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Crafting Authentic Paper Flowers (Paperback)

Photographic Books Colour Books Arts and Crafts White Owl

By Sophie Longhurst
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations
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.

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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