Crafts

DIY Floral Monogram

The Source: The Cofran Home for Hometalk, plus about five broken Pinterest links

The Promise:

It is such a simple project that just looks way harder than it is!

My daughter’s preschool has a method of teaching letters that is shockingly effective – they go on and on about each kid’s “special letter” and it truly does teach the kids to associate sounds with letters. My daughter will stare at a G and mutter “g-g-g for Grant” as she puzzles out the sound.

Anyway, her special letter is R. And to that end, I’ve had this wooden R monogram sitting in her room for about three years, intending to do something with it. Okay, that’s not exactly true. I bought one, painted it, let it sit on some newspaper before it was dry, got newspaper stuck to it, decided I was too lazy to sand off the newspaper and repaint it, and bought another one.

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Somewhere there is a minimalist no-waste reuse blogger sighing in disgust. I know. I’m the worst. I’m simultaneously the laziest and least laziest person on earth. I’m Schrödinger’s Sloth. The deadly sin, not the animal. I don’t think animals can actually be lazy.

Where were we?

Tips:

Get one more bundle of flowers than you think you’ll need to complete the monogram, just in case you need to make edits. I started off with several of the large peachy roses interspersed with the small yellow roses, but quickly decided I didn’t like that arrangement.

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bleh

I would recommend that all the flowers should be close to the same size to give that impression of rich fullness – the bigger roses looked odd next to the small ones.

After I ripped off most of the large roses (dang, hot glue is stronger than I thought!) I was far more happy with the composition. I wish I had purchased at least two similar colors of the smaller flowers.

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Promise Kept?

This was indeed a simple project. I don’t know that anyone familiar with the workings of a hot glue gun would think it would be difficult. It’s sort of mindless and pleasant and the result is sweet.

Final Thoughts:

Perhaps this is just me being overly critical, but I’m kind of meh with this result. My R looks more like an A, so the style of letter (or the letter itself) is important. I also wasn’t very pleased with my yellow flower options at the store (and R specifically requested yellow so I was a bit stuck). It’s fine. It’s nice. I’m not going to redo it. It was cheap and fast and a perfectly enjoyable way to spend the morning.

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And it looks nice on the wall! So – success!

 

 

Have a suggestion for Anna to try – recipe, craft, or project? Send me a message or leave it in the comments!

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