When I made a bar cart a few weeks ago, I thought it would be fun to make a little ‘BAR’ sign to go with it. So here is the scoop on how I made some DIY floral letters out of wire, tape, and faux flowers.
First up is to create a wire background to use for your letters. We had a coil of wire in our workshop, but you can get some from any hardware store for next to nothing. Use pliers to cut the wire to the lengths you need, and then bend it around until you get the right shapes. Wrap it around on itself where you need to. None of this will be visible, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. I wanted long, skinny letters, and so made them as such.
Next up is to wrap your wire letters with masking tape. Basically you want to create more surface area to be able to glue your flowers onto. The alternative to using wire and tape is to purchase pre-made letters from a craft store (cardboard, wood, etc), which would be easier but a little more expensive. You are also slightly more restricted in the shape/style/size of letters you can go with if you’re using pre-bought, but it’s a great and easy option.
I had a bunch of fake flower stems from the dollar store – about $8 worth. I popped all the heads off and threw out the stems. The flatter the base of the flower, the better. See those smaller pink ones that still have long-ish stems? I ended up cutting them down with scissors even further so that they would sit more flatly on the letters.
Take your hot glue gun and glue the flowers down on each letter. I found it easiest to put glue on the flower, then hold the flower down on the letter for a good 20 seconds before moving onto the next. You don’t want to leave much space between flowers, as you don’t want any of the masking tape to show through.
It’s kinda fun to use a mixture of flowers – styles and sizes. It starts filling in and looks all kinds of sweet.
To affix them to the wall, you can just hang a small finishing nail for each letter and hang them from it (the letters are super lightweight), or use a double sided tape meant for wall hanging.
I loved the way these turned out, and it was a project you could totally do in an evening in front of whatever Netflix show you’re binge-ing on. These would be super cute as a monogram for a door, or to spell out a name in a kids room, too. So many options!