Floral Fun

So, because in many ways I’m a people pleaser (something I’m working on!), overachiever (but not when it comes to folding laundry), and really need my reminders to prioritize my own brain/health (hence this blog!), in the two weeks following my wedding for over 200 guests, I’ve agreed to hosting a family holiday and co-hosting a sprinkle for my brand new sister-in-law. My sister-in-law has a two year old and another baby well on its way. For those of you who haven’t heard of a sprinkle before, instead of a full blown baby shower, baby number twos now get sprinkled with love, instead of showered with love.

I didn’t invent the concept, but whatever, I’ll get behind it – I’m always happy to have a party.

As part of my duties, I’m putting together some decorations for the sprinkle. This is my first time hosting a sprinkle, but don’t you worry, I’ve got a second one to host in just a few short weeks!

This mama-to-be is leaning in to all things pink for the nursery. As for the party, going for a sprinkle theme  – so think sprinkles on a cupcake, in a vase with flowers, in balloons. I’m also incorporating flowers. I found inspiration for a flower letter on Pinterest –  and without any real preparation, I’ve decided to undertake the construction of one.

Based on the images I saw on Pinterest, I came up with a quick supply list.

Here’s what I’ve purchased:

  • A ton of overpriced fake flowers
  • A few normally-priced fake flowers
  • That green stuff to stick the flower stems in – which is called Green Wet Foam or Green Floral Foam – weird names, but if you ask at a craft store, they’ll know what you mean
  • A glue gun
  • A lot of glue

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Most of this I got from Michaels Craft Store – don’t forget your coupons! I ended up adding in some flowers from the Dollar Tree as well since I was trying to stick to a budget that I was quickly ignoring. I selected the flowers based on the tones that are being used in the nursery – pinks and peaches. I also grabbed some greens to balance the bright tones. 

As for the letter itself, luckily, I’m making the first initial of the baby’s name, a K. -Theoretically I’m thinking this should be much more straightforward than the construction of a S or a Q or one of those with curves and complications, but you never know!

Here’s my plan:

First things first – make the shape. I have cardboard which I will paint – I’m painting mine white because there’s a lot of white furniture in the nursery. I think going for a green back would also make this look really clean, especially if you incorporate greens or succulents into your design.

Once I have a shape I’m happy with for the cardboard – which will be an adventure with an exacto knife, the likes of which I haven’t used since middle school tech class – I’m going to cut and attach the green stuff to it with a hot glue gun.  Also, a PSA here: although I encourage you to pause for prosecco during all craft projects, I highly recommend that this pause comes after the cutting part is done.

My plan is to trim up the fake flowers so they only have a short stem. My initial approach is going to be to just shove the stems into the green foundation and then I’ll see if I need to add glue into the mix. 

I have some concerns about this project. I’m envisioning this being a standing letter but

  • Will it be structurally sound?
  • Do I not put flowers on the bottom then so it can stand?
  • If I do that, what if the mom decides at some point she wants it hung on the wall instead? Do I just add flowers?
  • What if this comes out awful and I have spent all this money on overpriced fake flowers?!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

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