Monday, February 23, 2009

#549: close but not really.

we went to michael's yesterday to shop for paper to do a trial of the paper flowers. we were able to pick up colored cardstock on clearance which i was really excited about.



but when we got around to making the flowers, something wasn't working. we started out with 1.5cm between the lines and then upped it to 1-inch. but i don't know what it is. maybe the stock isn't heavy enough?

at first, i tried to arrange the flowers by poking the branches through the middle of the flower. but i didn't like it.



and then fiance suggested we kind of glue the flowers together and drape them around the branches. it started off nicely and then ended up looking like a pom pom around the base. i didn't like it.



maybe i should stick to one color per centerpiece? eh, hopefully after another go at it, i'll figure it out.

or, maybe you could just tell me to my face if you happen to know.

p.s. 25 cards have been texturized. 1/3ish of the way there.

p.p.s. speaking of pom poms, fiance saw them at michael's and suggested we let the flowergirls throw them around while walking down the aisle in lieu of flower petals (not even thinking of using flower petals). i told him i'd seen pom poms used at a wedding before. i mean, not in real life, but in blog life. and in this instance, the pom poms weren't thrown by the flower girls but by the guests as the couple made their exit.


via once wed.

my initial feeling to this idea was "how whimsical and cute". but after a good night's sleep, i'm wondering if walking down a pom pom strewn aisle would perhaps increase my chances of slipping and breaking my neck. that wouldn't be good. no.

26 comments:

Jess and Frankie said...

your attempt to make those flowers went better than mine. I didn't even post mine cuz they looked like ****. :( sorry i can't help

Anonymous said...

I don't think yours look that different than the originals, but I do think the very different shades makes it look a bit more...construction paper-y. The yellow ones look either all the same colour or very very similar shades that are just different enough to give a bit of depth. I think if you tried that, it would have more of an elegance to it. Oh...and definitely like the first attaching method better.

Robyn said...

You did a great job making the flowers! I think, yes, definitely stick to one color (or two that are really close, just a shade off).

You're getting there...and we're cheering you on every step of the way! :)

Stephanie Lyn said...

I like the monochromatic thing you have going on in the 2nd pic. It gives the whole thing depth.

Nicole said...

great work on those flowers!! i think you'll get them to work.

Maranda said...

ooh I really like those! I like the 2nd pics.. maybe just use two colors very close to eachother?

Victory Bird said...

Love it! I think your more tightly rolled ones look the best, and I totally agree with the anonymous second comment. The original awesome-ness only had 4-5 flowers on a large set of branches, so maybe more is less?

Bridechka said...

I think your attempts came out pretty rockin. I like the poms idea too ... i dont think there is a big risk of falling cause they are squishy right? They shouldn't trip you up.

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers you made! And yes one color type per table would be better. Are you still going to hand a little rock candy? Maybe not drape like you were trying before, but little icicle or crystal type drops?

pw said...

i think the smaller roll is much better looking and looks more flower-y...there's something a bit clunky about the 1 inch attempts. my other suggestion would be to try putting them on smaller branches? i also agree with keeping it monochromatic...too many colors and it starts getting too bizzy up in there =).

i'm making a few of the flowers and so far really like how they look. i don't know that i want to abandon my original centerpiece idea totally, so i might use these scattered casually across the table runners, grouped in bunches on our extra tables (gift/guestbook/etc) or maybe as a more ambitious project as an adornment on a ribbon to tie our napkins with.

Desaray said...

Am I failing to be discerning? I really liked them both, the second one more. Keep at it.

PLANNING ON PENNIES said...

Wow! These look much better than what I attempted. If you are going to do the three colors try to group them in 3's. There is also the option of different sized flowers, or rather than cutting a straight line on the swirls you can cut squiggly lines.

As a kindergarten teacher... I wouldn't recomend the poms. I think it's super cute, but I've slipped and tripped on them during art time in class. :(

Once A Bride said...

it seems like you are on the right track with the first pic...i think the branches need to be grouped closer together to get the look in the inspiration pic...

preppydoc said...

I am so impressed with your flowers, I could not even attempt to begin to do those flowers, but then again, I was the girl who enlisted the help of several sorority sisters when big/lil and inspiration came around...

kudos to you!

Lauren said...

(as was mentioned above) I'd stick to a more monochromatic color scheme I think the person above put it perfectly by saying that it seems less "construction paper-y"

Also, when I made flowers like these I used a smaller width (probably even narrower than 1.5cm) and it worked out really well, so maybe try going smaller instead of bigger :)

best of luck!

vanessa said...

ok here's a thought. To help you better attach the paper flowers to the branches, why not try a hot glue gun. A little dab will do, and you can stick them whereever the heck you want. It doesnt have to be drapped or stuck to the end of the branch. Also another thought. What if you used green floral wire kind of like stems. You could attach the flowers to the tree that way and even have a couple sticking up like they're growing off the branch.

Just a few cents. Love where you're headed though.

Autumn Witt Boyd to be said...

I think the flowers look great, it seems like your frustration is how to attach them to the branches. I second Vanessa, can you hot glue them to the branches (that way they could be at the ends instead of at the bottom)-- I highly recommend a low temp glue gun for this. Or run fishing line through them and hang them like ornaments from the branches?

Anonymous said...

Hi! I just want to say that your flowers came out really good! I think everyone is on the right track by suggesting monochromatic colors. I really like the two dark shades the best! Maybe you can put a little glue on the branch in order to make them stay. Just a suggestion. I also read that you are going to try the rock candy garland? I think Anonomous (I think it was Anonomous) was right on. You should have the candy drop down and hang instead! I saw it on another wedding blog. I've looked at so many different blog sites they've all become one! Keep up the great work! :)

Anonymous said...

why not make a garland with the flowers and hang them around the tree branches liek you were going to do with the rock candy?

JHRME said...

I like the flowers too. I think for you its similar to looking at a word for so long any way you spell it looks wrong! And pom poms are squishy...they shouldnt make you slip!

A said...

I like the purple and black that you have together. I tried it out on some scrap cardstock I had that was not heavy at all. I too found winding them tighter was best and that thinner spirals was better than thicker spirals. I did way more spirals on the paper than she had as an example on her website.

Sarah said...

your branches are more unwieldy than the ones in the picture you were inspired by, so i think that's more of the problem than your actual work on the flowers. i think the flowers came out quite nicely, actually!! i'm sure much better than i could do :)

gangsta bride said...

wow. these look sooooo good! i like the pom poms. you could put them on the branches kind of like pussy willows.

Anonymous said...

You could try wiring them to think floral wire and then wrap the "stems" with brown floral take. Then you can wire them to the branches. Just a thought.

amber {daisy chain} said...

you are being WAY too picky (I have this problem, too) - these look amazing!! I like the one color - different shades idea.

Jeremiah K - The Perfect Pear l.l.c. said...

You did well on making those flowers, nice and i love them all. you give me and idea to do things on your own DIY thing.. hehehe
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