Wednesday, 11 May 2016

DIY: Floral Number or Letter Tutorial

 
Floral numbers or letters make the perfect addition to baby showers, weddings, birthday parties or special occasions. It's actually surprisingly easy, though it is quite time consuming arranging the flowers so make sure you have plenty of time for that part. I had seen floral number ones all over the internet and looked into where I could buy one. It became apparent that they are not only hard to source, but also very expensive due to the fresh flowers and time consuming elements. During a trip to Hobbycraft I spotted this cardboard one and thought I'd had a go at creating my own, always looking to save some pennies!

What you'll need:
Cardboard number/letter
(I bought this one from Hobbycraft for £2)
Craft knife 
Tin foil
PVA glue
Floral foam
(I bought this one from Hobbycraft for £1.40)
Floral fabric tape
(I bought this one from eBay for £1.75)
Scissors
Fresh flowers

What to do:
1) Using your craft knife very carefully cut around the top of the cardboard 1. Remove the 'lid' you've created and the cardboard inside.
 
2) Spread PVA glue around just the inside of the one.
 
3) Place tin foil on the inside, so that it sticks to the PVA glue. Both of these will help protect the cardboard from getting soggy from the moist floral foam. Leave it to dry.
 
4) Take your floral fabric tape and stick a long strip of it all the way around the top edge of your number/letter, folding half of it over the edge towards the foil. Repeat this process until the sides and back are completely covered in the tape. This isn't a necessary step, it just makes the back look prettier and more in line with the floral theme. You could also paint the sides and back in your desired colour.
 
5) Soak the floral foam as per the instruction on the packet. Using a craft knife carefully cut it so that you fill the inside of your number/letter. You want it to be very compact otherwise the flowers will fall out when it's stood up.
6) Trim your choosen flowers so that only a short amount of the stem remains. Gently press the stem into the floral foam, repeat this process until the number/letter is completely filled. Again, your flowers need to be pretty close together ensuring you can't see any of the floral foam through them. 
Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x
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5 comments

  1. This is gorgeous - love it. Pinning and will definitely try something similar :)

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  2. this is really beautiful! my mum would love this idea - she used to be a florist #BloggerClubUK

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  3. Wow this is gorgeous! I love your attention to detail. This makes a gorgeous center piece. Thanks so much for linking up with #BloggerClubUK

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  4. I really love this! I have bookmarked it to come back to at some point at I really would love to give it a go! Thank you for sharing lovely #bloggerclubuk xx

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