Friday, May 01, 2009

Aprils Showers: May Flowers

Happy May! If you have missed our series this week on baby and bridal showers, please feel free to take a look back at our week full of inspiration and tips.! Tomorrow was supposed to be our spring party and... it is going to rain! It has not rained at all lately and the one day the skies decide to open is the day that we planned an outdoor picnic! We decided to push it back a week, so I will be sure to share all of the details with you in a few weeks. 

Earlier this week, a reader asked about tips on making crepe paper flowers. The shower is an eco-friendly theme and the bride has requested that the shower attendees make flowers out of crepe paper to use at her reception. I think this is a great idea! I love crafting activities at showers. 

Martha Stewart Weddings has a tutorial online for how to make these beauties:
To make it a little easier, Martha Stewart Crafts sells a Crepe Paper Peony kit on their website. I am not 100% sure, but I believe that you can purchase kits like this at Michaels as well.

If you want some fun gigantic flowers, there is another tutorial on Martha Stewart that shows you how to make these:

I found instructions for a cute crepe paper rose on The Fab Miss B's blog.
I know that these are not crepe paper, but I am a huge fan of Paper Source's paper flower kits:

I was in one of my favorite antique shops in San Clemente the other day and they had these adorable tissue paper balls placed in urns. I think this would be so cute for shower decor! 

Two good places to buy sheets of crepe paper are Blick Art Materials and Crafts Etc. You can also find some more unique colors and textures on Etsy (including this beautiful flirty ruffled crepe paper):

It has been a fun week of showers. I guess the sky just wanted to take part.

Have a great weekend!


Izzy said...

I made the Martha flowers just this week for a baby shower (using baby bottles as vases to hold them) and they were really easy an cute!

Barbara said...

oooh was JUST thinking about that! paper flowers... exactly where my brain was 15 min ago (daydreaming of course) . That would be wonderful for the rehearsal dinner! this series has been fun and cute.
rain rain go away.

Barbara said...

hmmmm...too bad mexico is a no-no right now.....we used to get gorgeous big paper flowers down there.......many many moons ago

Lndzco said...

Do you live in Southern California? I LOVE your site and was wondering if you could recommend some of your favorite stores to shop at.

Stacy said...

Thanks, Courtney! I knew about the Martha kits but was having an issue sourcing the crepe paper. I really appreciate your site. Did I mention you are personally responsible for my love of all things Cricut?! Great job, big blog hug!
~ Stacy ~

Michelle @ My Wedding Report said...

I'm so sad the series is over! I loved every part of it. What is the next series? :)

Joyful Weddings and Events said...

You are so welcome Stacy! I am glad I could help. I'd love to see photos when you are done with the shower! And I am beyond honored to be responsible for your relationship with a cricut. :)

Michelle- I don't know yet. I'm thinking about it today! I am really liking doing a series at a time. I do have a few real wedding posts coming up.

Lndzco- In Orange County, I love Nice & Easy in downtown San Clemente, Paper Source in Costa Mesa & Timeless Treasures in RSM. In San Diego, there is Paper Source in Carlsbad (right next to Anthropologie- bad news for me!), & Paper Tales in Point Loma. I just heard great things about The Shepardess in Old Town as well. There is a super cute little antique store in Escondido I love as well, but I don't remember the name.

Ashley said...

flirty ruffled crepe paper?! didn't even know you could imagine such a thing! What does one do with this... phenomenon?

lisalyn said...

I just found your lovely blog and have added it to my list of blogs I view for inspiration.
Thank you for sharing! :)