As I mentioned, I definitely wanted to get into some “lifestyle” posts in addition to beauty and wellness. I love love love decorating my home and coming up with new DIY projects related to that. I put this flower arrangement up in my new apartment yesterday and wanted to share with you all how I did it! 🙂
I first saw the idea for this project when I went to London a couple years back. I was in a vintage clothing store and all of the dressing rooms had these gorgeous fake flowers coming out of the corners of the walls and I thought, “how genius!!”
The first time I did this project was in college about 3 years ago and I had the perfect place for them. I had a little window seat in my dorm room, and as you can see in the pictures below, I had this amazing spot between two of the window to arrange the flowers. I like the look of them spreading out from the corner of a wall, or from where walls meet each other or meet the ceiling.
As you can see, I like the blues/purples/pinks. 🙂 I should do one that is reds/oranges/yellows too. I prefer this location to the one in my new apartment (from the first pic) though I think the look of flowers around a doorway is romantic and beautiful as well. The ceilings in my new apartment are so high, I would have needed a ladder to set them up. Then sometimes they fall down and it wouldn’t have been so easy to reattach them.
I just bought these flowers both times from a dollar store. I bought about 20 little bunches. The bunches often have several flowers included in them, so it may not seem like much in your hands holding 20 little bouquets, but it becomes more once you detach them from their stems. I make sure to get different shapes and sizes as well. Different shapes work to fill in different spaces and create different crawling and reaching effects.
So I detach them all from their little stems that they came on, (they pop right off- no need for cutting) and map out (in my head) the general shape I want.
I just use scotch packing tape to attach them. I think this is the easiest and cleanest option. Especially if you are renting or in college, obviously tape is a great way to go. I just make little tape balls and find a way to stick them up. Sometimes I put the tape behind the petals themselves, other times I stick them behind the little remaining stem, just depends on what works best for each flower shape. The project is a bit time consuming, but I also think it’s really fun to do.
The great thing about this project is that nothing is permanent. Actually for the doorway one that I’ve just created yesterday, I moved things around several times. First it seemed too triangular and not natural-looking enough, so I totally changed the shape. The only thing about that is that the tape can lose a little bit of its “stick” when you move things around. Just be sure to step back from it every now and then and assess it’s shape. Things look way different up close when you’re working on it, that’s for sure.
I can tell you that the first day/night that you put up the flowers with tape, several of them will probably fall down. But if you just make a new tape ball, and make sure to stick those pieces up firmly, they should ultimately hold for a very long time. Mine in college were up for four months and showed no signs of stopping! (I had to take them down at the end of the semester!)
This arrangement is a great way to brighten up your space, and who doesn’t love flowers?? If you can’t afford to have fresh ones around all the time, you can certainly incorporate flowers in this way. I put mine in my family room so they can be enjoyed by everyone coming in to my apartment!
It is a cheap, easy, beautiful way to make your own wall decor and I think it’s pretty unique too.
Let me know if you guys like this idea!