Bring your space to life by making a faux living wall art with the latest #cricutexploreair2 ! Head on below for all the deets!
Over the last months, before I got the idea to make a faux living wall art, I’ve been trying to introduce more plants in my space. I’ve noticed that it looked kinda sterile & dull before, and since I work from home, meaning I spend most of the time, actually nay, all of my time here haha, I needed it to feel cozy to stay in, inviting and vibrant. I’m pretty sure those of you who work from home will totally get this. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve already written about this somewhere before…
Anyhow, since I’m still learning how to take care of my real plants, I started adding some faux plants in (as seen here & here). Much to my surprise, the faux plants looked great. And so I came across some rad ideas of making an entire faux living wall, but since those required larger financial and timey-wimey investments, so I had to rely on my improv skills. Can I really call myself a #diyblogger tho if I’m not doing that?
So, I wanted to find an alternative way to make a living wall that wasn’t gonna cost me that much time nor a kidney. But all I needed in order to put myself in the creative zone was to look at my cricut explore air 2. What if I made like just a faux living wall art, I thought to myself, doesn’t need to be an entire wall.. I’ve already had some monstera leaves cut (some those we used for the photo album diy here), and so I started cutting these different types of leaves…
The gallery wall I’d just recently put up looked kinda too white & like it can definitely use a pop of fresh color, so I thought this living wall art can definitely go there. It’ll completely animate this wall. At first I imagined it a little bigger, like maybe to fit 4 of these square posters you see here. But since I had no idea how will the faux living wall actually look once finished, I decided to go tiny and make it 30×30 cm (12″ square).
Looking back, I definitely could’ve make it larger, maybe even 100×70 cm (that’s the largest piece of card stock paper I have & could’ve used as a base for the living wall art). But I really had no idea if I’ll like it once done, so I didn’t wanna waste time making it.. The good thing here is if you wanna make one, you already have everything you need to know here, including the end result, so you can feel free to adjust the size to fit your space. I’ll make bigger sometime in the future probably, still I’m beyond thrilled with how this one turned out.
So, without further ado, let’s see how can you too make this cutie yourself.
DIY Faux Living Wall Art.
the What-s a.k.a. Tools.
– Cricut Maker (I used Cricut Explore Air 2)
If you don’t have a cricut, you can still make this, but it’s gonna take you way more time to cut all those leaves manually)
– White Card Stock
This will be the base on which you’ll be gluing all the different leaves… And it doesn’t even need to be paper, it can be cork or wood or something… Just note that the final living wall art will be lighter if you’re using paper, meaning you won’t have to drill holes in your wall to put nails to hang your art, like if you’re a renter or just don’t want to have holes in the wall.
– Green Card Stock Paper in several different shades if you want to make your living wall art more vibrant
I really can’t tell you exactly how much you’ll need cause that depends on how big of a living wall art you’re making + I used a lot of old pieces of paper that I already had… Still, even if you make a tiny faux living wall art like this one, you’re still gonna need at least a dozen of A4 card stock paper sheets.
– Green Crepe Paper
– Glue Gun
– Vinyl Adhesive Tape
This is what I used to “hang” my living wall art.
1. Start by choosing different leaves either from the cricut design space, or you can upload your own. Set the paper, set your cricut machine and let it work its magic.
2. While cricut’s cutting your leaves, measure how big you want your living wall art to be, and cut the white card stock paper a.k.a. the base.
3. Glue some crepe paper on the base before you start gluing your paper leaves. Make it uneven, put more on some places to create a nice & fluffy base to begin with. This will help you get some areas of the living wall art to kinda stand out & look more jungly-dense, ya know what I mean?
Extra Tip | If you run out of paper + have no intention to get more haha, you can use crepe paper, to fill in some empty spaces.
4. Take your glue gun & start gluing your leaves! This is so much fuun! I really can’t tell you how to exactly go about this step, just play around with the shapes and sizes of the leaves. And even if you don’t like it at first, you can change it, mix things up as you go.
5. Once you’ve gotten to where you love it, hang that baby up!
I really love how this turned out & am already trying to squeeze in some time to make a bigger living wall art, which feels almost impossible haha. At least I have this one! How about you, what do you think? Gonna try making one yourself? When you do so, share it with me, just be sure to use #artysdiylife for me to find you! Happy crafting dude!
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