I'd bet money that just about every crafter has made a project that involved flowers. Even if you don't consider yourself a floral person, they often sneak in on fabric or as an accent. When spring comes and we're trying to pull ourselves out of a long, dark winter they're especially welcome. That's why I jumped at the change to review this book, Paper Flowers by Jennifer Maker.
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The first thing I did when I was flip to the author biography in the back to see if her last name really is Maker. How great would that be? Yeah, it's not, but she has a blog full of cute ideas, so I think she's earned her pen name.
There is a wide variety of flowers available in this book. I expected the traditional roses and tissue paper peonies, but the orchids and chrysanthemums were a pleasant surprise.
Each design is very clear, with color photos and a supply list. Like the designs, there's also lots of different types of paper used, from metallic cardstock and copy paper to paper plates, coffee filters and cupcake liners.
There are about half a dozen designs in the book that have an svg file available to download so they can be cut using a cutting machine. Cricut is recommended. I have a Silhouette but I'm not particularly skilled with it and I couldn't figure out how to make that work to save my life. I really wanted to make the dandelions, but I wasn't up for making all those cuts by hand.
I like the quality of the finishes used on the flowers. The author opted for wire and floral tape giving the finished product a nice look.
While I didn't get the chance to actually make any of them yet, I'm looking forward to diving back into this pretty book another day!