Have you ever known someone who can just sit down in front of their computer and type all their thoughts into a perfectly coherent message? They know exactly what to say, in what order, and they use just the right words for the job. I know a few of those people, like my husband Cody, but I am not one of them! I sometimes overthink the meaning of the words I choose and the order that I say things in, hoping none of what I’m saying is cheesy and over-done. I don’t know how much of that I’ve achieved here, but I’m trying!
The point is, I am a brand new, never-before-blogged blogger. I can write an academic paper like it’s my job. But a blog post? That’s a different story.
My first-ever post is a DIY project: a floral monogram. I originally made this decoration for a friend’s birthday gift and I happened to take photos of the process – something I rarely did before now. I’ll tell you now: some pictures of steps are missing. But it’s a pretty straightforward project, and I’m thinking you can follow along 🙂
- 3D cardboard/paper maché letters
- dry floral foam
- dried or fake flowers and greenery
- metal floral pins
- tissue paper
- Mod-Podge or other decoupage glue
- hot glue gun + extra glue sticks
- x-acto knife
- scissors or wire snips
First, you’ll want to choose your letters and the sizes. I chose an “M” in the large size. I buy craft supplies at HobbyLobby, and they carried a small size as well. The size you choose will determine how much of the other supplies you’ll need. My large “M” used about 2 sheets of tissue paper, 2 blocks of floral foam, 1 packet of floral pins, and 3 flower bunches.
After selecting your materials, cut off the front of the letters with your x-acto knife. I left a small lip on the front of the letters to help contain the foam and flowers later. It’s also easier to cut this way rather than right on the corner 🙂
Cut all the way around the front of the letter, then detach the front from the rest of the letter. Inside, remove the zig-zag folded pieces of cardboard.
Now it’s Mod-Podge time 🙂 I forgot to take pictures of this section, so bear with me. On the back and sides of the letter, paint a thin layer of your decoupage glue. Now lay your tissue paper of choice onto the glue, gently smoothing out big wrinkles. If you want a rough-crinkled look for the tissue paper, you can crumple it up and smooth it back out before attaching it to the letter.
Once your tissue paper is positioned, paint another layer of glue on top and wait for it to dry. When dry, trim the excess paper off of the letter. You might need to “wet down” any loose edges with your glue.
*If tissue paper and Mod-Podge isn’t your thing, you can always paint the letter with acrylic craft paint or use another type of colored/patterned paper.
When the letter is completely dry, you can begin cutting floral foam to fit inside. I found that cutting a large brick of foam into lengthwise quarters worked well. Don’t worry if there are some open spaces between the foam pieces; they can be covered with flowers and greenery. Once you have the pieces cut, use your hot-glue gun to attach the foam to the inside of the letter.
Next is the fun part you’ve been waiting for: arranging the flowers!
I bought an assortment of flower types for this project. Small and medium sized pink and cream rosettes, small white flowers, and one long rope of greenery. I found that it’s best to cut the stems short (about a 1/2″ – 1″ long) in order to secure them into the foam without them sticking up too far.
Fill the letter with flowers and greenery until there are no open/bare spots that can be seen, using the floral pins to secure the filler. Make sure to keep some variation in the colors and types of flowers so you don’t end up with a big patch of roses and one big spot of greenery. I use every part of my flower bunches – the flowers, the leaves, and the stems – to get the most out of my craft supplies!
It’s also a good idea to fill in any gaps between the foam and the side of the letter. Here, I had to walk away and come back to it a few times just to get a fresh view of the project and make sure I wasn’t overlooking anything 🙂
Once the letter is filled to your liking, you’re done! This project is light enough to hang on a wall with Command strips, or you can put weights in the bottom to stand it up. This beautiful floral monogram is the perfect gift or spring/summer item for your own home, adding a fresh accent to regular decor!
Inspiration from lulus.com.
Tell me what you think about this project in the comments! 🙂