So a couple months ago, I strolled into LUXE Creative‘s offices to visit my friend Martin and ask for some lighting advice for an exhibit. I walked out with my advice, plus the possibility of a project to create an immense paper flower wall for a wedding. I had never done one before, nor had I ever made a paper flower, but I thought this would be something fun and different to do.
Now, four months later, I finally finished up! LUXE Creative was doing work for the wedding that was planned by Shari Zatman of Perfectly Planned in Pittsburgh. We were set to install at the Heinz History Center. I began work immediately, and looked at a number of patterns other DIY makers had used. I also trusted my Cricut Explore for a little help too- it’s a cutting machine but it also comes with a number of cutting inspiration patterns. In the end, I created my own flower designs that worked for this particular wall. It is also entirely handcut, which is what sets it apart from anything else you’ll find out there. I’ll post those later this week! Let me just say, Martin, his team, and I put in some intense hours during install day. There were many bumps in the road, but I was extra confident and determined to make this the most beautiful thing in the room, well besides the bride of course!
Here it is, standing at 12 ft high x 20 ft long (original designs called for it to be 16 ft high) and over 100 lbs in weight thanks to the amount of paper. It took four months of cutting every single day, except for one week where I ended up slicing a hole through my finger (ugh).
Martin and I looking at our paper and light work.
Putting on finishing touches
Once the sun was almost down, I could finally see how beautiful the wall would look
Attempting to rest my legs while on the Lift
more last minute hot glue touches!
So that’s that! This year has handed me two huge projects and I am so proud to say that no matter what my health threw at me (after install I wasn’t able to walk for a day because of circulatory problems in my legs), I got the job done! I have to thank everyone who helped me along the way, because one person can never handle anything alone. Thanks to everyone, xoxoxoxoxo