Is it wall art? Or a spring wreath? I’m not really sure, but I do know that these Framed Orchids are an easy, elegant home accent made in just five steps. I stopped in at Jo-Ann Stores and Michaels yesterday, and they both have beautiful orchids in various colors, so you can easily change this up. Why not make two — one for you and one for a quick, DIY Mother’s Day gift.
To make Framed Orchids, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (the larger sheet will make two frames)
- Faux bois (wood grain) wrapping paper
- Orchid stems, two
- Moss, tiny amount
- Paper glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; knippers; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
To make Framed Orchids:
1. If you’re using a 1” x 12” x 36” foam sheet, cut it in half. You’ll use one 1” x 12” x 18” piece for one frame.
2. Measure and score an 8” x 14” rectangle in the center of the foam sheet. Rub the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the 8” x 14” rectangle from the center of the foam sheet, leaving a 12” x 18” frame with 2” sides.
3. Cut one 16″ x 22″ rectangle and four, 1″ x 6″ strips from wrapping paper.
4. Wrap the frame:
- Fold each 1″ paper strip in half, and glue to the inside corners of the frame.
- Using paper glue, attach the wrapping paper to the front of the foam frame.
- You’ll wrap the outside edges first. Neatly fold the paper at each corner and cut away any excess paper so it lays flat.
- Wrap the paper around the outside edges and glue to the back of the frame.
- Use straight pins, if needed, to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.
- Cut a 4″ x 10″ rectangle from the paper in the center of the frame.
- Cut on the diagonal to each corner.
- Wrap the paper to the back of the frame.
- Let glue dry.
5. Trim the orchid stems to about 2” and insert them at angles into the inside bottom edge of the foam frame. Remove the stems, add a dab of glue to the holes, and place the stems back in the holes. Add a tiny amount of moss around the stems.
When I was at Jo-Anns and Michaels earlier this week, I was shopping so that I could make my own variation on this wreath/wall art. I think you could create this project in endless ways, and I hope to share my variation on a theme next week. (Fingers crossed it turns out like what I’ve pictured in my mind – you know how that goes, right?)
So, would you call this a wreath, or wall art, or simply pretty enough to hang just about anywhere?