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    Pinspiration: Paper Flower Decorating Ideas!

    We recently announced our new series of workshops - MakeMN™ which kicks off with Flower Making 101 on April 27th! In this first workshop, you'll make two oversized crepe paper and tissue paper flowers, and learn all the steps to create more of your own at home. We put together a collection of ideas for using paper flowers in wedding, baby shower, and nursery decor:
    12 ideas for decorating with paper flowers | Carver Junk Company blog | MakeMN
      [caption id="attachment_1689" align="aligncenter" width="599"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Baby Nursery Baby Girl Nursery, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via The Glitter Guide.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1690" align="aligncenter" width="651"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Baby Shower Decor Baby Shower table, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Fawn Over Baby.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1691" align="aligncenter" width="700"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Backdrop Cake Table Wedding Reception Cake Table, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Pinterest.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1692" align="aligncenter" width="550"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Backdrop Photo backdrop perfect for a wedding or shower, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via The Wedding Chicks.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1693" align="aligncenter" width="300"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Centerpiece Dining Table Small tissue paper flowers as a dining table centerpiece, via Pinterest.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1694" align="aligncenter" width="570"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Centerpiece Wedding Tree Wedding Reception Centerpiece, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Etsy.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1695" align="aligncenter" width="600"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Small Version in Vase Wedding Reception Centerpiece, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Pinterest.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1696" align="aligncenter" width="400"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Wall Wedding Reception Table, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Style Me Pretty.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1697" align="aligncenter" width="550"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Wedding Ceiling Wedding Reception Dance Floor Ceiling, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Pinterest.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1698" align="aligncenter" width="700"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Wedding Chair Decor Wedding Reception Chair, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via Pinterest.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1699" align="aligncenter" width="720"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Wedding Wall Wedding Reception Table, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via The Perfect Palette.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1700" align="aligncenter" width="417"]MakeMN Paper Flower Decorating Idea Flower Wreath Grape Vine Wreath, decorated with tissue paper flowers, via PrettyPetals.typepad.com.[/caption]
     

    Introducing: MakeMN™ at Carver Junk Company Minneapolis!

    make
    verb
    1. form (something) by putting parts together or combining substances; construct; create.
    2. cause (something) to exist or come about; bring about.
    We're making stuff, Minnesota! And you're invited.
    MakeMN™ at Carver Junk Company | Minneapolis DIY Workshops |Craft Sessions | Make Your Own
    Carver Junk Company is excited to launch hands-on workshops at our Minneapolis location as a part of our MakeMN™ series!  The first installment in MakeMN™ is Flower Making 101!
    Following the First Annual Vintage & Handmade Wedding sale at our Carver store, we had a ton of requests from brides hoping to make their own decorations, with a little help & direction. Our natural choice then, for our first MakeMN™ workshop was a great, versatile spring and/or wedding decor session!
     Paper Rose | MakeMN Flower Making 101 | Spring DIY Project | Craft Workshop Minneapolis
    WHO: MakeMN™ Flower Making 101 would be a perfect workshop for a group - think bridal parties creating wedding decorations, baby showers making nursery decor, or a girls' evening combing spring crafts & BYOB(ottles of wine or beer).
    WHAT: Participants will make two gorgeous paper flowers using crepe and tissue paper. We provide all the supplies and instruction, and you take home a giant {10"} rose and {14"} peony, and the knowledge you need to create more if you're working on event decor!
    WHEN: We have open registration for our April 27th workshop, from 6-8pm - limited to 10 participants. If you'd like a private party, email MakeMN@carverjunkcompany.com to arrange a date!
    WHERE:  All regularly-scheduled MakeMN events will take place at our Minneapolis store: 4748 Chicago Ave S. Private parties can be held at the store, or message us about hosting at your location!

    Starting in April, we will have one fun, classy, crafty workshop scheduled every month! Watch the Events & Workshops page on our website for new workshop offerings.

    Pinspiration: Walls of Vintage Mirrors and Frames

    We're in love with, and inspired by, the vision of a wall full of vintage mirrors and frames. We didn't come up with the idea, but that's why we're thankful to have such visionary members of the CJC team. You all can thank Aimee over at The Vintage Estate for this month's store theme! We'll post a follow up photo when we've got the in-store wall display finished up. Until then, here are some inspiration photos - both for our wall display, and how you can use them when you take them home! See more on our Vintage & Antique Mirrors Pinterest board. [caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="600"]source domino.com source domino.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_345" align="aligncenter" width="410"] source anthropologie.com[/caption]   Inspired by all of these mirror moments,  we are issuing a hashtag challenge! Share your favorite vintage or antique mirrors (at your home or out in the world) with the hashtag #CJCMIRRORS. You can upload photos taken by you to InstagramTwitter, Facebook or Pinterest and we’ll share our favorites on CJC!   Update! Here is a photo of our wall for the April sale:

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    DIY Wedding Decor: Sola Wood Flower Pomander Balls

    {Update: we are thrilled to be featured on the WeddingBee boards!} Flowers are expensive. Ok, now I'll tell you something you don't know. Sola wood flowers are not expensive. I'll tell you a few other things I've learned recently:  Sola wood flowers are actually made of wood from tapioca plants. It's like a really thin version of balsa wood - made into FLOWERS! And they look incredibly realistic. My discovery path looked a little like this: Pinterest > Etsy > Google > Saveoncrafts.com > Pinterest > theknot.com. Here's a little tutorial on how to make your own sola flower pomanders! They, and these instructions, could be used to make so many different decor items. I can't wait to search out and DIY some other creative ideas for them! 1.    I purchased hundreds of sola wood flowers from saveoncrafts.com. Most of them were the natural wood color, except for a few that I ordered already dyed orange. {our colors are a peachy orange, gray, and lots of white and blush pink} They cost approximately $.25 each. 2.     There weren't many color options available, so I decided to make my own. I bought a couple of craft paints from Michael's Crafts. 3.     And mixed them into some water in old tupperware dishes. When I first tried, I underestimated the amount of paint I'd need. I kept mixing until it coated the flowers nicely when I dipped them in. I'd say I used about half of each bottle with the amount of water you see below. 4.      I just held onto them from the bottoms, dipped them in, swished {technical term} them around a bit, and plopped them on some paper towel to dry. I didn't soak them in the paint at all - in fact, I never let go of them, the whole process for each flower took approximately 3.786 seconds. 5.     Aren't they pretty?!?!?!  I'm in love. 6.     Then I pulled out this styrofoam ball. One of the twelve I purchased. We'll talk later about why I'm returning 11 of them... 7.      And I also bought this fun little gadget - a glue stick melter. It's like fondue, for crafters! It's better in theory than in practice, though. When I make the rest of these poms, I'll go back to my trusty glue gun... 8.     Back to the poms. I dipped the ends of the ribbon in the melty glue, and set them on the styro ball. I'd estimate I used about 20 inches of ribbon. Then I tacked it in with some stick pins, just to triple-secure that they won't fall apart if it gets windy on wedding day!!  9.      Then I started gluing! I used the natural colored, the purchased orange, and my new DIY-dyed flowers in a random pattern.  10.  Ta Da!!  I'm completely, ridiculously in love with how well this turned out! And how real the flowers look. So much better than silk or other fake blooms.... {oh yeah, and about the styro balls I mentioned returning - it's because they were so large, they took over 60 flowers each to make, and were about 3 inches bigger than I expected. you know, because the flowers add circumference once you add them....clearly I didn't anticipate that. so I'm buying less expensive, smaller ones that will require fewer flowers, meaning this project will cost EVEN LESS!!} How would you use these fun, wood flowers? In a bouquet? Just like this? What colors would you dye them? homework      Linked Up To:  Cozy Little HouseMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaThe NY Melrose FamilyThe Blackberry VineCarolyn's HomeworkFunky Polka Dot GiraffeNot Just a HousewifeDIY ShowoffThe Pin Junkie