Post no. 748

Blooming Monogram Project | Urbanic
I wanted our Mother’s Day window at Urbanic to be extra special this year since my mom is flying in from Philadelphia to visit us. I had a paper mache initial on my desk that we had used as a tester in another project and I kept staring at it thinking I wanted to fill it with something. Then it hit me … blooms! It worked out so pretty for our shop window,  but would also be an amazing gift to give as a monogram desk accent or wall hanging for the special moms and mom-friends in your life.

Here’s how you make it.

Blooming Monogram Project | Urbanic

What You Need :
☐ paper mache letters (there are 8″ and 12″)
☐ exacto knife
☐ floral foam
☐ glue gun
☐ wire cutters or strong scissors
☐ silk flowers

How To Make :
1] Using an exacto knife, cut off the front of the letters and hollow out carefully.
2] Cut floral foam into shapes that fit letter and secure with glue
3] Trim the silk blooms off, leaving a short stem, and position into the foam. You can reinforce with glue, if necessary.
4] Arrange happily!

MOM Window | Urbanic

Above: Our store window!

Photos by Urbanic


| posted in Projects


  1. Briel K. May 2, 2013, 4:21 PM

    I love this! I might just have to try it!

    1. parcelpost May 2, 2013, 4:24 PM

      Let me know if you have any questions along the way. 🙂 Joannes has the letters online and you can get the floral foam from any craft shop.

  2. littlerabbitprint May 2, 2013, 5:39 PM

    super cool!

  3. Kara-Anne May 2, 2013, 9:48 PM

    Super good idea! It looks super pretty and awesome! Good job. 😀

  4. joanrae May 3, 2013, 1:25 AM

    This is lovely, can’t wait to try it out.

  5. chartreusecandles May 3, 2013, 9:25 AM

    This is amazing! Great idea!

  6. Anna May 3, 2013, 9:45 AM

    these would be beautiful as centerpieces for a wedding! and if you could find numbers instead of letters they could serve as table numbers!

    1. parcelpost May 4, 2013, 12:56 PM

      Oh, what a great idea. That would be amazing!

  7. thepintopony May 3, 2013, 10:40 AM

    Where do you find such beautiful silk flowers?

    1. parcelpost May 4, 2013, 12:56 PM

      We found these at Joanne Fabric store, but you could probably find a nice selection in any craft store.

      1. crystal May 11, 2013, 3:51 PM

        you can also find some at hobby lobby.

  8. lori May 3, 2013, 7:21 PM

    Wonderful idea! 🙂

  9. Elba Valverde :: Live Colorful May 4, 2013, 10:13 AM

    This is so beautiful. What a great idea. xoxo Elba

  10. Valeria Santibanez May 4, 2013, 10:40 AM

    what a gorgeous gift,to a gorgeous woman!

  11. tenandsix May 4, 2013, 2:34 PM

    This is gorgeous!

  12. Suma May 4, 2013, 4:35 PM

    Where so you find Paper mache letters?

    1. parcelpost May 4, 2013, 10:53 PM

      You can get them online at or just do a search for them online and they will come in many craft shops.

  13. Jami May 4, 2013, 11:04 PM

    This would be great in a little girl’s room, maybe above the headboard. I would have to do like black and white, wide, vertical stripes on the outside of the letters.

    1. parcelpost May 6, 2013, 7:58 AM

      yes, would be so cute! love the stripes idea!

  14. Aleah and Nick May 5, 2013, 9:52 AM

    What a charming idea!

  15. Nicole May 5, 2013, 4:29 PM

    Gorgeous….love it!!

  16. makestudiokimpinches May 5, 2013, 5:24 PM

    Reblogged this on makestudiokimpinches's Blog.

  17. Ash May 5, 2013, 9:01 PM

    This is amazing. I will be looking into purchasing these materials more on Monday! Can you please talk more about how to cut off the front of the letters and hollow? Yours looks perfect. This is the part that makes me nervous. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. parcelpost May 6, 2013, 8:03 AM

      Hi Ash, mine are actually not perfect at all, I just positioned the flowers towards the edges so that they would cover any flaws! I just took an knife and carved around on the front. it’s hollow on the inside so once you make the cut you can pop it right out. I did mine in sections and that definitely worked out best. If you have a box cutting knife that could work too. Good luck!

  18. doro von Hand zu Hand May 6, 2013, 12:19 AM

    that’s a really awesome idea! i totally love it!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

  19. Anne May 6, 2013, 6:33 AM

    Lovely project! Are the paper mache letters you used the 8” or the 12” ones?

    1. parcelpost May 6, 2013, 8:04 AM

      I used the 12″ for the word “mom” and the 8″ for the letter A. Both are totally cute, but the 12″ are a little easier to work with since there is so much more room for arranging.

  20. Meggan May 6, 2013, 7:42 AM

    Love this idea!! Am going to use it for my daughter’s baptism party! thanks so much!!

  21. Hanna May 6, 2013, 8:38 AM

    So gorgeous! Great idea and really lovely colours.

  22. haleigh robbins May 6, 2013, 9:44 AM

    This is so cute. I made something similar for decorations for my wedding, but the letters I made are not three-demensional. I love the idea!

  23. Carrie Rosalind May 6, 2013, 10:01 AM

    BRILLIANT!!! I must make some of these ASAP. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Eboness Belin May 6, 2013, 1:26 PM

    Love this project! Just shared on my FB page. i’d like to paint the paper mache letters white or pink as a variation. Thanks!!

  25. Marsha LaRocca May 6, 2013, 5:02 PM

    I am not a fan of silk flowers, would there be a way to use fresh flowers? Thinking of doing this for a bridal shower but would rather use fresh flowers. Thanks!

    1. parcelpost May 7, 2013, 10:43 AM

      Hi Marsha, I’m sure you could use fresh flowers for this, but you’d have to use the green floral foam that needs to be moistened in order to give the flowers water. This is a softer foam and will be heavier once wet so it may not work as well to suspend on a wall, but would probably be amazing standing on a table. My only other concern is that the paper letters may get wet and warp from the wet foam. You never know, it might work, but if you found iron letters or wood that would probably be ideal. Hope that helps,

  26. Laurence W May 6, 2013, 10:54 PM

    Lovely idea !

  27. Mandi May 7, 2013, 10:49 AM

    Love this idea! If you were using a letter that would stand on its own you could cut out both sides and glue foam in gluing along the edges then place flowers on both sides. It would make a great piece to put on a table where you’d see both sides.

  28. Anastasia May 7, 2013, 6:51 PM

    WHAT?! This is so cool I can’t wait to try it.

  29. Raven T May 8, 2013, 9:31 AM

    Hi~ I really love the idea but I dont want to sound stupid or anything, I just wondered.. why do you need floral foam for artificial flowers. Isn’t there any kind of a substitute? Also I’m planning to make my own DIY paper mache letters since it is very difficult to come by these kinds of supplies. In the last photo.. did you hang it in a board of some sort? I’m still thinking where to hang it though XD (maybe a cork board? so I can pin down pictures hahahah).
    THANKS! I’m really excited to begin with this project.

    1. parcelpost May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM

      Hi Raven, the floral foam makes it easy to pop in the flowers and keep them secured exactly where you want them, otherwise (since the letters are hollow) there would be nothing to secure them into place. offers the letters and the foam in several different options- so they should be very easy to order online. In the last photo, we hung the letters on a chalkboard with foam tape. Have fun!

  30. Curves a la mode May 8, 2013, 3:29 PM

    I love this project! definitely trying this at home

    1. Ann Martin May 9, 2013, 7:18 AM

      So pretty! This would be such a nice decoration at a wedding reception or shower… the initials of the bride and groom. I wonder if there is a paper mache ampersand?! Off to investigate…

  31. Katy @ All Sorts of Pretty May 10, 2013, 11:26 AM

    this is AWESOME. Bravo, bravo. I think I might have to make this for my office…

  32. Pei Pinney May 11, 2013, 12:50 PM

    That is so pretty and smart!

  33. Kathy roloff May 12, 2013, 5:39 AM

    Just beautiful! I want to use this idea spelling out FALL and using colorful dried materials. Thanks doe the inspiration.

    1. parcelpost May 13, 2013, 9:30 AM

      oooooh, yes would be so pretty in fall colors!

  34. Lynn McAbee May 12, 2013, 9:14 AM

    I love his idea!!!

  35. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet May 12, 2013, 12:20 PM

    I’ve seen this idea all over blogland, and just needed to stop by from The Learner Observer’s Weekend Winners post to say that I, too, am swooning over the look of this! And I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of silk flowers, but you managed to find some really gorgeous and life-like looking ones. They’re so vibrant in color! I’ve seen a lot of monogram letters before…but never before one that was filled with something. Way to be inventive! Thanks for sharing this idea with us all. I dare say you’ve inspired many people with it, myself included!

    The Thinking Closet

    1. parcelpost May 13, 2013, 9:28 AM

      Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much for the nice words, they really kicked off my Monday to a great start. I too am not really a fan of silk flowers, but somehow, for this project it worked out perfectly!

  36. Tiffany May 12, 2013, 9:19 PM

    love this idea!!!! thank you for sharing! so gorg!

  37. Sophia May 12, 2013, 11:07 PM

    Where did you get the letters? Did you make them??

    1. parcelpost May 13, 2013, 9:28 AM

      I ordered them from

  38. Celina Sutton May 13, 2013, 8:07 AM

    Love it! I’m planning to do this in my 19 month old daughter’s room on the wall above her daybed. I also think this would make for fun seasonally rotating mantle displays. I love the flowers but have ideas for toy spiders, bats and pumpkins for Halloween in the word BOO. And Christmas with ball ornaments and poinsettias. We’re big sports fans so I’m even brainstorming some baseball themed letters, painted with our team colors, and filled with memorabilia type items – tickets, mini-baseballs, pins etc.

    The smaller 8″ letter with the family’s last name initial displayed in the center of a wreath would be great for the front door. Flowers matching the season would make it lovely.

    Live succulents in wooden letters would be awesome for our front porch/steps. Perhaps with the letter “S” for our last name.

    Can’t wait to get started!

    1. parcelpost May 13, 2013, 9:29 AM

      Celina, so much creativity! Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you post some of your finished projects. *A

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  40. Janet Moore May 15, 2013, 5:45 PM

    As a florist, I’d like to reply about the question using fresh. Yes the wet foam, and the paper mache will give way! Never try to hang it wet! It would also drip until completely dry. So, you can create out of chicken wire with foam enclosed, there are some oasis foam structures on the market, or for a short term use, floral adhesive is available to glue on blooms (longlasting ones) to a wood base letter. Also on the silk, hot gluing directly to the letter eliminates the need to fill with foam, just would take more silk blooms!

  41. wanderingm May 16, 2013, 7:53 AM

    I can’t wait to get home and do it 🙂 Love this DIY

  42. Carrie Greene May 16, 2013, 2:15 PM

    This is so pretty, really cute for a little girl’s room

  43. annumography May 21, 2013, 6:13 AM

    I love this so much, so I shared it this week on my SeeKarenFollow post! Great flower choices and photography too. I just realized that the flowers are silk. Thanks for sharing!
    Karen @ annumography

  44. Binh May 21, 2013, 12:18 PM

    I love this idea! For those of you that don’t know, Hobby Lobby has all of these items, and every two weeks the floral stems go on sale for half off. Also, they carry paper mache ampersands/numbers for those thinking of wedding ideas (;

  45. Spencer Robins May 22, 2013, 9:58 AM

    Hi there,

    I know this has already been asked but I am trying to find fake flowers online that don’t look tacky or cheap and the ones that you have are beautiful. Any other suggestions on where to look? Thanks!

  46. Tiffany May 23, 2013, 2:26 PM

    What an awesome idea. It’s beautiful!

  47. Nicole June 5, 2013, 6:28 AM

    Such a wonderful idea! And you could choose flowers based on any color palette! I must try this!

  48. Monica June 10, 2013, 2:39 AM

    I absolutely love this! Can’t wait to try

  49. Chelsea June 10, 2013, 2:39 AM

    These letters are beautiful! What a great idea, I will have to find something to make these for!

  50. Amanda June 13, 2013, 7:34 PM

    So adorable! How did you hang these up when finished?

  51. Rachel Shanahan June 26, 2013, 9:19 PM

    How did you hang the letters?

    1. *Audrey June 26, 2013, 11:22 PM

      Hi Rachel, We used double sided foam tape.

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  53. silvia rocha soares August 8, 2013, 3:01 PM

    send me more photos about it. Tks

  54. Vivien August 30, 2013, 8:32 AM

    I love it! Soo prettyand springy! I featured your project on my Weekend DIY | Letters post
    Thanks for sharing this awsome idea!

  55. Adam September 10, 2013, 12:14 PM

    Hi, amazing idea!

    What thickness were the larger letters you used? All of the 12″ letters I find online are 2.5cm thick and somehow don’t seem deep enough!

  56. Jayvee September 25, 2013, 7:17 PM

    Making this for my mother-in-law.. Hope she likes it !

  57. Van January 16, 2014, 10:29 AM


    Love this idea! Want to use it for our wedding. Wondering where you get the letters from? And maybe even your flower source!

  58. Katie Adams March 13, 2014, 6:26 AM

    This is gorgeous. I really want to try this. Thanks for the inspiration

  59. Megan Peterson 4 The Home Depot April 11, 2014, 9:59 AM

    What a great project! I’ve added a link to one of our pinboards. Check them out at

  60. Kristina Crestin April 25, 2014, 3:51 AM

    So clever and lovely! Thanks for sharing. And props to you for great photography on your blog!

  61. Heather C April 27, 2014, 11:30 PM

    A belt or tie filled DAD would be great for Fathers Day!

  62. Rachel April 30, 2014, 11:15 AM

    This is such a cute idea! I would love to take some of the brown kraft boxes I have and make them personal!

  63. Sara May 5, 2014, 11:23 AM

    I am wondering how I can display my letters so my mom can hang it. Would a canvas work? Any other ideas? A frame would look cute but I’m not sure how the letters would stay

  64. Elisabeth T. May 7, 2014, 9:15 AM

    I can’t wait to get started on this project! I hope the 8″ letters look okay. They only have the 8″ ones at Hobby Lobby and that is where I’ll be going to get them. Hope my mom loves this DIY Mother’s Day gift 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  65. Miss Manitas May 19, 2014, 12:24 PM


  66. Sharon Tang July 18, 2014, 6:19 PM

    Hi did you by chance try using the wet foam and using real flowers? I wanted to do that and was planning on doing that when I realized the block letters were made of paper and they would most likely get soak from the water. Any ideas? Thanks!

    1. *Audrey July 21, 2014, 2:21 PM

      Hi Sharon,
      If you want to hang the letters, the wet foam would most likely be too heavy with the wet foam. It might work better however if the letters you were using were sitting flat and facing up. Good luck!

  67. Gail July 22, 2014, 7:10 AM

    I love your idea. But when I first saw it, I thought it was an initial serving tray for fruit or veggies. Lol sorry.

  68. Ashlyn February 9, 2016, 10:54 AM

    This is stunning!! I absolutely love this idea!!

  69. Haleigh April 21, 2016, 9:20 AM

    Hi! Where did you get the board that you arranged the letters on?

  70. Katrina April 26, 2016, 11:51 AM

    Love this idea! It’s gorgeous and I’m thinking that this would be a gorgeous decoration for Mother’s Day brunch this year! Thanks so much! It’s beautiful!

  71. Karlie Terry April 26, 2016, 2:46 PM

    Where did you get the letters?

  72. Dominique May 8, 2016, 3:29 PM

    I love this so much that I decided to make it and give it to my mom as a Mother’s Day gift! I actually even wrote my first blog post about it and featured you as well! Thank You for this fun idea!!

    1. *Audrey May 20, 2016, 10:35 AM

      amazing, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  73. Vera August 2, 2016, 6:40 AM

    Thank you for sharing this lovely project! I made some of these as a Wedding Gift and included some pompoms with money inside. You can find my tutorial on my blog – although the text is in german you might be interested in the pictures 🙂 Love Vera




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