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Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers (Paperback)

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By Sophie Longhurst
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781526784667
Published: 16th November 2021



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The delicate art of paper flower craft has been around for centuries, originating in China in 100BC. Since then, the art has remained a powerful tool in calming the mind and encouraging a slower pace of life.

Whatever your background, lifestyle or commitments, this book contains projects to nurture your personal skill set. Step-by-step instructions and inspiring illustrations will guide you through the process from start to finish.

Paper crafting is an accessible hobby that can be easily practised at home by everyone of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a rewarding activity to share with your children, or something to help you unwind after a long workday, paper flower crafting is a perfect choice.

Use your newfound skills to create your own decorations for display or pleasure, and discover the wonder of nature in all its glorious detail by paying special attention to the colouring, textures and intricate details of your projects.

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Crafts Beautiful

Adored the introduction tip in this book – ‘My number one tip when you start paper flower making is not to rush’. Slow enjoyment of the creative process sounds amazing. I also like the fact that this book is intended as more of an inspiration rather than as an exact ‘how to” as everyone will have an individual result. However, the templates at the end of the book make this craft feel more accessible to a beginner.

Beautiful illustrations throughout and a very clear list of materials. I can’t actually believe that some of these flowers are not real! My favourites are the poppies and floribunda roses. And who knew you could make replica Rowan berries from clay?

I have ordered my materials and look forward to some slow crafting in my future…

5 stars

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GoodReads, Crystalrainbow

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers by Sophie Longhurst is a great addition to any crafter's bookshelf. It provides thorough instruction, with brilliant and beautiful accompanying photos. This book gives crafters something new to discover, but also a great look-book to explore and find their own inspiration.

NetGalley, Christopher Sean Waters

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Craft Focus

As featured in House & Garden, ‘How to make paper hellebores’. See the feature here.

House & Garden

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A beautifully illustrated book and a great introduction to the art of paper flower making. It is full of bright ideas and clear instructions with many inspiring projects to get started. As a flower arranging and watercolour artist this book ticks all the right boxes for me. Highly recommended as a perfect gift for crafters of all ages and abilities.

NetGalley, E Rutherford

•The flowers this book teaches you to craft are really lovely! They do look quite realistic & elegant. I’ve never learned how to make paper flowers like this before (only some origami style ones), so I found this an interesting & helpful reference book.

•The writer includes some tips & tricks for beginners, such as how to smooth out crepe paper without tearing it, using different types of glue, etc. Those are things I wouldn’t have known on my own, nor where to learn them from another source, so I appreciated them.

•The instructions are written clearly, & color photos are included as reference for each type of flower. At the back of the book are patterns for tracing to help you cut accurate shapes for the different components.

NetGalley, Hope S

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is absolutely incredible. The detail and beauty of the flowers is astonishing. I had no idea that such gorgeous flower could be crafted from paper. I must say the author makes it look so easy but I'm sure considerable patients and practicing would be involved. Nevertheless the effort is obviously worth it. Thus book would make an excellent gift.

NetGalley, Richelle Rodarte

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant crafters' guide to making wonderful paper flowers. Lovely for decoration and embellishment.

NetGalley, Katie Smith

I love reading books about crafting and DIY. The photographs in this book are absolutely stunning and the flowers are extremely lifelike. It’s hard to believe that they aren’t real.

NetGalley, Kelly Jayne Lazell

I feel like this book would teach you enough about making paper flowers that you could easily start your own projects with the skills learned.

NetGalley, Ramie Pace

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The paper flowers pictured in this book prove that exquisite copies of natural flowers can be made from paper. There is a serious amount of crafting and practice that goes into this art form but the results are fantastic. The author has laid out the process from the supplies needed, the tools and skills needed and the instructions for many types of flowers needed to create gorgeous creations of your own. The steps are well photographed and explained. This is not a quick craft, it is a serious commitment to a new art. I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the craft but also got a very realistic idea of the dedication it would take to come close to the author's perfection. She does give the reader the tools they need to get started. They only need to make the investment and practice ,practice practice!!!

NetGalley, cynde suite

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Whitby Gazette

This is the perfect book to guide you through crafting paper flowers. The pictures are very authentic and beautiful. With each paper flower comes clear step-for-step instructions. You just need a trip to the craft store and this book to guide you. It gives tips on what material and tools you should use, and what techniques to learn in order to create life-like paper flowers.

I was always fascinated by the beauty and look of flowers, but due to allergies I rarely have them around me. With a bit of delicacy and craftiness, we can recreate some of the very pretty flowers by using simple crafting tools and paper. I recommend this book to creative people who like crafting and flowers, I also think this book will make a great gift for crafters and creative people.

NetGalley, Lara Tomme

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is an exceptionally pretty book full of inspiration and amazingly realistic papercrafted flowers which are actually honestly authentically realistic. The tutorials are arranged in increasing intricacy (roughly) and the book begins with general techniques and directions, tools, supplies, and tips for getting the best results. The intro is followed by 20 fully illustrated tutorials for specific flowers with step by step directions (and lots and lots of clear colour photos). The author has also included a number of good tips for arranging and -using- the flowers after they're created.

Full size templates are included with the book. There are no stockists listed, but most well stocked crafts/hobby/arts type stores will carry most of the supplies called for in the tutorials.

Really beautiful flowers which really look authentic. Elegant and understated.

Five stars. This would make a great selection for makers groups, hobbyists, creative types who are interested in paper sculpting, as well as public or school library acquisition.

NetGalley, Annie Buchanan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a craft I was not very familiar with, but upon seeing the images of these gorgeous paper flowers, I could not help but work my way through this book. Sophie Longhurst has taken an old craft and made it something new. These flowers look unbelievably lifelike and the possibilities are endless. If you are a crafty person, I recommend you introduce yourself to this craft. In this book, you will find beautiful pictures, detailed instructions, and plenty of tips and tricks to craft these pieces of art yourself. Anyone looking for a new craft should certainly consider this book. It's a gem.

NetGalley, Christine Duni

Paper flowers are my new obsession!
This book is beautiful - the flowers are flawless! While I can't say I've tried to make any yet, the instructions seem clear enough and with enough practise, I'm confident that I could make something at least a tenth as utterly heavenly as the ones pictured in this book.

NetGalley, Jenny Lodge

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A great instructional book for crafting realistic paper flowers. The projects and photography are absolutely stunning! This book gives a straightforward instructions and information about materials and methods. Gorgeous step-by-step pictures accompany all of the projects. A perfect guide for an artist or crafter looking to expand their skill repertoire.

NetGalley, Mara Lyons

This is a lovely book and I imagine for many it would be perfect for learning to make paper flowers.

NetGalley, Amy B

Hoodwinked! I read this whole book. Examined every photo of the step by step process and I still swear those are real flowers! The author is an artist! The flowers are so delicate and beautiful I would gladly display her work. And now I can “try” and make my own! This book would be an amazing birthday gift along with a starter kit. You would be the best gift giver by far.

NetGalley, Joni Owens

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Such a beautiful book and such realistic paper flowers that can be created. The equipment list does not seem huge or pricey but they look like they need a lot of patience and time. The craft invented in China in 100BC really welcomes you to the slow and meditative practice of creating.
The instructions are well written and are supported with photos and templates, the flowers are exquisite, soft and tasteful, it is hard to tel real for crafted flowers. They include poppy, rose, geum, rowan berries, cherry blossom, hydrangeas, hellebore wall flowers and many more. They can be used for decoration for the table, gifts corsage - let your imagination run wild.
Really love this book.

NetGalley, Leyla Johnson

Are you looking for a way to create beautiful flowers that won't wilt a day after you put them out? This book has beautiful pictures to illustrate how to use the techniques in this book. Sophie Longhurst has a list of tools and materials that she uses in this book. She has easy to follow instructions and beautiful pictures of the flowers she has created in different ways to decorate your home. This is definitely a book to pick up and use over and over as you create beautiful decorations for your home.

NetGalley, Terri Ladage Randolph

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully presented with stunning photography.

NetGalley, Elise Riley

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to read this book for the very specific reason that I am absolutely deadly to any living plant that has the misfortune of being in my vicinity. As a lover of nature and mountain hiking, of course I have attempted of bringing nature into my own home over the years, but everything from flowers, to green plants to succulents has met with a terrible, sad ending.

So to spare any more living plants from doom, I came up with the idea to try my hand at crafting plants from paper. And I am happy to say that Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers is the perfect source of information for someone like me. Sophie Longhurst first lists some of the essentials you would need to make your own flowers and even provides details about the different types of paper that can be used. This is followed by some basic techniques like fringing, curling and reverse cupping that will enable you to create as realistic a flower as possible.

But the most important part of the book is the flowers themselves. Longhurst gives really easy and detailed step by step instructions and templates for creating poppies, roses, dahlias, rowan berries, purple coneflowers (my favourite!), cherry blossoms, Japanese anemones and many many more. Finally, the flowers she crafts are varied enough in colour, shape and size that you can use all the knowledge you gain from this book to craft any other flower you can think of and continue to develop your flower crafting skills.

Beautiful gift for yourself or a creative flower-lover in your life.

NetGalley, Melina Tsukar

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers is a lovely and informative book that clearly guides the reader through the maker process. The author clearly explains the tools and techniques and the accompanying pictures are crisp and helpful. I'd recommend this book for any fellow crafter, regardless of their main area, as I think all makers would benefit.

NetGalley, Linda Crumbaugh

Florist Longhurst offers a first-rate guide to creating beautiful, realistic paper flowers in her standout debut. She starts by covering materials, laying out everything readers will need, including crepe paper, paper creasers, tacky glue, floral tape, Mod Podge glue, and long-nose pliers. Then come techniques, such as cutting ribbons, tracing templates, and fringing, and a break-down of basic flower anatomy. The projects are fit for all skill levels: beginners can start with "simple elegant" poppies and evening primrose, while the more experienced have Christmas rose and cherry blossoms to choose from. Longhurst urges crafters to use her projects as a jumping-off point, and to that end provides tips and tricks for dying paper with coffee and tea, replicating pollen with chalk, and using paper straws to create thicker stems. She rounds things out with ideas for using the paper flowers once they're done, such as in wedding bouquets, in a traditional Japanese Ikebana arrangement, or to top a wrapped gift, for example. Exquisite full-page color photos showcase the intricate projects, and the step-by-step instructions are accompanied with photographs. This master class will entice crafters both seasoned and new.

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Publishers Weekly

This is a lovely book with clear instructions and beautiful photos. I haven’t made anything yet, but I’m going to give it a go.

NetGalley, Keris Stainton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely gorgeous!!!
The supplies needed aren't too expensive and the projects seem pretty well explained..
If my library doesn't pick this up, I will buy a hardcover for myself.

NetGalley, Shyla Fannan

This is a truly beautiful book. You can tell how much Longhurst enjoys what she does with the care and dedication it took to put this together. All of the different types of flowers are gorgeous and the instructions are clear. I love that the materials are not difficult to come by and templates for all of the different parts are available in the back as well. The layout is user-friendly and the full page photographs of the finished products make me want to dive in and craft all of them.

I can’t wait to make more beautiful paper flowers!

NetGalley, Kristin Hamill

The photographs (of the flowers and of them in a setting at home) were just so pretty!

All in all, a fun book that was really interesting to read. I am happy I had the chance to try it out, and who knows, maybe one day I will make some authentic flowers as well.

NetGalley, Mehsi

Imagine making real-looking, delicate flowers that are beautiful, whatever colour you want, that will last for ages and brighten any spot you choose to put them.

This book will show you how using step-by-step pictorial and text instructions as well as templates as a guide. I liked almost all the 20 projects, including the china rose and the rowan berries. I dislike stiff looking artificial flowers but these are light and airy and looks real. It’s a great advantage that the materials needed are inexpensive and maybe even readily available in your stash of supplies... this is a fabulous book to get you on the start to making your own gorgeous flowers.

NetGalley, Flora Fung

About Sophie Longhurst

Sophie was born and raised by the sea in Runswick Bay, close to Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Born into a successful entrepreneurial family, it wasn't long before she was to follow her own callings and establish a floristry business, 'Ginger & Flynn', whose name was inspired after one of her sons and her ginger hair!
Sophie lives with her husband Andy, and four boys, Hughie, Flynn, Samson and Kit. They have four dogs, chickens, a cat and a horse, 'Lady' - and their lifestyle is just the right balance of mayhem and love.
Sophie’s home is her workplace, and being tucked away in the North York Moors surrounded by nature deeply inspires her work and everyday creativity.

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