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It's doable...the flower wall art

 What started it all...

 This was inspired by another Pinterest viewer, of which I've tried desperately to track down, I'm in the works though!-- The search comes to an end!! Thank you, CANDICE for such a beautiful and fun craft!! I have loved seeing all of the flowers that others have come up with :)

 

This is quite an easy project and it cost me a total of $13! I went to Michael's and bought the following:

-1 12x16 inch canvas $5.99 (with 40% off coupon, originally $9.99)

-1 Artist's Loft 4 oz acrylic grey paint $3.99 (I used the excess on this project)

-5 pieces of scrap book paper $3 total

I had the following:

-Mini hot glue gun and glue sticks (Michael's has these for about $3)

-Foam paint brushes (Michael's has these for about $1.50)

-Mod Podge (Please read reader comments before using)

STEPS:

1) Paint your canvas. Put the paint in a disposable container and paint it on, it will be see through at this time.  Before you add a second coat, you must let it dry completely or it'll come off when you brush over it.

2) While your first coat is drying, cut a 2 inch wide strip off the bottom of each of your scrap book papers. Don't measure these cuts, just eyeball them.

3) Then cut that strip into 2-3 inch rectangles.

4) Starting at one corner of the square make a curved cut to the opposite corner.

5) And back again.

6) Ta-da you have a leaf now! Repeat this process and make them smaller and larger... I found that I made too many large ones (over 3 inches) and had to scale them down later. 

7) Once you have a good sized pile of them, add your second coat of paint to your canvas.  Remember to paint the edges too!

8) Let your canvas dry completely (I watched a movie).  And begin to lay the leaves out starting with your center circle. (You can follow my picture below to get you started).

9) As you lay them out you might have to trim some leaves smaller or cut other larger ones.  If you look closely I started with smaller leaves and as I worked my way out I used larger ones. 

10) Now comes the fun part (sarcastism). Carefully pick up the center circle and stick some hot glue on it and put it back.  Work your way out doing the same things on the leaves.  When it gets to the edge  wrap it over.

That's it!

IMPORTANT: Use Mod Podge wisely, I did not use Mod Podge because I liked the matte finish.  One reader used it and said it ruined it because of the canvas.  However, another reader used it and said it came out just fine.  I would test the Modge Podge, (maybe on a side corner) before painting over the whole thing.

I'd love to see your creations and hear your comments so send 'em my way!!

 

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January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPinterest viewer

Great job! Love this!

January 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramber

I just bought all the supplies for this today after seeing it on Pinterest. I am making a 24x30 sized version of this. I hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTara

So excited for you, Tara! Let us know how it turns out!

January 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterCrystal (Chica)

Love this and am SOOOO making it for my bedroom! Thanks for the inspiration!

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarla

I have all of this on hand! One more reason to look forward to the weekend! Thank you for this beautiful idea - it's perfect for that bare wall in my daughter's room.

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

The first coat of paint is drying now! What a simple yet gorgeous idea! I can't wait to see how it will turn out!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlena

Wanting to try this and wondering about using gluedots instead of a glue gun? I think it will be a great family gift next Christmas for my grandsons to work on and thought it would be easier using the gluedots. Love your choice of papers and hope that the grandsons will have equally good taste when they choose their papers!!! :)

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I am modifiying this as a class project for my daughter's 5th grade class - to be auctioned off at their spring carnival. We are going to use a 24 x 30 canvas and mix photos of all the kids in with the scrapbook paper (depending on how many photos we get, we may make two). I have been looking for something that all the kids could participate in that would also be a great momento of their last year of elementary school. Thanks so much for the great inspiration! I will post pics as soon as we are finished.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I am so excited to hear from everyone and even more excited that you are trying this great craft! Please let me know how it comes out and I'd love to see a final picture :)

Cindy, I think glue dots are a great idea, especially with kids... it'll give you more time to line things up.

Melanie, what a wonderful idea! I've been tossing around the idea of photos quite a bit and you might just see one in the future from me with photos as well! Can't wait to see it!

January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterCrystal (Chica)

I just did this and love it!! Thanks!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Why the hot glue? Won't regular glue work?

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusanne

Meghan, please send a picture! I'd love to see what everyone comes up with!

Susanne, I use hot glue for several reasons. One, honestly when I'm doing a craft I am so excited about it I don't like to wait for things to dry. Two, many times when you use regular glue, the paper tends to warp/buckle where the glue is. However, there are many other options, there are glue dots as Cindy mentioned above. Also, there are some wonderful double sided sticky tape squares sold in the scrapbooking section of hobby stores that work work great too. Rubber cement doesn't tend to warp things, but that could get messy. Again though, I am looking for a clean look and less 'working' time, which is why I usually lean towards hot glue. Hope that helps!

January 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterCrystal (Chica)

I finished mine amd it was adorable! Then decided to mod podge over the top... it ruined it!!! DO NOT MOD PODGE IT!! It doesn't work on canvas. :(

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh Ashley, I am so sorry! I hope it is somehow salvageable! I have updated my blog to warn future readers of this. Thank you so much for letting us all know.

January 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterCrystal (Chica)

Just finished mine - I LOVE IT! Can't wait to make another. It turned out perfectly. I used Mod Podge and it worked just fine. I bought a Matte version as I, too, liked that look, but still wanted to "seal" it. I put the Mod Podge on a paper plate, used a clean foam brush (3"), and spread it on thin. I did have to go back over it because it was evident where I missed spots with the Mod Podge. Looks amazing though now that everything has dried evenly. Thanks for sharing this craft!! I definitely don't consider myself a crafty person so this was a very rewarding project :)

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

My best friend and I are going to be making this in the next couple of weeks and I was thinking about making it have some sort of 3d effect and raising some of the leaves up off the canvas but not all of the leaves. I am going to use foam in between the canvas and the leaf and see how that works. I am going to try this and update everyone on how it turns out (or doesn't).

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Might be an idea to use some kind of spray on sealer instead of the mod podge :) You could also do this on pieces of wood rather than the canvas!

Awesome idea, it turned out wonderfully! Thanks for posting :)

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTasha

Made a version of this today! I used an 8x11 beige cardstock for the background, then glued the flower petals on. Then I stuck it in a frame! I love it! Great idea!

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

I saw this on Pinterest a week ago and couldn't get it out of my head. I finally went to Michael's yesterday and got all the supplies. Can't wait to finish it.

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAja

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