Shabby chic MDF letter DIY

Floral name DIY

This week I got to finally make a little gift for my new niece Lily, Can you believe there is another addition to the family, only last year baby Jack arrived and now he has a little Sister. You might have seen my Ikea shadow box letter DIY, well, I wanted to do something different for Lily. So I decided to leave the letters free standing and out of a frame. These are going to look fab on a shelf in Lily’s room but I think this would make a fab wedding DIY too. You could do the initials of the bride and groom to sit at the cake table or on the top table. 

I have put together a Youtube video for you to have a look but I will also explain in more detail how I made it in this post. 

What you will need

MDF letters – I got mine from Inspiring ideas in Blanchardstown but you can also get them online from Evans art supplies

Glue – I will pop a pic of the one I use below, this is my fave all around glue. You can use a glue gun or a good strong glue. Just make sure you get one that dries clear. 

Faux grass/moss and faux flowers – I got a huge bag of fake moss from Inspiring ideas when I did my floating tea cup DIY and I am using whats left over. I also got my fake flowers in different sizes from Inspiring ideas and I got them in the bridal section and they were only a few euro. 

A tester pot of paint ( optional ) – I used some pink paint from an old tester pot of Frenchic I had. You could leave yours with the wood to give it a rustic feel or paint the letter in a colour of your choice. 

Let’s get making

I started by painting my MDF letters. I painted them all over including the front where I was putting the faux moss on. I painted the front just in case any wood would show under the moss. 

I then glued on my faux moss in small sections. This moss is really easy to tear up into smaller pieces. 

Once my glue was dry I then went in and added my flowers. I added the larger flowers first and then went in with the smaller ones. You can experiment with different colour flowers and even add in some jewels too. I let my letters fully dry and then they were ready. 

This is a really quick DIY and it only took me over an hour to make these. They make really pretty presents. If you are going to put them into a nursery or child’s room just be careful as these are not suitable as toys and will need to be kept up high and out of the reach of little hands. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, Don’t forget to check out my Youtube and tag me in your DIY pics over on Instagram too. 

Chat soon, 


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  1. Karen Constantine
    July 21, 2017 / 7:58 am

    Ah your photos are feckin GORGEOUS! I cant wait to watch the video and want to make these myself for my office! Fab post as usual bridie 🙂

    • Catherine Carton
      July 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks for reading Karen x These will be gorgeous in your office, I know you like Sunflowers so you could even do them and instead of roses use mini sunflowers x

  2. Maria Connolly
    July 26, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    I just came across your YouTube Account and your blog – omg it's only fab – in love. I have a blog too – if you want to check it out, I am a newbie though.

    • Catherine Carton
      July 27, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      You are so sweet Maria, Thank you so much for commenting. best of luck with the new blog! x

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