Paper Flowers

decor ... launches ... table centres ... gifts ... bouquets

Our first paper proteas were launched at The Design Indaba a few year ago.  Since then freshly found blooms have graced homes, fashion launches, table decor and been delivered as gifts. They are versatile, and can be made from a variety of papers with a variety of finishes.  Chat to us about creating some of these beauties for you.

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Paper Protea Stories

Pink Painted Paper Buttonholes – Tender Hues

Pink Painted Paper Buttonholes – Tender Hues

We were delighted to create these delicate wedding party accessories  for a recent order - Pink Painted Paper Protea  Buttonholes or Boutonnieres.  They were the finishing touch of a much bigger order for a client who wanted painted pink paper proteas for her special...

Puzzle Craft Pots for Woza Moya Exhibition

Puzzle Craft Pots for Woza Moya Exhibition

We're passionate about creating beautiful items from recyled papers.  Consequently, puzzle pieces, sourced from local charity stores, fall into that 'paper' category.  As a result, it was so satisfying to fashion Freshly Found Puzzle Craft Pots How did we make...

Pink Paper Proteas with Brush-stroked White Highlights

Pink Paper Proteas with Brush-stroked White Highlights

Pink Paper Proteas for a special order.  Highlighted with white paint and mounted around re-cycled fringed paper centres. I loved photographing these blooms outside on the cool shady side of my home in a wooden box by Bruce Eales.   An artistic...

Print Proteas – Deconstructed Book Art

Print Proteas – Deconstructed Book Art

Years ago, we started out making our proteas as a form of deconstructed book art.  What a delight to make a new batch again  Our design has been refined and created out of many different papers over the years.  This batch is on its way to a special YPO...

African Proteas with Bright Petals and Protea Print

African Proteas with Bright Petals and Protea Print

This latest batch of African Proteas featuring multi-coloured paper petal rounds, highlighted with white stems and white centres.  They are also sporting a few petal rounds of our new Freshly Found Protea Print. I decided to photograph this batch with some...

Art Proteas for Combined Exhibition in Joburg

Art Proteas for Combined Exhibition in Joburg

Freshly Found has worked on an exciting collaborative project with Durban artist Lesley Magwood Fraser.  Lesley has been preparing for an exhibition in Joburg later this month. Art Proteas We decided to combine our talents.  Lesley had a number of old...

Apple Coloured Batch of Paper Proteas

Apple Coloured Batch of Paper Proteas

Gentle bright and warm apple colours.  This was the theme for this batch of proteas.  Cheerful and yet comforting.  Made from new and some recycled papers in the new Freshly Found Protea design.   We are able to make up proteas in a variety of...

Pretty Pink Proteas

Pretty Pink Proteas

Pink Proteas!  Prototyping a protea that will look good in a bridal bouquet, and be a popular wedding guest favour. In trying out some new designs and colours, these have brought me much joy! Please chat to us about what you would like for your function or wedding....

Pure White Paper Proteas

Pure White Paper Proteas

An enormous batch of paper proteas.  Perhaps the largest we've ever created.  It was a delight to make up this bunch for a corporate client in Cape Town. We've been making proteas for years, and they remain a fresh vibrant paper flower option. Freshly Found is based...

Paper Flower Stories

Paper Strelitzia Project with Artist Lesley Magwood Fraser

Paper Strelitzia Project with Artist Lesley Magwood Fraser

It's been a delight to work collaboratively with my friend and local Durban Artist - Lesley Magwood Fraser.  Lesley delivered a pile of paintings and drawings to me, and I have cut them up into Paper Strelitzia Blooms, adding some recycled book paper...

Paper Poppies Hand-made to Order.

Paper Poppies Hand-made to Order.

Paper Poppies - creating the parchment version of Papaver nudicaule, more commonly known as the  Iceland Poppy was a colourful delight.  The gentle, bright hues were a treat to work with.  Following this commission, we've added these to our Freshly Found...

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes from Painted Book Print

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes from Painted Book Print

Paper Strelitzia Buttonholes The Strelitzia is a vibrant indigenous South African flower - also known as The Bird of Paradise Flower or the Crane Flower.  It's name suits it's bright and angular appearance! It was lovely to make a set of buttonholes for a wedding with...

Tissue Paper Daisy Chain DIY

Tissue Paper Daisy Chain DIY

Daisy garlands bring to mind images of freedom,  fun and dancing in a summer field.  The design of these light paper daisies linked to form a delicate paper daisy chain hopefully evokes the same feelings, and can be made any time of the year. The design is made from...

Paper Daisies in the Grass – DIY Pattern and Instructions

Paper Daisies in the Grass – DIY Pattern and Instructions

The Rose has but a Summer reign, The daisy never dies. James Montgomery The daisy's for simplicity and unaffected air.  Robert Burns I'd like to introduce you to freshly found paper daisies - a whole batch of those simple long lasting flowers that the quotations above...

How to Whip up Chopstick Origami Lilies

How to Whip up Chopstick Origami Lilies

This is the story of the chopstick origami lilies! I think chopsticks make much better flower stems that eating utensils!  This is purely my personal belief because I battle to use them in any way that is significantly satiating to my hunger! Here we used these wooden...

Paper Peace Lilies – Painted Book Print

Paper Peace Lilies – Painted Book Print

Paper peace lilies are indigenous to South Africa, and one of my favourite flowers.  I love their simplicity and have enjoyed making them up out of paper.  I used book paper, but here in this bunch, I added a layer of white acrylic paint, before wet moulding the...

Peace Lily Buttonholes Indigenous Blooms

Peace Lily Buttonholes Indigenous Blooms

This is a big week for Freshly Found.    We will be launching some new products at 2 amazing pop-up shops in Durban this weekend.   These peace lily buttonholes will be at both the Miss+Meisie Showcase and The i-love pop-up shop. Mini Strelitzias and Mini Peace Lilies...

Some More Indigenous Flowers♥

Some More Indigenous Flowers♥

Book vases with indigenous sprigs... My paper versions of the cheerful Vygie, the healing Cancer bush [Sutherlandia frutescens] and Peace Lily [Spathiphyllum] all of them in various book vases