This flower wall is an easy DIY hack – and can be made in an afternoon

A flower wall is an easy DIY hack you can complete in just a couple of hours. Plain old walls begone!

@charlottejacklin flower wall DIY
(Image credit: @charlottejacklin)

This flower wall is our next installment for #NationalDIYWeek. On Monday, we featured a five-day room transformation for under £500; yesterday, it was plant-filled wheelie bin storage and now it's a DIY flower wall by the very colourful Instagrammer @charlottejacklin (opens in new tab). A perfect way to jazz up an otherwise plain looking bedroom, spare room, nursery or office, we think. 

How? We explain that below. All you need to get started is a glue gun, a range of faux flowers you love, a hammer, some slim nails and some paper clips. You can complete this in an afternoon once you've got the tools to hand. We're rooting for you.


1. The first step in creating your very own flower wall is to source the materials. Charlotte's DIY was a collab with Hobbycraft, so all her flowers are from there (more on that below) and we think they're a fab option.

2. The next step is to find a big area of floor in which you can lay out your flowers so you can be sure the arrangement is pleasing. You'll need to decide how many rows you'd like and how many flowers will be in each row. This is also where you can trim stems and leaves if need be.

3. Once you're happy with the look and order of your flowers, begin gluing them together. Starting from the top of each row, grab your top two flowers and your (now hot) glue gun. First, pop some glue in the head of your second flower. Then quickly pop the bottom of the stem of the top flower into the hot glue – and leave to dry. Continue this process until you have a string for each row.

4. Now hang your flower strings on the wall. You might need two people to do this – one to hang and the other to make sure they're evenly spaced from afar. Simply hammer a nail into your wall where you'd like the top of each row to sit. Then, using a paper clip, attach the row of flowers to the nail, being sure to hide the paperclip behind the head of a flower. And you're done! 

Head to Charlotte's blog (opens in new tab) for the full how-to and comprehensive steps.

Sat at my desk and just wanted to chat to you all about my story replies being switched off. Part of me thinks, get over it, no one cares, there are WAY more important things going on in the world. But the other half thinks, I’ve always been quite honest with you all, and appreciate this online community, the privilege that comes with it and thought I owed you a few words at least. I switched them off as I was getting overwhelmed with trying to make sure I replied to each one everyday, everyday I set out to reply to them all, and everyday I failed. I know there are some people who would love the problem of too many messages, but I just can’t stand the thought that you may think I’m ignoring you. The best part about social media is the conversation in my DMs, in my photo comments and I don’t want to shut that down. In short I’ve been wondering about how to go forward, and one of the answers was not to update stories (literally that thought came in and was dismissed within 5 seconds), but a more reasonable solution is that I’m going to switch my story replies off every now and again. Like office hours, whatever they are, or my equivalent. If they are off, you can still message me, by going to my profile and hitting message, having story replies off just slows down the volume of messages and means I can make sure I reply to almost everyone. Hope this all makes sense, and if you have any thoughts / ideas, let me know below as I’d love to hear them. I don’t want to step away from social media, but just need to use it in a way that’s a bit more manageable for my time and brain 💖 P.S. And I probably don’t say it enough, but thanks for being a lovely bunch (photo by @kfiszerfoto for @grillodesigns home tour) #HowIRent Charlotte Jacklin (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @charlottejacklin on May 9, 2019 at 8:21am PDT


Hot Melt Glue Gun | £13 £10 at Hobbycraft (opens in new tab)
Don't own a glue gun? No worries, this one is only £11 and it comes with lots of sticks as well as a heat proof mat. Bargain.

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...