DIY Floral Monogram for Under $20

Happy Friday, Barn Blog readers! Today I've got a special treat for you. As I mentioned in my introduction post last week, I absolutely love do-it-yourself projects and all things crafty. I also happen to love weddings (duh!), so every other week, I'm going to show you how to make a simple craft for your own wedding -- or your engagement pictures, or just your home, if you're not yet engaged or already married. 

Today I'm going to show you how to make the cutest floral monogram for under $20. And it's not a tiny one. You can actually make a HUGE floral monogram for dirt cheap! 

I always loooove those floral monograms I see on Pinterest, but the ones for sale online will cost you an arm AND a stinkin' leg. And well, obviously one with real flowers would be super expensive, too. So, I decided to make my own, and it turned out to be cheaper and easier than I expected! 

Here's what you'll need to make your own floral monogram:
A large piece of cardboard (like those flip boards you did your 6th grade science fair presentation on... $2.50 at the dollar store)
Lots and lots of flowers ($1 per bunch at the dollar store... I spent $16 total)
Ribbon
Scissors or box cutter
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Tape measure or ruler
Pencil

1. Choose a color palette and pick out your flowers. I chose several shades of pink, cream, white and a few pops of yellow. You will need A LOT of flowers. I had to go back to the store half-way through this project, because I only bought half of what I needed! 

2. Decide how big you want your letter (or number, symbol, etc.) to be. Mine is about two and a half feet tall and a foot and a half wide. Using your tape measure or ruler, trace out your letter. You can add as much or as little flair as you want. I wanted mine to be pretty simple and modern, but a cursive letter would be so cute!

3. Very carefully, cut out your letter using scissors or a box cutter. But seriously, be careful! You'll notice that my letter didn't have perfectly straight edges, but this is totally okay. When all of your flowers are glued on, you won't notice one bit!

4. Pull all of the flowers off of their stems. It's easy!

5. See that little green stem left on the back of the flowers? Cut that off. But don't cut it too short, or else the entire back of the flower will come off. If that does happen though, don't worry! Just use your hot glue gun to glue it back together. Easy as pie. 

6. Decide where you want each flower to go, and lay them out on your letter. This is the part where your cat will jump up on the table, pretend like he's frolicking through a field of flowers, and mess the whole thing up. You'll have to start over, but you won't be mad, because he sure is cute. (Shout out to you, Willie Nelson! Say hey to Nelson, y'all!) 

7. Glue your flowers one-by-one onto your letter. Apparently I was so excited about this project that I forgot to take a picture of this step. Be sure to save some of your smaller flowers for last, because if you realize later that you have a few empty spaces, you'll want those small ones to fill them in.

8. When all of your flowers are glued on, cut your ribbon in half and glue each piece to the back of your letter. Tie a cute bow at the top, and hang that baby up!

Don't y'all think one of these would be beautiful above The Barn's doors? Or maybe the bride and groom's first initial on each door? And it'd the perfect keepsake from your wedding. You could hang it above your bed or on your front door after the wedding was over!

If there's a wedding detail you want me to do a DIY tutorial on, let me know! It'd be right up my alley. :)

Y'all have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you here on Monday with some wedding inspiration!

xoxo,
Kelsi