Tuesday, October 9, 2012
BASKET FLOWER WALL ART
These were made for my friend Heather’s little girl’s room. She's the one who lets me play ‘decorator’ every once in a while. This project came about quite by a mistake. We had originally bought these baskets for another purpose for their home, but as I stared at them on the floor, I was taken aback by how much they resembled flowers. I am very lucky to have a friend who lets me run with my crazy ideas!
This was an ‘on the fly’ project - we just made it up as we went along. I love these types of projects and the collaboration with friends to come up with unique ideas and solutions. My friend Heather doesn’t give herself enough credit on this one – she chose the leaf shape from the options I gave her, as well as the ultimate layout of the flowers and the stems. Here is an explanation of the individual components…
(1) Wooden dragon fly (and butterflies) painted and ‘bedazzled’ with faux gems.
(2) Green Grosgrain Ribbon.
(3) Cardboard leaves covered in quilt batting and cotton fabric.
(4) Cardboard circles covered in quilt batting and pink burlap.
(5) Baskets spray painted high gloss white.
Here are the supplies and steps we took to make them...
What you need
· Baskets resembling flowers (we bought ours at Old Time Pottery)
· Spray primer
· White high gloss spray paint
· Hot Glue Gun
· Corrugated Cardboard (old boxes are fine) - enough for circles within flowers, and leave shapes
· Fabric – enough to cover circles and leave shapes (we used pink burlap for the circles and a green and white dotted cotton for the leaves).
· Quilt Batting – enough to put 2-3 layers between fabric and cardboard for circles and leaves
· Grosgrain Ribbon – for stems
· Nails to hang baskets and adhesive to apply leaves to wall (we used packing tape and it’s still holding strong). 3M might have some other options.
· Wooden dragon flies and butterflies and faux gems. Both were purchased a Hobby Lobby.
· Acrylic paint for dragon flies and butterflies
(1) Spray the baskets with primer.
(2) Spray the baskets with white high gloss paint
(3) Cut out cardboard circles to fit inside the baskets.
(4) Cut circles of the same size out of quilt batting (2 or 3 layers is good for each piece of cardboard), and lightly hot glue to cardboard pieces.
(5) Cut fabric circles about 2” larger than the circumference of the cardboard pieces and wrap them around the cardboard and batting, securing with hot glue on the back side.
(6) Repeat steps 3-5 for the leaves.
(7) Cut the ribbon for the stems and hot glue the top of the ribbon stems to the back of the baskets.
(8) Hang the baskets with nails. Adhere the stem to the wall with adhesive if necessary (ours hung behind the bookcase so it was not necessary). Adhere the leaves to the wall with adhesive.
(9) Paint and bedazzle dragon flies and butterflies. Hot glue twist ties to back of each to attach to basket.