Say it with paper petals this Valentine’s Day!


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Rachel Carlyle presents a selection of flowers you can order online in the UK.Pictured: Pom Pom Factory's Valentine's Day bouquet

Say it with paper petals this Valentine’s Day!

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Until recently, if someone tried to gift you a bouquet of paper flowers on Valentine’s Day, their amorous intentions were likely to stay strictly that way.

However, “fake” flowers have changed a lot since the horrors you might see in a funeral director’s window in the 1970s. Right now, we don’t know enough about the latest trends in handmade paper flowers.

“I’ve certainly seen a huge increase in orders over the past 12 months,” said leading paper florist Susan Beech, whose book “Unfolding Petals: How to Make Paper Flowers” was published in April.

What is the appeal? Paper flowers obviously don’t wilt and die and are more sustainable – especially in winter when most of our real flowers travel thousands of miles from Kenya. They’re a little different this Valentine’s Day, and they’re also ticking the artisan box. “To me, there’s nothing more chic than a single-stemmed paper flower in a vase,” says Susan.

Here’s our roundup of the best flowers you can order online. . .

Rachel Carlyle presents a selection of flowers you can order online in the UK.Pictured: Pom Pom Factory's Valentine's Day bouquet

Rachel Carlyle presents a selection of flowers you can order online in the UK.Pictured: Pom Pom Factory’s Valentine’s Day bouquet

chic crepe pose

Pom Pom Factory Spring Bouquet, (£45, pompomfactory.com)

Central Saint Martins graduate Karen Hsu started making paper flowers when she was working as a clerk at The Mercantile fashion boutique in Spitalfields in London when she was asked to make a Valentine’s Day window display from leftover tissue paper.

Before receiving her spring bouquet, I wasn’t sure how much I liked the idea of ​​paper flowers: ten flowers, including a pink rose made of heavy crepe paper, with ridged petals curled around the edges, just like real of roses.

Each flower takes 30-45 minutes to make; the most popular bouquets are the fuchsia and pink peonies (three for £28). All are mixed with real dry leaves like verbena and eucalyptus and tied with kraft paper. Check out their Valentine’s Day bouquet featuring red paper roses (£28, order by 8 February).

Best for: Dramatic impact.

Flower power: 5/5

eternal spring

Small Paper Florist with Seven Daffodils, (£17.50, thebritishcraft house.co.uk)

Rachel says the small paper florist of seven daffodils (pictured) is housed in tissue paper and traditional florists – curled ribbons

Rachel says the small paper florist of seven daffodils (pictured) is housed in tissue paper and curled ribbons from traditional florists

Coming out of a dreary winter, what better way to cheer us up than a bouquet of daffodils? These paper versions come in the form of tissue paper and curled ribbons from traditional florists.

Mel Cauley uses origami folding techniques for her ingenious flowers. These aren’t trying to look like the real thing. They are stunning graphic reimaginings.

Mel started origami in 2014 to calm her anxiety before turning it into a business and has now made thousands of paper flowers, including lilies with hand-beaded stamens (£7,15) and book pages Made of roses (£15 for seven). A bouquet of eight red flowers for Valentine’s Day is £25. Items can be shipped within a business day or two if in stock.

Best for: Graphic look.

Flower power: 4/5

perfect peonies

A Petal Unfolds X Host, Paper Peony (£65, hosthome.co.uk)

Rachel says A Petal Unfolds X Host, Paper Peony (pictured) has stunning artistry, as paper florist Susan Beech dissects real flowers when designing her flowers

Rachel says A Petal Unfolds X Host, Paper Peony (pictured) has stunning artistry, as paper florist Susan Beech dissects real flowers when designing her flowers

The collaboration between paper florist Susan Beech from A Petal Unfolds and online home accessories company Host Home began in November, and since then the collection has sold out multiple times.

The artistry is breathtaking: Susan dissects real flowers when designing her flowers, which are made from heavy crepe paper. She paints the flowers in pastel colors, with subtle gradients to each petal, just like a real flower. The Burgundy Peony (£65) even has small notches on the edges of the petals for added realism.

They’re not cheap: the most popular is the £39 Japanese anemone stem, but you can see where your money is going. Delivery is allowed from five days.

Best For: Luxurious craftsmanship.

Flower power: 4/5

wedding souvenirs

Paper Bouquets Sunflower Posy (£45, paperbouquets.co.uk)

Rachel says Paper Bouquets Sunflower Posy (pictured) uses traditional paper instead of paper towels or crepe

Rachel says Paper Bouquets Sunflower Posy (pictured) uses traditional paper instead of paper towels or crepe

Paper florist Rebecca Ephgrave uses traditional paper rather than tissue or crepe, which she admits is more challenging: “It also means I can use fun things like comics, sheet music or book pages.”

90% of her work is for weddings, and most of her products are bespoke, but she has a few bouquets: the latest sunflowers have seven stems, burlap handles, and can be delivered in two to three days.

Best for: Weddings.

Flower power: 4/5

realistic rose

Posy & Pot Single Red Rose (£13.50, posyandpot.com)

Rachel says the Posy & Pot single red rose (pictured) is very realistic and is made from the bark of the fast-growing mulberry tree

Rachel says the Posy & Pot single red rose (pictured) is very realistic and is made from the bark of the fast-growing mulberry tree

London-based Krittika Kaewmamuang started Posy & Pot in 2017 to showcase the work of artisans in her native northern Thailand.

Breathtakingly realistic paper flowers are made from fast-growing mulberry tree bark. The petals are cut and then dyed to mimic a real flower; my red rose (£13.50) is very colourful. Small ornaments from £27, bouquets from £95; delivery within three to five days.

Best For: Amazing realism.

Flower power: 5/5

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