I’ve been dying to make something cute and summery for my wall, I just wasn’t sure what. At Snap last month, a friend gave me this darling wooden flamingo and I knew that it would be the great basis for some wall art. I just love how this flamingo shutter wall art turned out!
It was so simple to make too! I found the shutter exactly as it is at Michaels – they have some fabulous backdrops that make great surfaces to craft with. I was planning on hanging the flamingo on the shutter but I knew it needed a little something extra.
Well, Kato sort of made the decision for me last week, when he chewed off the foot of my cute flamingo.
He’s obviously not one bit sorry.
So once that happened, I knew I needed a bit of something to cover up it’s feet! I have been wanting to make up some felt flowers and so this worked out perfectly! Pretty flowers and you’d never know they were covering up a chewed up foot. :)
Here’s a quick tutorial!
- Wood Shape – my flamingo was cut out on a scroll saw by Virginia from Fynes Designs but you can easily use any wood shape from the craft store.
- Wood Shutter
- FolkArt Milk Paint – Pink Dogwood
- FolkArt Finishing Oil
- Assorted sheets of wool or wool blend felt
- Hot Glue
Start by painting your wood shape with the milk paint. Once it has dried, apply the FolkArt Finishing Oil according to the directions. This will give the paint a really great finish – it’s almost flat but has a very soft sheen to it.
Once your flamingo has dried, use hot glue to glue the flamingo to the shutter.
To make the flowers, I used Delia Creates’ tutorials and links for her gorgeous flowers. She has great tips! I made the Anenome in off white and peach, the cabbage rose, regular rose, peony and the ranunculus.
They didn’t take too long, I made all of these in just a few hours. I cut out some felt leaves to fill in the spaces as well.
I really love how they turned out!
Once you have the flowers created, glue them in place around the base of the shutter.
Glue in the leaves around the flowers, changing the color and heights of the leaves so it all looks natural.
And that’s all there is to it our flamingo shutter wall art! Isn’t it fun??
I love how the pastels of the flowers look with the paint of the flamingo. So summery and soft!
I’d love to know what you think!