book review: The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers


Livia Cetti is a modern guru of flower arranging and paper flower design, and her new book the exquisite book of paper flowers is a fabulous manual for trying your hand at homemade blooms. My first thought when looking through the gorgeous examples of japanese anemones, begonias and poppies, was how incredible they would be for a wedding. I desperately wanted peonies in my bridal bouquet, but I didn’t get married in the right month. If you had the time, a January wedding could be studded with white dahlia and sweet pea centerpieces!


Cetti also includes project ideas such as a mobile and a wreath, both of which would add over the top charm to a nursery. I’m sure my handiwork wouldn’t have the tidy perfection of Cetti’s, but I’m still inspired to go buy some crepe paper and get wrapping.


paper flowers book

For a demo, check out Livia on Martha Stewart.

—Melissa P.

Thanks to Abrams for the review copy.


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