If you like home decor magazines, websites or DIY blogs, I bet you have seen these moss letters all over the place! Ballard Designs had them, Pottery Barn did too (not sure if they still do!). I just love them and have wanted one for years. They are pricey ~ like $80 and up so I could never justify buying one for our home. I had forgotten about them until recently when I came across this picture…
I decided I would try and make my own mossy letter. And I did! Cheap-o ~ like for next to nothin’!
And here is how I did it.
First I found a large box, I thought cardboard would be the perfect structure for this project. Next, I took a large “M” we have hanging upstairs and traced it onto my piece of cardboard. While tracing my M I did trace a little bit larger and then I cut it out.
I decided to spray paint my M because I didn’t want the cardboard color showing through the moss. I figured this way, I wouldn’t have to use quite as much moss, which was good because I used just about my entire bag!
I opened my bag of moss (that incidentally, I got at Savers for only $1 !) and started unraveling it to see what I had to work with. Be forewarned, working with moss is VERY MESS-EEEE!! I suggest putting newspaper down prior to starting this project, that’s what I did and it made cleanup a cinch!
Working with my moss I started piecing it together on my cut out M to make sure I could cover the entire thing.
Then, using my hot glue gun I applied glue, then the moss and repeated until the entire letter was covered.
After I covered my entire M I trimmed any messy ends, hot glued a organza ribbon on the back and hung it just under our mantel in our living room.
I just love the earthy-natural element of using moss in home decor ~~ I especially love the letter “M”.
Pretty quick and easy project huh?!? You can’t beat the price either!
Oh…see that lil’ metal basket next to my stove?? I found this at an antique store while looking for an old clam basket. I thought this looked a bit like a clam basket, it’s really 1 of 2 identical pieces. Can you guess what it was used for?!? The colored glass balls came from an estate sale ~ they reminded me of croquet balls, which is what I was looking for! Hey, sometimes you just have to improvise.