Framed Monogram with Paper Flowers

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This is the project that I entered in the KSL Studio5 $5 craft challenge.
Not that I was expecting to win grand prize or anything, but I was a little disappointed with some of the finalists they chose. They were great projects, but I’ve seen them a million times on other decorating blogs. I was hoping for some new creative ideas. Oh well. Apparently their judges don’t read as many blogs as I do! 😉

I decided to combine two of my favorite things: monograms and burlap. Love them both!! I also wanted to try something I’ve never worked with before. I love all the book page art I’ve seen in blogland, so I decided to try my hand at it. Then of course I had to frame it, because everything looks better framed, right? I love how it turned out, and it cost less than $5. Bonus!

Framed Monogram with Paper Flowers

I started with a monogram  that I picked up at a craft store when it was on sale. Honestly you could probably just cut a monogram from a piece of cardboard if you wanted to.
framed-monogram-paper flowerI used a frame that I got at the thrift store for $1.
framed-monogram-paper flowerThen I busted out my BFF- spray paint! Painted the frame red and the monogram black.
framed-monogram-paper flowerframed-monogram-paper flowerNext I wrapped the glass with burlap. Just cut a piece of burlap that is about 1 1/2″ larger than the glass on each side. Lay the piece of glass on top.
framed-monogram-paper flower
Pull the burlap tight and tape it to the back of the glass. I just used masking tape.
framed-monogram-paper flowerNext I pressed the burlap covered glass into the frame. It was a pretty tight fit, so I know it won’t be wiggling around!

Then I made a bunch of paper flowers in different sizes using this tutorial. I arranged them till they looked how I wanted, then I hot glued them to the monogram.
The last step was just attaching the monogram to the burlap with hot glue. Easy!
Here it is all finished:
framed-monogram-paper flowerHow do you like it? Have you used book pages to decorate with yet? It sure is fun!


  1. I love this, I am putting in my bank of things to do. This would look fantastic on my new entertainment unit.

  2. Catherine says:

    I like that you took elements popular in blogland {burlap, spray paint, monograms, and book pages} and made your own creative project. I really love the final product. 🙂

  3. How did I miss this?! Must have been one of those “mark all as read” reader overloads. I love it! Totally cute with the book page flowers! Thanks for linking up!

  4. What’s the C for??? Very very fun! I have a few monograms I’ve been wanting to make a monogram wall or something. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

  5. Rebekah of All Thingz Related says:

    Your monogram is so pretty and unique so I featured it today on All Thingz Related!

  6. Super cute! Can’t wait to make one!

  7. I love this. It’s on my to do list!

  8. LOVE it!! Way TOO cute!!

  9. claire rose says:

    Love all things monogrammed and these book flowers are fab!

  10. This is super cute!

  11. Stopping by from Making the World Cuter. I LOVE this! I have been searching and searching for a project to do with an old book of mine. I tried to make the flower rosettes wreath and I didn’t get very far, But this looks like something I can do! I have seen a lot of book page projects and this by far is my favorite! Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Kristina! I still haven’t attempted a wreath yet; this is much easier. Hope you have fun!
      And feel free to let me know when you’re finished, I love to see my readers’ projects! 🙂

  12. I LOVE this! Super creative and I already have all these things laying around!

  13. I agree. I’ve seen quite a few of the projects around. Yours is cute and unique!

  14. I love those paper flowers. I think they’d be pretty made of sheet music and used in some kind of music room decor too.

  15. That’s adorable. I love the red, black and white.

  16. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    That sure is cute! And no, I haven’t used book pages yet. I have been wanting to but haven’t.

  17. Courtney @ The Story of Us says:

    LOVE THIS!!! By far, it’s the best craft project I’ve seen in a really long time…you did an awesome job!!!!

  18. I love your monogram frame. Those paper flowers make it look feminine yet modern.

  19. Oh that is fabulous! Lovin’ the red frame!

  20. Crud….I meant dated 2/10 sorry was going to fast.

  21. Hi Kara I love love love it..I was at another blog and they are talking of a new craft site that is holding a contest for ideas…You so should enter this there as it is just too great! 🙂 I don’t know either of them just a regular blog follower with no blog LOL and wanted you to know. Info is at Little birdie secrets 2/19. If you can’t find it email me and I will send you the link.

  22. I saw your party button on another blog and came to check out your party. I linked up for the first time and am now a follower. Love your blog. I’d love if you would come by and check out my blog at and follow me back. Thanks so much. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

    • Glad to see you here Judy!! You’ve got some fabulous projects on your blog too. Love the pillows you just made out of place mats!

  23. I love the RED frame and your paper flowers are adorable! I love to see new creations, high five to you! You did great!

  24. Yours is great!

    (And I totally agree with some of the judges’ picks being “meh”….)

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