(From The Knot)
But I soon discovered that large succulents can easily run $5+ a piece, which adds up to more money than I want to spend on something that will get thrown away. So long story short, I decided to make the ubiquitous tissue paper flowers instead.
(photo from Martha Stewart, via Elizabeth Anne Designs)
I followed Martha's tutorial, which was my first mistake. It leaves a lot to the imagination, which is fine if you are innately crafty. But as we know, I am not. So, my first "flower" came out looking like this
What Martha's tutorial failed to tell me was to make the accordion folds using the short side of the paper. I folded the paper lengthwise, which resulted in approximately 5 folds and this deformed excuse for a flower.
Realizing my mistake, I gave it a second go around and produced this lovely
I made one more and then did a mock up of our centerpieces.
Whaddaya think? Hope you like it because I bought a ton of ivory tissue paper this afternoon from The Container Store! I'm thinking maybe we'll do three flowers and scale back a little on the river rock. I'm also wondering if maybe I should put some stuff inside the lantern around the candle too, but am unsure. I think it will look better, but since we plan on lighting the candles I don't want hot wax to ignite flower petals or whatever we decide to put in there. Most likely we won't end up putting anything inside the lanterns, though, because the wedding is a month away and I have enough on my plate!