This project is one of the very first crafty DIY household projects I’ve created. At least 10 years ago, I was visiting my parents one weekend when my mom and I had the impulse to do something “crafty”.
So we drove to Michael’s late one night and picked up heavy mat board that was at least 1/4″ (so that it could hold the flower weight). Then we and hustled back to my parent’s house to get working. We only need mat boards because my mom has a library of craft supplies that would make Martha Stewart jealous. She dries and collects flowers and has an entire room of dried flowers. An entire room. No joke. Some are organized in boxes and others are hung in sweater hangers for easy access.
My mom also has a bunch of farmhouse windows. It is a long story as to how she got them but the short version is that someone was getting rid of hundreds of them and my mom had the foresight to run over and pick up as many as she could. At the time, everyone protested…No, mom…that’s junk! What on earth are you going to do with old windows?!?!
Well good thing she didn’t listen because her farmhouse windows and dried flower collection helped create this picture.
The colors of some of the dried flowers have faded over time but most of the colors are still vibrant. It is surprising how well it has held up over the years. Some flowers have flaked to the bottom of the frame but most have held their form.
It is interesting how some have changed colors. The yellow-orange colored flower third from the left used to be bright fuschia.
I don’t have any “before” or “how to” pictures because I had no idea 10 years ago I would ever have a blog. Did blogs even exist that long ago? :)
Making this was very easy. All we did was use two light colored acrylic paints to paint a background and cover up the severe bright white colored mat board. We dry brushed paint in circles to create a billowy cloud like effect.
Then it was hot glue time. We hot glued like crazy and invented our own flowers. The flowers you see here have been pieced together to make new large flowers. For example the large yellow-orange flower I referred to earlier was actually a bunch of little flowers that were molded into a large oval shape. The stem was created by glueing small leaves together.
It took hours to glue the flowers but we had fun at it while sipping my mom’s famous hot cafe lattes and watching movies. It was a night to remember – nothing like making crafts with my mom! How I wish we lived in the same state so that we could spend more time together…
After hot glueing all the flowers we stapled the mat board to the back of the window frame. The window frame didn’t need any artist work. It was already beautiful and rustic since the original paint had weather away naturally.
This was the picture I created. My mom also created her own. I don’t have a picture of hers…it was very different but quite pretty. Maybe one of these days I can find a picture of it and share it.
I almost threw this picture out when I cleaned out our storage unit but I am so glad I kept it because now that I see it in my new house, it might fit well into the office I am going to create.
What do you think? Do you like it?
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