Monday, February 26, 2018

DIY Floral Letter

Good afternoon, friends! It’s hard to believe the weekend is over already, but we’re back to the grind over here after a busy few days. 

Today, I wanted to share a project I just finished for Oaklyn’s first birthday that was totally easy and would look great in any home! 

First, I bought a few bunches of flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I chose a cream/soft pink color scheme with some greens around the edges (and for these, I just used the greens that came on the stems that I bought). I picked up a large bunch of these Peach Ranculus, as well as a smaller stem of White Ranculus (because I loved the leaves) from Hobby Lobby. I then grabbed a White Hydrangea stem from Michael’s, and found a few extra stems at home which included white roses, some faux fern leaves, and a few peonies. These really helped add some more depth to the letter, rather than just using the same few flowers over and over. 

My tools were a hot glue gun, cardboard, scissors, and an X-Acto knife. I cut the shape of an “O” out of the cardboard with the scissors, then used the knife to remove the middle of the letter. I think that it may be wise to cut out 2 of the same letter and glue them together to reinforce the cardboard, but for this one I just did one layer. 

I took all the flower heads off of the stems, and cut off any extra tips there were (as shown below) so that the flower could be glued right up against the cardboard and be flush with the surface. I placed the largest flowers first, and worked my way out with smaller flowers, using the hydrangea leaves individually as a filler between flowers. as I worked my way around, I added the leaves so that they curved up towards the top. 

Here’s the finished product! I’m so happy with it and can’t wait to use it as party decor in just a couple of months!

I had seen these gorgeous letters all over Pinterest, but wasn’t willing to drop a lot of money on them. The total I spent on this project was under $15, which I think is a steal in comparison to the $40-$80 price tag I was seeing on sites like Etsy and Amazon! 

Also, a few tips to save some extra $$$
- Keep an eye out for sales! Every stem I purchased was 50% off the original price. Hobby lobby rotates their sales, and Michaels always has a pretty decent coupon floating around!
- Use things you have at home. The cardboard was from a box we already had in our basement, and if you don’t have an X-Acto knife or box cutter, you can make the scissors work for the whole thing! 
- You can use less flowers if you use larger ones. I used mainly small and medium heads, but definitely could have gone larger on the flowers so that they each took up more space. (maybe this is an excuse to make another one!)

If you try out this project, let me know how it works out and what materials worked best for you! 

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