The upside to lockdown for us was time. We used the time to be more resourceful, more experimental, and a bit more considerate with what we had and how we used things. I remember the one small container of glue we treated as if it was gold, knowing I could get more, but not as easily as I normally would, and being that bit more careful while using it. And in the case of this craft, being very purposeful with everything we used, drops of glue or dried flower heads.
But this DIY floral monogram craft is both beautiful and incredibly economincal. A perfect addition to a bedroom, from a nursery of a newborn to a grandparents room. I have often admired floral monograms, but have never made my own. But it is fairly straightforward, although a bit time consuming (call it a labour of love). We used some pressed flowers we had from a previous craft (more on that soon!) and I worked on this with my seven and four year old each day for an hour or two while the baby napped.
The outcome — we captured the beauty of a season from walks in the countryside, and fields of wildflowers happily blowing in the sunshine. With these flowers we created a special monogram letter for our lovely fifteen year old goddaughter. A little special gift during a season of unusual lockdown birthdays. See, very resourceful indeed.
- Pressed flowers (see below)
- Watercolour Paper or thick card stock
- Scrap copy paper
- Glue (we used this kind of eco glue)
How to make your floral monogram :
- Collect and press flowers… See how to press flowers easily here. We collected flowers over a few months so we had a lot of variety to choose from.
- Use a print out of your desired letter or hand trace it onto a scrap piece of paper to do a test run. This will help determine that you have enough flowers, and that the shape / letter looks good on the paper. You will want to think of this as jigsaw puzzle. Laying the flowers out closely, and using the natural curves in stems, ferns, and petals to emphasis the outline of the letter.
- Once the practice letter is nearly finished, you can replicate the letter onto the final watercolour paper. This first ‘test run’ may seem like an unnecessary step but it really helps with design layout and composition of the colours and shapes of each flower.
- Lightly — very lightly — use the pencil to outline the letter shape on the final paper. Then erase the outline in small sections so it is oh-so-very subtle on the outline. You want this to be nearly invisible since the pencil will show up more once under the glass of a frame.
- Begin to glue the flowers down starting with the edges of each letter. Minuscule dots of glue. This was often more my job than my children’s job who helped with gently placing the flowers down on the paper. Be careful as glue often weighs down small petals, making them more fragile. We also used a table light to see our work surface better and keep it very neat!
- Once the letter is finished, avoid direct sunlight when possible as it may dull the colour over a few years. A frame is a lovely finishing touch too! We found a great shadow box style frame. Unfortuantely I forgot to take a photo of it. 🙂
And if you love this floral craft, here are a few other nature inspired posts to make summer special. Floral luminaries, solar prints, seashell mobiles, and even these seashell necklaces so your mermaids can enjoy their summer in style! Enjoy.