I can’t say enough about this little book, Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand by Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, a husband and wife dynamic duo. It’s an over the top project book on some very unique paper flower applications. I purchased it back in the summer of 2013. After I placed my pre-order I got wind that my best friend’s daughter was getting married that same year in December. As soon as it came to my door, I bookmarked the pages, sketched, made notes and then I hid it away from the world. It was going to be my little secret. If you create a great DIY craft book, are a stylist for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and have impeccable taste as the Thuss + Farrell team have, the word gets out. But then you get over hiding it and just start making flowers…and lots of them.
Evidently there are a tiny handful of Amazon reviewers that didn’t expect the the types of flowers that were DIY’d in the book. One even said she was expecting something she could use for cakes flowers. I thought, come on, with a title, PAPER to Petal? Get serious. A couple reviewers wanted more realistic looking flowers. I have nearly every book on paper flowers that Amazon offers, and I can confidently say this is my favorite of all, and I doubt I’ll ever find one comparable. I absolutely loved everything about this book. Usually I go off and design my own stuff using techniques taught from DIY craft books, but this one, I couldn’t resist doing several flowers exactly as they were outlined. They turned out simply stunning. But a word of warning, some of these flowers take a looooong time to create. Like an hour or more. So get comfy in your seat. Expect a huge mess everywhere, because you use about every craft supply and tool you have available. Now go buy it HERE. Worth a lot more than the $24.99 price tag. And you’re welcome. Totally.
And the best part is, they never die and the water never gets stinky. I have used some of these flowers for 3 years for multiple different parties.
Hugs after the glue gun burns,