Recently, I acquired an original oil painting from a local thrift store. To be honest, I was initially drawn to the vintage frame that the painting was in. The price was right, so it came home with me. The longer it sat, ready to be unframed, the more I grew to love the painting itself.
I loved how it was faded, and the colors were muted and soft. I decided to leave it as it was, and hung it in my bedroom.
The painting was my inspiration for this Floral Wall Hanging:
- Core’dinations Whitewash Collection Paper Pack
- Core’dinations Sand It Gadget
- Scrapbook Adhesive
- Punches and/or Die-cuts of Your Choice
- Your Choice of Various Embellishments, such as: Pearls, Buttons, Decorative Brads, Rhinestones, etc.
- Krylon Glitter Spray
The Core’dinations Whitewash paper collection was a perfect color palette. I love the worn, muted tones from this collection. I used it for all of the paper flowers, and also the mat border.
I chose Core’dinations Vintage paper in black to use as the base of my project. It contrasted nicely with the pastel flowers, and the shabby chic frame I chose.
Start by cutting your background paper to fit the inside of your frame.
Next, I used a technique that I often use for layouts and cards – I created a mitered frame. In this case, it served as a faux mat border.
To create the frame, you will need to cut four strips of paper measuring the length of your project, and 1/4″ wide.
Adhere the strips of paper to the perimeter of your project as desired. Just keep them even. Overlap the paper strips at the corners of the project.
Next, gently lift the crossed pieces of paper at the corner, and using micro-tip scissors, cut both pieces of paper where they overlap, on a diagonal.
What you will be left with is a beautifully mitered corner. (And two scraps that you can discard.)
Repeat for all four corners of your project.
Put additional adhesive underneath the mitered corner, to help it stick down again.
Once you have your faux frame in place, you can begin to fill your project with flowers!
I like to start with the largest flowers first.
To make the rosettes, I started with a circle of Whitewash Core’dinations cardstock, and cut the circle into a spiral.
I sanded the cut spiral. You do not need to uncurl the spiral to sand it, the edges sanded nicely when it was laid flat.
I used a pencil to help me curl the spiral into a rosette. Core’dinations cardstock is thick, and the pencil helped the cardstock stay smooth as I rolled it.
Take a small scrap of paper, and using a hot glue gun, roll that flower up, and glue it to the scrap paper, however you desire. Trim the scrap paper after the flower is glued down, so that it does not show.
I am showing you a close-up of a rosette, so you can see how it was coiled up and hot glued onto the scrap of paper.
Continue to fill your project with flowers.
I used a variety of punches and die-cuts that I have on hand.
I found that what made the project stand-out was the dimensional element.
If your flowers can be layered, or the petals can be curled….do it!
Play with the arrangement of your flowers before you adhere them. I recommend using 3-dimensional foam tape for your flowers, so they stand out even more.
I used various items for the flower centers. Buttons, decorative brads, pearls, rhinestones….anything you have in your supply stash.
When I thought I was finished with the project, I added leaves and tiny flowers to fill in empty spaces. Do not be afraid to cross over your faux mat! Or add one more flower…
I added a quote to my project.
I really like quotes, and this has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. It is from H. Jackson Brown Jr., and reads:
“Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.”
Pretty fitting for this project!
I printed the quote, and curled it like a scroll to add even more dimension.
I gave the final project a quick spray of Krylon Glitter spray, and popped it into the frame….and right onto my living room wall.
Quick and easy! And a project you will get a lot of compliments for.