I was browsing the aisles at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago, looking for some inspiration to pop out at me when I saw this large metal flower wall decor. It was about 18″ in diameter and had a rustic chic look to it. But best of all, it was on sale as part of their Spring decor 40% off sale! Score! I knew this flower would look awesome hanging on a piece of dark stained wood on my living room wall! So I purchased it to create a wood and metal wall art piece.
Here is how I made this pretty piece:
- Large metal flower wall art (mine is 18″ in diameter, purchased at Hobby Lobby)
- 1 – 1×12 @ 4 ft
- 2 – 1×4 @ 8 ft
- white paint pen or white paint and small paintbrush
- Printer and paper
- Kreg jig and 1 1/4″pocket hole screws
- 1 – 1×12 @ 30″
- 4 – 1×4 @ 30″
First, cut one 1×12 board to 30″ in length, and four 1×4 boards to 30″ in length each.
Next, using the Kreg Jig, drill three 3/4″ pocket holes into the 1×12 board and into three of the four 1×4 boards:
Using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, attach two 1×4 boards above the 1×12 and the remaining two 1×4 boards below the 1×12. Once all boards are attached, your project should look like this:
Sand the boards until smooth, and then stain with a stain of your choosing. I went with my go-to and favorite stain, Minwax Dark Walnut.
I then marked a spot on the board that in the center of the board and inserted a small screw (to hang the flower on).
I wanted more on the wood board than just the metal flower, so I searched Pinterest for ideas on “flowery” sayings that I thought were inspiring. I came across one saying “Live life in full bloom” and thought it was appropriate for my new wall art. I typed it into a Word document and found a font I liked, and made the word “Bloom” slightly larger and in a different italicized font so it stood out. I also found some leaf twig and flower pictures on PicMonkey that I liked. I printed the saying and the leaf and floral pictures on my printer.
I taped the saying to the top of the board, and using my usual technique, I traced over the letters with a pen to leave indentations in the wood so I could paint over them. (The indentations keep the paint from running outside the letters as much).
For the letters, I used a small, stiff paint brush to fill in the letters with white paint.
I then repeated this process to add the leaf designs and the floral designs to the board. I used a white Sharpie paint marker to fill in the leaves and floral designs that I had traced onto the board.
Once the white paint had dried, I hung the metal flower on the screw in the center of the board and hung on my wall. I must say, I do love it! 🙂 Here are some more pictures of my new wall art: