29 Feb 2012

Fabric Sraps Flowers Wall Art

{or what to do with leftover fabric}

It’s been a quiet couple of weeks with a visit from Lovely Mum and mostly lazy days and  a lot of fun cooking – apple crumble, raspberry roulade, spinach lasagne and home made dough for pizza and Lángos - Hungarian deep fried bread which we usually buy at the Christmas markets here in Germany and eat with a generous sprinkle of icing sugar…yummy.

I was looking for something nice and interesting to make and I have a few nice ideas for Easter…but we are only in February, I think I’ll wait a bit.

Again my inspiration came from PIneterest, and it was a kids activity. Lovely Little Big Daughter had a play date yesterday with her friend H and the little girl is mad about crafting – mostly drawing, cutting, gluing…you get the idea. So it was the ideal opportunity to have fun with my girl and her friend, and boy did we have fun!!!

The original Poppy Art by Tonya at Multiples and More has a lovely tutorial and uses paper – definitely worth a look ! I didn’t have enough paper but I have lots of fabric so hence the decision to use fabric. I think it was a little bit harder for the girls to cut fabric but there were no complaints and both had lots of fun and were extremely proud with the outcome.

So you'll need:  
2 x canvases ( I used 20cm by 20cm) 
Water colours and brushes3 different circle templates ( we used two small cups and a lid from a jar) 
Magic pen or erasable marker 
Sharp scissors 
Fabric Scraps
Glue Gun ( only for mummy to use although the girls were allowed to hold it before it got plugged in the electricity - you can also use craft glue but the glue gun will ensure your little wall art last longer)


Step 1:  Draw a little wavy line in the middle of the canvas and let the kids colour the top with blue and bottom with green paint. Suggest the use of plenty of water to dilute the colour. Let it dry – it took about 20 min.

Step 2: The fun part – get the kids to chose the fabrics they want to use. We decided we are making spring flowers so opted for lighter colours…almost. Explain that each flower will need one circle from each size and let them combine fabrics and draw the circles alone. Let them cut the circles and resist the urge to repair edges and uneven circles – I had to sit on my hands…
Let them also choose the buttons.

Step 3: The canvases should be dry by now and it is time to draw the stems of the flowers. Bring back the water colours and suggest the use of a darker green colour to make the stems stand out. Use a hairdryer to dry the canvases if the little people are loosing patience – it took a few minutes and they giggled the whole time…apparently it was very funny to use the hairdryer for this.

Step 4: Use glue gun to glue the fabric circles to the canvas…the girls only got to watch this last part but never the less they were so happy and absolutely proud with their creations.

Lovely Little Big Daughter even found a little place on the wall to display her first proper art creation… 

Hope you are having a lovely week!
Irina xx

Linking this post to:
Topsy Turvy Tuesdays at I'm Topsy Turvy 
Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie 
We Did It Wednesday at Sew Much Ado 
Sun Scholars: For the Kids Friday


  1. Sehr schön, lovely big daughter tritt in deine Fußstapfen, lg Anja

  2. What a fun project to do with kids and looks great too!!!

  3. Always looking for fun art that my kids will really enjoy. This fits the bill. Thanks for the ideas. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

  4. Cute - fun project for the little girl in my life! {bonus: usage of all the lovely fabric scraps I connect.}
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

  5. What a great idea! I have so many scraps!

  6. It looks fabulous, so glad you liked the paper poppies that my daughter and I made. Love that Ikea flower light too, my daughter has the same one in her bedroom :).


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