When I was putting our baby’s nursery together I had so many ideas on how I would decorate if it was a boy and how I would decorate if it was a girl. We had picked out names for either gender and I had ideas on how I would incorporate the name into the room. Since we didn’t know the sex I kept the room gender neutral with plans to add to it once the baby arrived. Well that time has come! I didn’t want to hang anything above the crib in fear that whatever it was could fall into the crib and God forbid onto the baby. The problem was that the wall that the crib is on was looking rather large and bare. I came up with an idea to hang her initial above the crib using a paper mache letter and command strips. The reason I was ok with this is because a paper mache letter weighs barely anything and command strips have never failed me, especially knowing that I would probably use about a million of them to make sure the letter was secure. In order to make the letter a bit feminine I decided to fill it with flowers. I had seen this done before with succulents and wanted to give it a shot.
This project was one of my favorite types of projects, easy to do with a big impact. All you need is a paper mache letter of your liking, I purchased mine online from Joann’s Fabric Store, floral foam, artificial flowers, and a hot glue gun. The flowers were purchased at Michael’s but be sure to wait until they are having a 40% off sale on their flowers which they do often.
The first step is to grab an exacto knife and cut the top layer of the letter off. This is fairly simple. Once you get a little corner up you can pretty much peel it right off.
Once the top is removed cut your foam to fit inside the letter. I just used a regular kitchen knife to cut the pieces. You’ll need to hot glue them down into the letter. Make sure you use a generous amount to insure that they will not fall out!
Next, take your flowers and snip the stems off with wire cutters. You’ll want to measure the flower and stem to make sure the flower will sit flush with the top of the foam. If you don’t cut it short enough the flower will sit out of the foam and that will look weird.
The rest is now up to you! Pluck your flowers in and fill the letter. I recommend walking away from it as this helps you notice any bare spots that need to be filled. You can hot glue ribbon to the letter and hang it that way or use command strips. Whatever you choose to do just make sure it is secure if you are hanging it above the crib.
I’d love to see your recreation if you give this project a try!