Today I will provide you with a little "how to" in making your own flower letters! I made the above for my sweet sister's baby shower and was asked a lot about how I made them. Good news! It is very simple! I did not take pictures of the process in which I made Emaline's name so I will demonstrate on a new project!
Here is what you will need-
Any kind of faux flowers. I personally am not big on faux foliage around my house unless it's obviously fake (for instance- if it is made out of burlap or has a huge GEM in the middle of it. I like my foliage to appear as if I had just plucked it from Wonderland). For the name above I bought 2 vine-y things of flowers and about six stem-y bunches and had PLENTY left over. Of course they were a lot smaller than these Gerber daisies, so you will probably just have to guesstimate how much you will need. For this single letter, though it is a lot bigger than the name, I bought five bunches of flowers and only used half of them. Luckily I was able to get all of my flowers half off at my local Alco!
For assembly you will need:
handy-dandy glue gun
pliers that can cut wire
cloth stem wire
In terms of the wire- I bought two packages of 20 when I was making the full name pennant (which is a longer name) and I only used about 3/4 of one package. Take into account also that those letters are only about 8 inches tall. So it also just depends on how big you are wanting to make your letters with how much you will need.
Step 1: Pull your flowers off of those ugly stems.
Next- you see the little thingies that once held the flower to the stem? Cut them off. It just seems easier to maneuver a flatter surface when you are trying to position your flower when lava temperature glue is involved.
You will end up with a lot of these everywhere, just FYI
Now, you can start forming your letter. Don't concern yourself with shaping it exactly, remember you are fixing to beef it up with all of your pretty flowers!
Again, it doesn't have to look pretty. In connecting the wires I just twisted them together real nice-like and then added some hot glue for good measure.
Now you can start gluing! Be careful! I always forget how HOT hot glue really is! Many fingerprints were permanently altered in the creation of this post.
(I apologize for my nasty-looking fingernails. I tried to limit their exposure as much as possible)
And keep gluing! You might have to acquire a bit of patience as you glue. Don't get into too big of a hurry- that's when fingers are burnt and flowers get glued down to carpet. Of course, you may be smarter than me and choose a better location, such as a table, to work on.
You may have wanted to at the beginning, but I suggest (especially if you have larger flowers) to arrange them ahead of time so that you have that perfectly randomized look. With the name pennant I made I did not ever do this, but when you have smaller flowers it is easier to make sure you get a good variation of colors and sizes than when you have the bigger ones.
Depending on the size of letters you make, you may need to go back and double up on the wire just to make it less flimsy. Because mine was larger with heavier flowers, I used some of the bendable stems leftover to reinforce the back of mine.
And there you have it! Don't I look so enthused? I plan on attaching ribbon to mine and using it to embellish the front door of my house. Obviously, you can get as creative as you want! Names for a little girl's room, a pennant for your backyard, or a banner for the holidays!
I hope you enjoyed my first crafty blog! If you did, feel free to pin and share!
In His hug,
(wouldn't you have been surprised if Josh had posted this?)