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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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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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..

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