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We’ve grown a wee bit obsessed with the floral arch seen in today’s styled shoot, so we’re ecstatic to share just how it was made! Sweet Sunday Events and EE Photography were kind enough to provide us with a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the coffee filter and tissue paper flowers, so read on to find out more!

diy paper flower arch

For this project, you will need:
-coffee filters
-tissue paper (cut in approximately 5×5 squares)

paper arch diy supplies

1. Fold three coffee filters in half to make a crease down the center.

coffee filter craft ideas

2. Create a ball of tissue paper out of one of the tissue sheets.

coffee filter craft ideas

3. Take the same color and cover the ball. Twist the bottom to look like a lollipop.

coffee filter craft ideas

coffee filter craft ideas

coffee filter craft ideas

4. Staple the “stick end” of the lollipop to the creased, center of the coffee filter.

coffee filter craft ideas

5. After stapling the center, carefully lift each layer one by one.

paper flower arches

paper flower arches

6. Then flip the flower and staple the back of the flower together.

coffee filter craft ideas

Viola! A paper flower!

coffee filter craft ideas
paper flower arch

To create the floral arch, simply use a hot glue gun to adhere the flowers to each other in your desired shape. Feel free to intersperse paper cupcake liners as well — straight out of their containers — for some added texture. You can also dye the paper flowers to break up the whiteness. Once your arch is fully shaped, use heavy duty fishing line to hang from the ceiling or from screws.

View all step-by-step instructions

Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: EE Photography / Floral Design, Styling, and Rentals: Sweet Sunday Events / Shoot Venue: The Union on Eighth / Models: Zephyr Talent / Hair and Makeup: Summer Edwards / Wedding Cake: Paige’s Bakehouse / Paper Goods: The Stationery Bakery

  • This is wonderful to know, especially having friends who have pollen. Thanks for the tip!

  • kylie

    love it!

  • This is amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  • This is truly amazing! I am so inspired to try this on a smaller scale for my home. Great way to use tissue paper and a unique way to include flowers. love it.

  • This is fantastic! It surely took a long time, but wow, it was worth it! Love the arch shape!