DIY Flower Letter Tutorial
I often think about why I love DIY projects so much. Is it because I like saving money? Is it because I can personalize these projects, so that they are unique and meaningful? Yes and yes, but I think the biggest reason is because I just love to CREATE! I love the satisfaction that comes from using my hands to make something from mere parts and supplies, and then the sense of pride I feel every time I look at that project, knowing that I had a hand in it. I'm kind of still wrapped up in getting Little B's nursery just exactly the way I want it, and I knew that I wanted a big letter "B" up on her wall. I've seen lots of variations of painted paper mache letters, but I knew that with the help of Sunshine Shoppe Supply, I'd be able to create something way cuter, like this flower letter monogram for my little lady's bedroom.
This giant metal letter is a wine cork holder, meant to be hung on the kitchen wall filled with wine corks. It is about two inches deep, and I was able to find this on Amazon for around $20. Just search for "Metal Wine Wall Cork Holder". The size is perfect as a statement piece, and very sturdy, plus it has handy display hooks on the back for when you want to nail it up. At no cost to facilitate this project, I picked out some beautiful fabric flowers from Sunshine Shoppe Supply! Their inventory of flowers is practically endless! They have all sorts of gorgeous varieties in a rainbow of colors, plus all the elastic, lace, appliques, beading, trim, tulle, rhinestones, and embellishments to take your DIY projects to the moon!
The first step is to fill your letter with some sort of filling. You could use floral styrofoam, but I opted for stacking standard packing styrofoam that we had lying around from our recent move. I simply pressed the metal into the foam and traced along the imprint with an small blade. It cut precisely enough and quite easily. With thicker foam, perhaps a serrated knife or even an electric knife would do the job well.
I cut out three of these to fill the deep letter. With thicker styrofoam and a shallow letter to fill, you might only need to cut out one. The foam filled the spaces snug, and I didn't feel the need to glue or tack it down. It wasn't going anywhere.
Now add all those pretty fabric flowers! I liked the idea of using pins because it meant I could move things around or make changes as I went along, which you wouldn't be able to do if you were hot gluing these down. All you need are straight pins (the ones without a big plastic round head). I recommend placing them quite close together to get a nice, full look.
For the foliage, I took one of the green petal puff flowers and and took off a few of the petals. I folded them a time or two, then poked and pinned them in place.
Then have fun embellishing! Add buttons, rhinestones, or other small items to a few of the flower centers. I hot glued these down and fixed it on the wall using the nail fixtures on the back. I love how it turned out! I think its a charming focal point and sweet as can be!
Now what do you do with the leftover flowers? Make baby headbands, of course! Sunshine Shoppe Supply has quite the impressive array of elastic too, and I was able to find a Bundle Collection of fold over elastic in just exactly the colors I needed! This is an excellent way to get a group of coordinating colors of fun collections at a great price under $5.
One of my favorite things that Sunshine Shoppe Supplies carries are these DIY Headband Kits!! I reviewed the Sunshine kit earlier this summer and gifted it to my sister when we used it as an activity at her baby shower (and it was a fantastic success), and here is the DIY Headband Station Kit - Version 8.0. I took a good look at Little B's wardrobe, and decided that this kit so perfectly compliments the clothes that she has and wears.
So many gorgeous flowers and glitter bows in this one! I love the variety of styles and how easy it is to make accessories with complimentary elastic. These DIY kits contain everything you need to make 40-50 headbands or accessories! Some of the kits contain headbands and alligator clips. You receive all the felt circles you might need for the backing, so really, along with included instructions and a measuring guide, all you need is a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun!
I am having a ball putting these together! Its such a treat to go through the box of wonders and pick out something darling and coordinating for almost every outfit B is wearing!
Oh what fun this was! And since this kit makes 40-50 (and probably more) different headbands, I still have hours and hours of headband-making joy ahead! If you'd love create some absolutely gorgeous hair accessories for your little girls and just need a little direction as to where to start, or merely want to save yourself the hassle of hunting for all pieces separately, I so highly recommend these DIY kits!
Buy it: You can purchase the DIY Headband Station Kit - Version 8.0 for $79.99, and all of these fabric flowers can be bought separately on the Sunshine Shoppe Supply website.
Disclosure: I (Camille) received the DIY Headband Station Kit and an assortment of floral supplies at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.