A fresh crop of Spring release interior design books has arrived and with it came this charmingly photographed and inspirational how-to book of the works of paper flowers artist Suzi McLaughlin. THE PAPER FLORIST: Create and Display Stunning Paper Flowers (Kyle Books, April 2019) offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these amazing floral creations using simple tools and paper.
Look at this amazing cherry blossom wall hanging! A simple branch found in the woods covered with paper cherry blossoms. It’s so pretty isn’t it!
Can’t you just imagine using these flowers as decorations for a wedding. So sweet and so artistic.
And really, it doesn’t take much in the way of supplies unlike a lot of craft hobbies. Just some patience.
So, while I’m not personally in the market for a new hobby (my decoupage has been languishing since Christmas!) I thought I’d test out the instructions and do a little bit of paper flower making. The book includes handy templates which you can photocopy and cut out.
I made this sweet ranunculus, which is one of my absolute favorite flowers. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I didn’t completely finish these paper flowers – I didn’t secure them or add stems. But for the purposes of quickly trying them out, I thought this came out pretty well for a first attempt!
Can you guess what kind of paper I used?
Ben Moore to the rescue!
Yep, I dipped in to my large paint chip supply box for this experiment.
Suzi McLaughlin doesn’t appear to have a website, but she does have an active Instagram account with lots of pretty projects and also her adorable babies. BTW, the French language version of the book is called FLEURS THÉRAPIE – which I think is so perfect. Craft projects have such therapeutic benefits – from the calmness of the process to the satisfaction of the outcome. It’s a time to just “be” which I find so important. Even if the results aren’t perfect – that’s okay. A beautiful result is an honorable goal but it’s the benefits lie in the process of getting there.
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2 thoughts on “The Paper Florist: Stunning Paper Flowers by Suzi McLaughlin”
Hello Linda, Congratulations on your talented work on these flowers. I don’t have the patience or the talent for crafts, but sometimes I run across odd Victorian ones–they had their own ideas about what to decorate their homes with. Some are attractive, but some (like woven hair wreaths) have more of a horror-fascination to them.
Hi Jim – thanks! That one little flower was fun, but my patience is more to things that go a little faster, which is why I don’t knit. Too slow! And yes, those Victorian’s really had some odd little interests didn’t they?