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Freshly Picked Paper Flowers

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?

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

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.

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

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.

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

Paper Flowers by Helen Frances

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)

Posted by decor8 in inspiration on March 20, 2012

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  1. ANETTESHUS commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 12:28pm

    Wow! These are just gorgeous!

    xx
    ANETTE
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  2. Jane commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 12:36pm

    Right, on both counts, Holly! *Sigh*. They are divine. It might be time for a little crafting here on Planet Baby tomorrow…J x
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  3. Rona commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 1:11pm

    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

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  4. Samira commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 1:17pm

    wow!! I love this post!! beautiful!
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  5. Amy Fountain commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 2:11pm

    wow, pretty home decor!

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  6. Zane commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 9:08pm

    they are so pretty
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  7. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 9:47pm

    Happy, happy birthday tomorrow! I’m a March birthday, too!
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  8. This Sydney Life commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 9:47pm

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

    Have a Happy birthday!!!
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  9. Carmen @ Forgotten Fancies commented
    March 20th, 2012 at 10:25pm

    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
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  10. Bonnie McCarthy commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 12:02am

    This is a beautiful shoot against the gray! Hello Spring!
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  11. lavannya commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 4:15am

    LOVE THESE….. SO MUCH…
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  12. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 7:08am

    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!
    xo
    Melis
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  13. Ronnie commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 1:37pm

    Absolutely beautiful – love that last bouquet sooo much!
    Ronnie xo
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  14. Laura K Aiken commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 7:56pm

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (from greenville sc)

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  15. Taca Tuca commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 11:17pm

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

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  16. Sarina commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 11:18pm

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

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  17. Sarina commented
    March 21st, 2012 at 11:18pm

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

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  18. Laura commented
    March 22nd, 2012 at 1:44pm

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

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  19. Claire Thomas commented
    March 22nd, 2012 at 3:46pm

    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!

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  20. chetna commented
    June 13th, 2014 at 2:15pm

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

    Rgds
    Chetna

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