DIY Faux Floral Art
Did the words “faux floral” stop you in your tracks? Are you wondering if I’ve gone bonkers?
Well good news. I’m not (officially) bonkers and I’m super glad I stopped you in your tracks.
Why? Well, because most faux flowers are super ugo and make me think of tacky 90’s fake plants littering houses collecting dust on top shelves and above the kitchen cabinets.
So you can bet when I heard the challenge for September’s #12MonthsofDIY was faux florals I was all ….
Thankfully this month our team has the generous sponsorship of Afloral.com who provided each of us with $40 worth of flowers. And what flowers!!!
It really was hard picking flowers from their crazy huge collection (I know I know…my rough life), especially not knowing yet what I was going to do/make/create with them. In the end I ordered two peony bouquets and a box of 100 white carnations.
Here is where trouble started. These flowers are SO. DARN. PRETTY. Throw every notion of faux florals out of your brain, these are not them. These are totally gorgeous. The packaging was also a ton of fun.
So gorgeous I sat and stared at them for days…weeks in fact, wondering what on earth I would do to these flowers that would do their loveliness justice. All I kept thinking was, “they are just so pretty they deserve to be in a nice vase, on a nice table, by a window.”
So in the end, that is exactly what I did;)
It was a relatively simple project from that point forward.
First I painted over an old canvas (I tend to recycle them when I get bored) to give myself a nice white background.
Then I sketched out my table, window, and vase.
Once I was happy with the proportions I painted it with black craft paint.
The final step was to put the flowers in the vase. Rather than removing each from their stems and gluing them to the canvas, I opted to put some razor thin slices in the canvas and stick ’em through. The flower stems were simply taped using masking tape to the back of the canvas to hold them in place.
I feel like this makes the flower placement a little more lifelike. Plus, it lets me reuse the flowers and canvas other ways in the future if (when) I get bored:)
It’s hung now in our upstairs hallway between DH’s office and the guest room, on the way to our upstairs bath. The painting that was there got moved into our master bedroom. And since I was in a crafty mood, I ended up building a quick frame for it using some trim and painting it the same colour as the walls to give it more of a finished look.
And what about those carnations? Well, a few got used in the flower crowns I made. A whole bunch more got used in this fantastic birthday crown I made for my niece’s first birthday party. For a quick how-to, pop over to the crown tutorial > here. For this one, the main difference lies in the headband I picked – because of my niece’s soft little one year old noggin’ I opted for a softer fabric headband.
I mean. If you looked up adorable in the dictionary…THIS….FACE!
These flowers really did blow my mind with how pretty they are, how lifelike, and even how nice they feel. Huge thanks to Afloral.com for being our partner on this. I know I had fun, and I know the rest of the DIY crew did too. Just check out their amazing projects!
I am so inspired! Be sure to click through and check them out.
From the top left, they are:
ps – don’t forget to join our Instagram challenge! Your #SeptemberFauxFloral DIY could be featured on all of our IG accounts!
Disclosure: As I mentioned way at the top of this post, Afloral.com provided each of our #12MonthsofDIY crew with $40 worth of flowers. I was not paid and the opinions are all from my beautiful brain:)