Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIY Kusudama Flower Bouquet

I get to be a bridesmaid in cousin T's wedding! Yippee!

Since she has dress fittings and the like coming up, I thought it would be nice to make her a practice bouquet.

Pfft.  Who am I kidding? You know I just wanted to do some wedding crafting. It's like a disease or something.

Anyway, her colors are light pink and navy, so I ransacked all the light pink origami paper I had and made some kusudama flowers. (Instructions here, they are surprisingly easy to make.)
Since that wasn't enough for a bouquet, I cut up some tracing paper into squares and made some white flowers as well.
In total, I used 20 flowers of sizes varying from 2"x2" to 3"x3".

Next, I stuck a floral stem through each one..
And hot glued it in place. This is probably not the sturdiest method, but as they are paper flowers, they are going to be fragile anyway.
Gather up all your flower stems and poke at it until they are more or less in a spherical shape.
Then wrap the stems together with some floral tape.
I hot glued some white ribbon on top of the floral tape..
And finished it off with a bit of navy blue lace!
Kinda cute I think!
Am I overstepping my boundaries here?  If she makes me promise not to do anymore unsolicited wedding crafting than I guess I'll know. Haha!

11 comments:

  1. I think it's very cute! After our wedding I was totally up for any DIY projects for my friend's wedding but living so far apart didn't help.

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  2. The colors are fantastic, and the bouquet looks great!! =) I do miss wedding crafting... hope she'll let you keep crafting and I can live vicariously through you! =)

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  3. that is so sweet of you--she's going to be so pleased with such a pretty practice bouquet!

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  4. Those are so cute! I want to make tons of bouquets and just have them all around the house. I wonder if there's a way to add cute leaves to them as well. Hmmmm....

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  5. Even I can't believe, they are simply looking like the real ones. They are really beautiful.

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  6. where did you get the floral stem?

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    1. I got them from Joann's in the floral section, though I think they are probably at Michael's or any other craft store that carries fake flowers. The stems come in different colors too, and they are pretty long. I cut mine in half for each flower!

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    2. thanks a mill! i made them for my girlfriend this valentines day :)

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  7. how many pieces did you use?

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  8. This is perfect; I wanted to do a bouquet like this for my wedding, but didn't know how to add stems to the origami. Thanks for the tutorial!

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