Are you lacking time for a project but itching to do something creative? This Spring Monogram craft will help you scratch the creative itch without sacrificing your precious time. Please note that this post does contain affiliate links, which means that at no cost to you, I may recieve a small commission if you purchase through one of my links. Learn more about affiliate links in my Disclosures.
I’m running to catch the oven timer as I stub my toe on the laundry basket of clothes nagging at me to be folded and put away. I ease tonight’s dinner out of the oven and sigh at the pile of dishes in the sink. Didn’t I just load the dishwasher this morning?
It’s impossible to catch up, but all I want to do is sit at my craft table and spend some quality time with my glue gun.
It’s just one of those times when life is throwing a lot at me. I’m looking for a new “day job.” Anthony and I are trying to adopt a dog. With a spring renovation on our bathroom coming up quicker than we can find time for it, we just don’t have time.
Still, I want to start bringing Spring into our home. It’s certainly warm enough!
I was a woman on a mission.
I gathered my Michaels Coupons on my phone and set off. This time, I told myself no extra items — You know, those items that seem to just jump into your basket or cart?
I failed… Sort of.
Two skeins of teal yarn found their way from the shelves into my shopping cart from a 2-for-1 sale. Sigh. My weakness for yarn is endless. Still, I only spent about $15 on the supplies for the monogram, even after buying a few extra faux flowers. So, I’m calling it a win.
Dealing with that Time Crunch
Since I don’t have the money or the time to bring Spring into my whole house, I’ve settled on just one area of my house — our porch.
Sometimes we have to forgive ourselves for not having the time or money to update our home decor for every season. I find that it helps to choose one area of your home, preferably one where you spend a lot of time.
Since we’re still renovating the inside of our house, I’ve decided to bring some spring cheer to our front porch and the living room. I see our porch every day when I come home and it leads right into our living room, where we spend most of our time at home.
What’s the point in decorating if you can’t enjoy the outcome, right?
This helps me feel less guilty about not having my whole house decked out with spring decor. Even my living room isn’t getting much of a makeover. I’ll replace a few of the “winter” accents with things that have bright colors or natural tones. My favorites right now are:
- blue glass
- faux boxwood
- galvanized metal touches
- natural wood tones
- birds or bird-themed fabrics
It’s all about keeping it simple, but purposeful.
Did I Meet My Deadline?
Usually, I’m rushing toward the finish, but this craft took less than 15 minutes, including set up and clean up. If you have time to watch an episode of any HGTV show (my favorite is Property Brothers), you have time for this project.
Why not do it while you’re watching?! 😉
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White Monogram Letter (thickness and font depend on your preference, but I got mine for just a few bucks at Michael’s in the wood section)
- Electric Drill*
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue* (I use the lower temp setting for most of my craft projects on a dual temp glue gun)
- Floral Wire*
- Floral Wire Cutters* (This kit has the pliers I used, plus the floral wire!)
- Assorted Faux Flowers
- Ribbon in bright, spring color
- Something to hang your Monogram with (I used fishing line)
Make sure to choose materials that match your overall color scheme. Our siding is gray and the trim on our house is all white, so it’s a very neutral palette. I love that this gives me the ability to choose bold colors and change them up for the season. I chose purple and a light aqua color as my pops of color in my spring monogram. Two of my favorite colors, though I like anything that’s bright and cheery. 😀
It’s Really This Easy
So, did I mention I bought WAY too many flowers?
I think I’ll re-purpose them for another project, but I ended up using very little of what I bought because I didn’t want it to overpower the monogram.
First, I clipped pieces of the flowers I chose off the bunches and arranged them in a mixed bunch, wrapping them in floral wire at the stem. I used ivy as the base before adding purple and white flowers in front for some color contrast.
Drill holes at the top to make it hang-able. I drilled two holes, but the number of holes may depend on your letter. Go with your gut!
When you’re drilling the holes, keep these tips in mind:
- Cover monogram in painter’s tape where you will drill the hole to prevent wood splitting.
- Clamp your project to a work table (if possible) for stability so that where you are drilling hangs over the edge.
- Apply Pressure and let the drill do its work.
I opted for the pre-painted wood, rather than the natural. A quick coat of paint won’t add much time to your project. Wood crafts dry quickly.
Next, I glued the bunch to my monogram using my handy glue gun. I find that a low temp glue gun or a dual temp glue gun on the low setting works best with floral projects.
You don’t want the plastic of the flowers melting against the tip.
Finally, I wrapped the monogram and floral bunch in aqua ribbon and tied a simple bow. I love the simple, but colorful pop of my spring monogram, don’t you?
Making Time for Creativity
If you’re like me, it can be difficult to make time for crafting amidst the craziness of life. But, it’s one of the ways I decompress and express my creativity. So, whether it’s for 15 minutes or a whole afternoon, I try to make the time because it makes me happy.
Those personal touches are also what make home feel more special.
Just remember to cut yourself some slack if you can’t bring Spring into every room. You’re only human! Just focus on the little things you can do to infuse the joy of spring into what you already have!
How are you decorating for sprint? Let me know in the comments below!
- 15 minutes is all you need to make this beautiful spring monogram.
- If you don’t have a ton of time, choose one space to focus your seasonal decorating.
- Forgive yourself for being human and focus on adding handmade personal touches to your home.
My Other Door Decor Projects
I was a woman on a mission for my spring monogram project, and I think I can safely say mission accomplished! 😉 Now go get creating your own version! I’d love to see what you make!
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