From Paper flowers

Yellow and grey for a first wedding anniversary present

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© Lisa Benjamin

Towards the end of last year I created some beautiful paper flowers for Emma, a very thoughtful maid-of-honour who wanted to gift her friend a posy of special flowers for a first wedding anniversary present.

I was delighted to hear from Emma again recently – she was so happy that her first friend was “blown away” by her paper flowers that she decided to commission a similar posy for another friend’s first wedding anniversary present. Read more

A thoughtful paper wedding anniversary gift

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© Lisa Benjamin

Emma from Somerset was a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding in 2014, and with the couple’s first anniversary coming up towards the end of last year, she contacted me to commission a very special gift.

Traditionally, the first wedding anniversary is celebrated with paper – so what better present than a posy of beautiful handmade paper flowers! Read more

Single paper flowers from maps

© Lisa Benjamin
© Lisa Benjamin

Mandy from Dorset contacted me in early July with a request to make 20 single paper flowers from maps to be used as table decorations for her upcoming wedding – and liked them so much she came back to me to ask for 16 more!

She requested red, white and blue button centres – for some reason I didn’t get any red ones in any of my photos, but I promise they were there!), so there was clearly a bit of a patriotic theme going on – being based in Poole, perhaps ‘English seaside’? Read more

A Handmade Information Age Bouquet Fit For a Queen

As well as being a creator of handmade paper flowers, I am also a science geek.

As a graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, I am a science communicator by day, and a crafter by night. So imagine my joy when I read a news story combining both passions: science AND handmade paper flowers!

It all started with a tweet. Not just any tweet, but the very first tweet made by Elizabeth II, Queen of England as she attended the opening of a new ‘Information Age’ gallery at the Science Museum in London.

Using the official @BritishMonarchy Twitter account, she said:

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Handmade Flowers Instagram

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I’ve set up a Handmade Flowers Instagram!

I’m rather late to the party as people have been ‘instagramming’ for years. But, after setting up a Pinterest board for my handmade flowers, I’ve also decided to get on board with Instagram. The main reason is that I’ve finally got round to getting a new mobile phone with a decent camera and a data plan. I can now Instagram to my heart’s content! Read more

New Handmade Flowers Pinterest Board

Handmade flowers pinterest boardDo you use Pinterest? It’s a kind of social bookmarking website. You can create virtual pinboards, onto which you can ‘pin’ images, websites and movie clips of all the interesting things you find on the internet.

Like quite a few other ‘pinners’, I started using Pinterest when I first got engaged and created pinboards to collect images of wedding dresses, hairstyles, decorations and accessories. I also use it to pin recipes, knitting patterns, crochet stitches, crafts and fitness inspiration, but there are a thousand different uses!

You can find me on Pinterest here: http://uk.pinterest.com/lisaamartin82/. I’ll confess that the idea to create a bouquet of handmade flowers for my wedding wasn’t a new idea – it was something I found on Pinterest. Read more

My Handmade Wedding Bouquet – How it all Began

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This handmade wedding bouquet was made from maps, atlases and the pages of travel magazines. © HandmadeFlowers.co.uk. All Rights Reserved.

Seeing the pictures of my handmade wedding bouquet on Facebook, my friend Hannah said:

These are truly amazing!

Then Katherine said:

I NEEEEEED to know how you did this!!! Amazing xxx

Mark said:

Beautiful. Very clever.

And Sara texted me to say:

I thought [your bouquet] was incredible! You should set up your own company making them.

Well, I thought, with encouragement like that perhaps I should give it a go! Read more