DIY: Tissue Paper Garden Centerpieces

I’ve been keeping this secret to myself for a little while know, but I am so excited to finally announce Anna Bond of Rifle Design is our newest DIY contributor. I’ve been a huge fan of her amazing invitations for quite some time now, and when she accepted my invitation to create wedding projects for Once Wed I was of course thrilled. Anna will be joining us on Tuesdays which I’m sure will quickly become my favorite day of the week. Welcome, Anna!

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This centerpiece is based on one that I created for my own wedding. It’s easy to make and can be customized by using different colored tissue paper, patterned paper, fabric flowers, painted branches, and so on. For my wedding I even added little paper animals to the bottom so it become a miniature forest scene. Also, try hanging your table number from one of the branches or inserting it into the bottom of the jar.
At about $7 each these are a great cost-saving alternative to fresh flowers and they can be made far in advance of your wedding. They’re manageable to make alone but will go much faster and will be a lot more fun to create with the help of a friend or a few bridesmaids. Enjoy!

-Anna, RIFLE design

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Supplies:
1. gallon size glass jar; 2. sheet moss; 3. found branches; 4. pom poms; 5. scissors; 6. tissue paper; 7. hot glue gun.

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Fill the bottom of each jar with moss and trim the branches to your desired shape. It’s best to trim the branches after they’ve been placed each jar so that you can see how the centerpiece will take form.

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Cut the tissue paper into 3 different sized circles (try cutting at least 4 sheets at a time to prevent the tissue paper from ripping and to save time).  Download the pdf to print out a template with the circle sizes that I used.

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Create the paper flowers by layering the three sizes on top of each other and then:
1. Pinch the papers underneath with your fingertips in the center of the stack.
2. Gently twist the bottom to start giving the paper it’s floral shape.
3. Smooth out the paper as you go so the petals don’t get wrinkled and continue to twist until you have your desired shape.
4. You should now have a little nub on the underside of the flower from where you were pinching. You will use this to attach the flower to the branch.

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Attach the flowers and berries (pom poms) by dabbing small drops of glue onto the branch with your glue gun. Press the flowers and berries gently to the branch for a few seconds while the glue sets.

Online Resources:

glass jars: Uline
tissue paper: Nashville Wraps
pom poms: local craft store
sheet moss: local craft store or Save on Crafts
branches: your backyard, neighborhood or purchase bundles at Save on Crafts

Total

cost per piece: about $7
prep time: 45 minutes
time per piece: 5-10 minutes

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18 Responses to “DIY: Tissue Paper Garden Centerpieces”

  1. Hannah

    Ive been looking for affordable centerpiece ideas for my rehearsal dinner and this is perfect. Thank you!

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  2. Lauren

    I just fall more in love with this site every time I come. The little pom poms are such a great added detal.

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  3. Haylie Waring

    I love this!! Very sweet. I want to make one for my apt, seeing as how I can’t keep real plants alive.
    Thanks for sharing!!
    P.S. I saw your work at the Renegade Craft Fair and totally fell in love. I met your mom, and she was so sweet and so very proud.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  4. sara.jane

    I’ve been stalking your site for some time now. Love it here :) Not only have I been saving ideas, but now I have a reason to put them to use (and collect more ideas–such as this centerpiece!)…I got engaged on Sunday!! Keep up the good work. Us ladies here need inspiration and guidance through the whole wedding planning process.

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  5. Nancy

    How exciting. I’m looking forward to her projects. Her paper goods are so nice.

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  6. molly987

    i like the idea of hanging a number from one of the branches…chic and rustic.

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  7. Lauren

    I love these. Also, you could just add sand in the jar for a beachy wedding…which is what I think I’m going to do!

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  8. kendall

    I used these flowers for my wedding a few weeks ago! You can also put them in trees and make a garland with them.

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  10. rebecca

    This was my first choice for my wedding centerpieces, but when I made a practice one it looked more deathly and gloomy than the springy look I had in mind. Not sure why! I also found transporting them to be a huge hassle. I ended up sticking flowers into cut limes.

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  11. Emma

    I really would like to know what font is used for that “small” and “medium” writing? I’m seeing that font everywhere and love it, but don’t know what it’s called. Anyone that can help, please?

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