DIY – PAPER FLOWER BACKDROP
A SUPER SIMPLE, VERSATILE PROJECT THAT CAN BE USED AS A HANGING BACKDROP. USE IT TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR CEREMONY OR HEAD TABLE, OR TO ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO AN OTHERWISE BORING WALL OR FENCE LINE. FOR EVEN MORE CREATIVITY AND VARIETY, YOU COULD MAKE DIFFERENT SIZE AND SHAPE FLOWERS.
You will need:
• Crepe paper in colours of your choice (you could also use tissue paper)
• Needle and thread
• Hair spray (or glitter spray for a touch sparkle)
• Nylon or Blu Tac
Cut the crepe paper into lengths. We cut them so they were 2 widths of the folded paper, make bigger or smaller depending on the size flower you require.
Fold your paper in half, length ways, then in half again. Cut along the fold marks so you end up with 4 pieces of small paper the same size.
Place these in a pile on top of each other and fold in half. Now you cut the shape of your ‘petals’. Ours were round, but you can do any that produce the style flower you’re after. Leave an uncut section on the folded edge of around 3-4cm, as this will be the centre of your flower where the button will secure the layers together.
Layer your four petal shapes on top of each other, then sew the button into the centre of your flower.
Bunch your flower up a little and lightly spray with hair spray, glitter spray or similar. Make sure you spray all layers. This will add a little firmness to the flower so you can space and shape your petals. Once they are dry, they‘re ready to use.
We secured them individually to a punga fence using blu tac, this transformed an otherwise uninteresting wall into a feature for the wedding entrance.
If you want to suspend your flowers, then sew a line of nylon through your button – either individually or by spacing a few out on one length. You could also sew or glue them onto a material backdrop, or bunch a few together and glue to the top of your seating plan … the options are endless.
• If using Blu Tac once it’s on the flower you can’t take it off, as it will rip
• To help shape the flowers after the final step of spraying, a good idea is to sit them in egg cartons until dry. Please see A Touch of Class’ blog for more details on this super cute project, additional hire information and other DIY projects! With 10 years in the wedding and event industry, they have the experience and creativeness to ensure your wedding or function portrays an image of sophistication, elegance and style every time.
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