How does your family grow? Document it and display your family photos in a lush and beautiful way with This Blooming Family Photo Garden. It’s pretty enough to display on its own, or you can add it to your photo gallery wall. If you like, get creative and spell out other words, too, like HOME, LOVE, HEART, FAMILY or even your last name. Or, if your last name is really long, you can keep it short with a monogram instead.
To make a Blooming Family Photo Garden, you will need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 1” x 12” x 18” sheets
- Grosgrain ribbon in green, 1” wide x 10 yd.
- Sheet moss
- Assorted silk flowers
- Craft wire, heavy gage
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or utility knife with sharp blade; candle or bar of soap; ruler; sharp pencil; marker; floral u-pins; knippers or wire cutters; needle-nose pliers; Velcro strips (for hanging)
To make a Blooming Family Photo Garden:
1. Following the cutting diagram, trace the letters onto the foam sheets. Each letter is 6” wide, except the “M”, which is 12” wide. Use the ruler, and score your lines with a sharp pencil. Trace over the lines with a marker, so that you can more clearly see them.
2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the letters. Sand rough edges with another piece of foam, and use your fingers to smooth edges.
3. Glue the green grosgrain ribbon all around the outside and inside edges of the letters.
4. Glue sheet moss onto the front of each letter.
5. Determine how you would like to arrange the flowers on each letter. Trim the flower stems to 1”. Insert the stems into the foam, and use glue and u-pins as needed to help secure them in place.
6. Make the wire photo holders:
- Wind a tight spiral at the end of an 8” length of craft wire.
- Push the other end of the wire into the foam letter.
- If needed, start the hole first with a needle tool or the tip of nail scissors.
- Insert a photo into the spiral.
- Glue Velcro strips to the back, and attach the companion strips on the wall. Hang and enjoy!
You know how I like a project that you can change up, right? Not only can you use this technique to create other words, but you can mix and match your flowers, too.
Have you done much gardening outside this year? I’ve picked up my annuals, but don’t have them planted and potted yet. Maybe I’ll do that later this week. How about you? How are your gardens faring this year?