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Flower Tips


One of the perks of decorating in spring is the abundance of fresh flowers, but allergies and expense can be prohibitive. Why not try making your own pretty blooms? By crafting your flowers, you save yourself the spending, sneezing, and wilting of real ones. There are tons of great paper and fabric tutorials out there, but these unique Q-Tip flowers are easy to make and even more interesting to look at.  Inspired by the always-creative store designs of Anthropologie, the aesthetic of these buds border closer on the side of artistic than overly “crafty” or “homemade.”




To make your own, you’ll need small Styrofoam balls (one per flower), lots of Q-tips, food coloring, and the plastic stems of artificial flowers. First, cut your Q-Tips in half and stick them into the Styrofoam ball until the whole surface is covered. You want them to be pretty close together, but not right on top of each other. Then put a few drops of your desired food coloring in a bowl and mix with water (keep in mind the color will dry lighter than it first appears). Dip the Q-tip covered ball in the bowl and rotate it around until all the cotton tips are covered. Once it’s all dyed, let it dry overnight. Last but not least, stick the plastic flower stem into the Styrofoam. You can hot glue around it for extra enforcement.




Neat, huh? Some fun variations to consider: leave the Q-tips all white for a clean, minimalist look or dye the Q-tip different colors before sticking them into the Styrofoam for a multicolored flower.


DIY Q-tip flower, green

Photo: Homemade Ginger


DIY Q-tip flower, yellow

Photo: Just Laugh


DIY Q-tip flower, blue

Photo: Thanks, I Made It guest post by Jessi Snow



I’m a sucker for fresh flowers, but this craft is perfect for those who can’t have them, or just want a change of pace. What alternatives to fresh flowers do you like to use?





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Posted by: Lzahn, on April 25th, 2013 at 11:00am.
Categories: DIY projects, Crafts

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