Awesome Origami Paper Wedding Flowers!

Hi Guys!

Today I have a little wedding rant for you, and a tutorial on how I’m making my wedding flowers 🙂

So, one of the things I’m coming to realise more and more, is it’s the little things that get you in terms of money when planning a wedding. The big things – venue, food, rings, registrar fees, these things are usually all upfront, you know where you are with the big ones, these are what you’re expecting.

But was I expecting over £150 for hiring table cloths? £700 for flowers? £100’s for dress alterations? No I wasn’t. I wan’t prepared for these costs! Aaaaargh I had no idea!!

We are on a really tight budget for the wedding, my general idea is – do it as nice as I can for as cheap as possible. So all these bits really add up, table centerpieces, confetti, suit hire, insurance, the list is pretty much endless!

Well the question is – What can you do about it? My answer is firstly to pick and choose where you can save money and where you are happy to splurge. For us, the photographers were really important as was my dress. So these were a couple of the most expensive bits – I justify these by saving money elsewhere! Then for everything else I’ve just shopped around to get the best deal. If you have an idea of what you want then great, use this as a basis, or if you’re like me and don’t have a clue, just look around the internet for inspiration! This leads me on to my flowers…

When I realised how much flowers cost, I nearly fell off my chair. So I started looking into my options, which fell into three easy categories –

  1. Don’t have any flowers
  2. Have only a few flowers
  3. Have fake flowers

The first option was out of the question, I definitely wanted flowers, and real ones are soo expensive, so after a bit of research I decided to try out some origami flowers! 🙂

I went with Japanese Kusudama flowers – here is the Youtube tutorial I used. They look great and are quick and easy to make!

I bought some old books from my local charity shops and used a kids Crayola Airbrush Kit to lightly spray them different colours. For the below flower petal I used pink and grey pens.

Origami flower

Following the Youtube instructions I folded the paper – after doing this a couple of times you get used to it and it’s really quick and easy!

origami

I then stuck the petal together with glue.

origami flowers

And stuck five petals together to create a flower.

origami wedding flowers

I then used glitter glue to add some sparkle and a diamante stone for the centre.

Ta dah!! This is my very first one, I know it’s not perfect but you get the idea! 🙂

paper wedding flowers new

So, just to summarise here are the costs for making these flowers –

  • Crayola Marker Airbrush Kit – £22.94
  • Extra Crayola Pens – £15
  • Books from Charity Shops – £3
  • Glue, Glitter Glue, Diamantes and Pearls – £20

Total = £60.94

(I will also need to get some ‘stalks’ for the flowers, that’s my next job!)

So what do you think? Would you consider origami flowers for your wedding?

I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at getting crafty! xxx

(p.s – don’t forget to enter my giveaway here!)



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7 thoughts on “Awesome Origami Paper Wedding Flowers!

  1. Emma

    That is a really good idea. My sister bought fake flowers for her wedding. At first I wasn’t sure why she would do that but they actually looked great in the photos and in the flesh!

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  3. bubbablue

    These are great. Good for party decorations too.

    I heard of someone who just booked all the things for her wedding without telling the businesses it was for a wedding. She got everything so much cheaper, then when businesses realised they went mad – probably thinking of all the money they’d lost. But why should weddings be so much more than standard bits.

    We did our own stationery, our own table decorations (nice glasses with glass nuggets for colour and 3 gerbera in each. For our flowers, I went to a local flower seller who has a stall rather than a shop. They did me boxes of gerbera for table decorations at basically cost price, a few flowers for corsage on the bridesmaid’s bags, and my handtied bouquet for £40. So much cheaper than shop florist, and probably listened much better to what we wanted.

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