Monday, May 9, 2011

My mossy "S"

Recently, I stumbled upon a craft online that I really wanted to try. Today, I did just that. Here are the step by step instructions for my mossy "S." All you will need is a piece of foam (mine was $7 at Walmart for a piece that was about 14" x 20" x 2"), real moss (Walmart, $2 per bag, and I used about a bag and a half), knife, hot glue gun & lots of glue. I went through about 12 - 15 mini glue sticks... (Each mini stick is probably the equivalent of about 1/2 of a regular glue stick, so if you have regular sticks, about 7 should be enough.)

1. Start by using a marker or pen to draw your letter or shape. Freehand works. However, if you're a perfectionist (which I am not), you may also like to use a stencil.

2. Cut. You'll want to be outside for this step, for sure. I used a kitchen knife, and just sawed at it, standing at the rail of my back porch. I'd recommend you use some sort of electic kitchen knife though, if you have it. It was tough. Took me about 20 minutes.

Oops! BUT, not to worry, if you do the same thing. Hot glue saved the day.

3. Time to apply the moss! This part was so much fun. I used hot glue, and it worked perfectly. My regret is that I didn't have some sort of "pressing" helper, though... like an old plastic credit card or something - just something that can stand between your fingers and the hot glue. I don't know - that might not be the best example of  a "presser" but something kind of like that would help you not end up with burned fingertips. Also, I forgot to take a picture of the back, but there is no moss on the back side.

All done! Total project time was about 90 minutes. I'm too impatient (and excited!) to prepare a better hanging method today... Eventually, I'd very much like to hang it from ribbon. The clear plastic door hanger thingy will have to do for now. :)


Nate said...

love it! and i'm always up for a good craft! :) i see a mossy "P" in the near future.

RobinsonRugrats said...

I have a big "R" on my front door but it has polka dots. I actually saw a craft similar to this and wanted to do it b-c it's so pretty, but unlike you I opted for the lazy option and bought one!!

Lindsay said...

I love it Leah! You are so crafty! Makes me want to make one ;)

Allison Bernauer said...

I love this...can you please make me a "B"?? ha ha...maybe this summer I could try it!