One of my all time top posts over here on Homemade Ginger is my Anthropologie Blooms. It’s been getting some more attention lately and I’ve had to make these flowers a number of times. I’ve tweaked my methods and decided to post an updated tutorial.
I love this project because it requires only a few materials and it’s so easy to do. Lula has even been enjoying helping me out with these guys. If you recall from my original post, I spotted these huge basketball size q-tip flowers in an Anthropologie in Omaha a few years ago.
I thought they were so genius, that I knew I had to go home and try to make my own smaller version. All you need are:
- q-tips (you need lots…like hundreds)
- artificial flowers,
- styrofoam balls (any size will do)
- food coloring
In my original flowers, I used longer q-tips and spaced them out farther. For these updated versions, I like to make my q-tips fairly short and close together. Trim off about an inch from either side, leaving a chunk in the in middle that you will just throw away.
Just start pushing those babies into your styrofoam. Lula was helping me with this one.
It will end up looking like this:
Now, I don’t have an updated photo of this part, but be sure to COVER your hand as you dip your ball in the food coloring.
These take about 24 hours to dry. Make sure you rotate them a few times during drying time. When they are all dray, trim off the top of an artificial flower and use that stem for your q-tip ball. Be sure to choose a flower with a sturdy stem, preferably one with a wire inside of it.
And you are done! I’ve made these in aqua, yellow and purple so far. The purple was really tricky because the red and blue separated as they dried.
But just experiment and make them how you like them. I may be seeing a multicolored version in my future!