DIY Spring-Inspired Abstract Wall Art

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge! If you want to learn more or are interested in joining the challenge, send a message to Emily from A Pop of Red.

DIY spring-inspired abstract wall art

This month, the Craft Challenge is a Springtime craft. I was originally planning to make Duck Tape flowers, but I changed my mind.

Spring is a time to get out of the depression of the cold winter months. That means blooming flowers, bright colors and spring cleaning. The best way to tie all of that together seemed best displayed in a painting.

I chose these colors because they remind me most of spring. Typically, spring colors are all pastel. I don’t think they have enough contrast though. I wanted some dark blues, bright pinks and dark purples to offset the pastels.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

abstract wall art materials

Abstract Painting Materials

  • Cup
  • Water
  • Canvas
  • Paint board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels

 

acrylic paint drops

Step 1: choose your paint

Drop a few blobs of each color of paint on your board.

 

abstract paint strips

Step 2: paint

Start with your lightest colors. Use a brush about the width in the image above or slightly larger. I used the same brush the whole way through the painting.

Tip: paint different shapes for a more intriguing design.

Be sure to rinse the brush before moving on to another color.

 

pastel abstract painting

pastel paint strokes

Step 3: layer the colors

Randomly paint shapes with your colors. Some should be painted directly beside another color and some in the negative space.

By the way, don’t be afraid of negative space. Leave some white spaces on the painting. It helps to lighten the rest colors.

Make sure you let each color dry before applying another color next to it.

 

abstract painting tutorial

Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, chaotic mess of color on your canvas. It’s exciting, right?

Get it hanged up and add a pop of color to any room in your house.

To those of you who celebrated, Happy Easter. To those of you who don’t, Happy Spring!

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’d love to see your spring-inspired paintings.

Be sure to check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers’ DIY projects!

Check out Emily’s beautiful wire flower on canvas and Erika’s springtime craft, too!

Spring Craft: DIY Herb Garden Painted and Labeled Planters

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DIY painted planters with labels

While deciding what I wanted to make for the Spring portion of The Craft Challenge, I kept coming back to flowers. But I didn’t want to use flowers because I painted them last week. What’s more Spring-y than flowers?

I’ve wanted an herb garden for a long time, and Spring is a good time to buy herbs. I also enjoy painting so putting the two together seemed like a no-brainer. So, an indoor herb garden it is.

Making everything was the easy part. Keeping the herbs alive is going to be a bit harder. I’ve never kept anything green for more than a month, so we’ll see how this goes. I’ll keep you updated.

DIY planter materials

Things You Will Need:
Planters
Newspaper
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Painters tape
Sharpie paint markers

You will also need herbs (which you can buy at a greenhouse for about $5 each) and some potting soil. The lady I talked to at the greenhouse recommend Gardner’s Gold brand.

painting tape on planter

Step 1
Tape off the top half of your planter so the paint stays below the rim.

solid-colored planter pots

Step 2
Start painting your planters. I chose a variety of bright colors to add some pop to my living room.

painted labeled herb planters

Step 3
Paint your labels onto the planters. I chose to do some hand lettering of each herb I chose with a minimalist design.

DIY painted planters with labels

Make sure they have a good drainage system and you’re good to go! Set them on a sunny windowsill and water them when the soil feels dry.

herb garden planters

herb garden with labeled planters

I can’t wait to be able to use them for cooking and tea!

Let me know what you think! Did I choose a good Spring craft?

If you’d like to see the last challenge, check out the Yarn Craft Challenge. The other bloggers’ crafts are linked at the bottom of the post.

The Craft Challenge Participants

Craft Challenge 2015 Introduction Eclectic Enchantments A Pop of Red Found This Painted That Tinkerbell Knits Make Something Mondays Image Map

Thanks for reading 🙂 Happy Crafting!

DIY Spring Wreath With Flowers

DIY spring wreath with flowers

I asked my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day and she said a wreath. Then, she sent me to her Pinterest board with a bunch of wreaths she recently pinned. “Something like those”, she said. All of them were flower wreaths, mostly with tulips and other spring flowers. So I went to Pat Catan’s and searched for an arrangement that might look good together. You didn’t think I was going to buy it if I could make it, did you? Something handmade makes a better Mother’s Day gift anyway.

So, I grabbed all of the materials I needed and headed to my parent’s house for the weekend. I remembered my glue gun, but forgot extra glue sticks. I got about half way through my project before I ran out. Thankfully, mom had a glue gun that I could use to finish up. This was the first Make Something Mondays craft my mom has been able to experience first hand. She even helped a little bit.


spring wreath materials

Things You Will Need:
Glue gun
Wreath base
Fake flowers

 

spring flowers

Step 1
Pull the flowers and leaves off of the stems and arrange them into piles according to color so that you can find the flowers you want easily.

 

spring wreath

 

Step 2
Hot glue the flowers and leaves to your wreath base. You will probably burn yourself a few times, but make sure you press the flowers down into the glue or they won’t stick very well.

Repeat until you’ve worked your way around the entire base. Then, go back and fill in the areas that could use some extra color.

 

DIY spring wreath with flowers

Add a string or a ribbon to the top of the wreath and hang it up. Beautiful!

If your wreath is going to be semi-exposed to the outdoors, you can always go back with super glue to make sure the flowers don’t detach. This one is going to be between a door and a screen, so it should be fine without the super glue.

Mom loves it, so I guess it’s doing its job 🙂

Happy crafting!

DIY Spring Wreath With Flowers

Spring Wreath DIY under $10

My fall wreath has been hanging on my door for entirely too long. I’ve been meaning to take it down for a while but, I needed something pretty to replace it with. Ideally something spring-inspired because I’m about done with all of this snow and 20 degree weather. So, if you are feeling the same way, you can take a big leap into spring as well. At least from an inspirational standpoint…

DIY wreath materialsThings You Will Need:
Scissors*
Ribbon 1yd
Extra fabric*
Hot glue gun*
Wreath frame
Decorative flowers

*These materials are not pictured in the image above but are necessary for the DIY project.

wrapping ribbon around wreath

wreath with ribbon

Step 1:
Glue one side of your ribbon to the wreath frame and begin to wrap in around until you run out.

FYI: If you only use 1 yard of 1″ ribbon, you won’t make it the whole way around the wreath. You could buy two yards of ribbon, or you could add some scrap fabric to the open end like I do in the following step.

added material

Step 2:
Cut and position some scrap fabric over the open area of the wreath. I hot glued my fabric (because I’m too lazy to sew it).

wreath with decorative flowers

Step 3:
Arrange the flowers so that they cover the extra piece of fabric. Start glueing on the flowers until you have something like in the above image.

5 Moves to Prevent Plantar FasciitisHang it up with, you guessed it, some more ribbon, and you’ve got yourself a fun spring-inspired wreath.It is much better having a reminder that spring is coming and winter HAS to be ending at some point.

Hope you like this one! Happy crafting!

Flower Petal Window Art

flower petalsThis project is a really neat idea, especially since spring is right around the corner (we can only hope). I found this fun project on The Artful Parent today. All you do is lay out flower petals on contact paper and stick it to a glass window. It looks fantastic! Go check it out on that blog for more images though. It could be a great project to do with your kids, if they have the patience.

When it is actually warm enough for flowers to grow, I might give this a shot!