Have you ever had a great idea for a huge craft project, bought all of the supplies, then never got around to it? Me, too! I do it all the time. Not long after Aleisha and I started this site, I thought it would be a fun idea to make our slogan “be inspired” out of ten completely different monogram letter projects using the colors in my craft room: red, blue, and yellow. Anyway, I finally made the first of ten letters with this Paper Rose-Filled Monogram Letter project as part of the Monthly Crafty De-stash Challenge where we primarily have to use craft supplies we have on hand.
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Paper Rose-Filled Monogram Letter
- Red Cardstock
- Shadowbox Letter or Marquee Letter w/o Lights
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Hot Glue Gun or Clear Tacky Glue
- Cricut Explore Air
- Cricut 3D Floral Home Decor Cartridge
- Wooden Dowel or Pencil
Paper Rose-filled Monogram Letter Steps
one: Paint the front, sides, and inside of the shadowbox letter white. I painted two coats for full coverage. Let it dry completely while you make the flowers. You may want to sand the wood before you paint for a smoother finish, but I didn’t.
two: Open Cricut Design Space and make sure your 3D Floral Home Decor cartridge is linked to your account. Open a new project and click Insert Images>Cartridges>3D Floral Home Decor. Select “view all 46 images” then select the bouquet of roses.
three: When it pops up in Design Space, you will see all of the cuts for this file, but you’re not going to use all of them. Right Click on the set and select “Ungroup.” Delete everything but one the largest roses and one of their bases. Resize the rose to 4 inches wide and the base to a little over 2 inches wide.
Note: You should cut practice roses out on some scrap cardstock to make sure your roses fit the width of your particular shadowbox letter.
four: Copy and Paste the larger rose to fit as many as you can onto the grid and then fill in the gaps with the bases. I was able to fit six of each. Be sure to select all of the roses and bases and right click to “attach” them together so they don’t get separated on the next page.
five: Cut the roses out on the Cricut on the red cardstock (or your color choice.) I didn’t set it on fast mode because on my test run it snagged some of the paper. You may need to cut a couple of sheets to make enough flowers for your letter.
six: Now for the really fun part! Glue to the two round bits together on each side of each base. I ended up using a low temp glue gun, but you can use Tacky glue, too.
seven: Take your wooden dowel or pencil and starting on the outside end of the spiral, start wrapping the paper. You can remove the dowel after a few wraps and continue wrapping it until it reaches the end.
eight: Apply glue to the inside of the round flower bottom and then press the spiral down into it. Hold it until the glue dries enough to hang on.
nine: Now put glue on the outside of that flower bottom and then stick it to the inside of a flower base. Hold it together until the glue is dry.
ten: This part is super easy! Just simply tuck the roses into the shadowbox letter. If your roses turned out anything like mine, they aren’t all the exact same size. That’s fine, it will actually make it easier to fit them into different areas of the shadowbox letter. Mine fit snuggly in there and I didn’t have to glue them in, yay!
That’s it! This Paper Rose-filled Monogram Letter project is a pretty simple and easy craft to finish in an afternoon. Even if you wanted to make an entire word with this method, you could knock it out in a day. You can easily customize it to your color scheme by simply changing the paint and cardstock colors, too. These would look cute as party decorations as well as home decor to add a touch of feminity. I just love versatile crafts like this, don’t you?
Be sure to visit all of the other amazing crafts from May’s Monthly Crafty De-stash Challenge, too, so you can get some inspiration on how to use some of that craft supply stash we both know you have! You can also check out the Lavender & White Floral Spring Wreath I made last month for the challenge. I still love looking at it!
If you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can request to join our Facebook group here!