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The Paper Flower Project

Yesterday I was thinking about elementary school. Every year we would have a carnival called The Wildflower Festival where we bought tickets to play games and do crafts. One of the crafts offered was a paper flower station. A teacher on the other side of he table would hand us our favorite color tissue paper. Then we would follow her directions to make the most beautiful, soft looking rose. Because the stems were made of pipe cleaners, we could tie them around our wrists and wear them around all day long. All of the little girls loved them and looked forward to making them every year. (Or at least I did anyway) 🙂

Then it dawned on me – this kind of flower is perfect for any flower girl. Not only is it safe for girls with allergies, but they can also take part in the process of creating these beauties. It’s an inexpensive way to create a lasting memory. The image above is a flower I created last night. I didn’t have any “soft” tissue paper so I used the remainder of some packaging paper from Crate and Barrel. Instead of pipe cleaners I used a maroon ribbon to give it a dressier, classier feel. The rose came out to about 5 inches in diameter with 8 layers of petals. Keep in mind that traditional tissue paper will give a more whimsical look to your flower. Also keep in mind the bigger the tissue paper, the bigger the flower. Perfect for outdoor weddings. You can even let the flower girl choose a scent she likes and have her spray a bit on her new keepsake.

Here’s a tutorial video on how to make these blooms:

Another option for paper flowers is for the bride. On 100 Layer Cake a bride decided she wanted her day to have an Alice in Wonderland sort of feel, creating this amazing flower to use as her bouquet. You can find directions on how to create one of these yourself here.


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Real Bride of the Week: Chelcy!

Hey lovely Brides-to-Be. DGM is starting a new feature called Real Brides to bring you the most up-to-date fashion, receptions, and details of real weddings.  Know someone who might be interested? Have them
email me their story with a few photos and we’ll add them to our list!

Lets meet the beautiful Chelcy! She married her high school sweetheart, Ben, in June 2010 at a beautiful ceremony site overlooking a lake in Texas. Chelcy’s wedding had small-town charm with big city vintage glam. What a great combination!

The bouquet arrangement is stunning! I’ve never seen one like this before and it compliments the lace on her dress. Also, props on the birdcage veil. Those are so hard to pull off and Chelcy looks beautiful!

What a fresh color for the bridesmaids, right? It makes the girls look beautiful while keeping Chelcy the center of attention. Their flowers add that bit of charm I was talking about earlier.

The men opted for a cream color suit rather than a traditional black tuxedo. I love that they match the sunset.

Can’t get enough of these chair decorations!

A sand ceremony is perfect for this outdoor, lake setting.

The perfect size train on her dress too, don’t you think?

oooooh! Beautiful, stunning centerpieces!

Love the pearls around the tealights!

The gift table. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to have a vintage birdcage at my wedding. It’s PERFECT!

Check out this kids’ table! Isn’t it the cutest, most fun thing you’ve ever seen!? I love the use of buckets as well as the lack of coloring books! What a creative, entertaining idea.

Now on to food. YUM! The cake matches her dress! Love it!

How sweet is this?! Ben and Chelcy sang to each other at their reception! *Note* Ben is a musician and wrote all of the arrangements for their ceremony! What a lucky girl Chelcy is!

Rose petals as you leave. Totally classy and environmentally friendly.


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