Sometimes a maker just got to make! That’s what I felt about this paper flower wall decoration once the idea popped into my head.
Why a pineapple? I would be lying if I said it was my favourite fruit (that’s mango); it’s in my top ten, though. But it’s the best-looking fruit as it comes in its fabulous package and screams summer to me!
I also have a lovely pineapple-stencilled table in my lounge and thought that a piece of pineapple wall art would look great above it!
Recently, I have been making lots of upcycled plants such as my fabric flowers, plastic bottle faux succulent terrarium and my repurposed felt succulent garden. This time I decided to use paper for my crafted plants.
A Beautiful Pineapple Paper Flower
Every time I see gorgeous paper flowers on Pinterest, I pin them. I thought it was about time that I looked at those pins and made some of the paper flowers. Having looked at those pins more closely, I decided I liked the look of those flowers and plants produced with crepe paper.
But there were loads of lovely flowers to make, and I couldn’t decide which ones to try. Because I’m so indecisive, I made lots of different kinds of flowers in lots of colours for my paper flower wall decoration.
I upcycled an old picture frame for this gorgeous paper flower display.
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What you need to make a gorgeous paper flower wall decoration
- Frame – You’ll need one as big as the flower display. What size you make is up to you. The frame for my pineapple paper flower art was about A3 size.
- Foamboard/corkboard – This is to fit inside the frame and mount the paper flower display.
- Spray chalk paint – for the frame, and I chose a Rose Pink colour.
- Floristry stem wire
- Floristry tape
- Crepe paper 180 grams (Italian crepe paper)- You need this thick stretchy crepe paper; the cheap crafty crepe paper is too thin. I know, as I tried it with the cheap stuff first, and it just didn’t work.
How To Make A Pineapple Paper Flower Display
Preparing the frame
Step 1: I first prepared the frame and base for the paper flower wall decoration. I spray-painted the frame with chalky pink paint. I used chalky paint as I like the lovely matt finish.
Step 2: To create a base for the pineapple paper flower decoration, I cut a foam board to fit into the frame.
Top tip: Foam board can be a bit shiny, so you may also want to paint this with white matt paint.
As the display will be 3d, you will not need any glass on the front of your picture frame.
Making Paper Roses, Peonies & Other Flowers
As I mentioned in the beginning, I have pinned many paper flower tutorials over the years. When I returned to these pins, I picked the best paper flower tutorials.
However, I used the orange rose I made using my tutorial and the template I used for my beautiful map roses. The main difference is that I used crepe paper instead of maps this time.
The pink peony I made from the tutorial on Ash and Crafts. There are loads of fantastic flower tutorials on this lovely site.
I have a tutorial for the daisies on my denim hanging mason jar wall vase post. I made the dandelion and cream Peonies using the tutorials on Lia Griffith’s fantastic site. She has loads of fabulous paper flower tutorials on her site.
After making a few different crepe paper flowers, I was confident enough to design my paper flowers using my learned techniques. Like the ones I made for my leather Boho vase or my broken China teacup wall vases.
I used oil pastels on some flowers to add colour to the crepe. It was fun to experiment and make up flowers.
Making Paper Succulents
For the background of the pineapple body, I made crepe paper succulents using a brilliant Ash and Craft tutorial.
One thing I did differently, though, was to add some colour to the tip of my succulents with oil pastels. I made several of these crepe paper succulents in different sizes.
The pineapple leaves were made by cutting out long leaf shapes of crepe paper and glueing them to the floristry wire stems. Again these were made in different sizes, and bits of colour was added to the crepe paper with oil pastels.
I have a DIY tropical leaf plant tutorial that would work well with this floral pineapple display.
How to Assemble The Giant Floral Pineapple
Once you have made all your paper flowers, succulents and leaves, you are ready to assemble the pineapple paper flower wall decoration.
Step 1: First, cut out a piece of green crepe paper in the shape of a pineapple onto the foamboard
Step 2: Add the leaves at the top of the pineapple. To do this, pierce the foam board with a wooden skewer (or similar) and then thread the wire through to the other side. Bend the wire at the back of the board to secure it.
Top tip: Add a dollop of hot glue to the wire at the back to stop it from slipping, but wait until the end when you are sure of your design.
Step 3: Next, glue the succulents randomly to the green crepe paper on the front of the foam board.
Step 4: Finally, add the crepe paper flowers to the pineapple wall decoration using the same method as the leaves.
As I mentioned in the introduction, this paper flower pineapple wall art goes well with my pineapple-stencilled console table and fabric flowers. I also have a tutorial for some quick doodle flower decorations.
Floral Pineapple Party Decoration
This giant floral pineapple would be a great summer party decoration. Perhaps a Hawaiian-themed celebration or even a Cinque de Mayo party.
Especially if you used it along with the giant paper mache cacti I made and my DIY Frida Kahlo ornaments and Frida Kahlo pillow, these paper flowers would be great to use with many Frida Kahlo crafts.
Or if you’re looking for other ways to craft fake succulents.