a wall of flowers
March 7th, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.