the job, I left the trees behind to be enjoyed as long as possible.

  • Mathilde, the center of the flower is made from a handful of dried moss…you buy this moss in craft stores or a store that carries flower crafting supplies. If you cannot find the moss in La Belle France, use shredded dark colored paper, or anything that you can make that is shredded. Slap that with glue, and stick it in the center of the flower. Adieux!

    • If you live in a state like Florida, you can pick it off the tree or from the ground. Just make sure you rinse it for bugs love in it.

  • Tamiko, you buy moss at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnnes, Walmart, Or flower supply stores. Most major stores have a flower or craft section. Hope this helps.

  • In the process of making these right now for my wedding next weekend Oct. 5th ’13! We actually paper mache’d the stems and are using thicker newsprint (plane) paper.. painting the petals. I’m an artist and so completely appreciated these creative pieces… my friends have helped and have dibs on them afterwards for their homes! Thank you for your wonderful idea!

    • I know this request comes much later than your wedding, however can you send me some photos of your version – as an artist they must have turned out beautifully! Much happiness to your new union.

  • Lisa, would love to see a pic of the flowers you made for your wedding…. I’m planning to make some for my wedding next May.

  • I saw these made in our local village shop. I was amazed. How can I use them for a Great Gatsby night ??? It is my brother’s birthday and they live way out in the Australian countryside I could take everything with me but I need some ideas about the flowers for The Great Gatsby theme

  • Very beautiful!!lovely!And now I have to make some!
    But what colors are these flowers on the picture?
    Thank you for sharing!

  • I’ve made various very large flowers for events at work. I have never used wire….I use the cardboard tubs that come with wrapping paper for the stem…so much easier!

  • Hey, I love these flowers and was planning to make them for a graduation party. I am able to find everything but the stucco corner, where did you buy it from?

      • I looked at Home Depot and Lowe’s for the wire….do you have a link? Do you think another type of wire would work? We live on a farm and I have chicken wire.

  • Rusty…or anyone else who has made these flowers, wondering how you stored the tissue paper flowers themselves between uses. I made these using Rusty’s tips & a few others. They turned out great…I will post pictures & process I used later… But, right now…I am figuring out how to store the flowers. Any suggestions?

    • Get a storage box and store the actual flowers in it (detach them from the stem), then just stand the stems up or lay them down in your garage. Hope this helps!

  • My daughter and I made these for her outdoor wedding and they are adorable. However, they tend to blow over in the slightest breeze. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions for keeping them upright?

  • So cool! Is doesn’t look like Brittany is selling the over sized flowers anymore? Was her sister selling them too?

  • These are so beautiful! I’ve decided to make my own for my wedding, however, I’ve made the flower out of hessian and the stalk out of bamboo sticks make it tie in with the natural theme of my wedding. does anybody have any ideas on how to make the bamboo sticks stand up though? I currently have a lots of beautiful flowers leaning against a wall rather than standing on their own.
    Thanks :)

  • I am about to make these for an event and I have high hopes but do they actually stand up on their own if made exactly as explained?? It seems so top heavy!

    • I am wondering the same thing…I am making for a stage at a a women’s conference and so afraid they will fall over on speakers. It is an elevated stage. Any other suggestions on base?

  • Hello,love love this idea for my sisters sweet 16 in November…my question is about the patels. How many would you say you used pre layer?

  • Ok, I skimmed to see if you had this question but didn’t see it … where did you get that ADORABLE dress??!!

  • I have purchased all of the materials except for the stucco corners. Turns out, that is something common in California, but impossible to find in Chicago. I have contacted some wire companies in CA and Ohio–do you have an online source?

    • That’s funny–we are the stucco capital here out west! They are available at both Lowe’s and Home Depot. Cheaper at Lowe’s. TIP: get the bullnose corners. It saves you a little bending!

  • I’m making them for my daughter’s baby shower, using the stucco corner, but using Tiki torch stands for the outdoor event, they are like an umbrella stand designed for Tiki torches (bamboo) – I found mine several years ago in the garden section at a Walmart on clearance- I just located a universal torch stake just over $5 @ Amazon, this might work for you – :)

  • I’m wondering, where can I get tissue paper that is *that* big? And also tissue paper that doesn’t come prepackaged, having those unsightly folds in them. Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions :)

  • Hi, I’m going to make some huge flowers. Some people asked about standing them up? How about large planters/buckets filled with sand and topped with large pebbles. That’s my plan. Hope it helps! Love the way people share their creativity.

  • I’m currently trying to make these…but i live in Australia. do you know what type of wire would be the same as stucco corner. that stuff doesn’t exist over here (well as far as i can tell)! PLEASE HELP!
    chicken wire is not cutting it right now!

  • Stucco Corner is not available in Houston. Is there another type I can use? Will Yardhouse 20-Gauge Galvanized Poultry Netting work in place of stucco corner?

  • Hello, I am a big admirer of your work. never post anything til now, but I do have some useful tricks to make some awsome flower stand.
    It’s easy and cheap…. I make a lot pof paper flowers and backdrops, for friends and for gifts, donations, etc. Here I send you a few of my work. Thank you for your beautiful pieces you share with us.

  • I’m giving these a shot for an upcoming charity event. Can anyone tell how the stems/stucco corners attach to the cups? From the photo, it seems to be magically adhering. Not sure if it’s just balanced there and the tape holds it in place. If you’ve made these, I’d love some ideas!

  • I really like these giant paper flowers,I would love to try this project
    out one day and maybe I might like to create them for an Easter
    celebration or something! They are so whimsical and having them
    displayed in my home for a spring/Easter party would have been like making my dream into a reality!

  • Love the idea, tutorial & feedbacks! I’m the lead decorator for my church and will be making these for our next women’s event! We’re expecting 400 ladies, they’ll love it!

  • I am making this flowers as a bridal store window decoration, they look great with the dresses! I am making them with PVC tubes for the stems, stuck in the upside down cups, they are turning pretty nice!

  • Approx. how many sheets of tissue paper does it take to make a blossom like the one shown in the picture? I don’t want them to look skimpy or disproportionate.

  • Can you post the dimensions for the 3 sizes of petals. Also, how many petals make up one flower?

  • Hello everybody, can i ask what’s brand of the tissue paper that we should use. Because i’m trying it but doesn’t working well..

  • I was trying to do the same as for fun. but after 3 weeks, I wasn’t able to hold it up :( I think I was missing the cement, or maybe mine was not that good. However, I’ll try again and follow your indications step by step~ Thanks a lot

  • I made several of these for a display a few years ago and found them super easy to do. I wrapped the bases in green streamer crepe paper instead of tissue paper and used chicken wire for the form instead of corner stucco wire as chicken wire was cheaper and easier to handle for me. This let the top of the flower bob and weave a little when people came by and made them look alive but the cement bottoms kept them standing sturdy. I did fill my cups up all the way with cement so they were a very heavy base. Loved this project so much we are going to use the same idea for a parade float this summer but turning them into seaweed spikes that will bob around with the movement of the float. Awesome project. Thank you!

    • Have not tried it yet I hope it is as easy as you say. A friend saw your pic and want me to make them for her wedding. Bit nervous but I’m going to give it a bash

    • Do you remember how much it all cost you? I’m hoping to use this for a homecoming decoration and we’re on a budget.

  • Boa Noite…adorei a ideia dessa criação. Vou decorar o todo o espaço para o casamento da minha filha.

  • Hi! the comment is sent from Japan.Beautiful!!
    I’m trying to make the one. Please make more beautiful flowers:)

  • Our Sundayschool made these for Spring and a Friendship Service. It came out beautiful. We used insulation tape for the stem – it is cheap, sticks well and is easy to use.

  • Fantastic idea. It looks amazing as its a 3D flower and also its not a backdrop. I will surely try this

    • I was wondering the same thing. Was wondering if sand would work as well?? Only I can’t decide if the solo cup sitting upright with sand will keep the stem up and not fall over…??

    • I used Plaster of Paris, from craft suppliers, You need to turn the cups upside down for wider bass to stabilise the weight at the top. ie: flower. mine look great. Have Fun.

  • Wonderful,
    Few months ago, I saw paper flowers at a wedding in Paris and was so impressed.
    I’m not sure to find a cement and use it at home or in my hotel room. Do you think something like mastique might work ? I can buy it anywhere, as it’s easier and cheaper to get than cement.

  • Hi, I used retort feet which I found in my science lab. At first I used cement but it cannot hold. Probably because I used the milk carton as the stem which I would using tape first. Also u can used mineral bottle with sand or water inside. It should be enough to hold medium size flower.

  • Thank you so mch! No one has been so kind as to show us how the stems of giant flowers are made so thank you for your generosity and kindness!!