I spotted this Virginia engagement session on Virginia-based photographer Katelyn James‘ blog (or maybe it was Twitter?!). The bride, Annamarie, is holding a sweet little bouquet that immediately caught my eye. I thought it looked great and worked so well with her outfit and the setting. Turns out, she made it! Lucky for us, Katelyn shared the photos and Annamarie agreed to share her inspiration and instructions for making your own “dried” flower bouquet out of paper.
From Annamarie: My mom taught me how to make the individual flowers when I was little — and then I just taped a bunch together and wrapped a ribbon around it to make the bouquet! I knew I wanted to have some sort of prop for our e-session and I wanted it to be original so eventually I decided on making the peach and coral bouquet because those are our two main wedding colors!
Instructions for “Dried” Paper Flower Bouquet
- Scrapbook paper in any color
- Stamp pad (A gold stamp pad is used in the pictures)
- Pipe cleaners
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Draw six circles on the scrapbook paper, each SLIGHTLY smaller than the last. The smallest circle should not be drastically smaller than the biggest.
- Cut out the circles.
- Spray each circle with the water bottle and crinkle into a tight ball.
- After spraying and crinkling all of the circles, unfold them.
- Press the edges of each circle into the stamp pad on both sides.
- Thread a pipe cleaner up through one side of a button and down through the opposite hole – pulling until the two sides of the stem are perfectly even. Twist these together so that you have a single stem.
- Stack the circles together so that the biggest one is on the bottom of the pile and the smallest is on the top.
- Poke the pipe cleaner through the center of the top of the stack and push all of the circles up onto the “stem” so that the button is the center of the flower.
- Crinkle each circle, starting with the center smallest one, up and around the button tightly one at a time.
- Spread out the “petals” of your flower so that it looks pretty!
- Allow it to dry so that the paper hardens.
- For the pictured bouquet, I simply taped several paper flowers together and then tied wire ribbon around the “stems”!
Thank you so much, Annamarie, for sharing your instructions with us. For more gorgeous photography, be sure to check out Katelyn James Photography.
Photo Credits: Katelyn James Photography