How to make moss covered letters
Originally found on Etsy, but seller is gone...will update if she comes back!
A while back, I found the image above on Etsy and was pretty smitten. I was never one to have moss covered "stuff" around the house (you know, topiary balls and the like). However, I thought these letters were so charming. Unfortunately, the Etsy seller who posted that picture is no longer selling. She offered to make the letters for people, but also offered DIY kits. Her info warned that there's a lot of fake moss out there, but there's a particular kind that works better than most. I wondered if that was to scare people like me from doing the project without her kit or guidance.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
I knew I needed something called "moss cloth" for this project and after an internet search, found that it was sold at a store I've only visited once: Hobby Lobby. A few years ago, I read the home decorating forum of GardenWeb, where people raved about Hobby Lobby. I had never heard of the place and the only location in Virginia was in the southwest corner of the state. Once day, while on a business trip in Ohio, I saw a Hobby Lobby and decided that I had to check it out.
Hobby Lobby's an unusual place. On any given day, half of the sections of the store are marked as 50% off. There are rows and rows of crafting supplies, but also sections of cheap home items (think coordinating place mats, napkins, plates, baskets, plastic trays, clocks...the list goes on). It's like Walmart for crafters. I don't really enjoy shopping in the place, but they had the moss cloth, so off I went.
I was planning on making my own giant letters to cover, but decided to get two small, pre-made letters to practice on first.
I only bought two packages of moss cloth, so I bought a cheaper version on a roll from Michael's for the practice run. It shed like crazy, but that actually was a good thing. The pieces that fall off can be used to cover corners and crevices that don't get covered by the "cloth."
I started by cutting out a piece of moth just to cover the face of the letter. I added a little extra room on the edges so the corners could be wrapped a little bit.
This is the fun part...with glue gun in hand, I wrapped the letter.
I was a little surprised by how well the letter was turning out as I worked my way around the edges. The moss cloth's mesh backing almost disappears.
I was pretty happy with the finished product. I'm going to try the "J" tonight and then move on to making the larger letters. The large letters will be a little more difficult, but I'm feeling a little more confident about that project after doing the mini version.