Posts Tagged ‘wall art’
It wouldn’t be Valentines day without a flower DIY. So here I am with the last V-Day project of the year…a (fresh flower) monogram wall hanging that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. OR a wedding, birthday party, housewarming…Okay, it works for pretty much anything. Especially if you like flowers as much as I do.
You may remember the giant floral ampersand I created a while back that was in this same vein. But to switch things up, I’m using a different method and a garland as the base (which will help cut down on the number of flowers you need to complete the project).
Here’s how to make your own floral typography wall art…
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-paper awl (or similar)
My friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers and the garland. So, if you’re looking for fresh flowers and greenery, be sure to check them out. Their flowers are top notch.
For all flowers except the Poppies… Cut at least 1″ off each stem and place in 3-4″ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they’re not already.
For the Poppies… These can be a little tricky sometimes. So to help them bloom, you may want to try cutting them under water and keeping the stems submerged in water for 10-15 minutes before searing the ends with a quick dip in boiling water for 10-15 seconds. That’s what I ended up doing and it worked great. As the blooms start to open, you may need to give some of them a little help by gently pulling back the sepals (the brown fuzzy “shell”).
For the garland… Keep it in a dry, cool place until you’re ready to use it. No need to spray with water or anything like that.
1. Start by drawing and cutting out large letters from foam core or cardboard. I just freehanded the letters with a pencil and then cut them with a sharp blade.
2. Next, poke a set of holes in the letter cut out, all the way around, every 6-10 inches. Use the paper awl to poke the holes or another sharp object.
3. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly 8-10 inches long, and poke through the first set of holes (from the back of the letter), so that each end is showing through to the front.
4. Then, lay the garland on top of the foam core letter and secure the first section with the wire that you poked through in step 3. All you need to do is wrap the wire around the garland and twist several times until secure. Then, hide the excess wire underneath the leaves or clip off.
5. Once you’ve completed that process all the way around, covering the entire letter with garland, it’s time to add flowers. Make sure the flowers have had at least 24 hours to properly hydrate before this step. Then, trim the stems if necessary and intertwine them amongst the garland. If you’re having trouble, add floral wire to each stem, for more stiffness to wedge into the garland. If you have a super bushy garland, you can tuck small water tubes into the garland to keep the flowers as fresh as possible.
6. Fill the garland with flowers until you’ve reached the desired effect. Enjoy!
You can do initials like J + B (for V-day or a wedding), a single letter, to stand as a statement art piece, or even a short phrase or message if you’re feeling especially ambitious.
P.S. If you wanted to go a more cost effective (and long lasting) route, you could skip the flowers all together and just do garland letters, which are kind of fun too…
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
After this project, I am even more obsessed with poppies. They may be a little finicky, but they sure are pretty. Don’t you think?
Think you might give this flower project a try?
For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.
I feel like I’ve already done a bunch of holiday decor projects this year, but I had a wall that needed a little something and was in the mood for one more project. Unfortunately, my wallet was not. So I gathered up some supplies that I already had in the house and created this removable wall art custom decals DIY. *If you don’t have these items on-hand already, this project will still only set you back about $15.
The full tutorial is right here on Curbly.
But before you click over, I thought it was worth mentioning that I’ve been dying to use that copper contact paper for almost a year now. Yep, I’ve had it that long – was just waiting for the perfect project… Thought you would appreciate my craziness… Do you ever do that? Hold on to something for eternity until the ‘perfect’ project makes it’s way into your head?
Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
P.S. Be sure to check out the most recent 24 Merry Days giveaways…Melanie from You Are My Fave is giving away a $250 gift certificate to Land of Nod and Audrey from This Little Street (who is the smarty who dreamed up 24 Merry Days in the first place) is giving away a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!
Every year, around Christmas time, I get a new calendar (or two) to get a jumpstart on the new year. Is it me or is there something about a new calendar and a new year that makes you feel like absolutely anything is possible?
So I rounded up eleven of my favorite calendars to give you the kick in the pants you need to start thinking about 2014…
1. 2014 minerals calendar from Lindsay Jones
2. sung calendar 2014 from Snug.Studio
3. 2014 astrology wall calendar from Prismatic Print Shop
4. 2014 Frankie magazine calendar from Frankie Press
5. oversized wall calendar for 2014 from One Canoe Two
6. 2014 Scandinavian floral calendar from The House That Lars Built
7. 2014 prisms calendar from Julia Kostreva
8. 2014 calendar from Linda & Harriett
9. big number 2014 calendar from Decoylab
10. 2014 ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ calendar from Cranny
11. 2014 Stendig calendar from Need Supply
Don’t see your favorite calendar listed? Leave a link to your faves in the comments below. Always up for discovering a few more.
P.S. Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away a Public bike today, as a part of the 24 Merry Days giveaway event! Enter to win the bike here.