Floral Initial Craft Tutorial

floral initial craft tutorial

Since moving into our new house, and honestly, since getting married and changing my last name, I have been obsessed with having my new last initial on items in our home. I’ve moved up in my last name from a ‘W’ to an ‘S’ and I just love the graceful curves that the first letter of my new last name provides! Anytime I see something with an ‘S’ on it, I get a bubbly feeling of excitement and can’t wait to add whatever it is to my growing collection!

The days are pretty bleak and rainy this time of year, so I thought I’d brighten up my bedroom with a cheery floral initial ‘S’! The great thing about this craft is, is that you can make something beautiful without breaking the bank and you can do it in 3 easy steps. Not so bad, right? Let’s get started!

Floral Initial Materials

floral initial materials

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Wooden letter of your choice

Assorted faux flowers in desired colors (make sure to get a variety of sizes and styles for maximum impact!)

Wire cutters

Glue gun

-Coordinating ribbon or twine (optional)

{All of these items can be found at your local Michael’s or craft store!}

Step One:

floral initial tutorial step one

Take your wire cutters and carefully snip all of the flower heads from the stems. Trim as close as you can to the actual flower because if you have too much stem sticking out it won’t lay nicely on your letter. Some flowers may fall apart a little bit when trimmed this close, but never fear, they’ll all stick together nicely when you hot glue them – the glue will soak through the petal layers, bonding them together again. When you are finished you should have a nice pile like so:

floral initial flowers

Step Two:

floral initial step two

Hot glue away! If it helps, lay out your flowers on top of your letter first to get an idea for where you want certain pieces to go. Take a mental (or real!) photo to refer back to. A little hot glue goes a long way and be careful not to burn your fingers! Push a little hot glue onto the back of each flower and press it firmly to the wood of your letter.

floral initial process

floral initial close up

Keep going until you have filled all the big spaces of your letter!

Step Three:

floral initial step three

Inevitably there will be some holes between your bigger flowers that you don’t want to leave uncovered. That’s where these little fellas come in! To fill in my remaining holes I chose tiny green clover-like sprigs to add to the springy feel I am going for. However, you can also just use smaller flowers or bits of flowers. It’s truly up to you!

(Optional) If you want your initial to hang on the wall, hot glue a pretty piece of coordinating ribbon to the back of your letter if there isn’t already some sort of hanging device pre-installed on the back. I am just putting mine on the mantel piece so there’s no need for anything else!

Et voilà!

You now have a lovely, springy piece of art that represents you and can brighten up your home during these gloomy months!

floral initial placement

floral initial detail




  • Emily says:

    This is beautiful! I love the colors you used, it is so fresh and cheery. I did a moss letter which I love but this takes it up a whole other notch. Great job!

    • dwellbeautiful says:

      Thank you so much, Emily 🙂 I love the color palette, too. And I do love moss – hoping to use it in a terrarium project soon!

  • This is beautiful! The colors are just perfect for spring. I went from a D to a W when I changed my last name and I’m just now getting used to it almost 8 years later. I agree though…the S is so curvy and pretty. Thanks for linking up with us at The Makers! We are so glad to have you 🙂

    • dwellbeautiful says:

      Thank you so much, Corey! It definitely brightens up my house just in time for spring 🙂 And thank you SO much for co-hosting the link party! I feel like I’m still getting a grasp on this whole blogging thing and it’s so great that there is a wonderful community of bloggers to interact with 🙂 Stop by again any time!

  • I have been wanting to make one of these for so long and after seeing how yours turned out, it is getting moved up on my to do list! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

    • dwellbeautiful says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Katie! This really is a super quick and easy craft – I completed mine probably in 20-30 minutes (including time contemplating how I wanted to lay out the flowers). Come back and share yours when it’s done – I know it’ll be gorgeous! 🙂

  • This is SO gorgeous! You picked the perfect combination of flowers and colors. Just love it. Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers. 🙂 So happy to have found your blog.

    • dwellbeautiful says:

      Thank you, Alexis! (My sister is named Alexis 🙂 ) I just love the springy palette and I was lucky that the craft store had all the colors I was looking for! And thanks for being a co-host for The Makers! So glad to be a part of such a cool community 🙂

  • Absolutely beautiful!

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