Thursday, June 15, 2006

An Interesting Craft Project For The Summer.....

I know I have mentioned before how I love to work with children and that is what I do and then I know I mentioned about my love for crafting and also when it includes flowers....since I know that many here love to craft, have children and love flowers, I found this idea for a great craft project from another website......

This website is called How To Create A Create A Monogram Of Flowers located right here. They have this monogram of flowers project featured that was written by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza from the DIY Network. Now since summer is finally here, you can use all the blooming flowers and rich colors around you and make an easy floral monogram for your front door, a baby’s nursery or a teenager’s room. The possibilities are endless! You can adapt this project to fit your own personal taste and decor by choosing your own favorite types of flowers and colors of ribbons. The pastel colors in the hydrangea petals are a fresh look for spring and summer, but, with richer colors and velvet ribbon, you can make the same monogram for fall and winter. You can also adapt other flowers and colors to suit a holiday theme like using Poinsettas for Christmas and using pinks and blues for Easter...Cathie first made this project as a gift her mother-in-law’s birthday. She loved it and it is hanging on her front door. For another gift, she made a monogram for her niece, but instead of just using one initial, she used all the letters in her first name and spelled it out. Then another example is one made in the form of the letter “G” for Grandmother Graham, who is 98 and lives in a senior apartment. It will be the great for her front door and it makes a wonderful conversation piece for the ladies.

Here’s how to make your Monograms:


6-inch wood letter of choice

white craft paint & paintbrush

floral print scrapbook paper

glue stick

hot glue

tacky glue

1 large silk hydrangea

1/4-inch decorative ribbon (enough to go around your letter, plus 10 inches)

small rhinestones or ultra fine glitter

Plaque Steps:

1. Paint the back, front and sides of the letter with the white craft paint and allow to dry.

2. Lightly trace the letter onto the scrapbook paper.

3. Cut out the tracing and use a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of the letter.

4. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles.

5. Cut 10 inches off your decorative ribbon. (This will be your hanger)

6. Turn the letter over and attach the ribbon hanger by forming a “U” shape with the ribbon and hot gluing the ends of the ribbon to the back of the letter about 2 inches from the top.

7. Using your hot glue gun, attach the remaining ribbon around the outer edge of the letter.

8. Break apart the silk flower so you have lots of little petals.

9. Use hot glue to attach the petals to the front of the letter. (You can glue them in a random pattern or a design of your choice)

10. Use a drop of glue and add a few sprinkles of ultra fine glitter to the center of the petals or add rhinestones for decorative effect.


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