Make It Yourself: A Spring Bouquet of Paper Cherry Blossoms
Livia 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 (most importantly) InStyle editorials.
From romantic orchids to exotic Japanese anemones, no one can create fabulous paper flowers like Cetti can. . . until now! The renowned floral stylist is inviting you into her studio and dishing her secret tips and techniques in her new book The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers ($25; abramsbooks.com). The book will be released April 8th but, to ease the wait, Cetti generously shared one of her favorite DIYs with us: cherry blossoms.
Bring spring indoors with Livia Cetti’s paper cherry blossoms.
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 in her book.
Bring a bit of spring indoors and get started now! And be sure to check out other crafty projects, as well as a number of under-a-minute hair and makeup video tutorials, in our new how-to section!
What You’ll Need
Small zigzag scissors
Fringing shears (optional)
Brown floral tape
12” (30.5 cm) long bare branch, any type
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Two 3” x 20” (7.5 x 50 cm) strips raspberry, salmon, or fuchsia tissue paper
For Cherry Bud Balls
20” x 30” (50 x 76 cm) sheet raspberry, salmon, or fuchsia tissue paper
For Cherry Centers
5 double-headed yellow stamen filaments
2” x 20” (5 x 50 cm) strip soft green tissue paper
Step 1: Prepare Materials
For the bud balls, cut two 1” x 1” (2.5 x 2.5 cm) squares and two 2” x 2” (5 x 5 cm) squares from the tissue strip. Construct 2 small bud balls by crumpling up a piece of tissue paper (1” x1”; 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm), then completely wrapping the ball with one piece of outer later tissue paper taking care to create a smooth, wrinkle-free surface. Firmly grasping the paper edges, use brown floral tape around the base to complete.
For the centers, fold the 2” x 20” (5 x 50 cm) strip in half lengthwise and cut y” (12 mm) fringe along the folded edge. Cut the fringed strip into five 2” (5 cm) pieces. Fold a double-headed yellow stamen filament in half. Tack it together with a y” (12 mm) piece of brown floral tape. Wrap the green fringe around the stamen, positioning the fringe so that the stamen extends y” (12 mm) above the fringe. Secure the fringe with floral tape. Repeat to make a total of 5 centers.
Step 2: Shape Petals
Repeat with the remaining petals. Gently pinch the base of each petal to give it a cupped appearance.
Step 3: Start Assembling Blooms
Step 4: Finish Assembling Blooms
Repeat with the remaining petals and centers to make a total of 5 blooms, varying the amount of fluffing so that some blooms are more open than others for a more natural look.
Step 5: Trim Flowers
Step 6: Prepare Branches and Glue Blooms
Place a small amount of hot glue on the base of a bloom. Working quickly, hold the bloom to the branch while glue dries.