Create your own ephemeral wall art and enjoy the simple beauty of nature all summer long! All you need are wild flowers and plants, fabric scraps, and lots of imagination. Simple and fun!
- Wild flowers and plants (fresh or dry)
- Fabric scraps (linen or cotton is best)
- Needle and thread
Gather some wild flowers and plants. Choose a long, thin stem with small leaves; weave it over and under itself while working in a circle. Secure the ring by tying ends with thread or by making a knot, bending and working the stem around itself.
Take a piece of fabric and fringe the outer edge using a needle or seam ripper. You’ll get a beautiful tattered look by pulling at the edges and taking some of the horizontal threads out.
Thread your needle with a bright color and make a knot at the end. Lay your stem ring on the fabric and tack (or “couch”) over it with small stitches worked over the top to secure in place. Combine straight and cross stitches to get different couching styles.
Once you finish couching each natural element, you can weave the thread tail at the back of the work, or if you’re in a hurry, just make a knot with the end of the thread at the back side. (It isn’t a very secure option but… this is an ephemeral DIY, right?)
Follow the images to stitch bouquets of small flowers, larger flowers, or seeds. You can create faces, landscapes, abstract compositions… whatever you like!
Hang your new folksy summer wall art using tape or make a garland with it!
Let summer wildness enter into your place :)