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DIY: Paper Flower Bouquets Are Still All the Rage This 2018

Brides and crafters love these long-lasting beauties.

Fresh flowers do liven up a place, but they can be expensive and do not last very long. Today, paper flowers, which only used to be seen in arts and crafts classes, have become a prized item in the homes of avid crafters and in the hands of blooming brides.

But you don’t need to be an expert crafter to create paper flower masterpieces. With a few easily sourced materials, a detailed guide, and a bit of patience, you will be able to fill your space with dainty floral paper creations. Below, we share just one of many ways to create paper flowers, courtesy of DIY-Paper Crafts on YouTube.

For this project, you will need colored paper cut into squares (green for the leaves along with other colors you want for the flowers), a pencil or marker, a pair of scissors, glue, and anything round to use as a shape guide.

Trace a circle one one of your colored papers.

Cut the circle.

Fold the circular paper in half.

Fold half of the paper inward so that it forms a heart shape. This is your petal.

Glue the inside part of the petal so that it holds its shape.

Create six of these petals.

For the leaf, start by folding the paper in half.

Then start cutting it so that the outer edge has little spikes and the whole piece looks like half a leaf.

Then start folding it horizontally in alternating directions so that it forms ridges.

Unfold the paper to reveal a leaf. Make two (or more) and glue them together.

Now, start gluing your flower petals.

Attach them to the leaves.

And you should have your dainty paper flowers.

Check out the video tutorial below:

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There are also variations to this kind of paper flower, like using recycled paper.

You can add more folds to each petal.

You can add stones, gems, and other accents.

You can put them in a vase.

You can also turn them into a bouquet.

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12 Awesome Devices To Make Your Home Smart

It really pays (or, in this case, save) to be smart!

Homeowners have always loved placing different furniture and stuff in their houses. But now, with the advancement of technology, everything seems to look futuristic. From locks to speakers to switches, everything is now more connected to gadgets that are never installed before.

Elite Readers has a compiled a list of smart home gadgetries perfect for any type of house. This one here, though, is inspired by Fortune’s very own editor, Stacey Higginbotham. So, if you are looking to revamp your crib a bit, this compilation might just give you an idea. You can thank us later!

#1. Curb Energy

Well, this one here is more of a monitoring device. It can be installed anywhere in your room, though most prefer having it inside a circuit-breaker panel in the garage. There is a reason it is first on the list, as it actually gives you a real-time energy consumption date for your entire house. And obviously, it is an instant money saver....

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30 Brilliant Ways To Use Old Stuff You’re About To Throw Away

Stop throwing stuff away. Do this instead.

Before you throw anything away, really think about it. For example, if you’ve finished burning a candle that comes in a big glass jar, don’t waste it. Instead, drain out the leftover wax and use it as storage. This is called “upcycling.” Upcycling is “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”

And it’s not just for people who love arts and crafts. These ideas are worth trying (and will make your home a whole lot cooler).

1.) Using an old ladder as a bookshelf.

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If you don’t have a spare ladder handy and would like this piece for yourself, visit the Naturally Cre8tive store on Etsy.

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20 No Equipment Exercises You Can Do At Home If You’re Too Busy For The Gym

No time to hit the gym? No worries! These no equipment workouts are perfect for you.

Don’t have time to hit the gym? Well, that’s not a valid excuse if you really want to be fit and healthy. As the old saying goes, there is always a way if you have the will. Besides, in addition to traditional means of exercising, there are actually other fun, inexpensive ways of getting your muscles moving and finally losing those much-dreaded body fats.

Couples, for example, can take advantage of intimate time and do the so-called sexercise positions. That way, both partners can workout (and literally sweat it out) at the same time.

For those who are single or at least for those who are unwilling to spend money on home gym equipment, listen up.

Yes, there are also many great exercise routines you can perform right at the comfort of your own room. ...

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