Before I get into theeee nitty-gritty, let me start by saying, I'm sorry it took me so long to post. I had allll these plans for videos and blog posts and then I got hit pretty hard with business. It was GREAT! I loved every moment of the hustle.... but I have grown accustomed to living a slower type of life since the lockdown began last March. I mean, I did hustle my ass off the prior 7 years.... so I think I earned it. ;) I have to check myself though, because I am a lazy bull when appropriate conditions are met and there is still much I want to do with my life.
Thanks for sticking around.
CAPTION: Don't mind the incomplete house paint. I'm STILL working on it. (And 1,000 other things. Thanks ADHD. lol)
Here, I've created a preserved floral installation that will last a damn century. No, really. It will last a loooong time. You might want to fan it down every once in awhile if you're hanging this as an interior decor piece just to get rid of the dust- other than that, enjoy creating it and looking at it for at least a year to follow. This beauty is perfect for an entryway, a foyer, a nursery, a brick-and-mortar window installation, what-have-you. The only two things you must remember: keep it out of the heater vent airway and away from humid conditions (please don't build this in your bathroom!) It's also great for any temporary outdoor installation.
I'm not going to act like there is anything magical I've done here. It's easy.
All you need is:
Clippers (scissors won't cut the wire, I'm afraid... plus, the dried guys have pretty tough stems you'll need to chomp off!)
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These are the steps:
Build your chicken wire base
If this is a temporary piece, please use command hooks. Make sure you follow the command hook instructions. Do not place them on the wall and immediately begin installing, as the chicken wire will not stay up. Let those suckers settle in for a moment. If this is a permanent piece indoors, use nails or hooks. For this piece, I used two nails, about 3 feet apart. That's it!
Roll the chicken wire so you have two layers to penetrate with foliage and stretch and attach to the nails or the command hooks. You want your stems to go through more than one opening, to ensure it's secure. Make sure the chicken wire is taught, so it won't fall off during the installation process. I will wrap the chicken wire around the nailhead or command hook a couple of times to make sure it's not going anywhere.
Press down on the chicken wire to flatten it juuuuust a tiny bit. This is really up to you. How far do you want the install to pop out of the wall? Do you want a flatter piece? Flatten the wire accordingly.
Install the florals
I like to begin with the outermost pieces and work my way in. This allows me to establish a shape.
Make sure you're not cutting the stems too short... you want them to travel through at least two chickenwire openings. One opening will not create enough stability and you don't want any of the pieces randomly falling out.
Work your way inward. Once I'm at the center, I like to stick pieces outward a bit to give it a little more depth. You have your own vibe and style... so do what you will.
The great thing about this is... if you hate it or you mess anything up... everything is preserved and reusable. Just begin again until you're happy with the outcome.
If you have any questions, please comment below or drop me a DM on IG @Midsummermother
Please tag me in your creations... I would LOVE to see them!!