I know terrariums and succulents are all the rage right now, but I have to admit – they hold no appeal for me. I love nature and like to bring living things into my home whenever I can, but I go for it in the way of flowers. Big flowers with huge blooms like hydrangeas and peonies. Ooooh…la…la… I love ‘em!
With hub’s unemployment I haven’t bought any fresh flowers and rely on fake to give me my flower fix. I even stopped buying massive flats of annuals that I normally do every Spring to plant outside because of the price.
Last week while on Pinterest I came across this photo and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since. I was in desperate need to have these flowers in my home. I love everything about the room, but the simple white flowers – became an obsession! I had to have them, but how?
I know I could never find them fresh in my area this time of year and even if I did they would cost $20 or more, so I decided the only way I was going get them was to go fake, but even fake are expensive. Instead, I did a little Semi-Homemade makeover on fake flowers I bought at the dollar store.
This is what I created by taking apart dollar store flowers and styling new blooms from tissue paper. I am very happy with how they turned out. Total cost: $4.00.
After seeing that Pinterest photo I knew white blooms would make my dining room look a teeny tiny bit more like the room in the photo since it is done in all neutrals.Tissue paper Wire Florist tape Stapler Wire cutters Scissors Dollar Store flowers that have medium/light green colored stems and leaves – not dark green stems. You can even use real tree branches
1. Lay 5 layers of tissue paper cut to 8” x 14” on top of each other. Accordion fold,
2. Find center and staple. Then wrap a 5” piece of wire around. Round edges with scissors.
3. Carefully begin to spread out each layer of tissue paper to start forming the flower.
4. Fluff so that most of the petals are to one side, unless you want to make pom-pom flowers to hang.
5. You can see the fake rose bouquet I bought at the dollar store in the left hand side of the photo below. Pull off all the flower heads. You will expose the wire stem tops. You want to attach the tissue paper flowers to these wire stems.
6. I poked the tip into the center of the tissue paper flower and then wrapped the wire around the stem to secure. You could also bend the tip of the fake flower stem to create a hook to wrap the flower and the wire around. I did a few each way. Cover the wire with florist tape.
In this photo you can see I have most of the tissue paper flowers attached to the fake bouquet stems.
BEFORE: White Rose bouquet I took apart on the right. AFTER: Tissue paper flowers on the left.
I used the fake bouquet because the work of arranging the heights of each stem/bloom is already done for you. You could also gather up a bunch of branches from your yard and attach the paper flowers.
To make them look more realistic – put water in your vase.
There are so many ways to make gorgeous bouquets of paper flowers. Look what Aunt Peaches did with coffee filters.
Pretty roses from tissue paper.
I made a frilly one for the ribbon spool gift box in my last post. It resembles a mum.
1. Fold over a piece of tissue paper lengthwise. If you want big blooms – just make the space between the folds larger. If you don’t want loop for the petals – trim the top of the folded paper so there are no folds.
2. Use scissors to cut the paper every 1/4 –inch along the length.
3. Roll it up and place a staple on each side of the roll to secure.
4. Cut the excess paper away under staple. This will let the flower sit flat on a gift box.
5. Loopy flower. The purple and white flower is more frilly since the folds were cut off along the top of the length of folded tissue paper.
Some inspiring floral images I found on Pinterest.
I will have hydrangeas in my garden this color, but will have to wait until June for them to bloom.
I also have peonies planted in my backyard, but…
they are only this far along. I will have to wait for a few more weeks before pretty pink blooms show up.
Now all I need is a way to have this outdoor urn overflowing with affordable colorful flowers – paper won’t work outside – any ideas?
If you don’t mind a fake plant or two in your home, you may like the topiary I made using fake greenery.