Giant Paper Flowers, (Can't) Shake It Off
Something New, Something Blue
After seeing the giant paper flowers I made for my apartment, my mom commissioned me to make a set for her bedroom. Growing up our house was always blue and white, and full of blue rose. A few years ago, my mom was starting a remodel on her bedroom but was struggling to find items that matched her vision for it. She was ecstatic when she found a new comforter set, purchased from JC Penny's, that featured a large blue flower (she isn't one for small busy prints). The comforter set was followed by a matching white leather headboard, purchased from Wayfair, and dark wood beside tables, purchased from Amazon. However the wall above the bed was very empty. The plan had been to put some type of framed art in a set of three up across the wall, but mother nature had other plans.
(Can't) Shake it off
In 2014 we went through a violent 6.0 earthquake that severely damaged the house. If it wasn't glued down, it was on the floor and broken. This included most of the things on walls, including a very heavy headboard that had been securely mounted falling on my brother. After going through this, my mom was very hesitant to put anything above the bed for fear it would fall on them during another quake, so the space remained empty.
After seeing my paper flower display, we realized these were the perfect solution. The largest flowers weight roughly 1/2 lb, while the smaller ones are even lighter, meaning if the entire display were to fall on you at once it would only weigh approximately 5.5 - 6 lbs. The beauty is, since each flower is independently mounded to the wall, it is very unlikely that they would all fall at once, if at all, and they are so light that they would not pull their hooks from the wall.
This got me thinking- paper flowers are the ideal wall decor for areas like children's rooms or nurseries. In the event of an earthquake, if the display falls, it poses a much lower threat of bodily harm (maybe some paper cuts) than traditional decor. There is no heavy objects to worry about, no glass, no shark edges, and it is easy to clean up and re-mount if they fall following disaster. For added security, flowers can be mounted with earthquake safe picture hooks like these, making them unable to bounce off their hook at all.
After many years of a blank earthquake friendly wall, we mounted this display. It took a week an a half to finish all 20 flowers, and features 7 colors; Navy, Cornflower, Pale Blue, White, Silver, Gold, and Pearl White. I experimented with new center designs and am very pleased with them. The finishing touch to the whole room was the blue glass lamps, purchased from Wayfair. After many years of trying to find a earthquake friendly design solution, both my mom and I are very happy with the results!