DIY Centerpiece: How to make one with real looking paper flowers? | architectural compendium

If you’re hosting a holiday event this year, you probably have a lot on your plate. That’s why a DIY flower and foliage centerpiece can be such a time saver. Once you make the flower arrangement, you never have to worry about it withering away. Just store and pull out each holiday season. To help you along the way, AD called Sara Kim, founder and designer of Handmade by Sarah Kim in Riverside, California, who has been designing paper flowers for bridal and other events for more than 10 years. “Paper flowers are always a talking point for me,” says Kim.

The easiest DIY centerpiece you might expect will be a point of interest when guests gather around the holiday table. Wait until you tell them it’s made with materials you can find around the house, like craft paper (or brown paper bags), hot glue, and floral wire. The best part? It is infinitely customizable. Change the color of the leaves and flowers to suit your Christmas decorating tastes. Here, Kim shares the process with a step-by-step tutorial for a floral garland centerpiece that will make your party even more Instagrammable.

To make a DIY centerpiece, you will need:

Step 1: Cut out leaves

For a textured look, Sara Kim paints white paper with brown watercolors.

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Sharp scissors make all the difference.

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Gather your supplies and find a clean, flat area to work. Start by making the brown leaves. Use a pencil to trace the design onto brown craft paper. Kim sells a leaf stencil, or for a more natural look, trace the leaves outside. Once you have the shapes for your leaves, you’ll want to layer several layers of paper under each template. Use sharp scissors to carefully cut along the pattern. Once you have all the leaves, the amount depends on the size of your centerpiece, fold each leaf down the center to add texture.

Step 2 – Assembling the Sheets

Cut the wire to length to make a stem.

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Combine multiple sheets into one piece.

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Cut the floral wire into different lengths to make branches for the leaves. Then, glue each wire to the center of a leaf with a small amount of white glue. Repeat as necessary. When you have five to seven individual leaves, fuse them together by twisting the wires together, staggering the leaves as necessary, to form a branch. Play around with the shape and bend the wire to fit. Repeat so that you have enough branches to run the length of your table.

Step 3: Design the Flower Pieces

A touch of pink watercolor paint makes the flowers look more realistic.

Photo: Yulia Morris

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