Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

March 20, 2012

It is no secret that I love the things that springtime brings… From cheery blooms to blades of fresh grass, plants on the balcony, flowering branches in a vase — all of these things inspire me endlessly. I passed by blossoming magnolia in a flower shop yesterday and my heart did flip flops as I was reminded of my childhood in South Carolina and how much I anticipated the bloom of the magnolias each Spring during my birthday (I was born on March 21 – tomorrow!). I enjoy bringing nature into the home and since today is the first day of Spring for this year at least, it’s a nice time to talk about flowers isn’t it?

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

In some parts of the world, a freshly picked daffodil from your garden won’t be a reality for some time. You may (like me) be turning to your favorite flower shop for budding branches and blossoming blooms. There are other options though of the paper kind that perhaps you’ve not given much consideration to. In fact, I encourage you to play with flowers that are fresh and those that are faux – even mix them in your vases, and see what you can come up with that is creative and as fresh as springtime.

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

Granted, you may find the silk variety a bit ‘grandma’ but have you considered faux outside of silk, namely paper flowers? Whether they be crepe, tissue, scrap, wrapping, vintage or even wallpaper leftovers… you can make your own gorgeous flowers using paper quite easily. There are plenty of kits in craft stores for this with pre-cut blooms or you can try your hand at the myriads of tutorials on sites like Martha Stewart, for instance. There’s a great coffee filter flower how-to currently on their crafting blog that could easily be translated into some kind of fun tabletop arrangement if you’d like.

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

Another option, especially if you are pressed for time or lack patience altogether to fuss with flower making, is to buy paper blooms pre-made. This is where Helen Frances, illustrator and paper artist for Frances & Francis in London, can help you. She just launched several new paper bouquets in her Etsy shop made of paper mixed with real twigs and branches for the stems. I think they are beautiful and adore that they can be reused, repurposed and can last for years if you need them too. Sure, they may not provide a fresh fragrance to the air, but that’s what room spray or those wonderful Diptyque candles from Paris come in, right? :)

Gorgeous and so inspiring, right!?

(images: Helen Frances)


  • Reply ANETTESHUS March 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Wow! These are just gorgeous!


  • Reply Jane March 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Right, on both counts, Holly! *Sigh*. They are divine. It might be time for a little crafting here on Planet Baby tomorrow…J x

  • Reply Rona March 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing Holly!

    I adore the images you’ve featured of Helen’s beautiful paper flowers. I’d not come across her before…so will investigate further.

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday tomorrow :-).

    Rona x

  • Reply Samira March 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    wow!! I love this post!! beautiful!

  • Reply Amy Fountain March 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    wow, pretty home decor!

  • Reply Zane March 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    they are so pretty

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang March 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Happy, happy birthday tomorrow! I’m a March birthday, too!

  • Reply This Sydney Life March 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    These are so gorgeous (especially given my knack for murdering real blooms)

    Have a Happy birthday!!!

  • Reply Carmen @ Forgotten Fancies March 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    They are beautiful! I can imagine filling every corner of my house with paper flowers! Great find!

    Hope you’ll have a happy happy birthday tomorrow. x

  • Reply Bonnie McCarthy March 21, 2012 at 12:02 am

    This is a beautiful shoot against the gray! Hello Spring!

  • Reply lavannya March 21, 2012 at 4:15 am


  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente March 21, 2012 at 7:08 am

    SO in love with her work! I asked her if she does custom work & if she could make me a big ole forsythia bloom! Wouldn’t that be great? Thanks for sharing this hunnie!

  • Reply Ronnie March 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Absolutely beautiful – love that last bouquet sooo much!
    Ronnie xo

  • Reply Laura K Aiken March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (from greenville sc)

  • Reply Taca Tuca March 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Love these flowers! Need to make them by my own for the next decoration…

  • Reply Sarina March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    wow. these are amazing. I am bookmarking these for a rainy day…will brighten things up! thank you. xoxoxo

  • Reply Sarina March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    wow. these are amazing. I am bookmarking these for a rainy day…will brighten things up! thank you. xoxoxo

  • Reply Laura March 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    These look stunning and so spring like! Have just created some dyed easter eggs for my table centre piece. Laura xx

  • Reply Claire Thomas March 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Your paper flowers are really inspirational and even more beautiful than real ones in their own way. I too will be making them on a rainy day!

  • Reply chetna June 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I am unable to find tutorials for the craft (flower creation). Can u pls help me?


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