New box inner to hold bouquet

new box inner

I’m so excited to see that my new box inner to hold a bouquet works beautifully.

The main difficulty when placing a delicate bouquet in a box is that it can’t be easily wrapped and any movement against the sides will potentially damage it.

After much head scratching and cardboard folding I have finally designed a new, and unique, way to hold a bouquet. The inner holds the bouquet securely in the centre of the box with no extra packing. It looks professional and allows the client to easily remove the bouquet. So I can now send bouquets safely in the post to anywhere in the UK.

The cardboard inner is secured to the inside of the box with paper tape. And the bouquet and buttonhole are attached with natural twine. No plastic tape or glue are used, so the whole box is fully recyclable.

The video shows the box already open and how the inner folds down to allow access to the secured bouquet. When the box is shut the inner also pinches the bouquet tight. And the buttonhole is securely tied to the platform.

As an experiment, this box and bouquet took a little trip to Manchester and back. The bouquet was in perfect condition after each journey, with no damage at all to the dried or paper flowers. Thank you Royal Mail!

18 August 2021

Are my paper flowers compostable? YES!!!

Being made from 100% natural materials, it might seem obvious that my paper flowers would be compostable. But in the name of science and curiosity, I thought I would experiment with one.

paper flowers are compostable

So a few months ago, I took a tissue paper rose and securely tied a length of thick plastic string to it (left image). I then placed it on my home compost pile and attached the string to the top.

Over the months the pile grew with garden and household waste. But the vegetation was also breaking down, by all the worms and organisms, taking the rose and string with it. By the time the pile needed turning four months later the string was nearly at the bottom (centre image).

After a hot half hour forking the vegetation/compost from one bin to another, I finally reach the end of the string. I was very careful not to damage any remains of the rose as I uncovered the string. But the rose head and stem had completely disappeared just leaving a small stump within the plastic knot (right image).I wasn’t surprised, but still very pleased to see the paper flower had turned into compost. I wouldn’t say my compost making is brilliant, so if the flowers break down in mine they certainly will in yours!

It’s lovely to be able to create beautiful paper flowers that have a long life. But also knowing that they will easily return to nature when no longer needed is wonderful.

15 July 2021

Welcome to my journal

A journey into beautiful paper flowers

Follow my experiments exploring the art of paper flower making, the science of natural dyes and researching eco-friendly materials. And now creating delicate wedding bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements that are both beautiful and kind to the planet.