Wedding DIY: Paper Rose Bouquets
This post could also be called “How I Made my Paper Flower Bouquets.” This isn’t strictly a DIY tutorial as much as it is a proclamation of my love and respect for Lia Griffith and her fabulous blog. I’m not sure how my wedding bouquet and table centrepieces would have turned out without her. I just hope that, if she ever sees this, she doesn’t mind that I adapted her design so I could customize the pattern to suit my needs.
I followed Lia’s fantastic tutorial for making paper roses. You can see the blog post here or follow the YouTube video here. I started with her pink roses to experiment. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to do one for every table at our wedding-nine colors in all.
Since every table at our wedding will have its own color, each table needed a bouquet and a vase in the same color to match. I am almost hesitant to admit this, but I altered Lia’s patterns so the petal outlines she provides are in different colors. Then I found various watercolor textures online and printed those out over the pattern and on the other side of the paper. Then I followed Lia’s super awesome tutorial for the rest of it. (Although I didn’t do the leaves. *shrug*)
There are a lot of different DIY tutorials for jar tinting. This is basically how we did it. I included some tips below that will help you out.
TIP 1: Depending on how bright/dark you want your color, add more food coloring to your mix. Some tutorials also suggest adding water to your mix to dilute the color a little. This just leads to streaks in your colors. I didn’t mind this because I’m having a watercolor themed wedding, so it actually worked out, but if you are going for a solid color look, don’t add water.
TIP 2: Some tutorials will also suggest baking the jar so the opening is facing down, letting the excess glue and food coloring drip out the bottom. I found this left a yucky, sticky film at the bottom and the inside of the jar didn’t tint nearly as evenly. I’d say bake them with the hole facing up.
TIP 3: I had especially good results when I left the oven on its lowest setting for quite a while, checking on it to see how the glue/Modge Podge was drying inside. As it is baking, you can see the milkiness fade. When the milky glue look is all gone, you’re done!
I glued a strip of ribbon to the top of the jar with a hot glue gun. This hides any flaking that may have happened at the mouth of the jar and it gives your flowers something soft to sit on. I also wrapped the floral wires in the same ribbon and glued it in place.
If you plan to do these for your own wedding, do a couple test runs with some extra jars first.
NOTE: My bridal bouquet is a bit different. I resized some of the roses and used different paper flowers. I’ll do a post about it after the wedding. 🙂
Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a hoarder of podcasts and a history enthusiast. Learn more.