If you’re looking for a showstopper centerpiece, we’ve got just what you were looking for. Jamie of Julia’s Poppies and Aimee Strickland of MadeintheFold collaborated to create this eye-catching paper flower art installation inspired by one of her newest wedding suites that’s sure to wow any and all of your guests! We’ll let Jamie take it from here:
We wanted to share the perfect DIY project for the artsy bride! This centerpiece was inspired by the Melbourne Wedding Suite, an invitation design from the new Wedding Collection from Julia’s Poppies set to launch this spring.
The table design is made from found, recycled, and paper goods. It’s an easy-to-do, budget-friendly project. This installation can be used for reception tables or even hung on a wall to make a statement.
For this project, you will need:
-Roll of Chicken Wire
-Box of Powdered Dye
-Coffee Filters (Beached and Unbleached)
-Washi Tape or Floral Tape
1. Follow the box instructions to mix the dye in a bowl.
2. Fold the coffee filters in half a couple times. You can stack multiple filters before folding to give more dimension and to form larger blooms.
3. Dip the ends in the bowl of dye, letting the dye slowly bleed up the filter for an ombre effect. You can also simply submerge the filters for a higher concentration of color.
4. Unroll your chicken wire on a table and mold to a mountainess shape, as high as you desire. Place the filters in the chicken wire to dry. This will allow the filters to take shape.
*Note: If you’re using multiple colors, do not let the different colors touch while drying.
5. After the coffee filters have dried, arrange throughout the chicken wire. You can attach floral wire with washi tape to several blooms to give height to your installation. Be creative and there are no rules for the asymmetric design.
We also made a handful of other paper flowers from crepe paper, tissue paper, and scrap cardstock based on tutorials available on my Pinterest (which includes these flower DIYs) and experimenting! The specialty paper can easily get expensive (and time consuming), so we recommend using the more intricate paper flowers strategically throughout the installation.