Create a Floral Monogram in the letter of your choice, or even create a shape like an ampersand!
With the arrival of warmer weather I can’t have enough flowers on display. And while I love having real flowers in the house I also love to decorate and craft with silk flowers because they last as long as I want them to. I picked some bright tropical flowers to use for my Floral Monogram Ampersand.
I always stop and look at the cardboard monogram letters and symbols at the craft store. But they don’t always have the letter or size that I want. So I decided to make my own!
Floral Monogram Supplies:
- a printed piece of paper with my letter or symbol
The first step was to print out my chosen monogram. You could do the first letter of your last name. You could do the first letter of your first name. You could pick a symbol like a hashtag or ampersand. You could combine the letters of your first name with an ampersand, I think that would be gorgeous for a wedding decoration or on the mantel of your home. So many possibilities, I will have a fairly large collection of letters and symbols by the time I’m finished.
But first up is my ampersand. I printed out an ampersand on a standard sheet of printer paper. I picked a font size that was the largest I could print on one sheet of paper. I also made the font as an outline instead of filled in to save ink and printing time. I cut out my ampersand and then traced it onto the cardboard.
Once my ampersand was traced onto the cardboard I used scissors and a craft knife to cut it out.
After I had the cardboard ampersand I cut out some 1 1/2″ strips of poster board. The poster board is thinner and easier to bend around the sides of the cardboard. This creates the depth that we need for our monogram.
I used hot glue to bend and form the poster board around my ampersand. At right angles I would cut the poster board and then glue along the seam. This worked better than trying to bend it perfectly.
Once the poster board is attached and the monogram is the 3D shape you need you can start filling it in. Using fake flowers will allow the piece to last longer. You can use paper flowers, felt flowers, or silk flowers. For my ampersand I used petals. I had these large pink silk flowers that were too big to use as the whole flower so I took them apart, cut the petals apart, and then filled in my ampersand with the petals. I also added in some leaves for contrast. I think the color combination of my ampersand has a very tropical feel to it.