For the past week I’ve been thinking very hard about the table decoration for the wedding. I’m leaning towards the baby’s breath shown in this post, but my bf seems to be leaning towards this look:
Well, in the same post, I mentioned about an exhibition created by the Pom Poms factory where they used pink pom poms as cherry blossoms and it looked Ah-mazing.
So I thought, why not try that? And I did. So here is the work in progress:
I think it’s 5 out of 10, for few reasons.
1. Branch is not thick and dynamic enough. It angles in such odd ways but that’s all that could find in the park;
2. I think a longer round glass vase would work better for this type of decoration as oppose to a small rectangular vase;
3. Last but not least, there needs to be MORE POM POMS.
But you know, this girl has got other things to do….like watching movies and napping. Anyway, here is my journey photographed.
So I first cut them up into small rectangles about 5cm x 10cm, then folded them like a fan. To help me tie it together I used a peg, and then tied it together using those sandwich bag wires.
Then I opened up on both sides of the fan, to pull each tissue towards the centre.
Well, here are the 2 lessons I learnt:
1. USE GOOD TISSUE PAPER
My tissue paper was so think and brittle when I pull it towards the centre I kept tearing off pieces of it.
2. DON’T USE TOO MUCH PAPER
To give the really dense look that peonies and the Pom Pom factory had, I thought I’ll just use LOTS AND LOTS of paper. Well, it was so much that I couldn’t pull towards the centre as a result of the crease and it kept tearing.
Frustrated by the lack of cooperation coming from the paper flower, I decided to cut my loss. So I took out all the damaged paper and reduced to half of what I originally had:
Luckily, it was a GREAT decision and this is what I came up with:
Yes, it looks like a scrunched up tissue. But it’s MY scrunched up tissue. Following this success, I tried with some pink paper pom poms which I ordered online:
Looks better than the white eh?
The great thing about the pink one is that it was obviously done by a professional company, so they had better tissue paper and longer wires. So pulling each tissue apart was much easier than that of the white (which was truly DIY). On top of that, I made a larger pink pom pom which I then used scissors to trim down. Actually, you should really think about that if you decide to create a much more realistic and organic paper pom pom.
I found that when I trimmed it down, it looked more realistic because real flowers are never neat and straight edged. They all had their own little flaws, so my quick trimming gave the pom pom a little life.
Will I be using this at the wedding? I’m not sure. It takes a lot of time and it’s definitely a lot of work. Even though most of the paper pom poms can be DIY but it takes a lot of time.
Anyhow, I will definitely keep working on this and I’ll be sure to show you the end product. Let me know what you think.
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