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How to Make Paper Flowers: DIY Paper Flower Decor

26th April 2018 |By | Be the first to comment

A floral backdrop made from real flowers behind the head table is a stunning addition to your wedding and a brilliant photo opportunity, but we can’t all afford such extravagance. However, with some DIY magic you can still create a beautiful floral setup using cost effective paper flowers! Here’s how to make paper flowers for your wedding, and if you’re looking for more affordable ways to style your wedding here’s how to make a statement on a budget.

How to Make Paper Flowers - DIY Pretty Petals Paper Flower Decor | Confetti.co.uk

Flower #1 – Paper Apple Blossom

Paper Apple Blossom | Confetti.co.uk

What You’ll Need:

DIY Paper Flowers | Confetti.co.uk

To get the same effect as us, you’ll need:

Instructions:

Step 1: Take one of the flower’s paper layers and crease each petal, in half, to about ¾ of the way down the petal.

Step 2: Creases facing up, press the centre of the flower in so that the petals all stick up a little around it. Your flower is no longer flat!

Paper Apple Blossom DIY | Confetti.co.uk

Step 3: One of the petals on each piece of paper has a squared-off flap. Glue the petal beside it onto the flap.

Paper Apple Blossom Decor | Confetti.co.uk

Repeat these steps for every layer of paper.

Step 4: Glue the layers together, rotating each so that the layer beneath isn’t completely hidden.

Paper Flower Apple Blossom | Confetti.co.uk

Flower #2 – Paper Dahlia

Paper Dahlia | Confetti.co.uk

What You’ll Need:

To get the same effect as us, you’ll need:

Instructions:

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.

Paper Dahlia DIY | Confetti.co.uk

Step 2: For variation, use a pencil to curl each side of the petals on other layers.

Repeat these steps for every layer of paper.

Paper Dahlia Flower Buds | Confetti.co.uk

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.

Paper Dahlia Decor | Confetti.co.uk

Step 4: Start 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.

Paper Flower Dahlia | Confetti.co.uk

Flower #3 – Paper Peony

Paper Peony | Confetti.co.uk

What You’ll Need:

To get the same effect as ours, you’ll need:

Instructions:

Step 1: Curl in the petals on one of your paper layers, using a pencil.

Paper Peony DIY | Confetti.co.uk

Step 2: Curl the top, smaller layers, more than the larger bottom ones.

Paper Peony Decor | Confetti.co.uk

Step 3: Glue the layers together, rotating each so that the layer beneath isn’t completely hidden.

Paper Flower Peony | Confetti.co.uk

 The Final Look:

Paper Apple Blossom Dahlia and Peony | Confetti.co.uk

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.

More Ideas

You can create a variety of beautiful effects by displaying the blooms closer together or further apart, complementing them with other paper decor such as lanterns, bunting, and fans.

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Add more life to your DIY paper flowers by sticking on gems or accessories (like our pretty White Pearl Brads), adding a floral pattern with soft watercolour paints, adding glitter on the petals’ edges, or completely spray painting your flowers. You could even experiment with making your own paper flowers from scratch using colourful, decorative paper.

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Another pretty idea is to create smaller paper flowers to stick onto your other decor, like these gorgeous antique gold Parisian Love Letter Paper Blooms on some simple paper lanterns.

Paper Flower Hanging Decorations | Confetti.co.uk

Paper flowers aren’t something you have to DIY either. Nowadays there are luxury paper flowers, ornately designed and absolutely stunning.

Luxury Paper Flower Wedding Decorations by PoshPaperDesignss on Etsy | Confetti.co.ukFeatured above: Purple and Silver and Blush and Gold Luxury Paper Flower Wedding Decorations by PoshPaperDesignss on Etsy

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Origami Flowers

You could create your paper flowers from scratch if you like; there are so many tutorials online nowadays that you can create everything from paper roses to lilies! Origami flowers are particularly popular among brides who are looking for a beautiful paper flower bouquet.

Origami Paper Flowers | Confetti.co.uk

Pastel Paper Flowers Wedding Decor | Confetti.co.uk

Other

Furthermore, you can introduce paper flowers into your wedding favours too with these stunning  “Surprise” paper bloom favour boxes. You only have to remove the lid and a beautiful white-and-gold flower blossoms before your eyes!

White and Gold Blooming Flower Favour Box | Confetti.co.ukAll of your paper flowers are easily reused after the wedding too—use them to decorate your living room above your fireplace or around a mirror, or mount them on the wall of your bedroom.

Finally, a beautiful trick to add some wow factor to your flowers is to light them from behind or beneath with an LED light or a string of fairy lights.

Paper Flowers with Lights - Lit Up Paper Flowers - Paper Flower Centerpieces by Allison Patrick and Elizabeth Van Buren of Aster + Quail | Confetti.co.ukFeatured above: Paper Flower Centerpieces by Allison Patrick and Elizabeth Van Buren of Aster + Quail

Find more wedding DIYs in our inspiration pages, and more flower-inspired decor with our wildflower wedding inspiration.

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Leanne Smith
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Leanne is one of Confetti's content writers. She enjoys being a highly creative person with a life-long passion for art and creative writing, and she has a determined dream of becoming a published author.

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