Break out the glue gun! I recently completed a fun craft that I found on Pinterest. Recreating something from Pinterest can be hard, and not everyone can be successful. Thankfully, in my humble opinion, I think I succeeded, and I am the best person I know at giving humble opinions.
I think the hardest part of crafting is the shopping. I ended up making four or five trips for this craft, but hopefully my experience will aid anyone who attempts this in the future.
The first items needed are the cardboard letters. The first letters I bought were from Michael’s, but they ended up being too small. The flowers would have ended up overpowering the outline of the letters, making them illegible. I found bigger letters at Hobby Lobby that are ~16 inches tall and three inches wide. The smaller letters could work if the flowers are also small. As people may have gathered, I am all about individuality, so don’t limit the word to “love” (in fact it wasn’t even my first choice). Consider couples’ initials, a name, or any other vague word. One day many years from now I would love to do this in a little girl’s room.
Next up, my favorite part of the craft—the flowers! I would highly recommend putting a lot of thought into the color choices of the flowers. Unfortunately, I am not thrilled with mine. I think the final product looks great, but the colors seem a little juvenile. I don’t think I’ll be able to find a place in my home where it will fit. I wish I had chosen muted, creamier colors instead of these super bright, vibrant colors. Even a monochromatic color scheme would be pretty! Each letter needs about 25-30 flowers. I ended up with extras because I wanted the diversity in my flowers. So in true Adriana fashion, I went a little overboard. My last tip is to make sure and buy smaller flowers that can fill holes easily.
The final item needed is floral foam. I decided to go with wet floral foam simply because I already had some in my shed from other floral arrangement projects. It is easier to cut and work with than foam made for decorative flowers, which is essentially green Styrofoam. Either will work; however since I used wet foam I decided to hot glue the tips before sticking them in. Just in case!!
- Cut the top of the cardboard letter off. I found that once I cut one piece off, the top layer pretty much just peeled off.
- Cut the foam to fit inside of the letters. I first cut the block of foam in half long ways (or hotdog style depending on your kindergarten teacher).
- Glue the foam down. Steps two and three can be combined with great skill and determination.
- Cut and place flowers as desired. Gluing stems is optional.
Alternatively, steps one-four can be skipped and an order can be placed on etsy. This is not my etsy, but I like to leave options for those who are artistically challenged.