After a busy end to the year and the festive biscuits finished, I finally closed the bakery for Christmas and got ready for a different kind of busy, preparing the house for the arrival of family and friends. I love fresh flowers in the house, and for a time many years back, I created a cutting garden for that purpose. Unfortunately, our cat also likes fresh flowers. To eat. So it makes the whole thing rather pointless.
So, to decorate the house this Christmas, I decided to try my hand at making paper flowers. It was something I had wanted to do for a while, as I thought it could be an option to decorate cakes, instead of sugar paste or fresh flowers.
I purchased a paper cutting machine called a Cricut Explore Air 2. (cricut.com) This is a very clever machine. I made small eucalyptus wreath to start, which then led onto mod-inspired paper stars. And then hand cut crepe paper hellebores, magnolia leaves with the most beautiful copper crepe paper leaf backs and dogwood flower branches.
Anyone would think I had time on my hands. Oh and a crepe paper artichoke. Why? Who knows. Anyway, the templates and instruction guides came from a website called Lia Griffith. (liagriffith.com) An inspiration.
Here are a few snaps of my creations.