DIY Paper Flower on Canvas Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Tutorials

I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I had a wall just aching for this project…

Cut out a zillion leaf shapes with lots of different smallish printed papers. I used blues/greens/browns because that’s my color comfort zone. Monochromatic papers work best I think.

I used the Don Juan Cricut cartridge and cut about 18 leaves from each paper – some 2.5″ and some 3″.

Arrange them on the canvas, glue them down with Mod Podge and then slather the top of the whole thing with lots more Mod Podge.

All done! I did it all last night and the glueing didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I finished the whole thing while watching The Office reruns.

I’m thinking the square canvas wasn’t the best choice – a rectangular one would have looked better I think, but overall I’m thrilled with how it turned out. Love the colors, and I love how that wall isn’t so sad and sorry anymore.

Next up – monster makeover in Gus and Elliot’s room! Updates to come…

Happy Thursday!


1 A.J. Dub February 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Love it!

2 Sarah Briggs February 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love this! I have a yellow and green wall that I think this art piece would be perfect for. I was stunned by how good it looked as the final product. So I am Sarah Briggs. Our husbands work together and Matt, my husband, has told me to check out your blog but this is the first time I am really looking at it. It is great! You are such a cute crafter.

3 kiersten February 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I really like the square. This looks better than the one I saw on Pinterest, I think. I might have to give it a try now!

4 Jen Duke February 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

I think the square is great! Very cute!

5 Sharla February 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

I totally just saw this on pinterest too and wanted to try it. I love yours!

6 Kristine Kent February 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

Did you mod podge the leaves down first? Or did they stick just fine just going over the top of them?? I can’t wait to try this in my little girls nursery!! :)

7 Kelsey February 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I glued them down and then over the whole thing. Send me a pic when you finish yours, I’d love to see it!

8 Kelsey February 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Thanks Sarah! I think we sort of met at the Halloween party right? I love how this turned out too…my ideas don’t always work…anyway I’d love to see yours if you make one!

9 Sharon February 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm

That looks so nice! I’d love to do one for our spare room….
Thanks for showing me how!

10 Sarah Briggs February 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Hey Kelsey, I could not find an email address or a better way to contact you. After looking at your husband and boys I totally remember meeting your family. I wanted to invite you the family network, which is a group of bloggers that support strengthening families. I would love to tell you more about it. You can email me at playwithyourfamily@gmail or let me know your email.


11 jennifer October 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Where did you get the canvas? Also, was the canvas already brown?

12 Kelsey October 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hobby Lobby. I painted it brown – I used acrylic paint (the kind in the little tubes that come in a billion different colors). It was quick.

13 JJsgirl9 October 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Just wondering how you made the leaves? they all look right on point any tips?

14 Kelsey November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I cut them with my cricut but you could easily cut them free-hand. I think more variation would actually look really nice.

15 Johan November 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Love this – very creative way to bring a personal touch to any room

16 Claire November 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

oh my gosh, that turned out so cute! looks professional!

17 ATasteOfMadness November 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

This is gorgeous! I know what I’m going to do during the christmas break!

18 Melissa December 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

oooh LOVE this – we are going to a party tomorrow night and want to take a gift for the host family for their house – I am SO making this for them…good way to use up old scrapbooking supplies. Isn’t ModPodge the best product EVER

19 Nissa January 4, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I love this! But I was thinking about adding some words to it- any suggestions or ideas?

20 Kerry January 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Love this – so glad I stumbled onto your site!!

21 Little Bit February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm

very well done! this flower is so beautiful. I’m pinning it too. Little Bit

22 Josie March 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm

When I put my leaves on the canvas with mod podge , they wrinkled. How do u prevent the bubbles n wrinkles?

23 Rhonda Taylor May 11, 2013 at 4:32 am

I was looking for ideas for the ladies of a Carers Group, my self and the other ladies are carers of our husbands etc.We get togeather once a week. I just LOVE your ideas.

24 dorothy May 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

how big was the background canvas? I would love to make this for a spare bedroom…

25 Val May 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I used this idea and made our youngest daughter a birthday gift to hang in her apartment. It came out wonderful! It’s in 4 pieces and has a message. I’d love to post a pic of it, but don’t see that option anywhere. Anyway, thank you for the idea and instructions!

26 Jane August 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

I like the square canvas. This piece looks
Thanks for a wonderful idea.

27 KyKwiltz August 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Incredible! My daughter has a Cricut and hasn’t used it yet; I may appropriate it for my own nefarious purposes. ;) I love the colors you used, and it really pops on your wall. Thanks for the great tutorial.

28 Mindy R October 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I love the colors! It looks like something I would want to try!

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