NaShara and Milton
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Am I crazy for wanting to DIY a Paper Flower Wall as a backdrop for my wedding ceremony?

NaShara and Milton, on November 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 33
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So. I stumbled across this picture as I was looking for backdrops for my wedding ceremony. It's being held in an older church and even though they are going through renovations and will be done in time, I wanted to do something that would create a focal point behind us. I was going to do about 10-20 feet of plain white drapery to keep it simple but fell in love with this paper flower wall. I have looked everywhere to purchase one and apparently they are uber expensive (like $6-800) and I don't want to spend that much on "paper". As much as I love DIYs, this looks pretty time consuming (if I don't start soon). So should I DIY an entire paper flower wall or stick with the drapery and save the headache? Or use drapery with paper flower accents? I hope that makes sense lol.



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  • GoneAndMarried
    Master August 2015
    GoneAndMarried ·
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    I wonder if you can do something similar with tissue paper? That may be more cost effective. You may also be able to get ivory or white cardstock inexpensively online

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  • NaShara and Milton
    VIP May 2015
    NaShara and Milton ·
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    Hmmm @JK8115 I didn't even think of doing tissue paper as well. That could be really cool to add that in as a different texture with the cardstock flowers if I decide to it.

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated June 2015
    Amanda ·
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    That flower wall is stunning! I'm not sure what the inside of the church looks like and what the colors are, but I wouldn't use stark white. It would look really pretty made in an ivory too. You may be able to get away with using different materials too like @JK8115 mentioned, different complimentary scrapbook papers in similar tones with tissue paper, and using bristol board in the back to hold it all together (might also bring down the cost, because you can get them super cheap at a dollar store). I love how different it is from everything else I've seen at weddings. I say it depends on when your wedding is and if you have time, otherwise drapery is pretty too.

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    @Amanda - The church has neutrals wall and dark burgundy carpet. My wedding colors are black and white. I will look into bristol board as a way to hold everything together! My wedding is in May so I'm wondering if I start on it now and break it up will it be that bad.

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  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
    LadyMonk ·
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    Watch some youtube videos on how to make paper flowers. I honestly don't think it would be that bad since the flowers are all quite large. I made 100+ origami lotuses for my chair ties though, so I'm a little on the intense side...

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  • Staci
    Master September 2014
    Staci ·
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    What is holding it up? Is it a free standing wall?

    I agree I don't think it would be too hard to make the flowers. Also if your background is the same color you don't even have to completely fill the space.

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    Lol @ladymonk - I like your intensity. I've been watching YouTube videos and the more I think about it, the more I want to do it!. How long did it take you to make the 100 origami lotuses?

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    @Staci - That's what I have to figure out! I'm not sure either which is why I am questioning it. If I did the drapery, that would be pretty simple but I'm not sure about the flowers. Unless I just put the flowers at the top of the drapery. The background is sort of busy which is why I wanted to do the backdrop at least for where we would stand.

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  • LadyMonk
    Master September 2014
    LadyMonk ·
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    It did take me a long time, but I made them at lunch breaks at work, and I did some while camping/as a passenger in a car and they all got done Smiley smile You could use foam board from a hardware store for the back -- it would be very light. I agree it would be easier to cover it with something white/same colour so that if there are spaces between the flowers it wouldn't matter (even cover it in paper).

    You could also make flowers out of felt.

    Just some ideas Smiley winking

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  • mrs. joyceee
    Super September 2014
    mrs. joyceee ·
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    I think this is great, but I would ask the church about decor rules. I actually considered this for a photobooth backdrop tho-- I think either way, if the church allows you -- go for it! or find another way to have it part of your wedding!

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    @Ladymonk - Now i have to figure out how to hold it up since it wouldn't be against a wall.

    @ mrs.joyceee - The church is pretty lenient with decor! So that's a plus

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  • Lennox
    Super May 2015
    Lennox ·
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    I am currently making paper flowers for a bunch of decorations. We are putting a bunch on the arch we will be married under and around the side tables for the reception. I will tell you know that you are correct, it is VERY time consuming. Another thing you need to consider that we are dealing with right now is storage. Make sure you have somewhere you can keep all these flowers undamaged until your wedding date. I scaled back my original vision for paper flowers and I am glad I did. The flowers we have so far look amazing but it is very time consuming.

    A thought to consider would be doing the drapery wall and then creating flowers that can hang down at different levels over it to create some depth.

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  • Natalie
    Master May 2015
    Natalie ·
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    I think it is really cool. I'm all about diy so I would say go for it. But get started now.

    If you are still a little unsure but limited supplies and make a few flowers. Figure out how long it takes to make a small section and how hard it is. Then if you feel like it is doable, make it full scale.

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  • heidi
    VIP October 2014
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    I would look at different tutorials for paper flowers. And definitely check out tissue paper flowers. And then try a couple that you like. Some of them are super easy and fun to do! In that way, if you find the ones you like, are easy, and you have fun doing, it would be/seem less time consuming. Definitely start now to give yourself some ideas.

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    @lennox - I didn't even think about storage! I will have to do some brainstorming to move things around! I do like the idea of having the drapery wall and then the flowers on top! Still get what I want but seems a little simpler with less flowers. Do you have pictures of your flowers so far? Would love to see them.

    @Natalie and @heidi - Thanks for your idea, I might just start that today or tomorrow since i already have copier paper and cardstock at home!

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated June 2015
    Amanda ·
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    Since you're doing black and white, the stark white would be nice, I love the ideas of the different textures like felt as mentioned above. If you were super nerdy (I know I am, and FH and I both read a ton) you could even use old newspaper or novels to make flowers with, since the paper is already black and white (I saw them on pinterest). I really like how the one in your picture is all the same color and feel, but you could do anything you wanted with this project. To hold it up, my suggestion is to get thick enough dowels or PVC pipe to create structure in the back. Its cheap enough and sturdy enough (kind of like pipe and draping). I hope that helps!

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  • sierra
    Super December 2015
    sierra ·
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    If you are a seasoned DIYer, DO IT! Smiley smile

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  • Northern MN
    Master November 2014
    Northern MN ·
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    I think it could be cool. Smiley smile Good luck DIYing it!

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  • NaShara and Milton
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    NaShara and Milton ·
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    Thank you ladies!! I will be looking at some ideas tonight and let you know. My inner-DIY is screaming DO IT.

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    Savvy August 2015
    Patricia ·
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    I say do it...I'm crafting paper flowers for my bouquets and centerpieces from tissue paper. Tissue paper is much easier and faster than cardstock which usually involves cutting out a lot of pieces with detailed edges.

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