Book Review: The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers


Photography by: Addie Juell

The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers, by Livia Cetti, with photographs by Addie Juell (STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book), $25

It might seem counterintuitive for a successful florist to add paper blooms to her business — but then, a little unpredictability is what we’ve always loved about Livia Cetti’s artful creations. When she worked as a stylist for Martha Stewart Weddings, her bouquets and decorations were bold, lyrical, and playful — never quiet or subtle — and always full of character.

Cetti brings these qualities to her paper flowers. In her book, she shares step-by-step techniques for making incredibly lifelike roses, cherry blossoms, dahlias, and many more. She begins with an explanation of the methods and materials needed to master the fundamentals, then follows with page after page of paper blossoms you’re sure to fall in love with.


Photography by: Addie Juell

This spirited arrangement is every bit as intricate and interesting as one made with fresh flowers.



Photography by: Addie Juell

A vase of tall, graceful hollyhocks makes a big — and lasting — impression. 


Photography by: Addie Juell

Multilayered ranunculus blossoms come in many varieties, so it’s an easy flower to improvise with.


Photography by: Addie Juell

This paper geranium even has a flowerpot (no watering necessary); as with most of the flowers in the book, you begin by cutting shapes out according to the templates provided.