When I shared the Framed Orchids last week, I couldn’t wait to make this DIY wall art/spring wreath my own. Here’s how I made my Framed Flowers, along with tips to make your own Framed Flowers. First, pick a bouquet of your favorite faux flowers – violets, pansies, daffodils, gerbera daisies, whatever you like. Then, cut out a custom frame that’s just the right size for your bouquet. I thought I’d make mine smaller, but then decided to use the same size frame as the original. I also debated between covering my frame with moss cloth or a birch bark wrapping paper, and opted for the paper. Here’s how to DIY Framed Flowers Your Way — in two hours or less!
To make Framed Flowers Your Way, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (the larger sheet will make at least two frames)
- Wrapping paper (I also thought about using moss cloth, so take a look at that, too. Or, how about fabric?)
- Silk flowers, 2 – 3 stems
- Moss & lichens, small amount
- Faux butterfly
- 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 Flowers Your Way:
1. Determine the size frame you’d like to use. I used a 1” x 12” x 18” size, but you can go smaller or larger, depending on the flowers you’re using. You can even make it square, if you prefer. Measure and mark your frame on the foam sheet, and cut out with the serrated knife. Rub the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap for easier cutting.
2. Measure and score 2” sides all around the inside of your foam rectangle or square, and cut out the center.
3. Cut from the wrapping paper:
- A rectangle or square the size of your foam frame, plus 2” on each side.
- Four, 1″ x 6″ strips.
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. If needed, use straight pins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries. (I skipped the pins and used low-temp glue on the back of the frame for a faster hold).
- Cut a 4″ x 10″ rectangle from the paper in the center of the frame (or a size that works for your frame, leaving a good 2” to wrap to the back).
- Cut on the diagonal to each corner.
- Wrap the paper to the back of the frame.
- Let glue dry.
5. Determine how you want to arrange your flower stems, and trim to about 2”. Insert the stems 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. Arrange moss and small pieces of lichen around the stems and along the edge of the frame.
6. Glue lichens and the butterfly to a corner of the frame.
And there you have it, one tutorial and two different interpretations. Diane’s Framed Orchids are classic and more formal. I think they could even grace the doors of a church for a wedding, or maybe hang from the chairs for the bride and groom. My Framed Flowers have a more casual, woodland theme.
Now, how would you make your own version of the Framed Flowers Your Way?
P.S. The day after I published this post, I saw the very same inspiration flowers on my walk! Sweet coincidence. They were so pretty, so I decided to add them here. I hope your spring is blooming, too.