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2 DIY Paper Flower Wreath

It's been a little paper flower happy around here these days and it was inevitable a wreath was just around the corner.  The flowers are a smaller version of the big paper flower faux holiday tree we made last week and I added a new cabbage-style rose too.  These flowers are actually a lot easier than you would think - once you get the hang of it.  The roses are the most complicated, but even those, once you do one or two you should be well on your way. Here's how we made it:

Materials Needed

For the Flowers:
Crepe paper and tissue paper
Pipe cleaners or a thinner floral wire
Glue Stick
Glue Gun

For the Wreath:
Floral wire (19" long) or wire wreath (12" diameter) already made (if opting for the wire and making your own, just make sure it's a thicker wire so that it's strong)
Paper Flowers (once made)
Gold Eucalyptus branches or something similar (we picked ours up at Michael's)
Glue Gun

To Make
We didn't take step by step photo's for this as it is pretty straight-forward.  But first, make your paper flowers.  For instructions on how to make paper flowers, visit our DIY Paper Flower Faux Tree tutorial for visuals.  To make a cabbage rose follow the rose DIY there, but replace the center of the rose with a ball of scrunched up crepe paper; just roll up a 5" x 20" piece of crepe paper, then scrunch into a nice ball.  Glue gun the petals onto the center until you have the size of rose you'd like.
For a 12" diameter wreath we made:

5 cabbage roses (4 pink and 1 fushia)
5 regular roses (3 pink and 2 fushia)
3 small cream coloured carnations
2 larger fushia carnations
3 to 3 eucalyptus branches

To make a wreath, take 3 (19" long) thicker floral wires and connect them together, creating a circle.  It should turn into approx. a 12" diameter wreath.  Wrap the eucalyptus branches around half of the wreath, wrapping so that they are secure.  You could glue gun on to secure, but ours was okay without.  On the other side, start to place the flowers starting with smaller flowers at the top end, wrapping each flower around the wires using the flower's floral wires.  For the smaller cabbage roses, if you didn't make a stem, you can glue these directly onto the wreath using the glue gun. Continue placing the flowers along, going larger in the center, and then back to smaller at the other end.  And voila! That is it!

1 2015 Gift Guide | Books (Art, Crafts + Journals)

Continuing with our Holiday Gift Guide, here's part two of our book guide featuring a selection of a few art books, craft books and journals that we love.  Click here for part one.

Q&A a Day for Moms, A 5-Year Journal
by Potter Style
This five-year journal will help capture the countless milestones, simple joys, and unexpected challenges that come with being a Mom. The perfect gift to celebrate the birth of a child, Mother's Day, and other milestones in the relationship between a mother and child. Click here for more info.


0 Happy Thanksgiving! Salted Honey Lavender Pie

Earlier this summer we invited Vancouver pie baker, Tina Lau of Tarte Populaire to share her infamous Salted Honey Lavendar Pie recipe in our Poppytalk Summer publication. And since it's Throwback Thursday (and Thanksgiving in the U.S.), we thought we'd bring the recipe to the blog —in case any of you may have missed this magical pie!  Magical? Yes, because once you take a bite you'll know what we mean. The fusion of the salt, mixed with the sweet of the honey and then the hint of lavender are other-worldy.  So so good!  And the crust! One of the best!

Thank you Tina for sharing this with us, and if you are in Vancouver and are a non-baker, you can actually order this pie and many other special fruit pies from her by simply shooting her an email!  Click here to visit her site or you can also see more of her creations on her IG account @tartepop. The recipe is just after the jump! Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends!


0 E28 Collection at Nineteen Ten

Designed for modern Vancouver living in mind, E 28 Collection integrates reclaimed butcher block wood and newly formed stainless steel for both beauty and durability. E 28 Collection features the Station Block, Main Bench and Prior Table, three distinct furniture pieces that each embody heritage feel through modern form.

Made in collaboration with Pacific Design Lab and Nineteen Ten Home Boutique, the E 28 Collection is designed for accessibility, versatility and full customizable. The base model for each piece comes with the naturally beautiful butcher block wood, freshly sanded with natural oil finish and custom formed steel is left raw and untreated. Customize to fit into your space by adding a dark wash for depth and detail in the wood or a coastal inspired white wash for a contemporary finish. The steel can be powder-coated for a fresh and clean finish.

0 Giving Back | Shop for Hope (Canadian Women's Foundation)

Santa Air Mail Bag, Buffalo Check Scented Candle

During the season of giving, it's always important to us to find ways to give back and this year we were excited to hear about Shop for Hope, a holiday product line launched by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with Winners and HomeSense. We love that 100 per cent of the net profits from  Shop for Hope  go to the Foundation’s investments in emergency shelters, programs that help women rebuild their lives from abuse, and prevention programs that teach young people how to stop violence – for good.