Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wedding Flowers for $30?! (A Non-Teaching Post)

So this post is totally unrelated to teaching, but I’ve unearthed this creative side of me that I didn’t know existed, and I want to share. My best friend and cousin is getting married in Disney World next week, and as I live 2,000 miles away from all our family, I haven’t been the involved matron of honor I would have loved to be. I asked her what I could do to help from far, far away and she asked me to attempt to make the bouquets for her bridesmaids. I made all the flowers for my wedding party (8 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids, 7 groomsmen, and parents) for under $100 in total, and I was totally up for the challenge of making the flowers my cousin wanted.
~My wedding flowers~

My cousin wanted roses for her wedding, so they're a little different from the ones I did for my wedding.
Here they are step-by-step:
1)      Cut out circles from whatever paper you’d like (my circles were about 6 inches in diameter) Be creative! Use different papers and colors for the same bouquet if you want.

2)      Cut circles into spirals.

3)      Curl/roll up spiral into a rose shape (rolling them around a pencil or skewer helps)
4)      Hot glue inside the base of the rose to hold it together.
5)      For the base of the bouquet, my hubby cut a styrofoam ball in half. Then he hollowed out the inside to fit the bouquet holder/handle thingy.
6)      This is optional…either paint the styrofoam or glue matching paper to it so the styrofoam isn’t super obvious in the gaps between the flowers.

7)      Hot glue the flowers onto the styrofoam.
8)      Wrap ribbon around the bouquet handle.

9)      Viola!
I was able to make 5 bridesmaid bouquets and 6 boutonnières for $30. Amazing deal! This is such a fun way to add a personal touch to your wedding or special occasion, and it saves you lots of money! I love the way they turned out. I know what I’ll do if I ever stop teaching! J

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