Need help with direction from crafty bees! Monogram made of Camelia leaves

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You would need to purchase or make the initials out of heavier gage of wire (maybe around 12 -14 gauge) and then use florist wire (about 22gauge) and wrap.

This tutorial shows the process:

Alternatively, you could use large wood letters (not too heavy) or cut from foam board and use hot glue to attach.

Post # 5
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL

@BostonStacy:  I would look at a craft store for large letters–they usually have them made of a thinnish wood. You could even do cardboard, since you’ll be covering them. Make sure you have a way to hang them though!

For the leaves, if you’re going to spray paint them anyhow, I would think you could just go fake. They’ll have those at a craft store too. Good luck!

Post # 6
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BostonStacy:  I’m not familiar with those leaves, so I can’t help you there.  If they are a waxy leaf, water based paint (acrylic) will not work very well.  Otherwise a good coat of Krylon (which seems to hold up very well) will probably keep the perserved for at least a few years (assuming they are not thin, crumbly leaves).

Since they would be painted, I think you could easily get away with silk/fake leaves too.  Which of course would last forever.  Or even a combination (silk at the base, real leaves on top).




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