Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Creatives Tuesdays - Hanging paper decor

Helo dearies! Creatives tuesdays are back. and we got more ideas for you guys this time.
For today we want to show among other *new trends in the wedding decor industry - paper decors.

We all know flowers can be quite costly especially when it comes to decorating a huge reception hall or perhaps a big open space. Often if we decide not to put flowers; we may leave the hall feeling empty & too bare for a wedding occasion. So what's the next best option alternative to those expensive blooms?

Modern brides would choose another alternative which is tulle decorations. However if one were to use a tulle decor; how much fabric do they need for such occasion? unless... we opt for another alternative... which is hanging paper..... read below to find out ...

For the past six months or so, we have been hearing lots about a new trend in wedding flowers - paper. Yes, in a bid to be both economical and crafty, many brides are embracing the paper flower trend full heartedly. Paper flowers have lots of advantages over their natural counterparts, for example:
  1. they are long lasting with no possibility of wilting
  2. they are affordable
  3. they are available in any colour you could possibly imagine
  4. they allow you to use your favourite bloom regardless of season
  5. they are suitable for both casual and formal weddings
A "do-it-yourselfer's" dream, paper flower bouquets are easy to make by simply following the directions in a paper flower kit or by downloading a template. Creating your own paper floral will take you anywhere from 10 minutes per bouquet (if you are a true domestic diva) to one hour plus (if you are like most DIY first timers).

Photo source: marthastewartweddings
What are these paper decor made off? 
Simple. colored tissue crepe papers and variety forms of designs can be available out there (Party supplies; stationaries shop etc) Decorating with paper definitely much cheaper than real/artificial flowers and fabric decors.

How to DIY paper decor?

Follow these easy peezy steps.

1. You’ll need about 8-10 sheets of tissue paper stacked neatly. Feel free to mix up colors and get creative. You can cut the paper into smaller sizes for smaller pom poms, too.

2. Arrange the stack of paper so the length runs up and down. Make 1 1/2 inch accordion folds all the way through the pile, creasing firmly with each fold.

3. Secure a 6 inch piece of floral wire in the center of the folded tissue paper.

4. Using sharp scissors, trim the ends of the tissue paper into either a pointed or rounded edge.

5. Lay the folded tissue paper flat on your work surface, and proceed to gently separate and lift each sheet of tissue paper from the center.

6. Fluff as needed.

You’ll have a lot of tissue trimmings. I snipped them into small pieces and used them as table confetti.
Photo source marthastewartweddings.com

Paper Doily Chandelier

Paper doilies can add high drama (without the schmaltz) and stylish elegance (without the stuffiness) to your reception tables.
Create this waterfall of ruffles out of doilies for a visual high. Make garlands as shown at right, and tie to a large and a small wreath form. Hang with ribbon, placing the smaller ring lower than the larger.

Other hanging decor samples.
Photo source thesweetestoccasion.com
The huge cluster of pretty paper pinwheels is just incredible, don’t you think?

Paperbird decor Photo courtesy wildpaperflowers
Photo source oncewed.com
Photo source Designdazzle
Tiffany blue inspiration Source: Stylemepretty

inspired by old books greenweddingshoes.com
Photo source marthastewartweddings
Paper chandeliers of tissue orbs stapled to narrow ribbon and hung from the ceiling will elicit oohs and aahs from your guests and maybe even a few delighted squeals -- the perfect, happy soundtrack for your big day

Photo source projectwedding.com

 How to DIY Hanging Paper Roseballs

Another type which is worth consider-- would be hanging paper roseballs using styrofoam ball forms.
A great, thrifty alternative! See how lovely they all turned out!

Here's what you'll need:

  1. Styrofoam ball forms
  2. Crepe paper streamers in whatever colors you choose
  3. LOTS of hot glue sticks and a glue gun
  4. a roll of tape
  5. measuring stick

Measure the crepe paper strips at 24 inches, and ripped a BUNCH at that length, so you wouldn't have to keep stopping, to rip more

Once that was done... using glue gun which is nice and hot, let's begin on the flower makin'!

First crumpled the strips up, to make them softer and more fabric looking...
Then straighted them out....

And then begin to roll. Start small... and then get a little looser. Like a real rose.
About 4 or 5 turns in, put a dot of glue on the end, by your thumb, to keep this part from unraveling. Do this this periodically through each flower at a couple turns, to make sure that the flower didn't just fall apart, once done.

If you can see here. Wind the paper around the middle base roll, and twist at the same time. So it looked MORE like a rose and LESS like a cinnamon roll.
This is SO easy! But a little time consuming. Be patient with the first few flowers. It takes a couple to get it down. But once you do... you'll fly through them!

Here's the end of the flower. gather the end piece of crepe paper and then add a dab of glue to the outside of the flower, itself, and stick it on the edge.

Set it down... and let the glue do it's magic!
So fun, right!?

Seriously, you CAN'T mess these up co when you put the whole thing is together... you can't tell one from the other!

If you noticed that there were some with longer stems than others. Which made them a little more difficult to sit flat and nice on the ball form. So to avoid this just cut off the bottom!

Now, put a little puddle of hot glue on the ball, lightly press the flower on... and you're good to go!
Use a roll of tape to help keep the ball from rolling around on the table.
Make sure not to put the flowers TOO close together. Or they'll start to look crowded.

This is how it will look about a quarter of the way finished!
So fun! CHEAP and Easy!

After they were all done, to hang them up, use some sheer, wired polkadot white ribbon and just some sewing push pins to adhere the ribbon to the ball.
Using two small nails, with heads and nailed them into the ceiling.
Voila! One corner of the room down!

* You're fingers WILL get burned. Work carefully. lol

* The styrofoam balls are strangely expensive. (get a cheap partyware supplies)

* Pink and white crepe paper from partyware supplies

* Keep in mind the amount of crepe paper on the rolls you buy. There is NOTHING more annoying than running out of supplies in the middle of a project... I KNOW. It happened with the white AND the blue! Crepe paper is cheap! buy more than you'll THINK you need.

* Used two whole rolls of pink

* One and a half rolls of white

* And 2 rolls of blue
Courtesy Thehouseofsmiths

 Even if you love this idea, you may not be fully convinced that it is the best choice for you. In this case, you can incorporate some paper flowers into your wedding day but not throughout the whole affair. For example, use them for the flower girl's bouquet, as pew markers and even on the wedding favours. Then, reserve your centerpieces and your bouquet along with those of the bridesmaids for the real thing. Experiment a little, mix it up a little and you'll find that the end result creates a perfect balance and leaves you with a stunning effect!

Credit bride.ca


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