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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 (193)

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

Has anyone done one of these with a light background instead of a dark color? Mine has an off-white background with medium/light petals, but I'm not sure I like it...I haven't glued the paper down yet, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Thanks for this idea! I just finished making mine. This was a lot of fun.

April 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I did this last nite and it came out beautiful.. I loved it until I put the mod podges stuff on it and it looked so crappy. Lucky I only did a small corner and I was able to fix it. I also didn't use a hot glue gun I just used a glue stick and it was fine. I will be doing this project again :)

April 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

Great work! I just love it. You're very creative and I am inspired with your work.I think, im gonna try this one.

April 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwall art

I saw this idea and loved it! It inspired me to do his for my sister's B-day party. I am going to make the flower a little smaller and put as many large petals as her age. The center will be her baby photo.Then when people show up to the party they can write on the bigger petals things that they love or remember about her. I was also thinking of putting the words "Remember When" done in ribbon or cording along the top and down the side. Thank you Crystal for the inspiration!

April 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterteresa

I made this today and I am THRILLED with how it turned out! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

April 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather J.

I did this project and LOVE the way it turned out. I have gotten so many compliments on it. It was hard to get a consistent size of petals so I used ones of all sizes and it looks great!!!! Thank you. :)

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Love this wall hanging - great job

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Hanni

I just made this today as well and would just like to say that I used the mod podge as a protective layer/final coat on mine and it did NOT ruin it! It looks great! I used the matte mod podge but it still made it a bit shiny. I also used it to glue down the petals! A lot easier than a hot glue gun in my opinion.

May 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I am working on this for a 4-H project and i am SOOOOO excited about it my colors are blue and yellow and then im going to put letters on some of the peddles cant wait to see the final project.

May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaris

I loved doing this! I just made a similar one that was 16x20 for mother's day. Instead of modge podge I used spray adhesive and it worked great! If you use spray adhesive though I suggest using gloves, doing it outside when it is not windy, and spray each leaf and then placing it on the canvas instead of spraying the place where the leaf is suppose to go. Thanks for the great project!!!

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarina Veitengruber

Made this today! Added a little more to it. Here's what it looks like http://pinterest.com/pin/116671446566885388/

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

If you prime the canvas with gesso first the paint sticks better :) find gesso near the acrylic paints at your local craft store! Also, the gesso will help with the Mod Podge.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I made this on a huge old canvas picture I had. I spray painted the canvas a color I liked and then applied the petals. I love it!! I want to put a finishing coat on it. I am going to test the mod podge and if that doesn't work I will do a spray sealer. Thank you so much for an awesome idea.

May 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Could you spray paint instead of actually painting the Canvas?

June 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelleB

I've done a similar project to this one, but I didn't paint the canvas...I layered some different coordinating papers for the background and then cut tree branch silhouettes out of a cream colored paper. (The branch design stretched across three different canvases.) I (like some others have mentioned) used acrylic medium to adhere the paper to the canvas, and then used it as a sealing coat over top as well. You can play with it and create brush strokes in the medium too to give it some texture. If I ever get a chance to upload a picture I'll post a link to it! Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the adhesion/sealing process! Happy crafting all :-)

June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

This was a blast! Painted the canvas dark brown. Used 8 or 9 different coordinating papers in teal, rust, and cream. The foil and glitter prints add some extra interest. Elected to leave off the Mod Podge. Used Aleen'a Quick Dry tacky glue. This worked fine. Can't wait to make another one!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDes

I made this and it turned out absolutely wonderful! I used matte mod podge and had no issues. I am most likely going to make two more smaller ones to accompany it.

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I made this art piece with the colors of my bedroom, navy blue & gray. I was going to do the pattern shown in the picture but I ended up doing some small clusters of flowers. i have to tell you this turned out way better than I ever imagined it could! I wish I could put a picture up!

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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