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DIY Project: Creating Paper Grasses

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We simply love paper. It works its way into many of our events in the form of everything from fanciful chandeliers (like the ones we created for a recent wedding in Detroit) to intimate yet complex sculptures created from vintage and antique books (like the ones we created for Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate the launch of our new book The Art of the Party). We have created flower shops worth of paper flowers, but recently we created an intimate dinner with a pared down aesthetic where paper Pennisetum grasses lyrically punctuated a table-scape of canvas-covered books, handmade ceramics, and luminaries wrapped in accordion folded vellum, and I really loved the look. It inspired me to share the grass how-to with all of you today.

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Here’s what you need:

· White paper
· White crepe paper
· White floral wire
· Wire cutters
· White floral corsage tape
· Scissors
· Multi-blade shredding scissors
· Hot glue gun and sticks

1. Cut a 1-inch by 10-inch strip of white paper.
2. Along one edge create a fringe with the shredding scissors.
3. Start at an angle with a drop of hot glue and wrap the strip around the wire.
4. Secure with glue, and cover the transition with corsage tape.
5. Finish off with a crepe paper leaf, a drop of glue and a piece of corsage tape and you’re done.
6. Make multiples and arrange in a vase for a simple “floral” centerpiece.

See all of the steps (and some more finished close-ups) in the gallery below.

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