DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging

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Make a gorgeous 3D Flower Wall Hanging with simple materials! |  littleredwindow.comDIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.com

A couple months ago, Aa and were on rare couple date to the movies and we were a little early so we wandered into a chain home decorating store next to the movie theater. Most of the store was kind of fancy for a family with a small child but there were a few things that caught my eye, one of which was a really cool 3D flower wall hanging. I apologize in advance for this terrible and tiny phone pic. DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.comThey had them in a bunch of different colors and flower shapes but I fell in love with the metallic one. I did not, however, fall in love with the price tag.  So armed with my iphone pic I wandered through the craft store and bought a few things to make my own!

DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging 

1 package of air dry clay

1 basswood canvas (in the fine art painting section)

Acrylic Craft Paint

DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.com1. First I rolled out a small ball of the clay with a rolling pin.DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.com

2. Then using the back of the blade, I cut a petal-ish sort of shape.

DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.com3. Then I pinched together the wide end of the petal to give it some shape. I did this on top of the basswood canvas just so I knew how big to make it, but the clay did not stick to the wood. I had to glue it down later, just so you know.

DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging |  littleredwindow.com4. When I made enough petals to finish the bottom layer, I cut out a new set of petals a little smaller and attached them on top for the next layer.

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5. Repeat with more layers, each with progressively smaller petals until your flower looks full.

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6. Then let it dry for as long as you can. I would suggest at least 24 hours. Mine actually dried for about two weeks because we moved to our new house mid-project!  If you can, lift it up onto something small, I set mine on 4 wooden spools, so air can circulate underneath and it will dry faster.

7. Smooth any rough areas or edges with an emory board or sandpaper.

8. Paint with acrylic craft paint. I used Martha Stewart metallic in Champagne.

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9. I also gave a coat of the same color paint to the basswood canvas and then glued the flower to the wood using some construction glue intended for gluing odd things together. It was the same glue I used in to attach my DIY Mirrored Bathroom Cabinet Frame. Allow this to dry for as long as the glue recommends. In my case, that was overnight. And here’s the finished product:

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38 thoughts on “DIY 3D Flower Wall Hanging

  1. Amazing!

    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
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  2. What a cool wall hanging! I love your tutorial. You make it look easy but I’m sure I wouldn’t have an easy time with it! 🙂 Congrats on the Brag About It link party feature! ~ Jamie

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. It looks better than the expensive one you originally found! Side note, I recently picked up some of that air dry clay for a December project and I’m happy to see it works so well! Thanks so much for sharing, your post will be featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend. Pinned 🙂

  4. This piece is stunning and I want it right now!! Since that can’t happen I want to make one. However, I am a very uncrafty person and need further instructions. Is there a more detailed tutorial somewhere that may even give me templates for the petals.

    Thanks so much.

    Linda B.

    1. Sorry Linda, this is as detailed as I’ve got. The petals are really just wide on one end and pointy at the other, it doesn’t have to be perfect and it’s a very forgiving project. It’ll still look cool even if you don’t do it exactly the same way I did. good luck 🙂

  5. It’s Linda B. again Cassie May. I’m about to start on my project and have another question never having worked with air dry clay. When you are assembling the flower do the petals stick to themselves or do they have to be glued to each other?

    Thanks.

    Linda B.

    1. Mine stuck to themselves with a little smoothing and some water. But it probably depends on the brand of clay you’re using. If it doesn’t have any instructions, I would do a little experiment. Also, I can’t remember if I said in the post, but this took a LONG time to fully dry because it gets so thick in the middle. If you’re in a time crunch, you’re right, you could make all the petals separately, let them dry and then glue them together.

  6. Hi Again Cassie May,
    As you know from my previous note, I really love this metallic flower you made. BUT, I was unsuccessful making one nearly as beautiful as yours. I know you are not ‘in business’ this way, but I was just thinking out loud and wondering if you would consider making a pair of these for me. And, if so, how much you would charge. As I said, just thinking out loud. I may try again.

    Thanks.

    Linda B.

  7. Hi, I was just wondering how large this flower is. I’d like to make one a foot wide and I don’t know if just one package of air clay would be sufficient. Actually, what’s the weight on the package you used?

    1. Hi!
      I’d say mine is about 8 inches square. And the clay came in a package of 2.2 lbs (1kg). But I’m pretty sure I didn’t use the whole thing. The flower is fairly heavy though. And the bigger you make it the longer it will take to dry. We moved in the middle of making this so mine dried for over a week. And you won’t want to try to glue it to the wood until it’s 100% dry or it will probably fall off or fall apart. I haven’t tried it but I wonder if maybe some of that light weight modeling clay you can find might be better for you? Maybe do a trial run with some of that? Let me know how it goes! Cassie

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