If you've never seen really well-crafted paper flowers, you're truly missing out on a visual feast. The internet is jam-packed with paper flower DIY tutorials (for showers, parties, etc.), but there is a whole subset of marvelously talented artists who are creating the most intricate and realistic paper flowers you have ever seen.
We chatted with one of our all-time favorite paper flower artists, Kate Alarcon from The Cobra Lily, who imparted some great tips for incorporating paper blooms into your own wedding—whether you're buying them from someone else, or crafting them yourself. "I first got hooked making paper flowers while making a garland for my daughter's nursery," says Alarcon. "Adorning her room in something beautiful and carefully made but also wild and full of color and the vibrancy of the natural world really expressed what I was feeling about this little girl who I hadn't met but just seemed so full of life. I think having these intricately crafted flowers at a wedding can be so special, and I encourage brides to incorporate them alongside cut flower arrangements."
Even if you don't incorporate paper blooms into your wedding day, we love the idea of having a paper artist recreate your bouquet so you can have it forever; or gifting all your bridesmaids with duplicates of their bouquets in paper after the wedding as a memento. Read on for more tips, plus, she shared some of her favorite blooms to date—prepare to be awed and inspired!
"Having a single beautifully made bouquet or corsage or flower crown as a keepsake can be just as lovely as having all paper florals," says Alarcon. If constructing your own paper wedding flowers, she recommends keeping it simple. "Even if you only learn one flower, practice until you can do a really solid bloom, and then make ten to 20 more," she says. "Any little hiccups in individual flowers disappear when you have a mass of them."
"These succulents are dear to my heart because they were one of the first things I made that I was really proud of. One of my first and still favorite commissions was for three small succulents to go on top of a cake, which was just the perfect use for them."
"I love to make these voluptuous, untidy floribunda roses. The cupped, curled, and ruffled petals are so dramatic, and each finished flower is unique. I like teaching this flower in workshops because it's a great first bloom for the new paper flower maker—it's construction is simple, and it doesn't require a lot of precision to achieve a really beautiful result."
"This bouquet was so satisfying to make! I developed a base daffodil pattern, and then came up with a bunch of variations in size, texture, and color. It was really fun to see what each new stem added to the bouquet, and I ended up making way more than I needed. The color range—cream, yellow, orange—is one of my absolute favorites. Someday, I'd love to do a giant bouquet in this range, adding poppies and ranunculus."