Thursday, June 15, 2006

Enriching your baby’s nursery with floral monogram.

Before proceeding further, let me write about monograms.

Monograms are also known as symbols or logos, which are designed specifically for a company or a product.

Monograms are made usually with letters which are generally affixed on top a company’s stationery.

We have also seen monograms etched metals like police badges.

Have a look at what Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza from the DIY (Do It Yoursef) Network has accomplished. They teach you a new idea of gifting with flowers!

Wait! I am not talking about bouquets but about a great new gift-a Floral Monogram

In their blog, they teach you step by step how to create a floral monogram with hydrangea petals of eye catching pastel colours. With the use of velvet ribbons, you can customize to suit the season like summer, fall or winter.

In their nicely designed blog, it is mentioned that Cathie first made this project as a gift to her mother-in-law’s birthday to decorate her front door.

Next, her innovative craft was by using all the letters in her first name instead of just initials.

The way to create this cute floral monogram is explained in their blog.

What you need:

* 6-inch wood letter of choice

* white craft paint & paintbrush

* floral print scrapbook paper

* glue stick

* hot glue

* tacky glue

* 1 large silk hydrangea

* 1/4-inch decorative ribbon (enough to go around your letter, plus 10 inches)

* small rhinestones or ultra fine glitter

Plaque Steps:

1. Paint the back, front and sides of the letter with the white craft paint and allow to dry.

2. Lightly trace the letter onto the scrapbook paper. Cut out the tracing and use a glue stick to attach the paper to the front of the letter. Use your fingers to press out any air bubbles.

3. Cut 10 inches off your decorative ribbon. (This will be your hanger) Turn the letter over and attach the ribbon hanger by forming a “U” shape with the ribbon and hot gluing the ends of the ribbon to the back of the letter about 2 inches from the top.

4. Using your hot glue gun, attach the remaining ribbon around the outer edge of the letter.

5. Break apart the silk flower so you have lots of little petals. Use hot glue to attach the petals to the front of the letter. (You can glue them in a random pattern or a design of your choice) Use a drop of glue and add a few sprinkles of ultra fine glitter to the center of the petals or add rhinestones for decorative effect.

Think of this gift when next time you want to treat your teenager’s birthday.

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