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my DIY wedding – paper flowers

As a way to be ‘green’ during the wedding festivities (while saving some ‘green’), we’re trying to limit the amount of flowers we order. We’ll have flowers, of course; for bouquets, centerpieces, etc. but I’m hoping to be as conservative as possible with the order. Since we’re having the rehearsal dinner and the reception at the same place, I thought about using the same flowers all weekend long, but that won’t work because we’re ordering the flowers early and they’ll need some time to open up so they’ll be pretty on the big day.

I was debating what I could do to dress up the rehearsal dinner a bit, without having to order more flowers, when I discovered Paper Platypus. Karen Block at Paper Platypus creates the most beautiful paper flowers and sells them in her Etsy store. You can buy assembled bouquets as well as DIY kits in a rainbow of colors and an assortment of styles. I stumbled upon her work via Everything Etsy – a really fun blog that I visit practically every day. Paper Platypus was one of the featured Etsy sellers and was offering a giveaway for a DIY Mum kit. I entered the giveaway and lo and behold, I won!

Some floral décor for the rehearsal dinner…for free?? What a deal!

The DIY kits come with step-by-step instructions, so assembly was really easy. And the flowers look great! I’ve actually had them in a vase on the coffee table and they are a really cute addition to the room. And, since they’ll never die, I won’t have the sad task of throwing them out. Genius! 

I haven’t yet decided if I want to keep them in a vase or remove the stem and have them scattered along the tables like in the photo below. What do you think?

4 Responses to “my DIY wedding – paper flowers”

  1. Kim @ Everything Etsy Says:

    Oh my gosh…they’re beautiful! I love the color you picked because you can use them over and over again! I feel in love with Paper Platypus the moment I saw the first photo on her site.

    I wish I could join in on your craft nights…they look like a blast! :)

    ~Kim

  2. Kim @ Everything Etsy Says:

    fell…I’m sure you knew I meant “fell!” Ha! :)

    ~Kim

  3. Christina Says:

    Maybe you should cut the stems down and put a couple in a bud vase with a couple more scattered on the table, both looks are so cute!

  4. Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} Says:

    How sweet! We made paper flowers too. I recommend you do a few every night or every other night for a few weeks. That way they get done with out the stress of trying to do hundreds of flowers at once. Can;t wait to see how it all turns out!

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