Wall Flowers

Remember these beauties

Well, I made my version for a mere $1.99 and here’s how.

Start with polymer clay.  You can find this at any craft store for about two bucks.  I used white, but you can use a color if you’d like.  Roll into a ball. 

The size of the ball will depend on how big you want your flower to be, but you’re better off making it a little larger thank you think.  On a sheet of wax paper, use a rolling-pin to roll the clay out into a thin sheet. 

Get it as thin as you can.  Place a circular object on and cut out around it.  Use the end of a paint brush to create dots at the center.  Ben a piece of wire and press into the clay to make lines around the dots.  Place the wax paper and clay inside an oven safe bowl and play with it until you like the waves and form.  Bake, following the instructions on the clay packaging.  I baked my flowers twice as long, to make sure they are hard. 

Remove from the oven and let the flowers cool.  Paint the fronts and backs the color(s) of your choice.  I painted the entire flower white and added sun yellow to the center dots, just for a pop of color. 

Add picture hooks to the back, adhering with super glue.  I had a few left over from some IKEA frames.

Allow the glue to dry overnight and get ready to hang those puppies up.

Now, I know mine aren’t as pretty, BUT, for $198 less, I don’t think they’re too bad.  I might even have to make a few more. 

What do you think?  Does anyone have any suggestions on a different DIY technique?  Just a little note, you can get at least 3 flowers from one package of clay.

21 thoughts on “Wall Flowers

  1. Love the little pop of color you added to the centers. For a bit more of a finished look (like the originals) I’d dip my finger in some water and lightly rub it over the outside edges to give them a more finished look. But great job!

    1. Yeah, the edges are a little rough. I think I’ll take a little sandpaper to smooth it out. I’ll keep your tip in mind if I make more.

      Thanks!
      Amanda

  2. You did a great job! I have a love/hate relationship with polymer clay but it seems like a perfect medium for this project.

    What about using a real leaf to make your veins? While I think what you did is really adorable the inspiration ones have very realistic veining and to me that’s what makes them so delicate.

  3. I really like these! I think they could be a great Christmas gift.

    I love the leaf vein idea too… and i think making leaves instead of flowers could be really beautiful and a little more masculine.

    Hmmmm…. ideas ideas

  4. OMG!!
    i must say that at first glance I adored the subtlety and fragility of the originals, which are so beautiful, howvever as it’s a credit crunch I had to refrain from purchasing from Prince Design UK and got out my own ingredients. Gee whizz I am reeling from the experience. I am out of work and find myself pottering around really quite lonely in my humble abode (real spelling). To my surprise despite being wheat free I found some ready to roll pastry and hey presto I have a set of graces and one less wasted afternoon.
    Thank you sooooooooo much for making my day.
    Here’s to DIY ceramics!

  5. I have to say that I would just buy the original ones – I don’t mean to be horrible but they look really rubbish in comparison.
    By the time you have bought the clay – the ceramic paint – made a few mistakes I bet you will have spent more than the cost to buy one.
    I would disown you if you were my friend.

    1. Joseph,

      Thanks so much for the nice comment 😉 Really though, I don’t have that kind of money to spend on one unnecessary item right now. I actually already had the paint and the clay cost $1.99, so I don’t know how you think I would spend more than $200 for the project.

      Also, I would like to ask that if you can’t say anything constructive, please don’t say anything at all. It’s a waste of your time and mine.

      Amanda

  6. Hi, I disagree totally with the negative comments above, I totally love to home pot, in fact I am never happier than when I am pottering around. I have tried to recreate these little pretties and really wanted to share my favourite home clay recipe… it may seem a bit odd but trust me it works a dream and is the best one I have ever used. I make all of my own xmas presents with it which my friends and family adore

    my recipe is:-
    2 Self Raising Cups Flour (self raising gives it a really good elastic and flexible feel but use a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda if you do not have it)
    1 Cup Salt
    A pinch of yeast
    2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
    1 cup of water
    bake at 300 once you have completed the designs then simply paint….

    Simply delightful

  7. I think these are great!!!! I too saw them on Etsy and wanted them sooooo bad. The price was a little much though…
    They look great on your wall!!
    I’ve been following you for a while now, and this is my first post… I love all of your art ideas!! Seriously, Nice job!
    Off to try making these….

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