DIY Flower Letters

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.

Here is the finished product!
Here is the finished product!

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.

Here is a shot of the letters before I ripped them open.
Here is a shot of the letters before I ripped them open.

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.

The beautiful flowers I used.
The beautiful flowers I used.

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.

Do not follow the instruction on the package! The foam dose not need to be soaked in water, we want dry wet foam!
Do not follow the instruction on the package! The foam dose not need to be soaked in water, we want dry wet foam!

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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!!

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Directions

  1. 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.

    This step is easier than it sounds.
    This step is easier than it sounds.
  2. 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).

    Cut the foam in half. If you need a guide press the foam down on the letter and this will provide a line to guide you. I would advise to cut the foam a tad bit smaller than the guide, so the foam is not too snug. This was especially helpful on the
    Cut the foam in half. If you need a guide press the foam down on the letter and this will provide a line to guide you. I would advise to cut the foam a tad bit smaller than the guide, so the foam is not too snug. This was especially helpful on the “O”
  3. Glue the foam down. Steps two and three can be combined with great skill and determination.

    Here is what the letters should look like with all the foam glued down.
    Here is what the letters should look like with all the foam glued down.
  4. Cut and place flowers as desired. Gluing stems is optional.

    Here is a step by step placement of the flowers on the letter
    Here is a step by step placement of the flowers on the letter “E” All photos taken by me!

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.

Happy crafting!

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