The Learner Observer

Friends, it’s February, and we’ve officially made it through a whole month of 2017. The year has had its share of earth-shattering moments already. Moments that make us think, cry, and wonder why there is so much hatred in the world. These moments make what I do here seem so trivial, and today, as I share a flower wall hanging tutorial with you, it’s not because I’m unaware, unconcerned or detached from the events surrounding us. It’s because I feel that we need to go on living and making, all the while being active members in our communities who support those in need, regardless of how small or how big their needs may seem in the face of what’s on the news and our Facebook feeds. So pardon me while I, along with 24 other bloggers, try to bring some pretty to your screens this week as we gear up to celebrate a day all about love, which hopefully we can do everyday!

So let’s get to celebrating love, shall we?

Marquis and I don’t normally celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way. We typically have dinner together, some wine, and spend some quality time together – something we try to do often anyway. I’m hoping that as the boys get older we can celebrate Valentine’s Day as a fun way to share our love for one another, and as a way to decorate with a little pink around here! That brings me to the wall hanging…

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Making this was super simple, and cost me $0 because I had all of the flowers on hand. See, originally I was going to make this using real flowers, but I couldn’t find any I really loved, and when I did, I realized I would need a lot of them, and they wouldn’t all dry very nicely… Long story short, it made more sense to go with faux blooms. Some of these I bought years ago at the Dollar Store, so they don’t need to be very fancy flowers at all, though the peonies fancy this up a bit!

All I did was pull them off the stems and group them all together. I didn’t end up using all the flowers I chose, but you get the idea. I actually used the leaves from the peonies as well, because I love their shape!

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Using a needle and thread (I used an off white), I poked holes into the plastic stem of the flowers and leaves and spaced them out fairly evenly, making sure to make them all different lengths as I went (which I simply did by using more or less flowers).

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As for the piece of driftwood I hung them on, it’s actually a jewelry holder I had from a couple of years ago, and so I just repurposed it for this hanging. It already had little golden hooks on it (which I purchased at Home Depot), so I just left them on there as they were and wrapped the thread from each flower ‘garland’ around them, tying a single knot to hold them in place, then cutting off the excess.

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That’s it! Super simple and easy to make with things you possibly either already have at home, or something that can be made very inexpensively!

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To add to the festive and pink new look of the wall hanging, I prettied up our kitchen table a bit, also using things I already had like brass candlesticks, pink candles, a scrap piece of blush lace, and some teacups.

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I also had the wood slices already (they were thrifted!) and the white plates are just from our dish set. Needless to say, I kept it pretty simple, but this is the first room you see when walling into our home, so it definitely feels like a breath of fresh air.

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I’ll take any excuse to infuse the house with a little bit of flowers and pink, as I’m sure in a house full of boys, it won’t be something I’ll get to do often!

The little teacup sets were also thrift store finds and I mixed and matched the two sets to make them look a little  more cohesive.

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And there you have it, folks! This flower wall hanging may just live in this spot until Spring until some real flowers start to bloom outside!

Or until I actually decide to do with this big blank wall, whichever happens first… (I’m guessing Spring will come long before I decide!).

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Now you have a few more projects I urge you to go check out today because they are all insanely amazing! Check back throughout the week for some more, and follow the hashtag #cbvalentinesday for more!

Valentine's Day Hop Graphic


Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine’s Day by Tara of Suburble
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Valentine’s Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
“Warm Heart” Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot


Valentine’s Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather
Valentine’s Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living


Felt Valentine’s Day Cards by Alex of Northstory
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life
Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home


Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy
Valentine’s Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine’s Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria


Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
“You & Me” Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY String Heart Wall Hanging by Melissa of The Sweet Escape
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos



  1. Reply

    Joann @ Woman in Real Life

    February 1, 2017

    I agree that we need to celebrate and appreciate the simple pleasures of our daily lives, even more so in difficult times. That’s the goal of protesting and helping others, isn’t it? Making sure everybody can have access to these “everyday” activities that we are blessed to experience. This project is so pretty! I want to make one. I think little boys like pink too. We just talk them out of it for some odd reason. ;) xo Jo

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    Jo-Anna Rooney

    February 1, 2017

    This is so pretty Thalita! And I agree, it’s important for us to enjoy the simple pleasures of every day life…the world needs us to add more love…

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    February 1, 2017

    Super, super cute! I think we all could spread a little more LOVE around, especially given what’s going on globally.

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    February 2, 2017

    I just love this! So pretty & simple! And totally agree we all need to spread more love. Keep doing you mama! xo

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    Cynthia Zamaria

    February 2, 2017

    This is so pretty! I think the charm is in the simplicity.

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    Christine Cook

    February 3, 2017

    I just adore the wall hanging so much! I love it. Let’s keep spreading love! :)

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    February 3, 2017

    I LOVE this!! SO pretty for Valentine’s Day! And yes, sprinkle love everywhere!

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    Andrea Hunter

    February 3, 2017

    I scavenged a few pieces of driftwood this summer for making wallhangings, I always love the ones you do, need to get on that project soon! xo

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    February 5, 2017

    What a pretty wall hanging! It would be lovely for a shower or wedding. I agree with you about carrying on: it is possible to be politically active and still enjoy our daily lives!

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    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

    February 5, 2017

    I am absolutely obsessed with your hangings, they are so good! All of this, drift wood, deconstructed faux flowers arranged just so, this is like a breath of fresh air! Celebrating love is so much better than going down that rabbit hole of hate and anger! Happy valentine’s my lovely friend! xoxo

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      February 6, 2017

      Aw shucks, thank you, Laurie!!! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my dear friend!

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    February 6, 2017

    I love your wall hanging. So, so sweet. Love the driftwood at the top too. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, and spring too. Thanks for the great idea.

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      February 6, 2017

      Thanks so much, Dannyelle! I may just keep it up until Spring haha

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    Kendra @

    February 6, 2017

    This is beautiful, Thalita!! I am totally planning on making one now!! Thanks for sharing!

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      February 7, 2017

      Thanks so much, Kendra!!!

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    Lesley Metcalfe (@lesleymetcalfe_)

    February 8, 2017

    This is so pretty! You make me want to make one of my own.

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