DIY in Style : Botanical Letters for Wedding Decorations

This weekend we changed our clocks and that means Spring is right around the corner. That also means flowers will be popping up all over. Today's DIY is perfect for Spring garden weddings and bridal showers. It's from Download & Print and features Botanical Letters for wedding decorations. So gather your tissue paper and let's get started.

There's nothing complicated about this botanical letter creation - you simply just fold, glue, repeat. The letters are a bit of a show stopper and can be created in any color palette you choose.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties

If you're planning a garden or whimsical wedding they would make gorgeous décor. This tutorial shows you how to make one letter, but having both the bride and grooms first initial would be stunning. And, if you add an ampersand in the set is complete and is perfect for reception decor, guest book table decor or even on the dessert table.

This project was inspired by the save-the-date card from the Download & Print Artisan Botanical invitation suite. The entire collection features gorgeous blooms, but it's the floral lettering on the save-the-date that stands out.

In terms of time, one letter takes about an hour and 15 minutes. So two letters and a smaller ampersand, might take three and a half hours. The letter used in this DIY is 14" tall.

SUPPLIES:

1. Paper mâché letters
2. Color tissue paper
3. Circle scallop punch {provides extra detail, but a plain circle would also work}
4. Wooden pencil
5. Tacky glue
6. Scissors

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - the supply list

Step 1: Paint Letter

This is an optional step and will depend on what your letter looks like to begin with. If you choose to paint the letter, you can either spray paint them or paint it on with a brush.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - spray paint the letter

Step 2: Punch Petals

Fold a sheet of tissue into a strip slightly wider than your punch. Punch along the tissue strip to make the petals. You can experiment with how many layers of tissue your punch will go through, typically these punches are pretty robust. Repeat this step for each petal color.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - punch the tissue paper petals

Step 3: Cut Leaves

The leaves need to be cut into leaf shapes. It’s best to hand cut these with scissors. Fold your tissue so that you can cut leaves that are about 3” in length. Don’t over think the shape, just go ahead and cut. You want to aim for a point at each end with a fat, round middle.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - cut the tissue paper leaves

Step 4: Create Flowers

Take one petal and push the blunt end of a pencil into the center. Fold the petal down over the pencil and wrap it around the pencil. Dip the point of the wrapped tissue into the tacky glue and push the tissue onto your letter. Remove the pencil. You can also use a dowel rod or any other type of stick that has a flat end. Don’t use anything with a point or it can push through your tissue.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - make the tissue paper flowers

Step 5: Fill In Letter

Repeat this technique until you have filled in the top of your letter. Create clusters of color to resemble flowers. Mix in leaves in smaller clusters. Leaves are applied in the same way as petals, pushing a pencil into the center of the leaf, wrapping around, dipping in glue and attaching to the letter. They should end up being a little taller than the petals to create extra contrast. Settle down with your favorite Netflix series and wrap, glue, repeat.

DIY Decoration with Botanical Letters for Weddings and Parties - cover the letter with tissue flowers

You're Done!

Don't you love this idea? Oh, and you know what? It would look absolutely amazing with an ombré color pattern. What colors will you use for your botanical letter{s}?

Don't forget . . . This project was inspired by the save-the-date card from the Download & Print Artisan Botanical invitation suite. The entire collection features gorgeous blooms, but it's the floral lettering on the save-the-date that stands out.

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