Paper Poppies

Earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of teaming up with my art director/illustrator friend Elena Viltovskaia, on a rather pretty project.

Roohi Qureshi of Leaves of Trees was preparing to launch her official shop opening and needed a fresh window dressing to help celebrate the occasion. Winter’s stronghold was finally loosening and so we all agreed that a bright burst of blooms was well in order. Poppies seemed like the right flower for the job!

Process shot of making paper poppies, petals

Elena and I researched how to make large paper flowers that were structurally sound. Most online tutorials suggested creating accordion-style folds for each petal, but it looked a bit distracting and not true to the poppy’s form. After some experimenting, we found a way to keep the petals smooth but curved by overlapping them one by one and using staples to retain their domed tension.


Elena and I are quite happy with the resulting crisp, graphic look of the poppies and have been told there’s a little marimekko-ness to them, which is a huge compliment! We hope to collaborate on more paper floral creations in the future.

paper poppy, poppies, window display, leaves of trees



paper poppy window display, leaves of trees


Our Paper Poppy window display will be up for the remainder of the summer. I highly recommend coming by and sampling the many natural lipbalms, deodorants, lotions and argon oil products Leaves of Trees has to offer. The shop is located at 177 Queen Street East, Toronto.

Thanks goes to @fio_85 and @makerscartel for these two window shots!

3 Responses to “Paper Poppies”

  1. 1 Martha Eisenberg September 17, 2014 at 12:47 am

    These are really wonderful, and yes….. sooooo Merimeko! Can you tell me a bit more about how you made them? I’m helping a friend with her daughter’s flower-themed party, and I’d sure love to try a few. Did you use poster board?

    • 2 Ashley Barron September 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you, Martha! We used large sheets of Canson paper from the art store. Each flower consisted of four petals cut in a sort of heart shape with wavy ends (refer to the first picture in the blogpost). By cutting a slit at the base of each heart shape, we then stapled them together, overlapping the slits slightly as we stapled to give it more of a dome shape. The poppy centres were black paper circles that we cut slits into along the edges, and then curled with scissors for some dimension. I recommend a glue gun for sticking those in the centre. Good luck with the party! I’m sure you’ll come up with your own special way of doing it in the process. It’s a bit of a challenge, but super fun :)

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