Paper Flowers Tutorial
Besides using my home for the bridal shower last week, my biggest contribution was to create the centerpieces. Emily loved the idea of paper flowers (& so did I, I had just saved an idea for some before she mentioned it!) & chose green & black as the shower colors.
Emily found a specific flower that she liked & I got to work finding papers, cutting them to size & folding, folding, folding!
Usually during the kids' nap/rest time I fold laundry. Last week I folded paper. Over 150 3x3 inch pieces of paper! Aren't they pretty, though?
I'm not going to give you a tutorial because the one from the site I used was excellent. So, if you want to make your own beautiful paper flowers follow this Kusudama (Origami Flower) Tutorial.
To create the centerpieces I trimmed the trees in my backyard. No, really, they needed trimmed & I strategically left them outside so that I could trim the branches just right to make the "stems" for the paper flowers. (Actually, I was too lazy to clean up the branches before I left for my vacation & when I got home I realized I could use them for the center pieces.) Yeah, I planned that!
For the vases I took some of the empty wine bottles I had, soaked the labels off & spray painted them black.
Somehow, I forgot to take a decent picture of any of the centerpieces. And, I gave them all away - I just couldn't stand to have them taking up all of that space in my house (I have enough decorations stashed everywhere doing the same!) but I also couldn't bring myself to dump them straight into the garbage.
This is about the best I can do for a photo of the centerpieces, I cropped it out of a larger photo from the shower.
They actually went really well with the decor. I felt like the black vases were a bit of a gamble but they kind of helped to anchor things.
Now, I also feel like I could become addicted to origami. I miss folding all of those little papers...