It all started at The Grand Marketplace, I saw this simple paper flower garland and snapped a couple of photos.
Then we spent Thanksgiving in Spokane, WA, visiting my family. While enjoying lunch at an old favorite restaurant we got to chatting with the server. One thing lead to another and he mentioned a shop called Anemone, they make paper flowers. Later that day we went to check it out.
Only it wasn't where he said it was, a bakery is there now. However...they did have paper flowers on display.
The person working the late shift knew nothing about Anemone, or the flowers.
Thankfully Google did!
But the shop was closed. Of course that didn't stop me from peering in the window.
And taking photos, even though I knew they'd be bad.
Anemone...the next time I'm in Spokane I'm so there! In the meantime they have a great webshop - check it out!
Okay, fast forward a month or so and Alison posted about her paper flower craps (not a typo) and linked to this tutorial. Then I went shopping on Amazon (used, of course) and bought a book. Hey it was January and there was no gardening in sight (rain, rain, rain, rain)...what's a gardener to do!?
The book is great, tons of inspiration. However I wasn't so much into painful recreating of realistic flowers...I was happy with the basic flower shape created in the tutorial Alison linked to. Time to get to work...
Ya, I hear you wondering..."What paper is she using?"...Don't be a hater. I've had this (very used) book for 3 years. It was falling apart when I bought it, I've framed many pages and given away more. It was time to make use of the others
I made jumbo flowers. Why? Because as you may have guessed I planned to make a paper flower wreath. And you know what? These things take time...a lot of time. I figured big ones would fill the wreath shape faster.
Of course this is me doing the creating so it's not all about the flowers, I needed to make some foliage shapes too...
It was a cloudy afternoon and I was working indoors. The colors are off considerably.
I hot-glued the flowers onto the wreath form as a place to start.
And then quickly realized if I wasn't going to hate this creation then I needed to make a few smaller flowers to intersperse with the bigs. Here's one underway...
And three of them done.
The Philodendron leaves go in...
Fast forward (taking in-progress photos can be a drag when you're in the creative "zone") to the finished project on the front door...
The green door isn't the best backdrop but still, I love it.
In addition to the Philodendron leaves there were also 3 other leaf shapes and the brown curls of what I've always called Monkey Tail Fern...I'm sure they have a botanical name but I don't know it.
The paper pages from the book were thick and brittle, which didn't lend themselves to clean cuts and folds. I don't mind.
Also I didn't manage to stick to one way of cutting and folding. Every flower is different.
I wanted to show you how tall (thick? deep?) the wreath is.
It's odd...definitely odd. But I love it.
This paper flower thing is a lot of work. I don't know how the professional florists do it (and they really do...it's a thing, and there are a lot of them).
I hope you can humor me, I've got one more idea burning away in my mind. Must. Make. After that...I think I'll be done with the paper flower thing...
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