Hive: I need your help! Follow along, will you?

It all started with these:





In an effort to be brave and crafty (…and thrifty?) I opted to make some oversized floral letters with the help of Mr. Seashell. The plan was to hot glue petals onto cardboard letters and then hang the letters with gold ribbon outside the front doors of our wedding venue. We purchased our supplies and began gluing.




All was going well enough, right?

But here’s where I run into a problem. All along I have been bothered by the petals being stark white. Our wedding colors are ivory and gold, and I’ve wanted to do something to make the letters look more ivory. Or gold. So this weekend when we were buying the supplies for our sparkly wands, I grabbed some gold fabric spray paint. And then I sprayed.


Now the letters look kind…off. I’ll even say ugly.



Mr. Seashell kindly picked up a bottle of ivory spray paint at The Home Depot yesterday to address “the problem”. Before I spray these puppies in HOUSE PAINT I’m turning to you for suggestions. Are these letters salvageable? Ideas?

Help this crafting-moron before I do something irreversible. And don’t tell me they look good. They look like I shaved a goldendoodle and hot-glued the evidence.


Mrs. Seashell

Chicago, IL / Providence, RI
Wedding Date:
September 2010

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:44 am

    I would continue with the gold fabric paint and then sub in an ivory ribbon. I think if you really covered all the petals in gold it will look really nice, especially against a white (or any color that is not gold) door.

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    MplsChica, Guest @ 9:57 am

    I havn’t read all the other suggestions yet, so apologies if this is a repeat! I did the EXACT same thing as you last year when I made our initials and it was so hideous. I ended up going to Smith & Hawken and buying a roll of green moss – seriously, SO easy to work with b/c its already flat and has backing, so all you need to do is cut the shapes and glue it to your letters. They’ looked super cute and now they’re in our den…and because they’re made of moss, they don’t look crazy in our house.

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    Bride_Colleen 633 posts, Busy bee @ 12:04 pm

    I think they look very nice in that last picture. Where did you get the letters?

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    Bride_Colleen 633 posts, Busy bee @ 12:07 pm

    PS: I have a Goldendoodle. He is a little lighter than that haha.

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:17 pm

    I still think they look great. Just even out the color and I think it’ll look amazing.

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    Umberzone 80 posts, Worker bee @ 1:37 pm

    I think they are definitely shaping up and the hive already provided some really great tips to make them even better.

    Thank you for being honest and showing us that not all DIY projects come out perfect but there is still hope for us.

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    bellelayne, Guest @ 5:04 pm

    Okay maybe this suggestion is weird but……
    A is A reversible front to back, right? Youd could find some more flowers and do up the back. That way you don’t have to buy more letters. And “B” can be fliped upside down and backwards and still be a “B”.
    Then you know to either get different colored flowers or just leave the white ones white. You could stick those cute stick pins with the crystal heads into the letters like you would a bouquet. That would jazz up the white with glittery crystal accents.
    Do I make any sense? I hope so.
    I love crafts myself but sometimes a project just doesn’t turn out. Then I’m sad.

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 5:45 pm

    just spray paint it all gold?

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    Lizbeth, Guest @ 1:09 am

    They really don’t look that bad but since you are unhappy with them I suggest you just level out the paint like other posts suggested. Spray the lighter parts & then once they are more or so even spray them all to completely even them out =)

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    hey where did u get those floral letters from?

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    Jenlon 2205 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:37 am

    Just wondering where you bought your giant letters… And how much were they? You totally made me think I could accomplish this DIY project! :)

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