To get ready for summer entertaining season, this month we're sharing a mini-series of pro tips and projects from our guest blogger, party planner extraordinaire and designer David Stark. This week, his instructions for a beautiful take on flowering spring branches, usable year-round.
Last week we officially launched our new book The Art of the Party
at the chic temple of style, Bergdorf Goodman. To celebrate the launch, we also created a series of hand-made art pieces (called Paper Tales) exclusively for the store, inspired by paper sculptural pieces that are both featured in our book and have proven so popular that our we are often asked for them to be available outside party environments.
We are delighted to make Paper Tales available for purchase at Bergdorf’s on their iconic 7th Floor. Each world under a glass dome is hand-made in our studio in Brooklyn, utilizing vintage and antique books.
As one of our go-to art ingredients, accessibility is one of the features we love in paper, but we are also are drawn to the transformative magic that is endemic to the material. We recently created “flowering spring branches” for a party with book page blooms, and it hit us that this is a wonderful décor trick for the home. Beauty is one feature, but unlike fresh cut flowering branches from a tree, these last and last . . .
Here’s What you need:
1. 3-5 branches in which the leaves and flowers have been removed.
2. A used book from the dollar bin at your local book store.
3. A scallop paper punch from your favorite craft or office supply store. We like this one by Fiskars.
4. A hot glue gun to glue the blooms onto the branches.
And here’s how:
1. Pull out some pages from the book and punch 30 or so “flowers”. (You can punch several pages at a time!)
2. After cutting the flower shapes, fold each scallop in half. Then turn the scallop 90° and fold in half again. Flip the scallop over and repeat the above steps, and unfold after, retaining the crease marks that create the cup of the flower.
3. Give a dot of hot glue to the underside of the blossom and affix to the branch tips.
4. Arrange in a favorite vase and enjoy.
More info and inspiration from David Stark:
(Images: Susie Montagna, Book Cover: Aaron Delesie)