Monday, May 7, 2018

Monogram Pot Holder DIY

Recently, I spent an afternoon exploring the gorgeous Denver Botanic Gardens with my neighbor and instantly fell in love with the place.  

When I say an afternoon, I honestly mean that I spent almost an entire day there because it goes on forever. You can explore garden after insanely beautiful garden, all filled with stunning plants and flowers.
I especially liked the lush tropical foliage housed under a glass dome.
It was breathtaking - and I partially say that because the humidity made it difficult to breathe, but it was worth it.
The colors were so vibrant and inviting, and every surface seemed to be draped or wrapped in vines, twisting tendrils, delicate ferns, and exotic fruits and flowers.
 The vibrant flora was the inspiration for these lovely monogrammed pot holders and oven mitt sets.
None of the moms in my life excel at giving me gift ideas (if you guys are reading this: work on that for me, please), so I try to think up practical, useful items to gift.  That way, even if they don't appreciate the color or design of the present, at least it has a purpose.
All my moms and grandmas enjoy cooking and baking, so this year - pot holders it is!
 You will need:
Pot holders and oven mitts
bright acrylic paint
contact paper
X-Acto knife

Use the contact paper to make a letter stencil.
If you feel comfortable, you could freehand the monogram.  If not, print letters and trace by holding them up to a window.
My letters are about 2.25" tall.  Clear contact paper is ideal, but use whatever you have on hand.
Carefully cut out the stencil with your X-Acto knife.
If your letter has an inner section, like P or B, be sure to keep that.
Position the stencil on the hot pad and press the edges to seal against the fabric.
In my case, the stencil did not adhere perfectly to the hot pad, leaving a few open spaces.
Paint the letter.
If your stencil also has gaps, be sure to use very thin layers of paint and apply several.
Thick layers will bleed between the stencil and fabric resulting in a gooey mess.
Use several colors and blend as you work to create a watercolor appearance.
When the paint has dried, peel away the stencil.
Use a fine-point paintbrush to clean up any messy edges.
Now we will add the floral elements.
Choose a contrasting color and use the fine brush to paint curling tendrils that slightly overlap the letter.
To transform your tendrils into vines, add a few leaves.
Include a few small flowers with simple petals and a dot of paint in the center.
If the letter doesn't feel interesting enough for you, paint a few stripes and dots.
Allow the paint to dry completely and enjoy!


Acrylic paint is basically plastic, so when exposed to extreme heat, it could possibly melt.
I recommend using the back of the pot holder with no paint to hold or move hot dishes.

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