Theresa loves repurposing old things or turning things into other useful items. She loves creating something new from something old.
Add a Touch of Freshness to Your Home
A little green just brightens and adds a bit of freshness to any home. This simple project is just perfect to freshen and add brightness to any room, door, mirror or anywhere really. Moss is a good choice to add a little green, as it is very easy to work with, and it really looks great during any season. It can be used year-round, but it looks particularly good for spring.
This moss-covered monogram wreath looks great in any style home, whether farmhouse or contemporary, and best of all, it is easy to make.
Moss is forgiving since it does not show the seams when you glue in a small scrap to fill in a spot. Here I did not use the sheets of moss, but the small little bunches of moss. Be prepared, though, it makes a huge mess and gets all over everything—including you! Have your vacuum handy.
Great for a Wedding, Too
Larger monogram wreaths look lovely on church doors at weddings, too! They are very elegant looking with the addition of a special ribbon and using the initials of the first names of the two persons getting married. The 18-inch letters will really stand out.
- Large piece of Styrofoam that is about one inch thick (found at your local craft store). I found green Styrofoam, so green cardstock was not necessary to cover the back or to be spray-painted. (This Styrofoam here happens to be about 2 1/2 inches thick.)
- 2 packages of moss (also found at your local craft store)
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Good knife for cutting
- Cutting mat or thick piece of cardboard
- 1 piece of ribbon of your choice (optional)
- Wood letter (optional, as you may draw your letter freehand)
- Sharpie pen
Note: This project takes about 45 minutes to create.
- First off, you must draw freehand or trace your monogram on your piece of Styrofoam. I just traced my large “D” from a wood letter that I already had, as that is what my real last name begins with … not “R” as in “Reaper” as we all, I am sure, have surmised that “Reaper” is not my real last name.
- If you purchased your moss in sheets, then all you need to do is cut or tear your sheets and start gluing it to the piece of Styrofoam making sure you are generous with both your glue and the amount of moss you use. You do not want to be able to see through your moss.
- I had not used a glue gun in a long while, and I soon realized not to cover too large a space at one time with the glue, as you will not have time to place the moss before the glue hardens. It is best to glue a smaller amount of Styrofoam at a time to be able to place the moss while the glue is still hot. I purchased a bag of 50 mini-sticks of glue for my small glue gun. For this project I wound up using about 33 sticks of glue. I was surprised at how fast a stick of glue was used up.
- I chose the pieces of moss for a more textured look for my wreath. Be very careful when using your glue gun as the glue is very hot and will stick to your fingers. I used a little wood stick to help push the pieces of moss into the Styrofoam so as to prevent burning my fingertips.
- For a more polished look, be sure to run the moss around the edges of your letter.
- Once you are done, you can set it on a table, hang it on a wall, mirror, door, chalkboard, really anywhere!
Optional: You can even add a ribbon to hang the wreath. This looks so fresh on one’s front door, especially for spring!