The 'First Blush of Sunshine' Flower Ball

   My partner and his mother sitting on a garden seat. Don't they look sweet? Trish put this order in with me a little while after Barbara put her Festive Titan order in. Similar to that piece, this one provided a new challenge. The order was quite simple;


A hanging ball entirely of lilies

Similar size to the Sunshine Ball (10-15cm)

Orange, yellow, pink and bright


I'm a little obsessive about sunrise colours so choosing the papers was a pleasure, but using origami paper did create a structure problem. Traditional origami paper is very thin and delicate, which made me worry that the end product would be weak and possibly fall out of shape. The solution was conveniently what I had already planned; to pop an extra, smaller lily in all the base lilies and a few stronger papers. And strangely enough, hours of folding proper origami paper left me with zero hand ache afterwards, unlike my calendar paper flowers!

A gorgeous ball of paper flowers (lilies) in orange, yellow and pink, in the laps of mother and son.

    It looks very yellow in this picture! The inside hides a very large cream coloured cardboard lily left over from Barbara's Festive Titan of Paper Flowers around which other big lilies were propped. There is no paper ball in the middle, only the paper flowers.

A woman holding a piece of paper flowers, sitting in a comfortable white chair.

    The happy customer! The paper lilies fit perfectly into the home, which is mostly cream and white but has colourful accents of orange and yellow.

A close up on sunrise paper flowers (lilies) in origami paper.

       You can see how the lilies are doubled up. Doing so adds strength but is also aesthetically pleasing and complicates the shape. My favourite part was choosing which paper flowers to put where.

Close up of lovely paper flowers (lilies) with traditional origami paper, card stock and magazine pages.

        This picture shows the oranges and pinks as more dominant. The cream lily with a little pink on the petals comes from a magazine page that just happened to fit the colour scheme perfectly.


      The 'First Blush of Sunshine' Ball was the sort of item I'd like to make more of and to improve upon as I go. Lilies in this shape create a forest of colours and patterns, are light and simple and adaptable. Maybe a dramatic version in black and white or black, white and grey.


      Or a sunset themed piece to match this one, with violet and orange paper flowers! There are also wonderful possibilities for other paper flower styles, like cherry blossoms or paper roses! My imagination runs wild while real time continues on, ignoring my pleas for more time.


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  • #1

    Trish (Sunday, 01 March 2015)

    Oooooh!! Sunset with violet and orange....yum! I LOVE my sunshine ball..thank you, thank brightens up my days and makes me think of your 'sunny' personality every time I look at it! You did such a beautiful job and created just what I wanted..I am more than thrilled with it, Lotti. Hope you get lots of orders for these gorgeous balls of happiness! Lots of love..Trish xox

  • #2

    Lotti Riley (Monday, 02 March 2015 21:07)

    Thank you, that's quite a review! :D I'm so glad that it fits into your home and moods!

  • #3

    orpheus (Monday, 02 March 2015 21:42)

    Beatufuly executed design and fantastic array of sunrise colours :) love it!

  • #4

    Lotti Riley (Monday, 02 March 2015 21:47)

    Thank you, orpheus! I appreciate that. :)

  • #5

    Barbara Neubeck (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:34)

    ... this Sunshine ball is beautiful Lottie..... I like the sound of a sunset ball too......
    Hugs... barb xxx

  • #6

    Lotti Riley (Wednesday, 04 March 2015 21:59)

    Thank you Barb! Actually I did just find the right purple cardstock for it, so that's exciting. :)

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