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DIY Flower Art

This easy affordable DIY wall art is such a simple way to add some bold color to your home! Plus, using thrifted vintage ornate frames makes it a sustainable home décor project too!

thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


Pinterest keeps showing me these stunning paintings by Carolyn Misterek. I am so drawn to the bold, moody color of the frame which matches the background of the painting. They are just so striking and I was inspired to make my own version!


flower artwork
photo credit: Carolyn Misterek

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thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend, family room with black brick fireplace


I certainly have some artistic skill, but not enough to paint my own beautiful flowers like the artist! I had the idea to use pressed flowers I bought from Amazon, making this DIY incredibly easy yet absolutely stunning! I used thrifted, vintage frames which also makes this an affordable way to add a wow moment in your home!


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


This would make such a great Mother's Day gift idea, right?! And because the process is simple, this is kid and family friendly craft! Use Mom's favorite flowers or even the flowers of her children's birth months! Then write a sweet note on the back thanking Mom for helping them grow and bloom!


what you need


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


  • ornate frame - look at thrift stores or see my list of affordable options here!

  • piece of art canvas or mat board - you can simply use the back of the frame!!!

  • paint of your choice - I used leftover paint from our Powder Room transformation. If using acrylic paint, this set it such a bargain!

  • pressed flowers - I used these


how to make it


1. Start by thoroughly cleaning your frame and removing the glass. If you are using the back piece of your frame as your background then you can move onto the next step.


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


2. If your frame doesn't have a sturdy backing, cut a piece of canvas or other sturdy material that won't warp when painted. You can find small canvases at The Dollar Tree and just cut to size!


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend

3. Paint the entire frame and backing all one color. I did 2 coats for my frames.


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


4. While the paint is STILL WET - gently lay your flowers on top of the backing and press flat. You might need to help small children so this very delicately. Pro Tip: Stage your flowers before hand to decide what arrangement you like best. This will prevent moving flowers around once they touch the wet paint.


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend

thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend

Keep it simple by adding a few flowers like I did here, or go all out, filling the frame with a whole garden.


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend


6. Let the paint completely dry, and your gorgeous artwork is done!


thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend

thrifted vintage frame painted sherwin williams darkroom.  Pressed flowers, the rural legend

If you make your own flower art, share it with me by tagging @therurallegend on social media! Looking for more affordable and easy DIYs? Start here!


xoxo, L


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