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Make Pretty Paper Flowers in Under 10 Minutes

Have you noticed the pretty paper flowers available at stores like West Elm, Pottery Barn, and even our favorite place to swoon, Anthropologie? Well, instead of spending $5 or more per flower, why not make dozens for way under $10?! For today’s installment of DIY Basics, we’ll show you how to create lovely blooms sure to brighten up any space. The best part? You won’t have to replace these flowers after a week!


Materials:
– cardstock in your choice of colors

– floral tape

– floral wire stems

– scissors and pencil

These are so easy and quick to make once you have a template drawn out. I picked one of my favorite spring flowers, anemones. Study the petal of your favorite flower and simply draw on a sheet of card stock.

1. Trace your template on your choice of colored cardstock and cut out.

2. Cut a little in between the petals so it’s easier to shape the flower, cup flower cutout in your hand.

3. Take a different colored cardstock for the stamen and cut strips halfway along the rectangle.

4. Roll the paper stamen on the floral wire.

5. Wrap with floral tape several times to secure.

6. Cut hole in center of flower shape and slide onto the floral wire. Add second flower cutout.

And you’re almost done. Open up the stamen center and pinch the petals to give it more realistic shape. So lovely!!

These darling flowers look great with more than one layer, it gives the illusion of multiple petals!

Group your flowers together and create a gorgeous little bouquet.

Or arrange paper flowers around your home or as a centerpiece for your next spring party, perhaps Easter brunch?

We love the idea of setting a single flower at each place setting as a favor to your guests.

What flowers will you make? When you are ready for a new set of flowers, don’t forget to recycle! ;)

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)