Tons of paper flower inspiration for your wedding (or paper anniversary!)

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OBB1 alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

By Robot in Bloom

Coffee filters, origami, newsprint — all find their way into crafty hands for paper flower bouquets, centerpieces, and decor. If you're choosing paper flowers for budget reasons, are super crafty, want to inject some literary love into your wedding, or whatever, there are tons of choices. Hell, don't forgot about the first year paper anniversary! You could do an homage to that tradition in the form of flowers. We've already featured some amazing alternatives to ye olde living flora and fauna, but we're rounding up our paper choices for your handmade and alternative material inspiration.

Paper flower centerpieces

Karin's sixty paper flower centerpieces, seen here en masse, were all hand-folded! Crafty lass.

Check out Erin and Sam's Dia de los Muertos-inspired colorful tissue paper flowers. They injected a little Halloween and masquerade influence too.

Kimberly made these amazing colored coffee filter centerpieces! She said, “Afterwards we gave most of them to the nurses in the oncology unit — fresh flowers aren't allowed!”

The books I made for my maids to carry and the crepe paper roses I made for the chapel
Purty book and paper flowers for the bridesmaids at Kim's wedding. Plus the giant, gorgeous crepe paper flowers in shades of blue.

Paper flower bouquets

3 Bouquet
Cath's pink and book paper rose bouquet was made by Bookworm Eats Flower. So literate and purty.

2 Paper Flowers
And check out Cath's husband Iain's boutonnière version.

Detail of bouquet
Heidi's clean and crisp white paper flower bouquet was made by Becca Mari. When there is craftsmanship like this you can keep them forever.

Tara lost her friend Brian, who she would have had walk her down the aisle. She memorialized him by adding his picture to her paper flower bouquet. It was a lovely tribute. Read more here.

Bride Bouquet
Katie's blue, black, and white bouquet was made by her friend Kellie.
It's a little bling-y, a little steampunk, and a lot gorgeous.

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Petal Products crafts paper roses and other flora out of all kinds of materials like novels, comic book pages, maps, and sheet music (as shown here).

White and blue origami flowers abound at Becky's winter wedding. She even had them on her cake!

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If you love this French novel flower bouquet, you'll love the tutorial. Acrylic paint, pipe cleaners, and a novel will get you started.

Kimberly made these DIY bouquets from maps, which makes them pop with color. Ya'll know I love these kusudama paper flowers.

my DIY bouquet
Hand-folded, hand-painted origami flowers made from lots of sources. Vintage rhinestones, typewriter keys, and clock gears adorn the middle of the flowers, all handmade by Tribe member PsychoFaerie.

my bouquet
Nicole made these flowers from repurposed filter papers that were used in her lab. She says, “I went with my favourite colour: Rainbow.” 🙂

Here are some other paper and non-floral inspiration posts and DIY tutorials to peruse:

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Comments on Tons of paper flower inspiration for your wedding (or paper anniversary!)

  1. I now wish I’d gone with paper flowers for my bouquet and convinced my mum we could use them for decor instead of the live flowers. So… pretty… and I could still have them. *sniffle* Perhaps for our paper anniversary!

  2. I am making all our flowers out of fabric, so I really appreciate these kinds of posts. I have a tough time picking my fav out of all these … I kept scrolling and saying “Ohhh, that’s my favorite …. no, that one is my favorite … GAH, THAT’S my favorite!!!” They are all amazing!

  3. I’m really love the whole paper flower thing. They look so pretty and the colors are always so bright and fun.

  4. Posts like this one make me happy that I chose paper flowers instead of fresh ones. When you go paper the possibilities never end!

  5. I was totally ready to freak the f#*$ out if there weren’t tutorials. I am making all of my flowers out of fabric, but now a few newsprinty paper ones need to be thrown in the mix.

  6. ohmygosh I love paper flowers, I want them for my wedding too. These are amazing! More possibilities than I thought were possible! !!!

  7. My entire wedding decor is being made with paper. My bouquet is paper flowers and buttons, my centerpieces are paper mustaches on sticks, I have flower arrangements to be placed throughout the venue as decor, and I made all of my invitations as well. I am also making the girls that are helping me with my wedding paper hair flowers as a thank you that they get to wear at the wedding! 🙂 We are getting married in a Tim burton- esque venue, and our wedding is a Rockabilly wedding 3 days before Halloween, so we want it to be fun and different and a little wacky but not tacky!

  8. I too am using paper bouquets for myself, maid of honor, and flower girl (she’s just walking down the aisle with the smallest version of what I have and is super excited to have it to keep!). I couldn’t imagine using flowers that were going to die within a few days and LOVE the fact that our bouquets are made out of vintage wine dictionaries as I can be a bit of a word snob and wine snob! I found it on etsy (, however I found tons of tutorials on the web as I considered crafting my own as well as major amounts of other etsy sellers with them. I love this trend!!

  9. I love the book flowers, but I just can’t bring myself to destroy a book like that. Just can’t do it. *sadface*

  10. Just wanted to thank you for being part of the inspiration that helped my sister and I create unique alternative floral arrangements for her wedding. We pinned several of your ideas.
    We weren’t able to use them all for the wedding, but as event planners we’ll be trying others in the future!

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