Tutorial: Easy Floral Letter Decor

A few weeks ago, I was at my local Dollar Tree and I found some surprisingly nice looking fake flowers. I grabbed up a few bunches for crafty purposes, naturally! This weekend, Maddie and I got to work on a cute idea I’ve seen floating around for a while now — floral monograms!

It’s a very simple project that only took about half an hour. It was great to spend some time with my girl and give her a chance to have some creative say in how her “M” looked.

Here’s what you need:

  • A variety of fake flowers — I purchased mine at The Dollar Tree. (Wasn’t in the mood to make felt flowers, to be perfectly honest, but that is another adorable option!)
  • 3D Paper Mache Letter
  • Exacto Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Felt (optional, but helpful)

Here’s what you do:

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Flower Cut Letter

Use your exacto knife to carefully cut out the front of your letter, leaving it hollow.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Hollow Letter

Trace and cut out felt to fit in your letter, then glue it inside. It’s okay if it is too big or too small — no one will see it. The felt should help with keeping the flowers in place. Another layer or two would help add a little height if you are using smaller flowers.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Flower Collection

Choose your flower arrangement and start gluing!

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss

Voila! They turned out pretty cute, I have to say.

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Little Girl Room Decor

Maddie loves her creation and it fits right in with her uber girly decor. ;)

Floral Letter DIY by Mrs Priss Sunflowers Daisies for Nursery

And we had to make one for Roo Boo too. She couldn’t care less, but I love it. :)

Have fun!

Headband Makeover {How to Make a Bow}

Supplies:

  • Headband (mine was busted)
  • Ribbon (I used 7/8″ wide for this size bow, but you should adjust measurements below according to ribbon width)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun

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Finished

(If you’re wondering, I’m gazing down at my toilet.) Let me know if you make one! :)

Other tutorials:

Bib Clips: A Simple DIY for Moms

Anthropologie Floral Necklace

Anthropologie Bonheur Necklace

My Crafty Area

It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s put together enough to show you guys…

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1) Justin’s sister Megan prettied up a letter M for the baby on Christmas. I might have stolen it for my area, but at least  it’s still in her room!

2) A cross-stitched pink elephant. Because I love fat animals… they just make me laugh!

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3) I framed an old photo of Justin and I, along with one of my favorite cards he’s written. Looking at that reminds me of how sweet he can be. :)

4) An old can covered in pretty paper holds pens and scissors.

5) My DIY pincushion from a few weeks ago.

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6) Inspiration/photo board with lovely things that put me in a creative mood.

7) The Butterfly art project I made from scrap paper

8) I Love You, Blogs & Tea print from the ever fabulous Made by Girl (Thank you again, Jennifer!)

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9) Pretty stacked boxes from Target (on clearance, score!) hold rolls and rolls of cute ribbon.

10) A ribbon box that was given as a birthday gift from Shea.

And there you have it — the space where I waste the most time. :)

The Little Chair

Being that I’ve been in a super crafty (and nesty!) mood lately, I figured it was about time to give my little vanity chair a makeover.  I’ve never recovered anything, so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out…

Before:

Stains. Niiiiiiiiice.

After:

Ahh, much better.
Ahh, much better.

A little black spray paint and a major case of trigger finger later (staple guns are serious business, man), I have a much prettier place to sit and put on my makeup.

And umm, I just have to say how incredibly addicting that fabric is.  I went back to the fabric store and bought another yard — okay, two yards — of it and covered some cork board (which you can see on the table in the picture), and have been trying to figure out something else to do with the rest because it is just SO DARN CUTE.  That was the longest sentence ever.  Anyway… Ideas?  :)

Frugal Gift Giving

I have issues when it comes to gifts.  Serious, elitist issues.  See, I like the recipient to know I spent time and put thought into picking out the absolute perfect thing, try to make sure I don’t come across cheap, and absolutely despise giving gift cards (can we say cop-out?).

The part I have the most difficult time with is the whole gift wrapping thing.  Shoving the item into a flimsy bag with a wad of tissue paper (or even worse… too little tissue paper) is like a dagger into my little snobby heart.  Of course, I’ve been known to do this if I’m in a pinch, but ONLY when absolutely necessary and ONLY with the cutest bag available (none of those plain, $1.99 Target crummy things).  Are you seeing the elitist thing coming out?  I’m ridiculous, I know.

Justin (a frugally-minded fellow) is highly bothered by this and likes to stress the point that we don’t have a ton of extra money to be spending on gifts for everyone we know.  He gets frustrated with me for wanting to give the gift that ‘little extra something’, when all those little extras add up.  This is also the same guy that wanted me to give a $10 gift card to his sister for her 25th birthday.  Yeahhh, we’re just not on the same page here.

I have come up with a little plan in an attempt to please everyone involved in this gift-giving fiasco — do it the Semi-Homemade way (à la Sandra Lee, minus the .15 blood alcohol level).  What I’m doing is purchasing either the gift wrap OR the gift, and while keeping a budget in mind, I make the other item.  It’s interesting to see how your creativity comes out when you’re working with a budget.  And the bonus: The recipient can see the time, thought and effort that was put into their gift.

A Recent Example:

Supplies before...

Basically, all I did was wrap the boring, plain box in some cute scrap booking paper, tied some ribbon around the edges and secured it with one of those super cute labels.  I LOVE those things!

The finished product

Happy Birthday, Mom!

How do you all keep gift-givings within your budget?   Is it rude of me to ask?