A new month, a new Michaels Makers project! This month the team at Michaels asked us to give our homes a spring refresh, and I can’t think of a better way to bring spring inside against the chill than with flowers! This project packs a big punch of color and texture into any size frame to brighten up a mantel or a gallery wall in your home. And the best part is that you can make my ombré DIY floral wall art project in any color combination you want!
P.S. Remember when I got to go craft with 49 amazing bloggers in Sonoma last year? Well, SURPRISE — this year we’re bringing 50 of YOU GUYS along! Win a free trip to the 2016 Michaels Makers Summit by entering a picture of something you’ve made! Here’s Win a free trip to get you excited, and I make a little cameo toward the end, so you better watch the whole thing. :)
- Small artificial flower bunches in a similar color family – These are all from Michaels floral market. They have more than 500 varieties so you can make this DIY floral wall art in pretty much any color you can think of!
- Acrylic paint to match the flowers
- Hot glue gun
- Paint palette (or plate)
1. Mix up three shades of paint to match your flowers. I did an off-white, a true yellow, and a yellow-orange. You can even blend all three shades by mixing two!
2. Remove the glass from your frame, and paint an ombré gradient directly on one side of the glass.
You can periodically flip the glass to take a peek at the front side and see if you have any gaps you need to blend.
3. Set it aside to dry. This will form the background of your ombre DIY floral wall art so that there’s no blank space peeking through the flowers at the end.
4. While the painted glass is drying, pull every flower off its stem. As you can see in the image above, they pop right off for most types of these small artificial flowers.
Set them aside in little bowls or piles of matching flowers so that you can grab them later.
5. Put the glass back in the frame with the painted side facing inward.
6. Start gluing flowers directly onto the glass. Begin at the top and bottom corners, and work your way inward.
For a more organic, natural look, avoid straight lines. Add flowers randomly, filling in gaps and packing them in densely. You can vary the heights of the flowers in different spots by trimming the back of the flower a bit shorter on some than others before gluing, giving it something to stand on.