DIY: Paper Flower Wedding Corsage

As promised- here is my first DIY post!

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My husband and I got married in October, on Halloween to be exact, so we had some pretty… unconventional decorations for our celebration. Having a fall wedding, traditional flower colors trend towards reddish and orange hues, but that wasn’t the kind of look we wanted to go for. Since both my husband and I are avid writers and readers, we decided to give our wedding a bit of a literary, black and white theme. We passed on the traditional florist and decided to make our own table decorations using books and book pages. I think overall it turned out pretty unique and very fitting for us as a couple.

Now, skipping out on the hefty florist bill was a pretty nice benefit of making our own decorations, but I have to give you a bit of a warning. It was a TON of work. I am lucky to have a crafty and patient husband to put up with my spastic wedding planning. If you plan to make your own flowers, make sure to begin preparations well in advance so you’re not stressing yourself out working right up until your special day. I made these a few months in advance.

What You’ll Need:

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Grab a book you’re not too worried about butchering (or sheet music, origami paper… just make sure it’s not too old and crinkly), scissors, a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, feathers, satin ribbon, large stick pins (if you want pin-able corsages), lacy elastic sewn into wrist-sized loops (if you want wrist corsages).

Where to Begin:

Start our by cutting out your flower petals. The picture above shows very large petals (actually cut for a different project- I’ll post that one soon). The petals required for the corsage can range from fingernail size up to a couple inches long, depending on how large you want the corsages to end up. The largest mine got for this project were roughly the size of a quarter.

Once you’ve got your petals (you’ll need 9-15 petals per flower, depending on how full you want them), pinch the tip of some of the petals, giving the edge just a slight fold. You don’t have to do this to all of the petals, but it gives the flowers more dimension and a slightly more realistic look. The more flat petals you have, the taller your flowers will be. The more folded petals, the flatter your flower will get. Play around with it a bit. It took me a little bit of trial and error to get the exact look I was going for.

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Once you’ve got your petals ready to go, you’ll need to prep your hot glue gun. Start the flower by adding a thin line of hot glue at the base of the petal and either fold or roll the petal. Folding gives a nice rosebud type center to the flower, but I found that sometimes it was quicker and easier to just fold them. Grab another petal, add a line of glue and attach it, just slightly offset from the first petal. Continue doing this, working in a circle around the flower until you’re happy with the size and shape.

20150926_175758You’ve just completed your first paper flower! Play around with the technique for a bit. These can easily be made larger or smaller for other sorts of projects. For example, we made some oversized flowers with wire stems and bundled them together for alter flowers. It’s a very versatile technique!

Now it’s time to decide what type of corsage you want to make: wrist or pin-on. 20151007_194151 20151007_201559First step for either type is to glue several of your flowers together, I chose to attach three flowers per corsage using hot glue. Then I added black feathers as accents using gorilla glue. If making a pin-on corsage, make sure the stems of the feathers extend beyond the base of the flowers (this gives you something to attach your pin to later). For a wrist corsage, the stems of the feathers can be cut off at the flower base (otherwise they’ll just stab you).

For the pin-on corsage, once everything has dried, wrap the feather bases in satin ribbon. Attach your stick pin and you’ve completed your corsage! For the wristlet, take a bit of elastic, long enough to comfortably circle your wrist. Sew the ends together either by hand or by machine. Cut off excess fabric. Using the glue gun, attach your flower, feather combo over the seam of your elastic circle. You have a finished wrist corsage!20151007_194116

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, please let me know by utilizing the comments box below. Also, take a moment to vote on my poll and let me know what DIY project you’d like to see next!

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