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The gluing of wire to stem was actually not the most annoying part of these. That was annoying simply because I lack the patience to wait for glue to dry. The next step in construction was a little painful in a different way. The muscle in the meat of my hand was cramping up as I was pinching the stems together & wrapping them with floral tape. If my hand hadn’t cramped up, it most likely would have been a breeze. I would definitely recommend the kit to anyone who might have had an inkling to try it. The instructions are clear and it’s really not all that difficult. If I were going to purchase another kit, however, I would definitely go with the smaller size. The Giant Magnolia kit flowers did turn out quite pretty though.
And then there were my own original attempts of construction without a kit for the centerpieces at the wedding.
I don’t often delve into paper craft. Not anything with glue anyway. Or trimming really (I can’t cut straight to save my life). Cranes, yes. Cards printed with a Gocco, yes. Cutting up bits of paper & gluing it all together…not so much.
I am planning on making a bunch of paper flowers for our April wedding (I love how they look & how much they cost). I bought a kit from Papersource just for testing purposes; to understand how they structured theirs so I could decide how to modify it for production on a much larger scale. Turns out Papersource adorable paper flowers are a pain in the ass. But I bet it’s going to look dang pretty when they’re done.
The pattern is relatively clear though I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use a full length of the wire per petal OR cut it in half. So I cut them in half, at least for this one flower.
Papersource suggests this stuff as a gluing agent. But I decided to go to JoAnn’s & grab some ModPodge. Truth be told, I’ve never used Mod Podge before. Ever. But I’ve always (ever since I can remember anyway) coveted it. For some reason, in my six-year-old head, it was the end-all-be-all of crafty gooeyness. I guess I will see if I was right when those petals finish drying. I’ll be following up this post with a finished product shot and more muddling madness soon.