Store Window DIY: Desert Blooms

October 7, 2016

If you’ve stopped by one of our stores lately, you probably noticed the rainbow of blooming cacti in the windows. Not too bad for a container garden, right? Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret—not only are these beauties a cinch to take care of, they’re super easy to make, as well. Thanks to this beginner-friendly DIY from our visual team, our houseplants have never looked better.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Acid dye
  • Assorted sizes of paper merchandise tags (available at office supply stores)
  • Craft foam balls
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun

 

HOW TO MAKE IT

Mix dye bath according to package instructions.

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Dip tags into the bath, leaving some in longer than others to create a range of shades.

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Lay flat to dry.

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Cut the strings off the smallest tags.

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Using your hot glue gun, begin to adhere the smallest tags to the foam ball; this will become your flower’s core.

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Continue adding the smallest “petals,” overlapping in a circular fashion, for a few layers.

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Build the next layer with slightly larger tags, working in a circle.

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Build the final layer with your largest tags.

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Finesse the petal shapes and fan out the outermost pieces.

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Admire your completed flower! These blossoms can be mounted onto wire or wooden dowels for stems.

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Stop by your local store to see the windows firsthand, snap your own photos and use #AnthroWindows to share on Instagram!