a wall of flowers

March 7th, 2012

a wall of [fake] flowers

I took all the homemade, wonky, gluey hearts down from the wall in my kids’ room and it looked so sad and bare. The room needed some cheering up! First I was thinking I would let the kids go crazy with washi tape, then I thought maybe we could make some paper flowers and tape them up, but then I saw this amazing wall.

flower wall detail

My daughter and I headed to the craft store to buy some [faux] flowers. I’m usually not down with fake flowers–or even buying that much plastic at once–but I have to admit some of these flowers are very,very pretty. The weedy looking ones are my favorite. I do believe I’m the only woman in the world buying plastic weeds.

rose closed and open

Luckily all the fake flowers were half off, so we went a little crazy picking them out. My daughter fell hard for the bubblegum pink roses covered in fake water droplets. I was not so smitten, but she was so in love. When we got home I was messing with the flowers to see if I could get them to look a bit more natural and when I pulled back the petals on the rose, it turned into this absolutely gorgeous bloom. You can see how the rose looks closed and open above.

making the flower wall [gif]

To hang all the flowers on the wall, I cut the bunches apart with a wire cutter and trimmed most of the leaves off as well. Then marked five rows on the wall. Working from the top down I simply taped each flower up so it was in line with the one above it. My rows aren’t perfectly spaced or perfectly straight, but the it’s the contrast of orderliness and nature I was going for–that’s what drew me to the first photo of flowers on the wall. Also, it’s just plain awesome to have a field of flowers on your bedroom wall.

beroom wall of flowers

For 20 dollars and an hour of our time, we managed to get spring to come a bit earlier in Wisconsin. Not bad, not bad at all.

 

Posted in craft, my home.

31 Responses to a wall of flowers

  1. cheryl says:

    That is such a fun, and gorgeous idea!

  2. heather says:

    i love this idea! so spring,and very creative! the flowers look great. thanks for sharing. :) xo

  3. This is so cool, Meg. I love it. The animated gif is much fun as well.

  4. Wendy says:

    Very, very cool. I don’t think I could get my boys to go for a wall of flowers in a million years (making the gender-equality loving heart of this women’s college grad so, so sad) but maybe something like this would work in my own room!

  5. At first glance I thought that you had figuired out a way to make lickable wall paper and I was impressed! This however, though not as “fun”, is much more practical and lovely. I love it all.

  6. Gillian says:

    Beautiful! Just lovely.

  7. elizabeth says:

    I am working on a faux flower project of my own….but yours is way more awesome!

  8. CitricSugar says:

    That is pretty darn cool. What a fun project for the two of you!

  9. Kirsty says:

    Just bloody gorgeous!

  10. Nancy says:

    This is so great and fun.

  11. Peggy says:

    Wow this is stunning! No one else was as impressed in my house (yeah I live with 3 teenage boys…) but that is okay because what do they know! :) I really, really like the flower wall! So much so that I am passing the picture along to a friend who has a little girl… to see if we can do it to her room. ;)

  12. Carla says:

    I love it. And I love that blank wall, the room is always changing, which is perfect for three little ones. I’m kinda tempted to do something similar in my bedroom.

  13. Kate says:

    I am insanely jealous, but not of the flower wall (which *is* very fun and springy). Nope, I’m jealous of the fact that you could even think of doing something like this. In my house, it would rapidly become a full time job to keep my children from pulling every last flower off of the wall! And likely ripping them to shreds “to see how they were made, Mama!”

  14. kristin says:

    so awesome! i kinda want to do this in a blank corner of our dining room now…the husband might look at me crooked, but whatever! it’s awesome!

  15. Jessica says:

    That is so beautiful and cheerful!

  16. Gretchen SB says:

    Ooooh! I love it!! I’m going to have to remember this when my daughter is a little older. Thanks for the cheery springy idea/images!

  17. Kelley says:

    so sweet! We have a weird Spring here too. It snowed two days ago and yesterday it was 70 degrees…
    Might have to do this floral wall soon.

  18. Stephanie says:

    So cute! We have those little orange ones… we use them for wedding bouquets.

  19. Aleyta says:

    How fun!!!!!

  20. futuregirl says:

    I love your kids’ room. Seriously love it. I love all the things to do to make it fun and involve them in the decorating. If I could convince my husband to sleep on a cloud-bunkbed, I would totally just reproduce that room here. Your kids are going to have the best memories of their childhood room. :)

  21. So lovely! Now I want to do this in my hallway!

  22. Dorie says:

    Animated gif of process! Awesome.

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  24. erika says:

    Such a nice idea!! And I love that cloud bed…so nice!