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The UK heatwave might be coming to an end, but it doesn’t mean the summer is over just yet! In fact, this time of year is one of my favourites – when the evenings are long and balmy and the garden is bursting with sun-ripened fruit and veg. (Speaking of which, my tomatoes have gone CRAZY lately… I’ll be eating them for weeks haha!).
I’m a big fan of decorating my home for the current season. So, with all this time in the garden enjoying the summer sun, I wanted to bring a touch of it into my home, too. I’m working with the folks at Bostik on this project. I used their adhesive foam pads to add dimension to this tropical garden wall art DIY. Doesn’t it look awesome?! Even when the clouds roll over and the sun goes away, it still adds a pop of summer to my home. 🙂
Easy Tropical Garden Wall Art DIY
What you’ll need
- Bostik foam pads
- Bostik micro glue dots
- Mid-weight card in shades of green and blue
- Heavy-weight backing card in white
- Box frame
- Scissors, craft knife or cutting machine
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What to do
1. First up, find a few leaf shapes you like. I’d recommend having 3-5 different shapes, which you can find online or sketch freehand. I used a mix of summery palm leaves and monstera plants, with a more branchy style one for the back.
2. Draw or trace your leaf shapes onto your mid-weight green card. Make sure you get a range of different sizes and colours! This will help you to create more depth in your tropical garden wall art DIY. As a rule of thumb, I’d recommend:
- 3 large leaves (approx 1/4 of the size of your frame)
- 4 mid-size leaves (half the size of the large leaves)
- 3 small leaves (1/4 the size of the large leaves)
- and 2-3 branchy leaves for the very back of your tropical garden wall art DIY
3. Next, cut all of your leaf shapes out. Top tip: if you have monstera leaves, it can look really cool to cut out some holes in them too – this helps add more depth and texture! You will also need to cut out a backing piece of card to mount your leaves on. Simply cut a rectangle of white card that’s the same dimensions as your frame.
4. With all of your leaves cut out, it’s time to start sticking them down! For this, I used some special craft adhesives from Bostik. They make a really varied range of glues and adhesives, each one perfectly suited to a specific use – which makes crafting a whole lot easier!
4a. For the first layer of leaves, I used Bostik Micro Dots. Think of this product as a set of mini sheets, covered in tiny, sticky dots. When you press some paper onto the sheets, the tiny adhesive dots are transferred onto your paper. When you peel it off, your paper has become a sticker! So cool. I used this method to stick my branch shapes to the back of my tropical wall art DIY. (the branches are so thin and fiddly, it would have been a nightmare to stick them without the Bostik Micro Dots!).
4b. For the rest of the leaves, I wanted to create a layered 3D effect. This is where the Bostik Foam Pads came in – they’re a few millimeters thick, which is perfect for giving depth to a craft project. They couldn’t be easier to use: just peel off the backing and stick to your card. Simple!
Before sticking the leaves down, I loosely planned where I wanted them to go and took a photo of this to refer back to. I then simply worked through the leaves, sticking them in place with the foam pads. For some of the leaves, I layered several foam pads on top of each other to double, triple or even quadruple the depth. This is what lead to the multi-layered effect you can see in my tropical wall art DIY.
The foam pads are almost invisible too, because they blend in against the white backdrop. Winner!
5. Finally, trim the edges of your topical wall art DIY. Make sure you remove any overhanging leaves, so it fits into your box frame perfectly. Then place it into your box frame and secure in place.
This tropical wall art DIY is a great way to keep the summer vibes going for a liiiittle bit longer – regardless of what the weather decides to do! You could also adapt the project to other displays. Why not try layering flowers, abstract shapes or even letters and numbers? There’s loads of ways you could use this technique!
What do you think? Will you be giving it a go? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 – Mike.
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