Well I’m excited! I have a guest post and a great DIY all in one. When I found out that my friend Susan and her family had made these adorable DIY giant flowers, that I saw in her daughters wedding photographs, I knew that I wanted her to share this great idea with you.
I ASKED SUSAN: to send me a little write up about what they did and how they did it. I’ll let her take it from here.
SUSAN: My daughter Katherine’s mother -in -law- to- be found a picture on Pinterest of giant paper flowers. When she showed it to us, WE LOVED THEM and decided to make them for the wedding. I was really excited about making them. I love the details and am better at the details than the big picture, so these flowers were right up my alley! We decided to use them as the backdrop during the outdoor wedding, then move them inside to the photo booth.
I read the directions given on Pinterest over and over again until I felt like I understood how to make them. The one part that was hard to figure out was how to make the stem and what the base should be in order to hold the flowers up and make them stable.
So here’s how we made them….I went to Home Depot and bought lath. I had no idea what lath was before this. Lath is a metal material that is used with sheet rock. It comes in 8’long pieces. So we decided to make 7 flowers. Different heights. The tallest were about 7′ high and the shortest were 4’high. I bought 4 pieces of lath at about $8.00 each.
Then my husband, Mark, and my son-in-law, Dan, cut each piece of the lath length wise, in half. They then rolled the lath (using gloves! lath has very sharp edges!) and secured it with zip ties.
Then my daughter’s(and one of their friends) and I wrapped masking tape around the lath, covering it completely.
For the stems I cut green tissue paper into pieces maybe 5″x5″. Using a foam brush, we slathered the masking tape with Modge Podge and then applied the green tissue paper all over the stem, covering all of the masking tape. This technique is called paper mache. We probably ended up putting 2-3 layers of green tissue paper to make sure the stem was sufficiently covered.
For the leaves, we cut out the shape of the leaves and used wire to form the “leaf veins”. Then we covered the “veins” (wire) with the cut out leaf shaped tissue paper, using spray glue. (I LOVED THAT SPRAY GLUE!) After wiring each leaf to the stem bases, we added more pieces of green tissue paper to cover the wire.
For the flowers, we cut out (using poster board as the pattern) flower “petals” of 3 different sizes which we gathered together, beginning with the smallest “petals” until we had a flower! For the middle, we scrunched up gold tissue paper that we cut in a round shape, adding spanish moss to the middle with a glue gun. We attached the flower to each stem using a zip tie.
The base was kind of complicated, so if you want to know what we did, let me know and I’ll be happy to explain in detail!
I ALSO WANTED TO KNOW: where Susan got all her creativity. She is always doing so many great creative things.
SUSAN: My mom was very creative. She did a lot of sewing, decoupage, and other things. I LOVED watching her sew! I have always, always, seen pictures of art projects, or heard someone talking about something they did, and then tried to figure it out myself. When I was in my early 20’s, I wanted fabric covered vertical blinds but couldn’t afford them, so I bought fabric, cut it into strips and glued it on each blind! They looked amazing! One time I saw those sugar eggs that you see at Easter that have a little scene in the peep hole and ended up making them for YEARS and having classes so others could make them. So, when I saw these flowers I had to figure out how to make them, and try to make them look really good. I so love using my creativity. I consider it a gift that I was given.
I THINK: Susan should get a super duper DIY award for those blinds she described. Now that is dedication to an artistic vision. I just loved these giant flowers from the moment I saw them. Knowing they were handmade, I loved them more. A family project like this is a fun way to allow others to be part of the process and get in a little bonding time. I know the things we created and designed ourself for our daughters wedding hold particular fond memories for us.
The Pinterest link for the Design Sponge inspiration photo is here.
Official wedding photos were taken by Eric Boneske Photography, out of Wilmington NC. Visit their website linked above to see more of their beautiful wedding and engagement photo’s. The DIY photos were taken by Susan, not knowing I would ask to use them, so kind of her to share.
Thank you Katherine and Dan, for sharing these special moments from your wedding. I know your marriage will be as magical as your wedding. Thank you Susan for guest posting and sharing this great DIY giant flower idea. You inspire me. I can’t wait to see what you get into next. You definitely have a gift! – Marianne