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DIY: DOILY PAPER FLOWER GARLAND

Guest Blog: Honeybee Events

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Materials Needed:

• White paper doilies of varying sizes (For this 4 foot strand, we used 2 packs large, 2 packs medium, and 6 packs small)

• Glue gun and glue sticks

• Tea, for dyeing

• Food coloring, for dyeing

• Thick brown floral wire (doilies and brown floral wire bought at Michael’s)

First we’ll start and make the flowers with doilies….

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Step 1: Fold the circle in half. Step 2: Bring both corners up to the center, making a diamond

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Step 3: Fold the center out to meet the edge

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Step 4: Open both corners, press them flat. Step 5: Bring the edge in towards the center

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Step 6: Bring both sides together to form the petal.

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Now time to dye the doilies!

With Tea
Lay the petals in a shallow pan and pour the tea over them. Let them soak for about 15 minutes. Pull them out of the tea and lay them flat on a drying rack, baking pan, or anything flat you can find. Let them dry overnight. Different teas have different colors so choose your tea accordingly. Rooibos tea is a red tea, whereas black tea is much darker and has a deep brown coloring, etc.

With Food Coloring
This string of garland was made for a bride whose color scheme is gold, mint green, and blush so those are the colors I used. Feel free to use whichever colors match your scheme since flowers come in all colors. Mix water and food coloring together, start with a few drops and add until you get the brightness you want. You can choose to skip this step if you prefer a more traditional white string. Or for a more rustic feel you might choose to do only tea dyeing, it’s up to you! For my larger flowers, I used a two-toned dyeing method. First, I dyed the entire petal a very light green, (It is important the first color is the lighter one). Then I dipped the lacy tip of the doily in blush pink.

 Hint: If your flowers end up brighter then you expected, you can lightly spray on some bleach to tone them down, although too much bleach will turn them back white.

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Gluing The Petals Together
You want the glue to be on the outer edge of the petal. For the larger petals, make a line that goes from the edge of the lace to the tip of the petal, bring the glueless side over and hold together for at least 15 seconds. For the smallest petals, you may only need a dot of glue.

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Gluing The Flowers Together
Set aside five petals the same size and color. Place a large dot of glue on the side of petal number one, under the lace. Firmly press petal number two against the glue dot and hold until it is sturdy. Repeat this with petals three and four. Now that you have four petals glued together, place a large dot of glue on petals one and four. Press in the fifth petal, making sure that both of its sides are touching the glue on petals one and four. This is the most important petal as it will hold your flower together. Make sure that it is
held firm until it is dry.

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Place the Flowers in Order and Measure Out the Wire
Divide your flowers into groups based on size. I had three sizes small-medium-large. Now divide the smallest group in half; for instance, if you have 16 small flowers make two piles of eight. Do the same for your medium size pile, but not the large. Place all the largest flowers in a line in the middle of your workspace. Turn them upside down, so that the pointed end of the flower faces up. This will be the middle of your garland. Now place half of your medium size flowers on each side of the large flowers, continuing the line. Do the same with the small flowers. Your line of flowers should flow like this: small-medium-large-medium-small.

After you have your flowers arranged the way you want them, measure out your thick brown floral wire the length of your line. Give yourself an inch or two on each side. You can always cut it off at the end if it’s a bit too long.

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Gluing the Flowers to the Wire
Take your first flower from the line and hold the wire tightly to the tip of the upside down flower. Add an abundance of hot glue on top of the wire and let gravity pull the glue around the tip of the flower. Hold this steady until the glue turns white. Continue doing this until all of the flowers are attached to the garland.

And you are done! Hang your garland for your ceremony, around your reception tables or anywhere you’d like!

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** Special Thank you to Honeybee Events
9 Polaroid Wedding Ideas

Get ready to travel back to the 1970′s as we unveil eight of our favorite polaroid wedding ideas. Polaroids became wildly popular in the 1970′s when people discovered how amazing it was to snap a photo and see it develop right in front of their eyes. Years later, digital cameras emerged onto the photo field and polaroids faded to black as film was traded up for floppy disks as memory cards (remember that? I kid you not.) Today, we carry cameras in pockets, snap photos to friends miles away in minutes and revel in resolutions that seriously kick 1970′s pixelated you-know-what.

And, yet, while technology has made photo-sharing more efficient, there is still a part of us that shares a common love for the polaroid. Perhaps it reminds us of simpler times. Or, maybe it’s the element of instant gratification: just point, shoot, and see it developed right before your eyes. With all this talk about polaroids, we thought sharing some polaroid wedding ideas would be a fun . Enjoy!

#1: Coaster Favors

Give guests a polaroid gift with ceramic coaster wedding favors!

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# 2: Polaroid Guest Book

DIY Tutorial: Source

#3 Place Cards

Create a pretty vignette or place setting by using polaroids as place cards, tent cards, or escort cards.

#4: Polaroid Painting

Turn a couple’s engagement photo into a custom polaroid painting! Makes a great bridal shower or wedding gift.

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#5: Magnet Favors

Another fun idea: mini polaroids as magnet favors! Give them as favors or customize as Save the Dates to send in the mail.

DIY Tutorial: source

#6: Hanging Photo Display

# 7: DIY Polaroid Wreath

Create a polaroid wreath by snapping vintage photos of you and your groom through the years – make sure to add a few baby photos, too! Arrange the photos around the wreath base and hang as a display at your ceremony or reception.

DIY Tutorial: source

# 8: Polaroid Save the Date

If you’re incorporating polaroids throughout your wedding, make a great first impression with a polaroid save the date.

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# 9: Polaroid Photo Booth Frame

Strike a pose with this fun twist on the polaroid: the photo booth frame. Take it with you to add an instant photo booth anywhere!