3D Flower Wall Art

wall art diy color diffusing flowers

Make a beautiful wall art canvas with 3D flowers using our R2440 Color Diffusing Paper Flowers!

Age: 4+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Children get to take home their own projects to hang up on their bedroom walls at home. Use different colors to produce interesting combinations. Paint easily with fun and engaging Color Diffusing Paper! Create a wash of color on a canvas and talk about essential keywords such as balance, subject and background.

wall art diy color diffusing flowers

You’ll Need:

R2440 Color Diffusing Paper Flowers

R2131 Bright Buttons

R54460 Squiggle Pipettes

• Canvas

• Watercolor paint

• Paint tray

• Spray bottle of water

• Small plastic cups

• Paintbrush

• Glue



Pour a small amount of watercolor into each cup. Set up your workstation so that the flowers are on the paint tray.


Squeeze the bulb of the Squiggle Pipette to expel all the air inside, then dip the nozzle into the paint and release the bulb. This will draw the paint into the main chamber of the pipette. Carefully raise the pipette on top of the paper and squeeze the bulb to release the paint. Use different colors to make interesting effects!


Spray the concentrated watercolor spots with a bit of water to help diffuse the paint throughout the flower.


To give your Color Diffusing Flower some dimension, drape it on top of an overturned cup. Leave it to dry for 30 minutes under direct light.


While the Color Diffusing Paper Flowers are drying, prepare your canvas for painting! You can use watercolor on the canvas as this will give it a nice diffused look. Pour the concentrated watercolor into little cups so as not to use too much, although a little will go a long way!


I created a gradient wash from one corner of the canvas to the opposite corner. First I started with the darkest color I had–red–and blended it into an orange once it hit the yellow on the opposite side. Even though there isn’t much red remaining, it is still a lovely transition! Although your students can paint their canvases different colors, it’s a good idea to keep the colors minimal. Remember, the canvas will form the background to your 3D art, so it needs to let the flowers stand out!


Now get your flowers ready to attach to the canvas!


Dab a bit of glue onto the back of each flower center and press the flower onto the canvas. Hold the flower down for about 20 seconds to make sure that the glue starts working to secure it to the canvas.


Glue a button to the center of each flower. Use contrasting colors to really make the 3D art pop!


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Mosaic Buttons and Beads

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Last year we made a project similar to this one with an assortment of beads and buttons. This year, we are adding a few more mosaic pieces and stylish buttons to our Big Ideas project to turn it into a beautiful art display!

Age: 3+

Duration: 10+ minutes

Learning Objectives: Use multiple materials to create one solid artistic masterpiece. A great group activity that requires students to work together to fit materials into the appropriate blank spots on the drawing. Talk about the different colors in the artwork. Sort the materials into groups by similar colors. Incorporate patterning within the mosaic artwork.


You’ll Need:

• Mosaics (R15649 Petit Pattern Mosaics, R15639 Spectrum Mosaics)

• Buttons (R2131 Bright Buttons, R2143 Really Big Buttons, R20208 See-Through Buttons)

• Poster board

• Pencil

• Tape

• Glue



This project can be done over a period of several days or within a single art class. It all depends on the scope of your project. Every student can contribute to the art project or you can separate your classroom into groups of 4 or 5 and get each student to work on their own section in the mosaic artwork.


In the animation above, you can see how all of the pieces come together. We separated the giant sheet into six sections. Each section is represented by a specific color. Sort the mosaics and buttons into similarly colored groups, then begin gluing down all the pieces. Rotate the different pieces to glue them down in the appropriate spots. Continue through the entire section and make sure that the buttons and mosaics are snugly fit together. At the end, you get an amazing blend of materials to make a glorious masterpiece!


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