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Anthropologie Inspired Blooms

Tuesday, March 29, 2011



 After a recent trip to Anthropologie,  I was inspired to make these spring blooms:



Before I explain, here are the ones from Anthropologie (pictures taken with my phone)



We noticed these huge flowers as part of the decor. So cute!


How did they make these?



Yes, Q-Tips!! (sorry for the fuzzy phone pictures)


I just knew I had to try it myself!




So, I went home and gathered some supplies:



I experimented  a few different ways, but this method was the easiest:



Cut the Q-tips in half







Poke them into the Styrofoam ball:




If you make them too close together, the q-tips won't push down very far.



Once you are finished, mix up some water and food coloring.  I loved the aqua color that Anthropologie did, but I'm sure they would look adorable in yellow, orange, green or any other spring color!





Keep rolling the ball around in the food coloring until all the q-tips are evenly colored.


Set it on a towel to dry.  The color will lighten a little when dry, so keep that in mind when you are mixing up your color!


Now, snip the stems off of some cheapy flowers.  Keep the wire inside the stem.



Poke it into the ball. You may want to secure it with a bit of hot glue.

And there you have it! A cheap and easy project inspired by my all time favorite store. :)



Has anyone else created something inspired by Anthropologie?



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111 comments :

  1. Oh my...these are so darn cute!!! Hop over and show them off at my party and I'm also having a cute giveaway:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. Hey, Cute! I posted a mirror to the Lettered Cottage link up that I 'borrowed' from Anthropologie. Their stuff is super cute but really expensive.

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  3. Wow wow wow. Those are so cute. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I love it! I think this is my next project!

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  5. No freaking way! Oh my gosh, you are a GENIUS, woman! I HAVE to make some of these!!! I can't believe it, Q tips!?! Awesome. :)

    NatSprat.blogspot.com

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  6. WAY COOL!!! I like yours even more. Definitely going to be making these!!

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  7. oH my goodness...how clever is that!

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  8. That is fabulous! Great job. So springy too.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  9. Qtips! LOVE! Wow. I love walking around Anthro and "stealing" their ideas. This is so stunning, I am totally "borrowing" this from you!

    I'd LOVE if you could share this with my readers tonight @Creative Juice Thursday. Party starts @ 7pm CST. Get your crafting shoes on. Hope to see you there...

    p.s. love your header and background! so striking!

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  10. LOVE this! found it on someday crafts :) I may just have to give it a whirl!

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  11. great idea...anything inspired from anthropologie has to be great!

    indieinventions.blogspot.com

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  12. Good for you! These look amazing, I can't believe they are so cute and so cheap! These would be a great addition to DIY Thrifty Thursday, I'd love to have you link up! :) http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/03/diy-thrifty-thursday-9.html

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  13. So pretty! And is that a Fiestaware bowl I spy for the food coloring,(I am a Fiestaware addict)?? Can't wait to try this!

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  14. Love, love, love these! In fact, I featured them:
    http://www.extremepersonalmeasures.com/2011/03/lets-make-it-anthropologie-inspired.html

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  15. Oh I love this idea! How clever and so easy to follow. I will have to try this!!!

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  16. how fun! what a great diy! thanks for sharing!

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  17. Super cute and frugal, LOVE it!

    Feel free to stop by and link up to my Make & Share 1st edition today and come back every friday thru saturday!

    ~ Christy

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  18. Did my last message go through? If not, here it is again. I love these! They are beautiful! I love that they are made of q-tips! I am featuring these tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button. I've been excited to highlight them since I saw them on Wednesday!!!! Great work!

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  19. Of course something from anthropologie would make q-tips look awesome...and yours looks IDENTICAL! How fun! You did an amazing job!

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  20. Seriously brilliant!! Crafting at it's best - great job! I love them!

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  21. saw these on someday crafts, seriously amazing!! I never would have guessed! Would love for you to link up to Handmade Tuesdays.

    www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  22. So cool! I saw these at Someday Crafts and fell in love! I am going tp try it as well. :)

    I am a new follower too. :)
    http://kristensjunkdrawer.blogspot.com/

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  23. I totally love these! I have a dandelion painting on my dining room wall that looks a little out of place, and I needed something for the table to tie the room together. This is perfect, thank you! :)

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  24. I saw these at Someday Crafts too!!! These are a great diy!!!! I really will do this one!!!! Yes I love the aqua but any colors could be good!!! Thanks so much!!! hugs

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  25. Love them! I have a black thumb, so I'm always on a hunt for some "fake but cool" flowers!! thanks, d.
    http://inspirationrealisation.blogspot.com/

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  26. These are uber precious!!! I am imagining a bouquet of these for my 11 year old daughter's bedroom...so stinking cute!!!

    LaKeta

    1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

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  27. These are so awesome!! I love how cheap they are and how they don't look one bit so. Thanks for sharing!

    http://imsewinlove.blogspot.com/

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  28. LOVE this! I remember seeing those in the Anthro store, but I totally like yours more! Great job! I might just have to try making this! :0)

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  29. SHUT UP!! These are the MOST adorable things EVER! I would love to feature them on my blog. Stop on mind if you get a chance.

    warmfuzzypurpleandgold.blogspot.com

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  30. Oh my that is too fun! They look so pretty...who knew q-tips! I am totally a new follower!
    Holly
    504 Main

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  31. Genial! ME ha gustado mucho, rápido, sencillo y con un resultado espectacular.
    Gracias.

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  32. LOVE THESE!! Please share at my linky party going on now :)

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  33. This is absolutely ingenius! Thanks for sharing your creativity; awesome!

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  34. OH MY GOSH that is the coolest idea ever! I ♥ it! Great job ;)

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  35. I absolutely love them! You did a really wonderful job on yours! Thanks for sharing, Vicky

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  36. This is adorable! I love seeing store displays and re-creating them. Well done!

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  37. Oh my gosh I love theses!!!!
    NICE JOB!

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  38. I would never ever have guess Q-Tips!

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  39. Adorable, I just may have to do this!

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  40. these are just too freakin' cute!! I'm making some, only smaller, so they look more like an oversized dandelion. thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  41. You were featured over at Today's Top 20 -- Hooray!

    Amanda
    www.todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  42. I tried making these yesterday. So cool! Thanks for posting the tutorial. I linked your blog from my post. Have a nice day!

    http://fallanstechnicolordreams.blogspot.com/2011/04/spring-has-sprung.html

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  43. I used your tutorial to create part of my centerpiece for a spring tea party: http://singlesandpairs.blogspot.com/2011/04/hosting-tea-party.html :)

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  44. I've done a "horton hears a who" dinner in the past on may fifteenth (as the book starts "on the fifteenth of may, in the jungle of nool"). This may become our centerpiece as "the clover"

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  45. Ohh thank you for this! Those tricky Anthropologie employees always make everything looks so wonderful. Awesome that you got in there and figured it out ;)

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  46. I'll be featuring your project on my blog as one of my favorite things, if you don't mind?! http://littlekatieontheprairie.blogspot.com I'm so in love with this project.

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  47. Cool! They sort of remind me of the pincushion protea flowers we have here in Hawaii. What do you think about spray painting the styrofoam ball a lighter color, like yellow, then dipping the q-tip shafts in a transitional color like orange or green, and then the cotton q-tip ends in blue or red so the blossoms transition from yellow to orange to red on the tips or from yellow to green to blue. Or switch the colors around to where the darkest color is at the center, the intermediate color is still on the shafts and the tips are the lightest color.

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  48. Saw these on pinterest, they are very awesome!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  49. Es maravilloso, una idea estupenda.
    Saludos

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  50. Love this idea. Whenever I need a little creative burst I just take a while trhough Anthro. I think I might try these flowers in yellow. A fun take on the "billy ball" look. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. this is too clever!! and they turned out looking so awesome! i'm a new follower!!! yay!

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  52. I absolutely fell in LOVE with this DIY!

    I featured this on my blog -- http://iheartlaughing.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-q-tip-flower-poms.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    xo

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  53. thanks, I loved your post and added a link to it on my blog
    http://craft-connection.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-blooms.html

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  54. I love Anthro inspired crafts! Yours looks amazing. I've included it in our round-up on FaveCrafts Blog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-craft-with-cotton-balls-q-tips-and-paper-plates/

    Please let me know if you'd be interested in publishing any of your craft projects with us :)

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  55. These are so freaking cute! I am featuring them tomorrow for my [so cheap, so easy] series and will link back to your original post!

    Thanks,
    Jamie

    www.tocrave.blogspot.com

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  56. How would you make this into an ornament?

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  57. you could probably stick a white flat thumbtack with a ribbon attached to hang it from!

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  58. Clever & adorable! I take phone pics at Anthro too but haven't tried to make any of the projects yet!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  59. I made these following your tutorial and I LOVE them. Just so happens my grandmother gave me an antique vase that her deceased husband bought for her and I needed something to put in it. I LOVE it. See the picture here.....http://kidsandkrafts.blogspot.com/

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  60. I made these - my husband cut the cue tips at an angle and they poke into the styro balls much easier - neat idea for a desk top flower

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  61. I made these in different colors, before they dried I sprinkled some white sparkles on them - they are absolutely beautiful and the sparkle just adds a bit of oomph to them -

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  62. I did some with black food coloring then sprinkled gold sparkles over while they are still wet -AWESOME

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  63. Thanks for the inspiration! I made sure to give you some mad props! Love it! http://siscustomaccessories.blogspot.com/p/crafts-and-diy-ideas.html

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  64. I am definitely trying this! Thanks! :)

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  65. I am definitely trying this! Thanks! :)

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  66. SO EASY AND BEAUTIFUL!

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  67. I made some of these but I had to glue my Q tip into the ball.

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  68. Very nice, simple idea :-) Thank's for sharing!

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  70. This is so cute and clever!! Like I commented on your striped entry way, I found you on Mark Montano's blog. I am going to have to try this!!!

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  71. The idea of using Q-tips in your creation is very unique because it is good to create good creation but it should be in your bugjt.

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  72. Thank you for posting this. My daughter and I just make one and its so cute, very Dr. Seuss-ish!

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  73. This is so cute and clever!!I am definitely trying this! Thanks! :)

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  74. This is great! It's decorative and great for little ones to do and strenghten those fingers!! Thanks!

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  75. Wow, I love how simple it is to make! So cute and chic, wonderful idea. So inspired to try making it!

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  76. waaaah! my Q-tips fell out when I stuck them in the bowl of colored water - do I really need to hot glue them in place to make a longer lasting flower?!?

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  77. Great informative site. I'm really impressed after reading this blog post. I really appreciate the time and effort you spend to share this with us! I do hope to read more updates soon.
    online florists

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  78. I am most definitely making these for my room! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. Just saw this pinned on Pinterest, even tho it's from 2011, and I am SO MAKING THESE for my new home! I'm doing "fun" decor in my kitchen, and these will be perfect! My husband commented how these are "unbelievably cool" as well! Thanks for sharing!

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  80. It's an amazing idea! :)
    I mentioned you in my blog (http://rava-nello.blogspot.it/2014/11/mondays-inspiration-16.html)

    Be careful because a lot of people has taken your photos and said that are theirs...

    Virginia

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