A floral backdrop behind the head table is a stunning addition to your wedding, but we can’t all afford such extravagance. But with some DIY magic you can still create a beautiful floral setup using cost effective paper flowers! Here’s your guide to pretty paper floral wedding decor.
Step 1: For the loveliest effect, we recommend a tight bloom in the middle of your paper dahlia. Curl in the petals on the two smallest layers, using a thin skewer.
Step 2: For variation, use a pencil to curl each sides of the petals on other layers.
Repeat these steps for every layer of paper.
Step 3: In your hand, overlap the petals onto one another and twist them into a tight rosebud shape. Repeat on all layers, and for ease line them up from smallest to largest.
Step 4: Begin to build your dahlia by beginning with the largest layer. Unravel the bud and flatten the layer, leaving the edges curled. Do the same with the next layer and glue them together, rotating each so that the layer beneath isn’t completely hidden. But as you draw nearer to the middle of the dahlia, flatten out the layers less and less so that the two smallest, in the middle, almost remain in their rosebud shape.
Step 1: Curl in the petals on one of your paper layers, using a pencil.
Step 2: Curl the top smaller layers less than the larger bottom ones.
Step 3: Glue the layers together, rotating each so that the layer beneath isn’t completely hidden.
The Final Look:
The number of paper flowers you’ll need will depend on how large you want your backdrop to be. For our backdrop we used two peonies, three dahlias, and three apple blossoms. Get many beautiful effects by displaying the blooms closer together or further apart, complimenting them with other paper decor such as lanterns, bunting, and fans. And don’t be scared to get creative! Add more life to your DIY paper flowers by sticking on gems or adding a floral pattern with soft watercolour paints. You could even experiment with making your own paper flowers from scratch using colourful, decorative paper.
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