DIY Paper Flower Wall

October 30, 2013 6:58 pm

IMG_0794Today I have the pleasure of sharing a DIY I spent months making. It’s not a hard DIY, just time-consuming when done to scale. We decided to make the wall after one of our favourite ladies, Nina, created the most beautiful paper roses for my Lancome shoot back in April. I’ve always been obsessed with statement walls, so when given the chance to make one, I jumped!

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The wall was a group effort, many evening were spent with scissors, glue, wine, fabulous women, and we began to create our own methods and species of paper flowers as time went on. Below you can find the directions for the three main flowers I created. The rosebud, the waterlily and the dahlia.
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Tools needed:

– a ton of paper, colour of choice
– scissors
– hot glue & glue gun (for the wall we used about 80 glue sticks)

The rosebud:

– begin by cutting a paper spiral
– start curling in from the centre, glueing as you go.
– play with width of the spiral and size of the paper for variety

The waterlily & the dahlia & everything else:

– begin by cutting several pointed petals for waterlilies and rounded petals for dahlias.
– curl the first piece and glue
– working in pairs, add dots of glue to the bottom corners of each petal and starting building out the flower
– to build lots of volume glue the petal sides close together, making a more curled, petal like shape.
– I used this method to create roses and all sorts of flowers. It’s very very easy, and each flower will look different depending on the shape you cut the petals.

The wall behind the flowers was half wood / half canvas so I used a combination of hot glue and a staple gun to secure the flowers.

IMG_0805I can’t describe how amazing the flower wall looks. With the morning sun it shines golden, and in the evening the reflection of the exterior brick wall makes the flowers glow pink.

It took many many hours and so many helpful hands, but it was totally worth it. WOuld you guys attempt a flower wall? Let me know if you try!!!

xo Alana

(created at ma-luxe studios with help from the studio collective)

 

96 Comments

  • This is amazing! I am so inspired to make one myself…thank you for this idea!

    http://www.fatfreefashion.com

    • Alana

      You should totally make one for yourself, it’s %1000 worth it when it’s finished. Best of luck, and buy lots of glue πŸ˜‰
      xo Alana

      • tamar

        Dear amazing Alana,

        I love and admire your work.
        I live in Israel, and would love to make these kind of flowers for design work i’m developing.
        what kind of paper should I use and where can I buy it?

        thanks,
        Tamar

        • Alana

          Hi Tamar! I used regular printer paper for most of the flowers, but really any paper that holds it’s shape (no tissue paper) will work! Hope that helps πŸ™‚

          xo Alana

  • Stephanie

    Wow! Beautiful! I made several huge roses for my daughters Alice in Wonderland Party, but this is amazing! The bigger the better is true in this case for sure !

    • Alana

      Thanks Stephanie! It’s true, the bigger the better! I actually made 1/3 of the wall in one day, once I was on a roll it went pretty quickly. Maybe next year’s birthday πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! xo Alana

  • Jeannie

    Beautiful!

  • Jeannie

    Gorgeous

  • Very cool. I don’t think I would have the patience to create an entire flower wall though.

  • That is AMAZING. Totally obsessed with your diys!!
    Love

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

    http://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • When you say paper? Are you meaning just your standard 8×11 piece of paper?

    • Alana

      I used several legal size 8.5 x 11, poster size 11 x 14, and also bought a few large rolls of inexpensive craft paper from a local art store. The great thing with these flowers, you can use a full piece for one petal, or the same piece for 4 petals. The only thing that changes is the size of flower you have in the end. Hope that helps! xo Alana

  • I love this idea!!
    Alana, since this is paper, I would assume it would age over time. Do you recommend a way to preserve the paper longer or suggest a different material to use?
    Thanks!
    -SCO

    • Alana

      Hi Stephanie! The best way to preserve a paper flower wall is to keep it out of direct sunlight. Light and dust are the main factor in paper turning yellow or aging.
      There are no other materials with the qualities of paper so I would suggest spraying the flowers with a paper protector like “Krylon Preserve It,” keep them out of direct sun, and dust often. This would probably last for a few years easy.

      Hope that helps!! xo Alana

  • How amazing! This would make the most wonderful backdrop for any picture taking occasion.

    LoveofCuteness

    • Alana

      Thanks Sanja! It really does make an amazing backdrop, everyone looks beautiful in front of it!
      Cheers!
      Alana

  • Hi Alana,
    I am really interested in doing a wall of paper flowers for an upcoming event. Unfortunately I do not have the time to sit down and make a wall of them! I would love for you to maybe create them for us, send me an email and we can discuss prices.
    Thanks,
    Delia

    • Alana

      Hi Delia! Are you still interested in renting or having a flower wall made? Let me know! xo Alana

  • Hi,
    I was here a couple of weeks ago, and I did talk to your assistant Alana. However she hasn’t contacted me in a while! I am still really interested so if you could get back to me I would be really appreciative!
    Thanks,
    Delia

  • Would you be willing to rent this out or perhaps do another one to sell? This is GORGEOUS and I would love one as the backdrop for my wedding ceremony (March 2015 so a ways away!) I would love to find one just like this but I fear I would be stressed making it myself and doubt I could do it as well as you. Please email me and let me know… I would LOVE to have this <3

    • Alana

      Hi Lynn! I actually have started making these for weddings! We offer a custom built wall that you can keep, or renting at a lower cost. Where is your wedding taking place? If you are interested, please email me with more info at alana@dreamcreate.ca and we can figure out if it would work! Thanks for stopping by! xo Alana

  • WOW this is so beautiful (β—•β€Ώβ—•)✿!!!!!
    BTW I love your Blog:)

    • Alana

      Thank you so much Meryem, the flower wall was a labour of love, but such a stunning outcome! Thank you so much for the blog love! xoxo Alana

  • Meghan

    What is everyone using to secure/ build the wall? As you said the flowers are easy but time consuming. I just can’t figure out how to build something that will take the weight of all the flowers. Thanks everyone!

    • Alana

      Hi Meghan! When I built the flower wall I had two giant wooden frames covered in a thick plastic. They were left over from an event and very flimsy, and not ideal at all to build on (but i made it work!) The flowers are very light, even my 6 x 8 foot wall is super light with all the flowers. An ideal surface would probably be a very thin sheet of plywood or particle board. You can find them and have them cut to size at hardware store for cheap, paint them white and attach the flowers with hot glue or a staple gun. If you’re doing it on a small scale you can even use an old canvas or picture frame. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions πŸ™‚
      xo Alana

  • This is so great! Is it possible to use a fabric or burlap instead of a hard board as the base for all the paper flowers to be glued onto? I’m a little worried about traveling with such a big board…My venue is quite far from where I live (in another state) Also, if we wanted to rent a flower wall how much would it be? thanks!

  • Meghan

    Thanks Alana, thats what I was thinking but figured it was worth the ask. Have a great day!

  • Nicki

    What kind of paper did you use for this? I have a ton of colorful scrapbook paper that I’m not using, but it looks like your paper is thinner than that – almost even thinner than just regular printer paper.

    • Alana

      Hey Nicki! You can use any paper, the thicker paper might actually work better because it will hold it’s shape. Good luck!!! xoxo Alana

  • cECY FLANDES

    adoro lo que haces creeo que hare algo asi para mis futuras novias lindas lindas lindas

  • Resa Tuiletufuga

    I just want to say THANK YOU!!! I found this board on etsy and was like I cannot afford to pay $2000 but just love it soooooo much. Then I found it again on this website – with the flipping directions to make it!!! Thank you again you’ve made my day. I want this for my wedding! How many months did it take you to make? Thanks πŸ™‚ from New Zealand

    • Alana

      Hi Resa! I’m sooo sooo thrilled that you found my site and it might make your life easier! I built 2/3 of the wall on one weekend. I highly recommend pre-cutting tons of petals on one day then assembling them all at once on another day, and also station yourself somewhere comfy with a few seasons of your favourite tv show!

      Depending on how large the wall, I would give yourself a few weeks, just because your hand will get tired of using scissors and sometimes you can only do a few hours at a time.

      let me know if I can help you with anything else!
      xo Alana

  • Wow, this is beautiful. I would also like to create one for a wedding. If not a wall, what would you attach the flowers to?

    • Alana

      HI Lisa! I attached my flowers to a light wooden backdrop. You could use foam board, plywood, cardboard, anything that will hold it’s shape πŸ™‚

      xo Alana

  • What weight paper should we use? What worked best for you?

    • Alana

      Hi Lisa! I used a mixture of regular printer paper, construction-like paper and thin paper that I found in a massive roll. The thicker the paper the more rigid the flowers and the more they will keep their shape when attached to the wall. I would say use whatever you have, the mixture of all different textures created a more organic outcome!
      Hope that helps!!!
      xo Alana

  • Hm, saw this exact picture on another site? If you made this I would contact this etsy owner if she is using your photo without permission??

    https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/202648646/extra-large-paper-flower-backdrop-white?ref=shop_home_feat_1

    • Alana

      Thanks so much J, that is definitely my photo and I totally appreciate you dropping me and comment and letting me know! Again, thank you, thank you!!

      xo Alana

  • Found your blog when i was looking for some pictures. Love this white flower backdrop. Have used your picture in my blog and linked back to your blogpost. This is going to be my inspiration for what i have in mind.

  • I am in the process of making mine for a venue Open House. I’ve created 8 different flower patterns. I already have people asking me if I sell them. For my wall I’m actually using a sheet of foam from Home Depot. My question is what would you suggest to make it self standing since I will not be able to lean it against a wall.

    • Alana

      Hi Athena, this is so exciting! How sturdy is the sheet of foam? And is it indoor or outdoors? If it’s outdoors I would suggest driving a few wooden stakes into the ground in the spot, then using nails or screws to attach the foam to the wood at the back.
      Indoors I would just find a sturdy chair or something strong that you can hide behind the wall and prop the wall up against.
      Let me know how it goes!!
      xo Alana

  • This is incredible and beautiful. I have been looking for ideas for an Easter photo backdrop for our church {+1700 people}. I’m so inspired by this look, and I can’t wait to get started. Even though Easter is a ways away, I can tell I’ll need some time. Thanks for responding to all the comments-you’ve left some great tips. <3

    • Alana

      Hi Keri! I’m sooo happy that you found this and you’re going to try it! I probably made 1/3 of the wall in one day, with the help of pre-cut petals, never ending hot glue and many dvds. So if you have some solid chunks of time, you can totally make it large scale without spending months on it! I recommend pre-cutting, it’ll save so much time when you’re assembling them.
      Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck! You will suffer hot glue burns, but it’ll be well worth it!
      Cheers,
      Alana

  • Hi Alana! I am a fashion and art photographer, and creative director of all of my shoots. For the New Year, my resolution is to have more intricate set design, and this would be perfect for an upcoming still in the works couture shoot. I read a previous comment where someone didn’t have the time to sit and make one, like myself, I rather have one made that is still unique but less time consuming for me. Although I am thinking of ordering tons of silk flowers and perhaps making one from those, renting would also be a good option for me, although I know it may not come cheap maybe we can work something out? xx Sabrina

    • Alana

      Hi Sabrina! Thanks for leaving a comment, it’s so great to hear from creative professionals. Shipping or renting the flower wall really only applies to people who live on Vancouver Island, just because paper is so fragile. I will be creating a DIY kit with templates and instructions if you are interested. Let me know if I can help you with anything else!!!

      Cheers,
      Alana

  • Vanessa

    Thank you so much for sharing this beauty I would like to know do you still take orders? Also could you please make a video tutorial on how you made each flower I’m more of a visual person step-by-step

    • Alana

      Hey Vanessa! I am currently working on a video and maybe even a flower wall kit with super detailed video and instructions. It’s so hard to ship because of the delicacy of paper, it lasts for months and months if left alone but doesn’t like being manhandled. Stay tuned, or drop me an email if you’re interested in the flower wall kit and I’ll be in contact when it’s available!!

      xo Alana

  • Linda

    OMG I love this wall. You did a great job on it. It’s simply beautiful. I want to recreate it for my May Wedding. I hope I have enough time. Can you post how you made the other flowers? specifically the ones with the really big petals?

    Thanks!

    • Alana

      Hi Linda! You should definitely do it for your wedding day! I’ll try to update the post soon to add the bigger flowers πŸ™‚
      Good luck and let me know if I can do anything else to help you!

      xo Alana

  • I made these flowers (plus a whole lot more!)for a friend who needed a flower wall for a wedding she was planning. They turned out beautiful!

  • Beautiful… What are the dimensions of your backdrop?

    • Alana

      Hi there! I don’t know the exact dimensions of this specific backdrop, but I know it was at the very least 12 feet high and 15 feet wide. The wall was massive as it was built from floor to ceiling of our commercial photography studio. However we did eventually break it down into two 8 x 4 foot panels that we moved around our studio as needed. Let me know if I can help you with anything else!

      xo Alana

  • Ashlea

    Hello! This wall is absolutely breathtaking!! Would you be comfortable sharing about how much it cost to construct it? I don’t want to decide to do it and then wish I never started because of price. πŸ˜‰

    • Alana

      Hi Ashlea! On the record…I never kept track of the cost :S oops! The wall I attached the flowers to was already there so the only real cost was paper and glue. I probably spend $10 on a large roll of white craft paper for the larger flowers, and probably went through a 100 piece container of printer paper for the smaller flowers. Plus a few random light pink flowers were made from random construction paper. I did go through at least one giant bag of hot glue sticks from Michaels which is probably $10-$15.
      Depending on the size of wall you want to cover, you could probably build the entire thing for roughly $100. That includes some sort of backing (a sheet of plywood, or a stretched canvas build on a simple frame) A ton of paper, and a bag of hot glue sticks.
      Hope that helps!!!
      Alana

  • Kristal Jones

    Did you make the canvas that the flowers went on? If so, how did you make it and was it expensive? I want this wall for my wedding and then I want it to stay in my bedroom as wall art πŸ™‚

    • Alana

      Hi Kristal! I didn’t make the canvas wall, it was actually two giant stretched canvas structures and some particle board all from an event at my photography studio. But if you know anybody who is semi-handy with a saw and screwdriver it’s pretty easy. You just create a simple frame with maybe one reinforcing piece through the middle and you can stretch fabric or canvas or even a sheet over it and secure with a staple gun. Another option is just a thin sheet of particle board or something similar from any hardware store. Even a large piece of foam core from staples would work. Let me know if this helps!!!
      Alana

  • Hello,

    we would love to publish a lovely image of yours in Brides Magazine uk with your permission? please could you contact me on the email address above as I would love to send it to you? kind regards,

    Hannah

    • Alana

      Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for reaching out! You can absolutely use my image, I do appreciate some sort of credit if that’s possible πŸ™‚ Do you want a high-res image?
      You can reach me at alana@dreamcreate.ca for my address and if you would like me to send a higher-res photo for you.
      All the best!
      Alana

  • Alana, I LOVE this wall! I will be decorating in a shabby chic, vintage, french country style wedding. Making arrangements in antique

  • Jessica Lamphier

    Perfect wedding inspiration. This is absolutely the look I am going for! Lovely, and perfectly executed!

    • Alana

      Thanks for the lovely comment Jessica! let me know if you try it for yourself!

      xo Alana

  • Sade Shields

    Hi Alana,
    I love this flower wall and would love to create one for my my wedding day. Can you please let me know what kind of paper you used and the texture of it. Thank you

    • Alana

      Hi Sade, I used regular printer paper for most of them, and construction paper for the really large flowers!
      Hope that helps!
      xo Alana

  • Jessica

    Any tips on how you stored the flowers while you were creating them and then the wall once it was complete?

    • Alana

      Hi Jessica! I actually put them gently into garbage bags until I attached them. This didn’t ruin any of them, but I also made sure that nothing smushed the bags. Once the wall was complete the flowers were fine left as they were. After about 4 months of them being constantly moved, flowers started falling or being crushed and eventually we took them down πŸ™ But the moral of the story is: try not to move them around too much and they will be fine for a long time!
      Hope that helps!
      xo Alana

  • Tomya

    I started a backdrop a few weeks ago. My son does pictures on the side, and I thought this would be a great back drop for my daughters senior pictures! Love them.

    • Alana

      Hey Tomya! I’m so glad you’re giving it a try! Let me know how it turns out πŸ™‚

      xo Alana

  • Brittani

    How much did the supplies cost approximately?

    • Alana

      Hi Brittani! I can’t recall the total cost, but somewhere under $100 for sure πŸ™‚
      xo Alana

  • This is amazing! I am having a new years eve wedding this year and would love to add something like this to the ceremony cite. The space is really dark so lightening it up with this would be awesome. Thanks for all the information!! The bridesmaids and I are going to start this soon πŸ™‚

  • Shaana Palmer

    Hi!

    This is absolutely beautiful! Do you have any kits available for purchase? You’re so talented!

    Thanks so much!

    -Shaana

    • Alana

      Hi Shaana! Unfortunately I’m not making kits, I had a baby and everything else kind of fell to the side. I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up
      xo Alana

  • Hi,

    I just found this while browsing Pinterest and realized this post is two years old. Congrats on making something timeless. I would love to have one for my wedding. Since I am in Montreal I cannot get one from you. I will try to make you proud and do a nice one. I had one question. How did you bring it around ( I’m guessing it didn’t stay in your house the whole time).

    Thank you!
    Mary

    • Alana

      Hi Mary! Thanks so much, it was about a million years ago that I made this and I still get emails and comments daily about it! It never really left my photography studio, but transporting it would be pretty easy if you have access to a pickup or a van with the seats removed πŸ™‚ I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up
      xo Alana

  • Jackie

    Hi Alana! I’m planning on making a flower backdrops for my sister’s wedding. I was more focused on how you made or got a canvas that big? Did you DIY the framing yourself? And if so, do you have any tips?

    • Alana

      Hi Jackie! The big canvas was made and I just kind of stole it and used it, but it was made pretty flimsy by someone’s husband, literally four pieces of wood, two support pieces in the centre and the canvas was a weird plastic material. I would just find someone with a saw and a staple gun and ask them to make it for you!! I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up
      xo Alana

  • Mariyana

    Hi Alana,

    I want to make this for my wedding, possibly 6ft x 8ft, and have it as a backdrop during our ceremony. How did you make it stand? Do you have any tips for transporting something of this size?

    • Alana

      Hi Mariyana! We had the pieces first attached to the wall, then later removed and they just casually leaned against different walls. Transporting… I would get a friend with a pickup or a big van and lay it down (flowers up) Good luck!!! I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up
      xo Alana

  • Marie

    Love this concept. I got the idea of flowers….pretty much the board…but how is this supported? I mean lean on wall? Is there an easel type holder for it? Considering 8 x 10 cant pin into existing wall…so this would be great. Do you build this onsite?

    • Alana

      Hi Marie, I built mine on giant 8×6 foot canvas pieces that were attached to the wall. We later removed them and they were just leaning against the wall. I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up
      xo Alana

  • Gloria

    Hi Alana, what kind of paper do you use to make the flowers?

    • Alana

      Hi Gloria! I used a mixture of good old printer paper and some construction paper for the larger roses πŸ™‚ I’ll be doing a tutorial video very soon, since I get a million questions about this! I’ll sent you a message when it’s up

      xo Alana

  • Sylvia

    I also made a lot of these flowers and found that cardstock (the metallic) paper was really pretty. They had a sheen finish that were very pretty.

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