This New $5 Trader Joe’s Find Is Taking Over the Internet

published Mar 22, 2023
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Trader Joe’s flowers are the stuff of legends, and it’s low-key impossible to leave the store without a beautiful bouquet in tow. And while fresh flowers brighten up any room, they unfortunately don’t last forever. Thankfully, the newest offering from TJ’s does, and it’s a super budget-friendly way to DIY a beautiful bouquet you’ll cherish for years to come.

Social media users are buzzing over the beloved grocery chain’s wooden reed flowers, which seemingly come in sets of three for just $4.99 or full bouquets for $14.99. TJ’s enthusiast @traderjoeslist shared a photo and video of the pretty white wood flowers from a Marina Del Rey, California store on Instagram, captioning the post: “I literally was in Trader Joe’s and was thinking about how I’d love a flower that never dies and #traderjoes answered my thoughts! How cool are these? They also had full wooden bouquets!”

Instagrammer @mostlytraderjoes, who is based in the northeastern part of the U.S., also shared a selection of bouquets in varying shades of beige and cream, writing: “🤍 Wood Reed Flowers. Dried so they last forever. These were so pretty I wanted to buy all of them. They can be used as decor or you can put them in a scented liquid and use as a diffuser.”

They’re also making a splash on TikTok, with bride-to-be Nicole (aka @_nickelpickel) calling them “perfect for a DIY bouquet.” In the comments section of Nicole’s post, one person wrote: “you can dye them with acrylic paint,” adding that they used wooden flowers for their wedding bouquet. Another person wrote: “I got wood flowers for my wedding, my bouquet is still on display 7 years later and still makes me smile. Now I want to buy more for holiday decor!” Yet another added: “Looks like I’m going to TJs! Finally flowers I’m not allergic to.”

Aside from being allergy-friendly, they’re also safe for pets and serve as a more sustainable option than fresh flowers. Plus, they’re inherently customizable, and you can use any type of paint (acrylic, water-based, spray paint, etc.) — the opportunities are endless as long as you employ a little crafty creativity. As mentioned above, you can also put them into a reed diffuser or vase with the fragrance of your choice, making them a flame-free alternative to a scented candle.

Head on over to your local TJ’s to see if they’re in stock, as they seem to be popping up in stores all over the country.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: Trader Joe’s Wooden Flowers are Taking Over the Internet