Besides pastel handbags, one of our favorite hallmarks of the spring season is watching the cherry blossoms unfurl. The pretty pink flowers herald the coming of warm weather, beach days, and long holiday weekends but, sadly, they don't last that long. At least, until now.
Thanks to paper-crafter extraordinaire Livia Cetti, we found a way to make sure the cherry blossoms never wither. Cetti is the Beyoncé of paper flowers: She’s the current reigning paper craft queen, conjuring delicate, beautiful blossoms out of tissue paper and wire. Cetti's Pinterest-worthy designs have appeared in Kate Spade campaigns, Anthropologie windows, the White House, and InStyle editorials.
And now, the renowned floral stylist is inviting you into her studio and dishing her secret tips and techniques in her book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers ($19; amazon.com). Cetti generously shared the how-to on creating paper cherry blossoms, one of her favorite DIYs. This craft is a particularly beautiful because it melds the organic with the whimsical. “If you attach (paper flowers) to real branches, you still get the natural gesture and feel of plants,” Cetti writes.
Ready to bring a bit of spring indoors? Get started now.