[EDIT: I have pulled this post from the archives to link up with Katie for her "Saw it, Pinned it, Did it" series! Check out the button for a whole slew of great (non-weddingy) DIY's as well!]
This is easily my most favorite DIY to date.
I was browsing Pinterest (surprise, surprise) the other night and saw this pin for a rosette flower ball tutorial:
I LOVE the look of "flower balls" but since the only real flowers we're doing are the bouquets, I had forgot about the possibility of doing a faux one.
In addition, I knew I didn't want to do much, if anything, to the church in terms of decorations because it's so beautiful and ornate on its own.
When I saw this pin, I had the perfect affordable decorations for the church, that could be moved to the ceremony (aaannnddd sold after the whole shabang ;-) )
I did it a little bit different than the tutorial, so here's how it went:
1. Cut about 1 1/2 to 2 feet of streamer and crumple it up.
2. Fold the streamer ENTIRELY in half (instead of 1/3 like the tutorial)
3. Start rolling up the rosette. This is the part of these tutorials that used to make me angry at the author, because they say "just play with it until it looks right".. but really, that's all you do.
4. I started adding tiny dots of hot glue as I rolled to hold it together, about 1 ever 3 rolls or so, instead of just at the very end like the tutorial said. I found it kept its shape better, AND I could keep the rolls loser that way and fuller looking, without it falling apart. Just roll, and twist the streamer around as you roll
5. Add a spot of hot glue at the very end to hold the entire rosette together.
6. (I actually never took a photo, but I took about 6 inches of ribbon, folded it in half, and glued it to the foam ball)
6.5. Start gluing the rosettes to the foam
7. Add burlap bow (that I also made) to the top! (If ya'll are really that interested, I can post a tutorial on the bow too.
Mmmmmmmm I am SO in love with this. I used EXACTLY one roll of streamer for this ball (it's a 6 inch foam ball too, if I recall that correctly).
I'm doing 4 of these for down the aisle. 2 on each side. aaannndd in the middle of each foam ball, I'm making "hanging frames". So, basically, imagine a picture frame where the flower ball is, and that's what the frames are. Bow, and ribbon on top, and all. I'm going to put some engagement photos in them then, too.
Hope you like!
aaannnddd tonight is the 2nd MN Blogger HH! I'm pretty excited to get to hang out again, and not be in a bar-induced-scrubbed-out-daze, like last time. AND paint a pretty pretty painting of the stone arch, which will go perfectly in our "MN/MN sports/sports themed" basement!