Create a DIY 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:
The first step was to print out my chosen monogram. You could do the:
- first letter of your last name
- first letter of your first name
- a symbol like a hashtag or ampersand
- combine the letters of your first name with an ampersand
The combination of first name letters with an ampersand would be gorgeous for a wedding decoration or on the mantel of your home. With so many possibilities, you might have a fairly large collection of letters and symbols by the time you’re finished.
But first up is the ampersand. The first step is to print out an ampersand on a standard sheet of printer paper. Pick a font size that is the largest you can print on one sheet of paper. (You might also make the font an outline instead of filled in to save ink and printing time.) Then cut out the ampersand and trace it onto the cardboard.
Once the ampersand is traced onto the cardboard you can use scissors and a craft knife to cut it out.
Watch me make an ampersand live!
After you have the cardboard ampersand ready you can 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.
Use hot glue to bend and form the poster board around the ampersand. (Tip: 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. You can use loose petals or remove the petals from silk flowers.
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. For a bit of contrast add in some leaves as well! I think the color combination of my ampersand has a very tropical feel to it.
Looking for another ampersand craft? Make Ampersand Knit I-Cord Wall Art!