How to Keep Paper Flowers Looking Fresh Forever

How to look after your paper flowers after your wedding day.

Thinking about paper flowers for your wedding? Already bought some and want to know how to look after them? This is a how to video that I’ve been meaning to make for ages, because this is a question I get asked A LOT. So without further ado, here are my top tips for care for your paper flowers and keep them looking their best both before and after your wedding.


With a few easy care taking steps, your paper flowers should last a lifetime. This is my favourite thing about these beauties: you can keep them on display in your home as a keepsake (and also, bonus home decor!).


The first thing to say is that paper flowers are actually a lot sturdier than they look, unlike real flowers, they can take quite a battering in the post and bounce back to their best selves. When your paper flowers arrive with you and you take them out of the box, you can fluff the petals back out with your fingers if they look a bit lacklustre, and even reshape them a bit by pulling them gently against the grain of the paper (see how in the video).

how to store paper flowers

There are three main things that damage paper flowers:

  1. Water (probably the most obvious) - make sure that your flowers are kept in a dry environment free from damp and condensation, and of course coffee spillages!

  2. Direct Sunlight - harsh sunlight will fade your flowers over time, so keep them away from your windowsill or anywhere that direct sunlight will fall on them to keep them looking vibrant.

  3. Dust - like any home decor piece, paper flowers start to look tired and faded if they get dusty, so make sure to dust them as part of your normal cleaning routine. Your best bet is to give them a bit of a shake out of the window (as long as it’s not raining!) and ruffle the petals a little bit to give them a freshen up.

So to avoid these paper flower hazards, my best advice for storage before your wedding is to keep them in the box they came in, in a cool, dry and dark place. When you come to display them after the big day, avoid places in direct sunlight like windowsills, dust them regularly, and keep them dry, and you’ll be on to a winner.

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Did this video peak your interest in paper flowers? You can find out more about working with me on a bespoke order to fit your wedding theme on my design services page.