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Hello! My name is Johnna and I am so happy to be adventuring with Minnetonka as a Made By Hand contributor this year. Together my husband Max and I run a chalk design business called Bear Fox Chalk and when we’re not busy with that, you’ll find us adventuring with our daughter Lue outdoors or headed to the city for a good cup of coffee. You can read more about our adventures over at Fox Meets Bear.
It’s finally feeling like spring in Minnesota! This week I decided to make it out to the woods to make a floral wall installation to help welcome in the warm air and blooming weather outside.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Five branches (I try to find ones that are already fallen from the trees to preserve rooted life)
- Copper Wire
- Blooms of your choice (I chose fresh Sunflowers, Vines, oversized Ranunculus, and Feverfew. You can also start foraging fallen items from the woods that might mix in well)
Fasten the branches together. Tighten with copper wire and feel free to use a lot of copper here as it adds a beautiful touch of metal that seems to mix nice with the earthiness of the wood. I added a thicker copper hook to the top, but you could just assemble onto the wall with copper nails or screws.
Explore with your shaped sticks! I made mine into a stacked rectangular-like shape, but I could see this working well as a triangle or perfect square.
Start tucking the blooms in. Start with the vines and let yourself be free with the process! I wanted a more minimal look so I made the corners a bit heavy and gave my eye room to experience the raw stick portions too.
Once you have the first layer of vines in, start with the bigger blooms. Gently open and manually bloom the flower by softly opening up the petals, if needed.
Use your wire here to fasten the blooms to the frame. Tuck, overlap, and bunch them close together to create a clustered feel. End with the softer, feminine blooms. Feverfew is a gorgeous bloom to use and gives off a seriously whimsical feel.
Repeat the bloom placement on the lower corner or as you’d like on the frame. You could cover the sticks entirely with blooms or keep it as simple as you’d like. I love this hanging above our mantle in our living room and it welcomes spring and all it’s earthiness to come! You could use this for a baby shower or bridal shower backdrop, in your babe’s nursery, or even make mini versions of it to gift to a friend!
Happy Adventuring! Hope you enjoyed this woodland floral installation!
About Johnna of Fox Meets Bear:
Johnna Holmgren is the wife of her bearded husband Max. She is the mother of Luella Beane. They reside in Stillwater, Minnesota with their dog (Badger), kitty (Zoe) and their two chickens (Beatrice+Mabel). Her blog, Fox Meets Bear is generally filled with adventures, floral projects, and a few tidbits about motherhood. Together they run Bear Fox Chalk, a chalk design and illustration company.