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DIY Foil Flower Art for a Bohemian Bedroom

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Our classy DIY Bohemian-inspired foil flower art is just at home in your boho-themed bedroom as it is in any room you want a little free-spirited elegance!

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Look, if it were up to me, I’d just be over here with a megaphone yelling “Foil flower art! Get yer foil flowers here! They look like drawings, but they shine like foil!”

Simple.

To the point.

No wasteful word salad and gobbledygook descriptors.

But that just doesn’t cut it these days, does it, madam?

Oh, no siree bob! These days, everything needs to be labeled and categorized and sorted into this pile or that, especially when you’re making stuff to share with the world through a blog post or on social media.

It’s not just a thing you’ve made.

It’s a farmhouse thing. Or it’s a coastal thing. It’s a traditional, transitional or a tribal thing. And don’t’ get me started on mid-century modern things!

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If you have a collection of stuff in your house, you dang well better be sure it follows the rules!

Of course, if you don’t follow the rules and you’re stuff is all wackadoodle, well then you’re eclectic, and you’re right back on the neatly-labeled path. Smug satisfaction all around!

You can be rebel without a cause, madam, but you sure as heck can’t be a rebel without a category.

Even the free-spirited hippies couldn’t escape the Great Labeling. Somehow, their style got swept up with the meandering artistic misfits known as Bohemians and birthed the boho-chic movement (or so I’ve been informed).

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I know, I know, I’m oversimplifying a bit, but I’m just trying to keep up with the trends! (Truth: I don’t give a squishy purple fig about keeping up with kardashians trends, but as I’ve somehow found myself wearing the mantle of “influencer,” it is literally my job to be somewhat and moderately trendy.)  Thank god I’ve got my babes to tell me all about what’s hip and cool and what’s totally square and grody to the max, otherwise I’d still be walking around in flower-printed Jams shorts and a popped-collar Izod.

(Please don’t tell me that’s back in style.)

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Anyway, apparently we’re planning to have a bohemian (or boho for you trendy types) bedroom. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement.

When Handan first informed me of this eventuality, I couldn’t help picturing a small bistro table in one corner of the bedroom with two chairs occupied by cigarette-smoking Frenchmen listening to a spoken-word performance on an unseen stage. They snapped their fingers instead of clapping.

Hey, wait a minute! I flipped through my mental categories…

Dang! I had the Frenchmen miscategorized! I moved them from bohemian to beatnik. There, that’s better.

Now about that Bohemian bedroom…

I again tried to picture what my babes intended, but this time all my mental pudding could conjure up was a…gypsy?

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Realizing I didn’t know the first furry thing about bohemian style in general and a bohemian bedroom in particular, I deferred to my babes’ experience and knowledge and asked her what she had planned.

“You’ll see, my babes,” she said, “I’m still working on the details, but I do want you to make some foil flower art for me.”

Flowers, I’ve come to learn, are a cornerstone of bohemian decor…as long as they’re brightly colored. I’ve also realized that a no-holds-barred bohemian bedroom is probably a little outside Handan’s comfort zone – I don’t think she could handle the explosion of color and texture. So I’m thinking she’s going for something more bohemian-inspired than full-tilt bohemian. The foil flower line art she planned is the perfect embodiment of boho-inspired: simple wildflowers traced in bright shining foil. Not too much color, but enough to be interesting.

And they would look great hanging next to our bed!

Let’s see how it’s done!

DIY Foil Flower Line Art for a Bohemian Bedroom

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Step 1 – Design Space

If you’re not familiar with uploading SVGs to Design Space, please refer to our Cricut Cribs tutorial on the subject.

Starting with a blank Canvas, select a square.

cricut design space foil line art
cricut design space foil line art

In the Size field of the menu bar, click on the lock to unlink the width and height, then change the width to 8 and the height to 10.

cricut design space foil line art

Upload one of the boho flowers and insert it onto the Canvas. You’ll notice it’s too big.

cricut design space foil line art

Without clicking the lock icon, change the width to 5 and hit Enter.

cricut design space foil line art

Click on the arrow under Operation.

cricut design space foil line art

Select Foil—>Fine.

cricut design space foil line art

You can change the color of your foil here. It makes no difference for your transfer, but it just shows what the finished foil line art will look like.

cricut design space foil line art
cricut design space foil line art

To center the design, first select both layers…

cricut design space foil line art

…then click Center Horizontally under Align on the toolbar, and then…

cricut design space foil line art

…select Center Vertically.

cricut design space foil line art
cricut design space foil line art

Though it was centered according to the boundaries of the image, we felt it looked better nudged a little to the right. You can move it with your mouse, if you think the overall composition and balance would be improved with a little nudge. Not all the flowers need this little adjustment.

When you’re satisfied, select both layers and click Attach. If you’re not familiar with how to attach, please read our Cricut Cribs on attaching.

cricut design space foil line art

Once they layers are attached, click Make It.

cricut design space foil line art

Though we’ve selected Fine, we’re not going to be using the fine foil transfer tip. More on that in a bit.

cricut design space foil line art

Change Maker’s pressure setting to Light.

Step 2 – Prepare for the Transfer

Note: though the StandardGrip mat is shown in these tutorial photos, we found after a few tries that the LigthGrip mat is much better-suited for this project.

I started this boho-inspired flower line art project by slapping a piece of cardstock on my mat. I quickly followed this up with a thin foil transfer sheet.

cardstock on cricut mat

Before I had the chance to position the foil, a corner of it dropped onto the mat. When I pulled it off, I saw that it had left its foily goodness behind.

cardstock on cricut mat

To prevent this, I cut pieces of white cardstock to cover up the rest of the exposed sticky portions of the mat. The foil transfer sheets are gossamer-thin and highly susceptible to static cling. More on that in just a second.

cardstock on cricut mat

I positioned my foil on top of the mat (shiny side up).

putting foil on cricut mat

Next, I secured the foil to the mat with the tape strips that Cricut provides with each pack of foil transfer sheets.

putting foil on cricut mat

I discovered that the foil wanted to fly off the mat and throw itself at the tape as I lowered it down. Fatal attraction? Perhaps. More likely a case of static attraction, like when you were a kid and you rubbed balloons on your head and then stuck them to a wall. Anyway, to combat the flying, statically-charged foil, I put a few sheets of cardstock on the foil to weigh it down, only leaving a small edge exposed for the tape.

putting foil on cricut mat

All taped up and ready to rub!

putting foil on cricut mat

Cricut has 3 foiling tips – thin, medium, and thick.

cricut foiling tips

After several failures, we discovered that the combination of medium foil selection in Design Space, the medium foil transfer tip and the default pressure setting on Maker often resulted in torn foil and aborted attempts (aborted by Maker via the blinking red light of death, not by us). We played around with the settings and tried new variations and found that the following settings worked perfectly:

  1. In Design Space, select Foil—>Fine, as previously stated.
  2. Use the medium foil transfer tip (the one with two bands encircling it.
  3. Set Cricut Maker’s pressure to Light.

Once you’ve made those selections, insert the foil transfer tool into slot B.

inserting foiling tip into maker
inserting foiling tip into maker

Load your mat, and you’re ready to go!

using cricut maker for foiling

Step 3 – The Big Rub

The foil transfer tool will rub-trace your design, leaving an ultra-fine gilding of foil on the cardstock.

using cricut maker for foiling

When finished, don’t hit the eject button. You need to leave the mat in there for the final cut. If you want to reuse the foil, you’ll want to carefully remove it as this point, taking care not to dislodge the mat.

using cricut maker for foiling

Swap out the foil transfer tool for the fine point blade and press Go. Maker will cut your design to 8 x 10.

using cricut maker for foiling

As always, place the design face-down on the table, and peel the cutting mat away from it while holding the cardstock flat with one hand.

making foil flower line art

Step 4 – Frame your bohemian bedroom art

Time to frame your bohemian flower line art!

making foil flower line art
making foil flower line art
making foil flower line art

Simple as can be, and it looks great, even in cheap Dollar Tree frames!

making foil flower line art

These flowers look awesome in any foil color, Here’s one in gold for comparison.

making foil flower line art

We hung a couple by our bed to kick off the boho bedroom makeover. Don’t get too excited – our bedroom is last on the list of things to get done around here, but the ideas are shaping up!

DIY Foil Flower Line Art for a Bohemian Bedroom - TheNavagePatch.com
DIY Foil Flower Line Art for a Bohemian Bedroom - TheNavagePatch.com
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8 Comments

  1. These look cool. I like a little bit of Boho touches myself. And ugh, trying to categorize the style of home goods (have to do that in my job writing product copy and articles for a home goods distributors. I swear we need to add a category for some products called Fugly.

    Your mention of popped Izod collars brought back all those recollections from high school of preppy co-eds wearing layers of polo shirts with the collars up (I guess the more pastel colors you could combine the better) along with those horrid plaid Bermuda handbags that held keys, a comb, and nothing else. I shudder at the memory.

    1. LOL, categorizing Homegoods! I like the Fugly idea – think they’d go for it? I can’t tell you how many pictures I have of Izods, Jams and braces. Oy.

  2. I love this idea just like I love all your ideas. However I just love reading your posts. You always make me smile and in this world today we need every smile we can get. You should write a book. I know it would be so entertaining. From just seeing a little corner of your headboard it looks like y’all have already dipped your toes in the world of boho chic. I would love to see a full photo of your headboard. I have a feeling it’s really gorgeous. I’m being very serious about the book. It would make the world a little less serious

  3. “I’m sure you can imagine my excitement”—I might have snorted in public when I read that. And then I full on laughed about the beatnik Frenchmen. The art is beautiful. Your writing makes my day.

  4. This was perfect inspiration! Flowers aren’t really our style – BUT birds are! I have a few SVG pictures of birds that I love and have been wracking my brain on how I might use them. This is perfect! And this is why we enjoy your posts – you inspire us!