Anthropologie Inspired Blooms

 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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    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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    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. :)

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    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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    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 Grab my "featured" button. I've been excited to highlight them since I saw them on Wednesday!!!! Great work!

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


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    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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    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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    Anonymous says

    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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    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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    Anonymous says

    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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    Anonymous says

    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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    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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    Dessa says

    My 11yr old daughter made these for a fair project for 4-H and she got Outstanding Junior and a blue ribbon for them. We got SO MANY compliments on them. Thank you for the idea!!

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