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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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Reader Comments (194)

This is so pretty! I bought all the supplies today and now I am just waiting for my canvas to dry. I am splitting it up on two canvases to make it bigger....hopefully it looks as good as yours!

March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Mine turned out wonderful! I used the blue elmer's clear gel glue and it stuck just fine! and it's much better then hot glue because i could keep repositioning the leaves right where I wanted them. I even hung it right up after I was done. I love it THANKS soo much!

March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I am heading out to go pick up these supplies right now! I have a ton of scrapbook paper I've been wanting to use and this is perfect! I can't wait to make this! Thank you for such a great idea!

March 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

So I just set up this project for girls night tonight. I have 7 girlfriends coming over and we are each doing a 12'x12' square.... we are all very excited. I'm so glad I found this project on Pinterest. :) Thanks!

March 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I loved doing this project and I got so many compliments! I used the 4x6 scrapbook papers that came in a book. That way all the colors were different but were still complimentary. Then I used clear scrapbook glue and it worked like a charm! The pieces stayed down and it looks amazing! Thanks for your post!

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKiley Hilyer

I used hot glue and, maybe I missed something in the instructions, but mine buckled and puckered all over. Granted I have an elderly glue gun, but I burned myself, so I'd say the glue was plenty hot. I'm going to do one for a friend and I'm going to use scrapbook glue dots or tape. Great project, I got lots of compliments on mine. Still going to hang it up. And FWIW I didn't have ANY trouble with the mod podge. But my thought is don't be in a big hurry. Let your canvas dry completely. I actually started mine(Painted the canvas) and then got distracted by family things, and came back to it after over a week. Ok, maybe that is a bit too much dry time for most of you, but I didn't see any paint running or smearing. Love this project, so many choices of paper and such. LOVE IT

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I just finished making this about 5 minutes ago. It turned out great and was very easy to make. Instead of using mod podge I used glossy collage pauge and it worked well. Tomorrow I'm going to start one for my step daughters room using zebra scrapbook paper lets hope it turns out as good as my first one!

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

THIS IS ONE PROJECT IM GOING TO TRY. IM A QUILTER AND CRAFT PERSON ,BUT THIS I HAVENT DONE YET
I JUST MIGHT TRY IT WITH STIFENED FABRICS. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I GET IT DONE.
WHAT YOU HAVE IS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART.

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarian burns

HI Crystal, You really inspired me to get this simple yet elegant project going! Thanks a bunch! I tried to make a triptych as I have a huge wall -that is my canvas :) I think the simplicity of the project makes it even cooler! I used Mod Podge to glue it and cover it completely. So far its looking good! Hope you get a chance to check out my creation.

I tried it with fabrics instead of paper. And I had to make my own "canvas" since there aren´t any Michaels (or any other craft stores) around here. Here is how it turned out:
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk177/dawnberries/DSCF8572.jpg

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

First, thank you so much for inspiring so many of us to making something so pretty! I can't believe how beautiful everyone's have turned out! Here is my end result- very similar to the original because the color choices are very complementry to my decor. Thanks again! http://pinterest.com/pin/140385713354609450/

April 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

I've used Modge Podge on other canvas items and it comes out fine. I painted the canvas background, cut out a cute fairy from a larger poster and made her 3d using the little sticky pads you can buy and used modgepodge on other parts of items pasted down with the Modge Podge and covered it again with it.

However, when choosing your papers, do not use Modge Podge with Vellum. This will sort of melt the vellum. A couple of yrs ago we had a library fundraiser where you could decorate old wood chairs with a theme. I wanted to use a cute saying that was done on Vellum and adhere it to the back of the chair. Needless to say, the saying had to come off and I ended up printing the saying on some scrapbook paper using my printer.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

This is absolutely beautiful and I love your colours you chose... I think I'm going to give this a try, thank you for sharing!
Instead of modge podge you can also use an acrylic medium which comes in either glossy or matte. If you want a bit of a sheen (satin) then mix a 1:1 ratio of each of them and you'll get the satin finish. This is what I use when adding tissue paper, origami paper, scrapbook/cardstock, stickers/rub-ons, etc. onto my canvas and it's held good and hasn't caused any issues so far... I use the medium right from start and it acts as my glue/adhesive as well... Just a tip I thought I'd share :-)

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSleigh

This is really a beautiful way to make a room pop! I cant wait to get started on this. I have a mosaic design I am going to pattern after.

Thanks for the idea.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZach Ball

Thank you so much!! I actually made two of these to hang together. I had all the supplies on hand too! I could have gone out and bought more paper or paint for a particular color scheme, but I was lazy and decided to just stick with what I had. Such an easy project and fun too thank you again!

Email me, would love to send you a pic...not sure how to post it on here...

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie

I made three of these with the flower in different places to create a pattern. I love them! I used some red and black tones against the grey and they turned out great! Thanks for the instructions!

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

i wanted to try and make this but im not sure what materials i should use like for the leaves... any materials people really like?

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercara

Ok, I'm making 6 12x12 canvas squares..I think a theme on all somehow coming to the center..I bought a package of mirrors sml med and lrg to add some reflection..Can't wait to get started and all because of your awsome picture..I'm a scrapbooker and have all the supplies..I bought a pack of 7 12x12 canvas squares for 14.99 and the mirrors were 1.95 for 16 of them..this makes me :-)

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

This is such a great idea and it turn out so good! Did anyone try using picutres? I wanted to see if that worked. Can you post a link if you did so I can take a look? I was thinking of doing this as a Mother's Day gift for my mom! I am super excited to try this

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I did the flower design a couple of month ago and was quite pleased with it. It was so fun to come back to this page just now and look at all the other pictures that have been posted. They're all so pretty! I decided to use this idea of scrapbook paper on canvas to make a different design (like this quilt I saw on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/176695985349986742/ ). I'm pretty happy with the result as a little decoration for my guest room. Makes me think about how many design possibilities there are. Here's a link to the new design I tried: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91387210@N00/6929771556/in/set-72157622995223471/

April 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSW

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