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The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms Paperback – April 8, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617691003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617691003
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Livia Cetti is a modern guru of flower arranging and paper flower design, and her new book is a fabulous manual for trying your hand at homemade blooms. Cetti also includes project ideas such as a mobile and a wreath, both of which would add over-the-top charm to a nursery.”
(Mint Design Blog)

“These everlasting blooms are fun to make and add a romantic touch to your decor.”
(Cottages & Bungalows)

“Livia Cetti is the Beyoncé of paper flowers. She’s the current reigning paper craft queen.”
(InStyle)

“A way to decorate your home with everlasting blooms.”
(Gardenista)

“Visually stunning . . . would make a great gift for brides-to-be and prom-goers looking to add handmade touches to their special day.”
(Michigan Live)

“Page after page of paper blossoms you’re sure to fall in love with.”
(Martha Stewart Living)

“Cetti’s new book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, will reveal the tricks of her trade.”
(Vogue)

“Since flower arrangements only last a couple of days, try making paper blooms instead. New York’s own Livia Cetti just released The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers to show you the ropes. No green thumb required.”
(PureWow)

“The author’s creations are astonishing.”
(Library Journal)

“Cetti can take tissue paper and turn it into lush, romantic works of art. The photos are stunning . . . each is truly exquisite. Well named!”
(BeautifulNow)

“You’ll be amazed at how realistic these flowers look.“
(Craft Ideas)

“Her faux posies are as realistic as they are witty. And not only do these paper bouquets cost next to nothing—brides really love their bottom line—they last practically forever.”
("D���cor Score," Creators.com)

“You don’t need a green thumb to create these blooms.”
(glo.MSN.com)

“If you’re even the slightest bit crafty, you can make paper flowers (the newest gardening phenom!) blossom. . . . Want to give paper gardening a go? Grab a copy of [Cetti’s] new book and find out surprisingly how easy and fast it is to create flowers by hand.”
(House Beautiful)

“[This] book is so beautiful and inspiring and I really think everyone should get it for Mother’s Day.”
(Kevin Sharkey, Martha Stewart)

“The section on leaves is a revelation . . . ideal for paper crafters who want to expand their repertoire with genuine floristry skills.”
(The Paper Craft Post)

“Flip to any page and you’ll find something beautiful . . . the instructions are well written.”
(Paper Creations Magazine)

About the Author

Livia Cetti is the owner of The Green Vase, a florist and paper-flower company; the style director at Brides magazine; and a contributing editor at Martha Stewart Weddings. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle, Food and Wine, Real Simple, Elle, New York, and Brides, among many other publications.

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The instructions are clear making it easy to follow.
Renee Petty
Enjoyed looking through the pages and having it as a reference book.
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It is easy to find material except the crepe paper!
Jean-Marie Delbar

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By B. Arnold on April 16, 2014
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I was very happy with my purchase of this book. I'm a big fan of making paper flowers, although most other books I have call for primarily crepe paper, which can be more difficult to find. Crepe paper is still called for in the materials for some of the flowers in this book, but most of the flowers are actually made from tissue paper, which is fairly easy to find at any craft or party store. The book also provides information on where to find materials online, which was helpful.

As for the flowers themselves, I was pleased with the variety of types offered. While I was primarily looking for blooms to use in a bouquet, the book also offers a number of smaller and larger flowers for variety. I've made several flowers from the book and was very pleased with the results; the tree peony in particular came out beautifully. It does take a little practice to get the bleaching technique down for some of the flowers, but I can say the end look is worth it. The lighter, softer texture of the tissue paper, particularly when bleached or dipped in water, contrasts very nicely in a display with more traditional crepe paper flowers. I found the directions fairly easy to follow, although I do have a little more experience with some of the techniques outlines in the book.

Overall, another wonderful resource to have in my collection!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Connolly on April 20, 2014
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I really enjoyed looking through all the beautiful options of making these paper flowers. I thought I would try the first one listed in her book - Begonia - . I flipped back to the template for the pattern but there is just no way this could be the correct pattern for the flower. It's way too small/short, even when comparing to her step by step photo instructions. I will go ahead and alter the pattern because they are just too beautiful to not even try!. Overall a great book and she gives detailed instructions. Great resource page in the back for the specialty papers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Mora on April 30, 2014
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Beautiful book. I feel inspired to create my own flowers. Nice photographs and the instructions are very easy to understand. Thanks a lot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renee Petty on May 7, 2014
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I would recommend this book. The instructions are clear making it easy to follow. The photos are very helpful as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miki mck on May 12, 2014
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absolutely beautiful book I will do this stuff when I have more time in my hands.... but for now it sits beautifully as a display at my house.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia on June 23, 2014
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Book! I love looking at this book! Perhaps I might even make something out of it. Yes, it's beautiful. beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LakeGirl on November 2, 2014
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Great for beginner to intermediate levels. It cost a bit more than $20 to purchase the necessary tools and materials - keeping in mind that wire cutters and q-rips are common household items. Instructions were clear, just be prepared to learn the limits of your own patience. It's nice that the general techniques can also be applied to other flowers you'd want to make that are not in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pinouille on August 2, 2014
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I prefer this book over Paper to Petal.
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