Recently I created a 4’x6′ flower backdrop for my photo studio. This project took about 25 hours( over 3 days) and $150 to do. So it is actually very time consuming and not cheap, but the end result is great and very unique!
I had seen a flower wall in photos on IG and loved the colorful happy feel it gave the photo. I actually contacted the photographer personally to find out where I could purchase the backdrop. She graciously returned my inquiry by telling me she had built her flower wall herself. Looking at her photos it appeared that her wall was stationary in a designated area of her studio.
My studio is small and I have to rearrange backdrops to accomplish different looks in my humble space. Therefore I knew that my flower wall I was about to create had to be portable and lightweight for that matter. Now I can use it in portrait or landcsape format.
I settled for a insulation board from Homedepot which has one silver reflective side and was like $20. The board is super light and was 8’x4′, too large to fit in my car, so I asked to get it cut down to 6’x4′. I kept the cutoff piece. (I use the cut off piece as a reflector now).
My local dollar store is Dollar King in Glendale, CA and I bought a load of different colored silk flowers. My color theme is mainly kept pinks, reds, white and some yellow. During my project I went back 2 times to get more flowers and alltogether spent around $110 in flowers( if I had gone to my craft store it would have been easily double the amount) I also spent $20 for a new glue gun and glue sticks.
I decided to use the silver side of the board, because I was afraid that the blue print would have showed through th flowers. In hind sight I could have covered that side with white paper or duct tape to cover as I discovered later the silver would peek through a bit and show reflection and I had to add flowers super tightly to cover every bit of the board.
I pulled off the flowers it’s stems, but kept the single green base on each flower then and poked a hole with the hard green flower base individually into the board and then hot glued every single flower into the board. I carefully mixed up my colors and types of flowers.
This process is tedious and very time consuming. I don’t see how to speed up the process, except maybe to have multiple people help from each corner. Also if you try to cover your board with a white surface it may also beneficial as you could possibly spread your flowers slightly apart.
I was afraid to let my teenagers help me with gluing the flowers, because I thought it may show later different styles, therefore I dedicated my time to do this project all by myself.
I have done several photo shoots with it and love that I have it, though if I had known about the amount of work invloved I may not have done it.