DIY: Winter Blooms

First, we have to say thanks!
We have had such an amazing response to our DIY in the Winter issue of Folk magazine!
  For those of you who haven't read the issue, check it out for this feature and our article on New Orleans artist, Mathew Holdren.

We all seem to have a love hate relationship with Winter. The love comes from the nights spent cozy by the fire with blankets and cocoa; the hate often over a dreary hibernating landscape.I first created this DIY a few years ago as an inexpensive solution for an empty wall in my home. The perfect combination of winter's beautiful whites and the hope of spring blooms, this installation will cure any cold weather blues.

  • white plastic flowers
  • plaster
  • water
  • utensil for stirring plaster
  • bucket
  • kitchen trash bag (optional)
  • floral wire or wooden kitchen skewers
  • box or crate for drying

STEP ONE: It is best to remove all of your flower heads from their stems before you begin the process. Wrap the base with wire or attach the skewers (depending if you have male or female ends to your flowers) to prepare for dipping and drying.

STEP TWO: Once your flowers are prepped, mix the plaster to pancake batter consistency. It  will thicken a bit as it sits. Here we used an old bucket lined with a trash bag. This allows you to throw away the unused hardened plaster after the project without destroying the bucket.

STEP THREE: Begin dipping each flower into the paster ensuring the entire flower is coated.  As you finish each one, use the wire or skewer to support the flower on a box or crate of your choice.  An old cardboard box works just fine and is easily thrown away afterwards. Remember, no two flowers are alike so allowing them to fall in different directions or some closing more than the others will produce a more natural look. Try hanging a few upside down on a wire to create a bud like bloom.

STEP FOUR: After the flowers are completely dry (usually about an hour) they are ready to hang, attach to small twigs and arrange in a vase, or simply scatter about your table. 

NOTE: The plastic flowers hold the weight of the plaster much better than silk flowers creating a more defined and sculpted look. In addition, choosing the white color reduces the chance that any color would peek through the plaster.

TIP: If your flowers have a female end, you can just mount them straight onto the head of a small finishing nail on the wall.