TUTORIAL: Simple Wedding Flowers

by Dana on May 6, 2011

For years I’ve admired paper-made flowers….you know, the Martha Stewart kind that are absolutely amazing, look like they’re real flowers, and make you scratch your head wondering, “who has time to make paper flowers for an entire wedding??!”

Well, the other days I decided to take the Wallflowers tutorials, slim it down, add a small wooden dowel, and voila: pretty napkin flowers for the table and other types of decor. Now these are the kind of paper flowers I can wrap my head around! After making 100s, you’ve still got your sanity (and pennies!…for other important matters, like a tropical honeymoon).
The concept is nothing new. These are the same tissue paper flowers you made in 2nd grade BUT….when made from party napkins, the flowers take on a life-like form with classy flair. The stiff petals are bendable and easily shaped into gorgeous flowers.
Too bad I wasn’t a crafter 8 years ago. My mother would have loved it our floral budget called for 10 packages of napkins and wooden dowels.
Use the flowers as a centerpiece for the tables,
Cut the napkins into small petals to sprinkle along the wedding walk.
Turn them into party favors for the guests,
and make sure your man is decked out in napkin as well.
Ready to make simple gorgeous flowers by the dozen?
Let’s get started!

Here’s what you need:
Twist Ties – silver or solid white are best. Find them at any party store (or with a box of trash bags)
Dowels – any size your prefer. They’re about $2 at Hobby Lobby. If you want to spray paint your wooden stems, check out the No-Sew Flowers Tutorial for details.
Party Napkins – I prefer using two sizes: medium and small. If you can’t find small ones, simply trim the middle napkin down to a smaller size. All these colors were purchased at Hobby Lobby, $2-$3. Ikea also has nice paper napkins.

Okay, we’re only using two napkins here: one for the outside, one for the middle.
* Trim slightly around the folded edges so that each napkin layer is separate.
* Scallop the two outside edges of the smaller napkin (just freehand it; doesn’t need to be perfect)
* Fold both napkins up together like an accordion or fan.
* Cut a semi-circle on both ends of the fan (this makes the outer napkin scalloped as well).
* Make a small cut in the middle of the flower but do not cut all the way through!
* Place a twist tie in the middle and twist it tightly closed.
* Place a dowel next to one side of the flower and hot-glue it in place (or you can simply twist the tie around it as well. It’s not as secure for long-term use but works pretty well).
* Carefully pull the flower petals back and shape them as you’d like.
You’re done! Simple yet elegant.
If I were doing my wedding again, Napkins would be all over our house.
To use them as party favors…
Print your names and date, punch a hole, and use a decorative tie or string and attach it to each flower. Use the end of a dowel to curl the twist tie strings. Who doesn’t like to go home with a pretty flower?–especially one that lives forever.
For the men in the wedding party, it’s also easy to make napkin boutineers.
* Trim both napkins so they’re even smaller and only use TWO layers of each napkin (that’s half of the napkin, which normally has 4 layers)
* Bend the end of the twist tie into a loop so it looks decoratively tucked away.
* Cut a circle of tissue in a pacman shape–Felt also works great! Glue it to the bottom of the boutineer for a polished look.
And pin it on your man with a straight pin.
Just as handsome as he was on October 22, 2004.
Don’t forget to cut small napkin petals for the flower girl. She’ll love the paper sprinkles.
Your wedding is set!–and you’ve got piece of mind. No worrying about fresh flower coordinating, wondering when they’ll arrive, if they’re going to make it through an ice storm, if they’ll last the entire day. Your party is ready.

Handmade doesn’t need to look cheap, though it can be cheap!
Enjoy your special Day.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rebecca N.Z January 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

ummmm….i can see any photos??


2 Rebecca N.Z January 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Whoops meant Can’T


3 Dana February 3, 2012 at 9:36 am

I just fixed the photos!


4 Leigh Anne May 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

I think I commented on these originally, and still love ‘em. I’m gonna try some for Mother’s Day….headed to get some napkins! Thanks for the lovely photo inspiration :)


5 Cheryl May 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I’m headed to Hobby Lobby tomorrow to buy the supplies for these gorgeous napkin flowers! I am not a crafter, but I think I can do these. Thank you so much for sharing.


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