Ladies who craft
My finished paper poppies
Asa from Lace & Pearls blog
Finishing up those petals
Kate from The Cobra Lily is a true artist and a fantastic teacher
Obsessed with all the vibrant colors
At the “after party” – These gals were so much fun!
A few months ago, I signed up for a workshop at my local West Elm on how to make your own paper poppies. I have never heard of crafting paper flowers before, but I was curious. Once I took a look at the paper poppies on Kate’s website, I was hooked. I needed to make my very own, or at least try 🙂
The class was taught by the talented Kate Alarcon from The Cobra Lily, whose paper flower creations are out of this world spectacular. Kate, a paper artist and teacher, constructs the most gorgeous and lifelike flowers and offers workshops to share her artistry. Take a look at her work to be amazed!
My good blogger friend Asa from Lace & Pearls came along with me to learn a new and unique craft. We arrived to a table full of ladies already busily working. Kate welcomed us warmly and put us right to work. We carefully hand-cut, shaped, and assembled every bloom, petal, and pollen, while enjoying great company. Thanks to Kate’s detailed and hands-on instructions, beautiful paper poppies soon blossomed all around the table.
The results were purely amazing! Every participant walked away with a beautiful bouquet of handmade poppy flowers. Even I, with neither experience nor significant craft skills, was able to create two beautiful paper flowers. I keep my bouquet on a sideboard in my living room, where the poppies add a splash of color and remind me of a fun afternoon spent with great company.
I loved seeing how everybody’s paper poppies turned out very different from each other, even though we had the same instruction and materials. Each paper poppy was unique to the individual creating it, yet all were beautiful in their own special way.
If you would like to create your own paper flowers, while enjoying a fun afternoon, Kate has the following workshops coming up:
Paper Peonies workshop at West Elm Seattle: February 27 at 12:30-3:30 pm Register here
Paper Roses Workshop at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila:
February 6 at 10:30-12:30 pm Call (206) 901-9101 to register
Paper Roses Workshop at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village /Seattle:
March 5 at 10:30-12:30 pm Call (206) 526-5818 to register
Register quickly because Kate’s workshops fill up fast!
I hope you give this wonderful craft a try and maybe even find a new hobby!
Enjoy exploring your creativity, friends.
P.S.: Kate has a gorgeous Instagram gallery @cobralilyshop and also broadcasts on Periscope @TheCobraLily.