DIY – PA­PER FLOWER BACK­DROP

My Wedding - - PLANNING - By Louise O’Sul­li­van

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)

• Scis­sors

• But­tons

• Nee­dle and thread

• Hair spray (or glit­ter spray for a touch sparkle)

• Ny­lon or Blu Tac

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Layer your four petal shapes on top of each other, then sew the but­ton into the cen­tre of your flower.

Step 5:

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.

Tips:

• 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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