Take your room up a notch with a beautiful dried floral wall mural! In this article I'm going to be sharing everything from how I came up with the idea, how it was implemented, where dried floral murals look best, and the benefits to name a few!
So lets dive in... Where I got the Idea For sometime now, I've been fascinated with floral designs and home décor. The possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing and matching different flowers. Throw pampas grass into the mix and it really get that wow factor. The idea came to me from a 30 second TikTok clip of a company in the United States putting together a mural for a local business. I loved the look and just HAD to try it myself. I put out the intention that someone was going to want one and within the day I had an inquiry for Still Living Floral to produce a wall mural!
After some back and forth with the company who had inquired about the mural, I went to their location. I went with a quote based on the picture they provided of what they wanted in their beauty parlor. They wanted a mural that was roughly 5 feet wide & 3 feet tall, smack dab in the middle of their wall. If you are familiar with florals you know that the price can add up fast. Also, if you have ever planned a wedding you know the cost associated with large fresh flower orders, and let me tell you.... dried florals are just as costly!
With that being said the customer had underestimated their budget for what they were looking for. What their budget could provide was ultimately not enough to make the "WOW" factor they were going for so they canceled the request. My mistake? I had already preordered ALL their florals for this project so it left me stuck with hundreds of dollars in dried florals and no project... so I did what anyone would do. I decided to go ahead and use the florals for my babies room instead!
If you have a wall, you can put a dried floral display just about anywhere. Most commonly used places for dried floral wall murals are:
Store fronts: It gives that wow factor when customers walk into your business. People are attracted to storefronts that provide a homey and trendy décor.
Front entryways in your home: If you want your guests to impressed with your home this is a sure-fire way to impress them the second they walk in
Babies rooms: Want your babies room to be a Pinterest dream? Take it up a notch by adding a mural!
Living room: These look amazing above the couch or fireplace.
Guest bathroom: A small mural looks great above the toilet and it makes those small main floor guest bathrooms a little less basic and inviting
Any bedroom: Guest room, master bedrooms or your office space.
The moral of the store is they look great everywhere.
Not only are they an obvious focal point, but they are a timeless piece that will last forever. You can switch out your florals depending on the seasons and when you're over it, you can take out the florals and repurpose them into wreaths, bouquets, gifts. Dried florals are a home décor enthusiast best friend because the possibilities are endless.
My favorite thing about dried floral wall murals? They mount with no damage to the walls which means NO HOLES (husbands love this)! We hang them with command hooks. Depending on the size we use anywhere from 4-10 hooks. Make sure to get the wire command hooks. Also double check that each hook as a weight capacity of at least 2 pounds.
Supplies to Make the Mold
First things first, you start with the mold. This was probably the most tedious step out of them all. Here's a list of the supplies you will need and why you need them.
Extra Person: This is not a one person job. You will need someone to help you roll out the chicken wire, mold the chicken wire and hold the mold while the other person twists the wire mending the ends together.
Gloves: This is a MUST! My husband and I built half the mold and had multiple scratches and gouges in our hand before we finally put our ego aside and decided to go get the gloves and protect ourselves. Even with the gloves I still poked myself with the wire so make sure your gloves are are heavy duty.
Chicken Wire: This is what ultimately creates the mold. We used the 1 inch chicken wire. The smaller the grid, the more difficult to mold it into your desired shape and also the more difficult to stick your florals in. Some of stems, like palm leaves, are often larger than an inch wide. If you go for a smaller gird you end up having to cut the stems to fit into the wire but it makes for a more sturdy display.
Dried Flower Foam: You don't necessarily have to use dried flower foam. If you are planning to use dried florals that have smaller stems, such as bunny tails, you definitely want to use the foam so they have something to stick into or they will fall right through your mold.
Wire Cutters: I think this is pretty straight forward as to why you would need these. The Wire cutters are for cutting the wire which you will need to do during the installation and insertion of the flowers.
Wire: Typically when you buy chicken wire, it is already wrapped in extra wire which holds it together. But if by some fluke chance you get chicken wire isn't rolled up and wrapped in wire, then you need to buy some. This is what you are going to use to mend the ends together. Make sure you buy thin wire that is durable but easy to bend.
Dried florals I used
You can use whatever dried florals you want for this project, but I stuck with a neutral pallet. The great thing about these murals is you can switch out different florals depending on the season. Christmas? Add some red Banksia. Fall? Add some oranges and yellows. The possibilities are really endless. Here is the list for what I used for this particular mural:
Amaranthus (4 stems)
Palm leaves (18 different sizes and shapes)
Rice flower (5 stems)
Ming Fern (4 stems)
Ruscus Leaves (4 stems)
White Banksia (1 stem)
White Bunny Tails (2 Bunches)
Brown Bunny Tails (2 Bunches)
Yellow Billy Buttons (1 Bunch)
White Billy Buttons (1 Bunch)
Angel Pampas (4 stems)
Free Spirit Pampas (8 stems)
White Hydrangea (7 Stems)
Cattail Pampas White (1 Bunch)
Cattail Pampas Purple (1 Bunch)
Adding the flowers to the mold is really just comes down to preference and the look you are going for. It typically takes me about 5 hours from start to finish from creating the mold, installing the flowers and cleaning up. There is no wrong way to build your mural.
This ranges with the dried florals you choose and the size of the mold you use. Generally, with installation these murals cost between $200-$2000. Again, this totally depend on the size and florals you use! The one displayed in the photo was estimated at $1150 and measures 5ft wide and 2.5 ft tall. Tip: To keep the costs down, use lots of palm leaves and pick florals that are fuller Contact us Contact us for more information on DIY mural kits (custom made for your vision) or custom installations! We would love to work with you