Wow, it’s been been almost six months since I moved to GA and signed the lease on my lovely apartment. One problem though. My walls have been bare! No photos, no art…just paint. I really didn’t want to spend a small fortune trying to decorate the place. And then all of a sudden my internal creative awakened from her deep slumber. I got on Pinterest and started searching!
I came across this tutorial and decided it was something I could definitely pull off! If you like the way it turned out you can try making one too. The project cost me about $40. Here’s the breakdown…
Canvas (3): $15
Spray paint (2 cans): $6
FYI: I wanted my pieces to be full and have a layered look to them. If you use less flowers you’ll save money on this project. I got them from Dollar Tree so they’re inexpensive no matter what you decide.
You’ll also need a hot glue gun and glue sticks for this project. I didn’t include those in the price breakdown because I already had them on hand. A starter kit will cost around $7 at a local craft store.
Pull your flowers from the stems. Trim any leftover stem attached to the petals with scissors so the flowers can lay flat against the canvas.
Begin to lay your flowers on the canvas and arrange them until they’re placed exactly the way you want to glue them down. Don’t forget to use the leaves from your stems, they look good too! Also, go ahead and plug in your glue gun while doing this so it can start warming up.
Once you’re happy with the arrangement, start gluing! I glued some of my flowers flat like in the photo above. Others though, I glued them down sideways to give more dimension to the final product. Note: you don’t need a lot of glue to make everything stick.
Spray paint! How many coats you need will depend on how “faded” you want your flowers to be. I used white but choose whatever color you want. I also chose a paint that was safe for flowers (even though these are fake). This kind of spray paint won’t have super strong fumes and are easier to control. Note: please do this in a well ventilated area.
Once your paint dries (check your can’s instructions) go ahead and hang your masterpiece!
This project cost about $14 per canvas because I used so many flowers but it’s still not a bad price for an original piece of art that you created yourself. No two canvases will ever look exactly the same. How cool is that?! I decided to hang mine over the fireplace and I love how it looks.
What do you think? Is this something you’d try?
Until next time…