Paper Flower Wall with Amari Yu, Making Memories
Amari Yu and Debbie Siu from Making Memories are masters of the paper flower wall. They have been making these giant beauties for over three years now and they are always a huge conversation piece at weddings and events. Little do people know how many hours are spent making these floral perfections. Amari gives us a little insight into the process, what a beautiful statement piece for any event:
“It takes time!! A lot of people aren’t aware of how much time it is to tackling this project..in general, the large flowers (20”) take about 1 hour each to construct from scratch
You need the right thickness of paper to construct these flowers and it’s costly. You don’t want to use computer paper or else the flower won’t hold its shape and it can get damaged easily. We use 80+lb card-stock and each flower (of course depends on the size) needs 10-20 sheets of paper.
When making these, a hot glue gun is your best friend. The industrial glue guns are the best. Don’t use the dollar store types as the glue might not get hot enough to give a really good bond and your flower petals may fall apart.
To make these, the first step is to create the base, cut the card-stock into your petal shapes, then work from the outside in, sticking down each petal at a time. Don’t get too caught up with how the petals look, the more asymmetrical each petal is, the more realistic and unique your flower will turn out. You will discover different variations just by changing the petal shape, the number of paper sheets and how densely you place your petals.
To transport these creations you make sure you have a large car! Seems obvious but some people overlook this detail. Ours is a free standing 8 x 8 wall so you need the space to transport something that large. Our wall is cut into four 4 x 4 panels for easy assembly.”
The great news is that Amari offers paper flower workshop classes for those of you determined enough to tackle these giant beauties. Please contact her for more information: Making Memories