Project: Blooming Monogram

Blooming Monogram Project | Urbanic

I wanted our Mother’s Day window at Urbanic to be extra special this year since my mom is flying in from Philadelphia to visit us. I had a paper mache initial on my desk that we had used as a tester in another project and I kept staring at it thinking I wanted to fill it with something. Then it hit me … blooms! It worked out so pretty for our shop window,  but would also be an amazing gift to give as a monogram desk accent or wall hanging for the special moms and mom-friends in your life.

Here’s how you make it.

Blooming Monogram Project | Urbanic

What You Need :
☐ paper mache letters (there are 8″ and 12″)
☐ exacto knife
☐ floral foam
☐ glue gun
☐ wire cutters or strong scissors
☐ silk flowers

How To Make :
1] Using an exacto knife, cut off the front of the letters and hollow out carefully.
2] Cut floral foam into shapes that fit letter and secure with glue
3] Trim the silk blooms off, leaving a short stem, and position into the foam. You can reinforce with glue, if necessary.
4] Arrange happily!

MOM Window | Urbanic

Above: Our store window!
XO *A

Photos by Urbanic

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98 thoughts on “Project: Blooming Monogram

  1. these would be beautiful as centerpieces for a wedding! and if you could find numbers instead of letters they could serve as table numbers!

  2. This would be great in a little girl’s room, maybe above the headboard. I would have to do like black and white, wide, vertical stripes on the outside of the letters.

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  4. This is amazing. I will be looking into purchasing these materials more on Monday! Can you please talk more about how to cut off the front of the letters and hollow? Yours looks perfect. This is the part that makes me nervous. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Hi Ash, mine are actually not perfect at all, I just positioned the flowers towards the edges so that they would cover any flaws! I just took an knife and carved around on the front. it’s hollow on the inside so once you make the cut you can pop it right out. I did mine in sections and that definitely worked out best. If you have a box cutting knife that could work too. Good luck!

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    • I used the 12″ for the word “mom” and the 8″ for the letter A. Both are totally cute, but the 12″ are a little easier to work with since there is so much more room for arranging.

  6. Love this project! Just shared on my FB page. i’d like to paint the paper mache letters white or pink as a variation. Thanks!!

  7. I am not a fan of silk flowers, would there be a way to use fresh flowers? Thinking of doing this for a bridal shower but would rather use fresh flowers. Thanks!

    • Hi Marsha, I’m sure you could use fresh flowers for this, but you’d have to use the green floral foam that needs to be moistened in order to give the flowers water. This is a softer foam and will be heavier once wet so it may not work as well to suspend on a wall, but would probably be amazing standing on a table. My only other concern is that the paper letters may get wet and warp from the wet foam. You never know, it might work, but if you found iron letters or wood that would probably be ideal. Hope that helps,
      *A

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  11. Love this idea! If you were using a letter that would stand on its own you could cut out both sides and glue foam in gluing along the edges then place flowers on both sides. It would make a great piece to put on a table where you’d see both sides.

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  15. Hi~ I really love the idea but I dont want to sound stupid or anything, I just wondered.. why do you need floral foam for artificial flowers. Isn’t there any kind of a substitute? Also I’m planning to make my own DIY paper mache letters since it is very difficult to come by these kinds of supplies. In the last photo.. did you hang it in a board of some sort? I’m still thinking where to hang it though 😄 (maybe a cork board? so I can pin down pictures hahahah).
    THANKS! I’m really excited to begin with this project.

    • Hi Raven, the floral foam makes it easy to pop in the flowers and keep them secured exactly where you want them, otherwise (since the letters are hollow) there would be nothing to secure them into place. Joanne.com offers the letters and the foam in several different options- so they should be very easy to order online. In the last photo, we hung the letters on a chalkboard with foam tape. Have fun!

    • So pretty! This would be such a nice decoration at a wedding reception or shower… the initials of the bride and groom. I wonder if there is a paper mache ampersand?! Off to investigate…

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  30. Just beautiful! I want to use this idea spelling out FALL and using colorful dried materials. Thanks doe the inspiration.

  31. I’ve seen this idea all over blogland, and just needed to stop by from The Learner Observer’s Weekend Winners post to say that I, too, am swooning over the look of this! And I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of silk flowers, but you managed to find some really gorgeous and life-like looking ones. They’re so vibrant in color! I’ve seen a lot of monogram letters before…but never before one that was filled with something. Way to be inventive! Thanks for sharing this idea with us all. I dare say you’ve inspired many people with it, myself included!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

    • Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much for the nice words, they really kicked off my Monday to a great start. I too am not really a fan of silk flowers, but somehow, for this project it worked out perfectly!

  32. Love it! I’m planning to do this in my 19 month old daughter’s room on the wall above her daybed. I also think this would make for fun seasonally rotating mantle displays. I love the flowers but have ideas for toy spiders, bats and pumpkins for Halloween in the word BOO. And Christmas with ball ornaments and poinsettias. We’re big sports fans so I’m even brainstorming some baseball themed letters, painted with our team colors, and filled with memorabilia type items – tickets, mini-baseballs, pins etc.

    The smaller 8″ letter with the family’s last name initial displayed in the center of a wreath would be great for the front door. Flowers matching the season would make it lovely.

    Live succulents in wooden letters would be awesome for our front porch/steps. Perhaps with the letter “S” for our last name.

    Can’t wait to get started!

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  36. As a florist, I’d like to reply about the question using fresh. Yes the wet foam, and the paper mache will give way! Never try to hang it wet! It would also drip until completely dry. So, you can create out of chicken wire with foam enclosed, there are some oasis foam structures on the market, or for a short term use, floral adhesive is available to glue on blooms (longlasting ones) to a wood base letter. Also on the silk, hot gluing directly to the letter eliminates the need to fill with foam, just would take more silk blooms!

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  42. I love this idea! For those of you that don’t know, Hobby Lobby has all of these items, and every two weeks the floral stems go on sale for half off. Also, they carry paper mache ampersands/numbers for those thinking of wedding ideas (;

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  44. Hi there,

    I know this has already been asked but I am trying to find fake flowers online that don’t look tacky or cheap and the ones that you have are beautiful. Any other suggestions on where to look? Thanks!

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