Upon seeing this post I immediately wanted to make this Pottery Barn Inspired Moss Monogram. But decided to do a few things differently.
As per the usual order of things in my world, this first tutorial-style project started out in a way that could only happen to me… Murphy’s law I guess!
I went to Hobby Lobby on Tuesday I had a little extra time after a mid afternoon appointment. Cherish that phrase a little with me if you please…. a little extra time….. ok back to reality. There was not enough time to go back to work, yet too much time at hand to go home and start dinner. While at Hobby Lobby I picked up the items that I needed for this post as well as a few other things that I
needed found on the sale rack, etc.
I distinctly remember placing the two items for this particular post on the counter. They are on my receipt, but somewhere between the cashier’s hands and my basket there must have been a disconnect. As my dear husband would say, “You hacked it, Love.” I digress… to make a long story short the nice cashier set my things aside and I picked them up the next day.
This is how I began my project (please excuse my stove top… its the best place I had to work on this):
First, I painted the my monogram letter a dark brown so that any exposed spots would not be noticable
The next step was to warm up the glue gun and start gluing on the moss. I decided to use the thicker moss for this project because I thought it had a better texture than the thin sheets. (Note: I am not good about taking during photos) I glued the moss on in sections so that it had a more natural and organic look to it. Also, I purposefully left about 1/4″ of extra moss hanging over the edges.
As you can see, my W was looking quite “hairy” at this point. The next step was to glue the edges down. I discovered (after burning my fingers the first time) that the best way to do this is to apply a small line of hot glue to the edge of the letter, let it cool for about 10 seconds, then press down the excess moss while the glue is still warm. Of course, if you have a fancy-shmancy adjustable temperature glue gun, you probably don’t have to worry about that.
After this step my W looked much more manicured and under control.
Now for the Wreath…
Admittedly, I already had this vine wreath made before even thinking about this Moss Monogram. They were the centerpieces at our wedding. Don’t worry. I made them too… ALL of them. 🙂 I kid, these wreaths were a blast to make and still love the look. Hence the decision to use them here.
How did I do it? Simple. I cut a faux stem of dogwood into several manageable pieces. Then, I inserted them into the wreath at a similar angle to the existing vine…
And glued them to the back of the wreath.
To complete my wreath, I glued the Moss Monogram to my pre-made wreath, cleaned up any left over hot glue strings, and attached my ribbon. Note: When attaching ribbon to your wreath make sure that you have decided the placement of your wreath on the door so as not to block your peep hole. Measure your ribbon accordingly and attach it. This way, when there is a knock at the door you can actually see who is there as opposed to the back of a giant monogram!
1 – Spiral Vine Wreath – $5
1 – Branch Faux Dogwood – $1.99
1 – Particle Board or Wood Letter – $2.49
1 – Bag of Moss – $5.99
18″ Brown Ribbon (on hand)
Brown Paint (on hand)
My Total: $15.47
PB Live Letter Moss: $79.00
I loved making this Moss Monogram Wreath! It was a ton of fun and very easy.
Please leave comments below with your thoughts and/or any questions!
Later this week… a Mid-Week Makeover!