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diy project: giant paper flowers from ruche

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!

Materials

  • 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

Instructions

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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179 Comments

Tasi Rippel

Absolutely Magical! Bringing my favorite Alice in Wonderland scene to life!

mf

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

Stacy

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

exactlydb

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

Cori

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!

Nina

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

Dina

Wowwwwww,so beautiful!!!!!!lovely!,love the pics to!thanks!!!!!

Sonja Kat

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.

gabrielle

this is so beautiful!!! if only we can make them cat-proof….

Su

LOVELY!!! It would be an awesome photo booth backdrop for a wedding…

Lena

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!

Katie

I want to recommend chicken wire – it would work well and be cheaper!

Anna

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?

Selena

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

Anna D-B

What size tissue paper did you use? How many cut layers for each petal size?

Jaine Edwards

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!

Abby Grace

Oh! I love this! I wish I had an occasion to use it! I suppose I’ll just have to create an occasion, then :)

Kris

Anna you could just cover up the ties with extra tissue paper! :-))

Elizabeth Dean

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?

Kim@popcosmo

SO adorable and absolutely magical! A great project for teens to brighten up a corner of their room – thanks for sharing.

Agnes

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!

Clayton Matthew

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!

Annabella Merlin

These are gorgeous flowers! It will definitely make a wedding more romantic1 Plus it’s cost effective! Love! Love! Love!

Jerie Armentrout

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

Bonnie

These are awesome! If my daughter ever gets married (she’s 29), she would love these!

Lavette

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

Deepa

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.

Emma

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!.

Eleonore

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.

Liv

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!

Lauren

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!

Leah Vanderzwaag

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!

Amy L

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…

Holly

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!!!!

Crystal Hill

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?

Julie

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

melika

The creative workmanship and detail of these flowers are Romantic and Beautiful!!!

trudy

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!

Michaele

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.

Melissa

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.

suzanne

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???

theperfectnose

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.

suzanne

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… :)

Vivi

Beautiful flowers! I am looking forward to start on this project!

Karen

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!

Katie

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!!

Diana Liford

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!

cindy

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!

Christine at DIY+FYI

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.

Edelyn

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

Erin

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.

Jodie Hickman

Awesome! The huge size makes these stand out from all others.

Amy

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 :)

paperaeroplane1334

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.

Elven Mountain Bride

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!

Pat Briggs

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

Pat Briggs

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.

Kathy

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.

Carolyn

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 !

Chez

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 :)

Brenda

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

coral muir

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.

coral

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.

Diane

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?

Maria

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.

pallabi

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

Amanda Blum

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.

Shirley

I love them have made paper flowers but yours are really lovely.

Denise Adams

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.

allysha

Gathering supplies to make these for a little girl’s fairy birthday party. They are going to love them!

Crochet jewelry

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!!

April

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!

Stefanie

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!!

Blusette

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.

Grace Bonney

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.

grace

Vanessa Carey

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

Lisa Richardson

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.

Lisa Richardson

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.

Nai`a

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

Molly

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

Judy

these would be perfect for our unbirthday party Mad Hatter’s Tea. Great tutorial.

tammie

Did you use plain old tissue paper or crepe paper?

Juli Omar

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 :)

Bri

Making one of these for my mom for Mother’s Day :D

Cynthai

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!

RustybWilson

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!

RustybWilson

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.

Rusty

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.

rustymarie wilson

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.

donna

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

Dan

Wow made one of these for my girlfriend and she loved it! Thanks for the tutorial

jeeb

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!

jeeb

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~

rusty

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.

Mathilde

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 !

Linda

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.

RUSTY

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!

Rusty

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.

Lisa Ryman

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!

Nina

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.

Claire Johnston

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

Lily

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

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Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of
my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this.

I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he
will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

Jane

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!

Laural

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?
Thanks

Sue R

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?

Sue R

Any suggestions for how to best store the actual tissue paper flowers?

Vicky

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?

Hannah

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

Darkshi Creations

This totally just solved my idea block for a Alice in Wonderland shoot I’m doing in the spring. Just wondering if they are kind of reusable though.

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