I loved the original and realized I had everything I needed to make my own. Not only did I have everything I had the perfect spot to hang it. YAY me…….I didn’t have the same size canvas as the original but I used what I had. I’d bought two canvases for a project but by the time I got around to it I’d forgotten what project I wanted them for!
Here’s how I made my own, along with some tips if you’d like to make one.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Any size canvas
Hot Glue Gun
Heat Gun/Blow Dryer
First I put gesso on the canvas and let it dry. I was hoping the gesso would cut down on how much paint it would take and would add some texture to the background. I used the little bottles of craft paint that you can get at Walmart, Michael’s, Joann or A. C. Moore, it took two. Here’s the first layer going on:
I wasn’t very happy with the coverage at this point but I wanted my picture! After the second layer it looked like this.
Don’t bother with the gesso and craft paint. It’s just not worth it. I lost track of how many layers it took to cover the canvas. Use spray paint. It will go much quicker.
When I finally got the canvas painted it was time to add the silk flowers
Next play with the flowers and arrange them however you like. Don’t glue them yet! Although I liked how I had them arranged when it came time to glue them down I changed my mind. This is my first layout of the flowers.
I didn’t like the spacing of the flowers, I wanted enough flowers where I couldn’t see the background behind them. Now it was time to start gluing the flowers on. I started with the largest sunflowers I had.
After I added the large sunflowers I played with the smaller ones. I didn’t think I wanted the mums with the sunflowers but in the end they added a lot to it.
When I was finished it was time to bring out the heat gun to get rid of the little spiderwebs of hot glue. If you don’t have a heat gun, a blow dryer will get rid of them also. I was very pleased at how my picture turned out. My living room is pretty masculine with a brown leather sectional and it’s hard to add a feminine touch. This picture works beautifully with everything and brightens up the corner it’s in. Here’s the finished product:
I was surprised how quick and easy this was. I only had two problems. I’d had the flowers for a while and I had to clean them in a sink of soapy water and wait for them to dry but the worst part was painting the canvas. If you have spray paint that won’t be a problem. If you make one please share your pictures with us on Facebook, we’d love to see your creations!
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