Floral Letter DIY

A couple years ago while I was pregnant with Scarlett, I did what all pregnant women do when they can’t sleep at night and spent hours upon hours scrolling through Pinterest trying to find the perfect nursery inspo. I stumbled upon a big letter initial that was covered in flowers and I got it in my head that this was the only thing in the entire world that would complete Scarlett’s room. I went to Etsy where I knew I could surely find one… only to realize that they were going for well over $100. After scouring the internet and piecing together a series of similar DIY projects, I came up with a floral letter DIY concoction that made all of my floral letter dreams come true. Total in supplies I spent maybe $40 and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The first letter that I made two years ago was the S and it’s held up perfectly without any issues. Then last week I made the C and it came together just as easily as the S did. I’ve linked everything I used + If you follow my steps below you should be good to go but as always if you have any questions please comment below or shoot me an email!

You will need:

paper mache initial (I used the 23.5 inch but it would also look cute on a smaller letter)

hot glue gun

artificial flowers in color pallet of choice (I also got a few from Michaels that I had wanted to see in person before purchasing)

floral foam (you can also use artificial moss, which I think I will try next time!)

box cutter

command strips (for hanging on wall)

Step 1:

Cut top off of paper mache letter using box cutter. Be sure not to cut into the sides of the letter. As you start cutting you will see that the top peels off pretty easily. Once the top layer has been removed, remove the cardboard inside. Photo below shows what it should look like once you have cut off the top part + removed cardboard stuffing from inside.

Step 2:

Cut floral foam into small pieces. You don’t want them to be seen over the edge of the letter, so make sure you are not making them too thick. Use the hot glue gun to secure to the inside of the letter. See photo below for what it should look like.

Step 3:

Prepare flowers. Pluck the flowers off of their stems. Typically you should be able to pull them right off however if they are really stuck on there you can use wire cutters to remove the flower from the stem. Once all flowers have been removed from stems, lay them out over the letter to plan out how you want them to be displayed. I like to do a series of large flowers and then use the tinier flowers as fillers in between the large ones. I also like to make sure I’m scattering out the colors so that you don’t get too many of the same color flower right next to each other. Once you feel good about your layout, begin using the hot glue gun to glue them into place, making sure to push the flower down into the floral foam as you glue it into place.

Step 4:

Stand back and take a look. Once you finish and stand back to look at it, you’ll most likely see a few spots that look a little gappy. Fill those in with smaller flowers until you’re happy with how full it looks.

Secure command strips to the back and place it on the wall. Admire your work and give yourself a pat on the back.

That’s it, You’re done–its really that simple!

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur

The Nursery.

I started planning our growing little one’s nursery long before this babe was even in my belly. I would sit up at night pinning ideas on Pinterest, bookmarking websites that had cute decor inspo, and feeling slightly ridiculous for planning so in depth for a baby that did not yet exist.

Fast forward to finding out I was pregnant. After seeing those two lines on the test and spending my entire morning pacing around the house with an overwhelming feeling of joy, I remember wandering into the room that would soon belong to our baby. As I sat there rearranging the room in my head, I planned the perfect nursery for a little girl. Call it a mother’s intuition or call it wishful thinking… I just knew it would be a girl’s room long before we ever knew the gender.

Now here we are. Just 6 weeks from my due date and all that we need to complete this nursery is our sweet girl. Inspired by wild flowers, I created a girly little space with a boho touch. With the exception of her crib (which will be in our room for the first few months) and changing table/dresser, I utilized furniture that we already had. The leaning shelves were purchased for our first home years ago at The Container Store. The couch is part of a sectional that was in our first home as well. We’d thought about getting rid of it several times but since it was still in great condition we held onto it “just in case” we could find a later use for it…and sure enough we did. What was once the couch we bought for our first home together is now the couch that I will cuddle up and nurse our little girl on. The crib and changing table/dresser are both from IKEA. I’ve found changing table dressers to be so ridiculously over priced and not at all cute enough to justify the high price tags, so thanks to an idea I saw on Pinterest, we bought a basic plain white Ikea dresser and changed out the knobs with little crystals that I found at H&M.  It’s the perfect height to double as a changing table and will still look great once she transitions to a big girl room.

All of my framed prints came from Etsy shops Adoren Studio and Ivie Baby. The frames came from Ikea, Target, and H&M (which surprisingly has a super cute home section on their website). The furry stool is from Target and is probably my favorite piece in the room. The rug, almost all of the shelf décor, hanging flower crown antlers, wall hooks, and the pillows also came from Target because as we all know, Target is just winning in the game of reasonably priced home décor. The tapestry hanging on the wall-also one of my favorite pieces in the room-came from Modern Burlap. After spending so many months hoping and praying for this baby, the verse grabbed my attention the moment I first saw it and I instantly knew that it had to be a center piece of her nursery. Lastly, let’s talk about the giant flower S on the wall (which, for those who have been curious about her name, is totally a hint). I had seen giant floral letters on Pinterest a million times and was set on putting one in my girl’s room. Every internet search led me to Etsy, where the smallest letters were going for over $100. Since I have a million other things that I would rather spend a hundred bucks on, I decided to try to make one myself… and oh my goodness am I glad I did. With the help of a DIY website and some Michael’s coupons, I was able to put together a giant floral letter that matches the room perfectly, is double the size and cost a quarter of the price.

I could not be more proud of the little space that I put together for our girl. As the need to nest grows stronger and stronger I find myself sitting in her room on the couch several times a day, just picturing our sweetest new addition enjoying her space. The clothes and blankets are washed… the drawers are stocked and organized… Everything is in its place.

Now we wait.

Cheers,

The Whine Connoisseur.

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