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Handmade: Paper flowers are more than just pretty

Feeling stressed? Absorbing yourself in a new craft can really calm the mind, says Knitting Needle Lane’s Camilla Carter as she explores the art of paper flower making

Paper flower making is a mood-boosting craft, says Knitting Needle Lane's Camilla Carter (44330337)
Paper flower making is a mood-boosting craft, says Knitting Needle Lane's Camilla Carter (44330337)

The mindfulness of crafting has some very special calming properties; with the nation’s stress levels starting the year on a high, we could all benefit from finding a new craft to absorb us.

Let’s start 2021 with something fun and fabulous, then - paper flower making! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not surprise your loved one with something handmade and heartfelt?

We are so lucky in our area to be surrounded by quirky independent shops, many of which are operating postal and direct-delivery service through lockdown, so grab yourself some sheets of paper in the colour of the flower/s you are looking to create. They can

be as large or small, as bright or subtle, as you like.

Using cuts and folds to craft a bloom, I found YouTube a great source of ideas and instruction. Look up Venturo Art’s 6 Easy Paper Flowers tutorial: with its soothing soundtrack, it’s a delightful watch in itself.

There is also a fabulous book I found pre-lockdown on the shelves of Cambridge’s Waterstones store but which can be ordered in their webshop, too: Livia Cetti’s Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers: A Guide to Making Unbelievably Realistic Paper Blooms.

So let your creativity flow and your mind be taken off the news for an hour - the result is sure to brighten your day and your home!

See knittingneedlelane.co.uk for more.

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