Hello wonderful Fancy Shanty readers, Emily here with a fun moss letter art project. I adore being outside, and living in Wisconsin we get maybe 4 months of the year with warm enough weather to enjoy the great outdoors, so when home I try to soak in as much as I can.
The element of outdoor living appeals to me and I like to make my outdoor living space feel just as cozy as inside. Today, I'm sharing with you how I added a fun moss letter art project to my porch by using a few simple craft items, bringing the influence of greenery and grass to my porch.
Moss Letter DIY – Outdoor Art
- Any letter of your choice
- A bag of moss that rolls out like paper
- Glue gun
First and foremost DO THIS OUTSIDE! The moss got everywhere, I had not planned on doing it outside until I went to take the moss out of the bag and it went all over the floor. Outside we went.
- Unroll the moss and set your letter on the moss to trace around it.
- Trace and cut around the outside of the letter. I traced the inside of the B's with a pen and then popped a hole in the center to cut it out.
- Get your hot glue guns ready for the next part. Lay the traced moss letter on the actual letter, situate it how you want ti to sit on the letter. Gluing piece by piece to make sure it was all lined up and straight. Lifting up a portion of the moss, putting some glue down and then smush the moss onto the glue. That's right, smush it into the glue. The very professional and technical term for doing this project.
- To get the inside a letter with holes and the sides covered it would be difficult to trace it. Taking the letter and eyeing how wide the side is. Then cut a large portion of the moss into a strip. You get a long, thin strip of moss.
- Once the long strip of moss was cut, make sure it is long enough. Set the strip in the location of the letter to make sure more or less does not need to be cut. Rotate the letter while wrapping the sides and interior of the B. Doing a lot more smushing with the glue and the moss. The biggest thing to remember here is to push in the sides good. There is a little bit of a seam that you can see on this moss letter art with the front moss and the side moss, but if the side is pushed down further than the front; the seam is almost invisible from the front. Which is how you look at the letter anyways.
This moss letter art can be used as is to be set on a fireplace mantel, a table centerpiece, or as I am going to use it an outdoor decor art. I achieved this by tying a piece of string around the top of the B, and then looping it through an existing white, rustic frame I already had. Letting it hang down in the center of the frame.
Because this moss letter art is hanging on my front porch, which is protected from the elements of rain and wind I don't have to worry about making sure it is weatherproof. If you are going to be displaying something like this outside in an unprotected location be sure to use outdoor paint for the frame and moss that is for outdoors as well.
When it comes to dressing up an outdoor space, have fun with it. The colors can be bright, or subtle. You can make them pop or let the outside beauty take over. I like to mix colors and textures that are natural to the outdoor space. I use lot's of green's, blues and yellows. This moss letter art project is the perfect way to blend making a porch feel lived in and welcoming but still feel like part of nature.