August 10, 2015

DIY Monogram Wall Hanging with Tutorial


On my first trip to our (newer) local crafting store my goal was to find some inspiration for a DIY project. Wouldn't you know it? They didn't disappoint! Pretty sure it was love at first sight...

As I was walking through I took pictures of a few things that stood out to me. You know, inspiration for
later! I put my phone away and started slowly walking around putting things together in my head. And what I came up with looked so good (in my head)...now it looks good in person (and pictures), too! I am so excited to share it with you!

After my awesome (long) walk around the craft store, I scooted over to the dollar store for a few other items, and then to the super store for a few other items, and then to the home improvement store for staples! Whew! My quick trip turned into a few hours but when the feeling hits, you roll with it!

By now you can guess it has an Autumn flavor, but you can do this for any season because you can change out the flowers. The orange flowers don't have to be permanent.

Look at what all that turned into!


The orange flowers really pop!


It is proudly hanging in the dining room. Looks so good against the wall color. That was just a happy accident!

This was so easy to make and will be easy to change out the orange flowers later! (The white flowers in the upper left corner are attached with hot glue.) I could see this with the white flowers and just some greenery or add poinsettias for the holidays. Lots of options!

Wondering how I made this? It's your lucky day!


The Frame (Base)

  • 16 x 20 canvas 
  • Foam board (cut to size) 
  • Burlap 
  • Staple gun with 1/4 inch staples 
To create a stripe horizontally in the center of the canvas I use burlap ribbon and my handy-dandy staple gun.


Since I will be applying decorative items to the canvas I needed to strengthen it. I cut foam board to fill in the back for stability. It took three pieces to fill in the back.


It's hard to see, but I am trying to show here how the foam board fills in the back of the canvas frame. I used my staple gun again to secure the corners to keep the foam board in place.

You are probably asking yourself, why didn't she just use a piece a wood and paint it white? Could have, but I love the look of the canvas and this is much lighter for hanging.

Now for the really fun stuff!

Decorative Items

  • Letter of choice (I chose "F" because that is what our last name begins with, it's 15 inches high) 
  • Flower pots 
  • Flowers 
  • Buttons 
  • Floral foam 
  • Hot glue gun and glue 
It took me a while to figure out what to do with this letter. Should I paint it? Cover it will fabric? Or tissue paper? But I really just loved it as is so that is what I went with. It goes so well with the burlap.


Found these cute little "pots" at that other super store (you know, with the big red dot). They are actually pencil holders but they are flower pots now! I have to pick up more of these, they work perfectly as flower pots. These were not my original plan, but I am so glad I found them and switched it up!


After adding some floral foam in the bottoms of the pots I filled them with these beauties!


Found these at the dollar store...burlap dahlias, burlap sunflowers and burlap gerbera daisies...SO CUTE!

Look how adorable they turned out!


(Psst...you could easily use them as stand alone pots around the house.)

You don't see the buttons here because I waited to add the buttons to the pots after it was all assembled so I didn't accidentally knock them off when attaching the pots to the canvas.

Assembly


To attach the letter and the pots, I used my glue gun. I really took my time here. I decided on centering the lower bar of the letter on the burlap and overall about an inch from the side. I laid everything on the canvas and looked at it from above to see if I had the letter and pots right where I wanted them. I also looked at the pots from all three sides to be sure the placement of the flowers was good from each angle. THEN I attached them.


To balance out the flowers in the pots, I added more flowers to the upper left corner of the monogram letter. Since I want to be able to change out the flowers for the season, I only used the white flowers in the upper corner.


Add your buttons to the center of the pots and voila! It's time to hang it!


What do you think? Looks pretty good, I think!

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P.S. Extra Tips and Ideas for You!


Before you start attaching everything on the front, be sure to add your hanging hooks to the back first. It's much easier to attach them without everything on the front.
Use a needle nose pliers to hold the tiny little nails that come with the hooks. It really saves the fingers!


If the flower pots aren't your thing, you could always use a small picture frame and add your family photo. 

Use masking tape to hang your creation easily and level, the first time.


Place the tape on the back of your wall hanging with the top edge of the tape level with the top edge of your hooks. Take a mechanical pencil or pen and mark where you want the nail holes to be. (It's really hard to see in this picture, sorry about that!)


Place the tape on your wall where you want to hang your wall hanging. I use a small level to be sure the tape is straight. Hammer in the nails where you had placed your markings, then pull the nails back out (only hammer the nails in a little bit), remove the tape and put the nails back in the holes and sink them to the depth you want/need. The reason for this step is if you decide you don't like the placement and want to move it, you won't have to redo the tape!

Happy creating!



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