Paper to Petal: Making an Old Craft New Again

I have been on a crepe paper rose rampage of sorts, ever since I took Lynn Dolan’s class at Castle in the Air last November.  With each rose I make, I learn something new.  And now with my recent purchase of Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, I am tempted to keep myself preoccupied with paper flowers galore.

Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell

Paper to Petal by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell

I have seen other books on how to create your own paper flowers, but what really captivated me about this book is the gorgeous photography of the amazing, fantastical blooms the authors have created.  Their projects reinterpret and re-imagine the traditional craft of making paper flowers, turning the age-old craft on its ear, with their unorthodox use of colors and materials to create blooms that Mother Nature never imagined.

The authors turn nature on its head with brown flowers, complete with black and white Aztec flying arrow leaves,

Oversized brown flower with Aztec flying arrow leaves

green roses with pink foliage,

Garden rose with inverted colors

Garden rose with inverted colors

and pastel beauties with different colored layers of petals.

Rainbow ruffle flowers

Rainbow ruffle flowers

They create their own special paper by painting it to create a speckled look for their flower petals.

Paper flowers with hand painted petals

Paper flowers with hand painted petals

They also create blooms using patterned paper,

White pine and Japanese peony

White pine and Japanese peony

including leftover scraps of gift wrap.

Flower made from scraps of wrapping paper

I just love how the rich, vibrant colors look like candy that pops off the page.

Colorful bouquet of poppies

Colorful bouquet of poppies

Multibloom flowers

Multibloom flowers

Sorbet bouquet

Sorbet bouquet

Other projects featuring the paper blooms are also featured, including leis,

Candle center flower and lei

Candle center flower and lei

garlands,

Garlands of coral bells and flying bluebells

Garlands of coral bells and flying bluebells

wreaths,

Wreath inspired by a wildflower meadow

Wreath inspired by a wildflower meadow

mobiles,

Paper flower mobile

and decorated goody bags.

Goody bags decorated with candy colored blooms

They also mix the faux with the real, like in this log planter:

Paper flower arrangement on log planter

Paper flower arrangement on log planter

After looking at all the eye candy that Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell have provided, you will be inspired to let your imagination take flight and break all the rules of paper flower crafting.

Do you like to make paper flowers?  What materials have you used or liked using to create your blooms? Please share in the comments.

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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4 Responses to Paper to Petal: Making an Old Craft New Again

  1. Van January 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Those are gorgeous! May have to seek this book in the library, I adore paper flowers.

    • Serena January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

      Glad you like them as much as I do :0)

  2. Lori January 28, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    I just bought this book recently, and it is super-inspiring, has lots and lots of templates, and would be a favorite for anyone who is intrigued with idea of making paper flowers. Highly recommended.

    • Serena Y Lee February 2, 2017 at 5:10 am #

      I call it total eye candy! Glad you picked it up :0)

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