How to Make Paper Flowers
We have endless love for florist Livia Cetti's paper flowers, which are handcrafted, incredibly real-looking, and wilt-proof. We snipped a few pages from her latest project, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers
, to show how you can work them into your wedding and enjoy them forever after.
One thing you won't find in Cetti's book? This centerpiece, which she designed especially for us. It features her take on cosmos, roses, lilacs, quince, ranunculus, Japanese anemones, geraniums, peonies, hollyhocks, and delphiniums.
"These all come from a place of loving real flowers' intricacies," says Cetti, who also works with fresh blossoms out of her Bronx, New York, studio, The Green Vase.
Hibiscus Paper Flowers
When just cut, this bloom wilts in a matter of hours, but Cetti's variety is everlasting—and packs a tropical punch in just one bud. "I came up with the idea to dip red and orange crepe paper in bleach to erase some of the color, and kept experimenting with it in my basement," she says. The result? A one-stem wonder that doubles as a home-brightening favor.
Peony Paper Flowers
The good news: These flowers elevate almost any bouquet. The bad? They're only in season during spring and early summer. Cetti's paper versions, however, are available year-round and can be made in any color. They also travel well and, in her words, "are pretty darn realistic-looking."
Paper Flower Crown
"A lot can go wrong when someone wears a real flower wreath," Cetti says. "They can be heavy and fall apart easily." Neither of which is a problem with her romantic cherry blossom and jasmine headpiece. Love it? Check out the full how-to in her book.
Paper Flower Garland
Inspired by holiday garlands draped over mantels, Cetti fashioned this parade of camellias, tree peonies, and citrus and fern leaves to work for any season or celebration. We also think it'd look swell on a ceremony arch or trailing down tables. Another perk: The flowers may be switched up to fit your palette. For Cetti's garland instructions, see her book ($25, abramsbooks.com). You can also order her buds (from $35 each) and bouquets (from $375) at thegreenvase.com.
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