Staying true to my love of nature, I have found myself preoccupied with moss this spring.  Using moss in home decor brings a touch of life to everything.   Look how fresh this porch looks in the Pottery Barn catalog.  That moss letter on the door inspired me to create a moss covered letter spring wreath for my front door.

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Re-creating the moss covered letter really is as simple as having patience and the correct materials.  It took me about 30-40 minutes to cover the “E”.  I did an “L” last year for a gallery wall in my home, and re-used the moss covered “L” in a spring wreath this year.  The moss on the “L” stayed green from last spring.

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Materials Needed:

1. Paper mache letter.  I bought the letter “L” from the wreath picture at Hobby Lobby last year, but found another type of letter at Hobby Lobby this year that I like better.  Click here to see where to buy the letter.

2.  Sheet Moss.  After doing the “L” last year  and doing the “E” this year for a baby shower gift, I discovered this moss is easier to cut and has a greener color.  Don’t forget to go to Hobby Lobby’s website to print off the weekly coupon before buying your materials.  You can usually print a 40% off coupon.

3. Glue gun & glue sticks (Hi Temp or Lo Temp will work)

4. Scissors

Two additional materials needed if you want to make the wreath:

1. Grapevine wreath

2. Ribbon

Find a place to do this craft that you do not mind getting dirty.  Using sheet moss is messy and you will need to do a thorough cleaning when you are done.  Open the moss and start placing the sheets on your letters.  Think of wrapping the letter in moss.  Use your scissors to cut the moss.  The picture below shows how I laid down the first couple pieces of moss.  You’ll notice a seam to the left of the middle line.  I’ll show you how to blend in the seams later on.  Work in sections and begin to glue down the moss.

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To blend in the seam from where two pieces of moss come together, (before is above; after is below) shove the pieces together.  Don’t just line them up.  Make sure you push the pieces together as much as you can.

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Aside from blending your seams, you will need to trim the mossy hairs that will form as you are randomly placing the moss on your letter.   The next two pictures show the before and after.  Trimming the moss will give your letter a more finished appearance.

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Keep pushing moss pieces together, trimming the hairs, and gluing down your pieces until the entire letter is covered.  It really is as simple as that.

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I found out about the paper mache letters that were used in this project from a Dwell with Dignity work day.  Click here to see how Dwell with Dignity used these letters in two different projects.   In Mayson’s room, the volunteers at the letters with chalkboard paint.  For Jashen’s room, the letters were decoupaged with a map.