How to make pressed leaf wall art from real eucalyptus leaves and an embroidery hoop
The other day, while out shopping, I saw some flower resin art. It was by no means a pretty piece, and even though it was marked down, I did not want to take it home. The flowers were too fake, and the hoop frame too golden for my taste. But it gave me an idea. So, I hopped over to the craft store next door and got my supplies.
This post is just in time for a Thrifty Thursday: Less is More Post. We all try to make more of our home décor for less money, and this month, Sara-Lynn from The Inspired Decorator joins me. Be sure to check out her project – the link is at the bottom of the post.
This project once again amazed me. Sometimes a simple craft like this can make a big impact. You’ll get a lot of ideas on pressed leaf or flower art out there, some of them more complicated than others. This little DIY Eucalyptus wall hanging has the look of glass or resin, but it is so much simpler and less expensive. So let’s dive into the 5-minute pressed Eucalyptus leaf wall art tutorial.
Gather your supplies
- Pressed eucalyptus clippings or similar leaves or flowers you want to use. I got some Eucalyptus stems a couple of weeks ago on a quick family trip we took. We just stopped next to the road and cut a few stems. I snipped some of the finer branches when we got home, put them between two sheets of plain white paper and pressed them for a couple of days under a couple of books.
- Embroidery hoop. For this project, I think medium or small will work the best.
- Two A4 acetate sheets. Get the thickest ones you can.
- A pen, scissors, some Sellotape and a hot-glue gun.
Assemble your Pressed Eucalyptus art
Firstly, you can use the pen to trace the size of the acetate sheets. Trace the outer edge of the inner hoop of your embroidery hoop onto the acetate sheets with the pen, and cut with the scissors.
Attach the first piece of acetate to your embroidery hoop with hot glue. The side you attach the acetate sheet to – will be the back of your artwork. We will be hiding all the glue at the back.
Place your eucalyptus clipping onto the first acetate sheet – back facing upward. Make a small loop out of a piece of Sellotape and place it onto your pressed leaves. This will help keep the leaves in place – the video will explain it better, so be sure to look at that.
Attach your second piece of acetate on top, and press down on the spot with the Sellotape. Turn it around, and you are done! I told you this would be easy!
The Easiest Eucalyptus wall art
I added a lace ribbon to my hoop and loved the outcome. I think it suits most décor styles, just because it is so simple! What do you think?
I promise you this is the easiest pressed flower or leaf art, and you need to try this out. I was amazed at how quick it was to whip this piece up, and It is easy to change up with seasonal flowers or clippings. The hot glue is easy to remove from the acetate and embroidery hoop, so you really can change it up seasonally.
I also created a quick video for the tutorial – you can watch it right here. But please head over to my Youtube channel and subscribe!
If you are looking for more budget-friendly wall art ideas, you can look at this post I wrote about just that.
Please head over to Sara-Lynn’s post and show her some love. She made an awesome race car sign from a pizza pan!
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