So, remember that hydrangea- covered “G” on my spring mantel? Wanna’ know how to make floral initials?
Scrap of drop cloth fabric- mine was 6” x 39” (arbitrary measurements based on what I had on hand)
2 wire coat hangers
Needle nose pliers
3 hydrangea stems- I used 2 plus part of the 3rd- this will vary based on the size of your initial
Anything else you would like to decorate your initial with
Hot glue gun & glue
Cut the hook off your hangers. The needle nose pliers have a cutter in that round opening. Unless you’re a lot stronger than I, you will need to twist back and forth on the hanger.
Straighten out the two long pieces as much as you can. Fold the fabric in half long ways. I added a layer of batting in mine, but it wasn’t necessary and I wouldn’t bother next time. Sew along the long side and one end.
Turn right side out. You can use one of your hanger pieces to push out the corners if you want. This isn’t a precise project, so don’t worry too much about your corners and seams. Once you have the tube turned right side out, stitch a seam along the length about a half inch from each side. These seams will form pockets for your hanger wire.
Use the needle nose pliers to make a loop on one end of each wire. This will keep it from sticking through the fabric. Slide the wires into the pockets (loop first) on each side (the middle pocket will be empty). Trim the wires as needed to fit just inside the pocket. Loop the remaining end and tuck in. Glue or stitch the tube closed.
OK! Now it’s time to bend the wired fabric into the shape you want. It’ll be a little wonky- the fabric doesn’t lie flat like I expected it to. Just work it into shape as best you can.
Hot glue the hydrangea blooms on individually to cover whatever surfaces will show.
Add some greenery and any other decorations you like. I made a messy nest out of excelsior and added a bird with a sweet little expression.
Whew! That’s it!
One cool aspect of this project is that you can reshape it for a new spot in your home or a new holiday, etc.- a number (mine looks kinda’ like a 6 already, doesn’t it?), an egg for Easter, a heart for Valentine…. Just make sure you keep extra flowers on hand because new areas will probably be uncovered when you rearrange the shape. What do you think? Would you try this little spring craft project? Or would you keep it simple and just buy pre-made letters to make floral initials?