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Isn’t this so much fun?  We LOVED doing these projects for our most recent Nate’s Crate Challenge, and are so excited to be reliving our favorite projects here on RHBC! One of my favorite (and also one of the easiest!) projects from Monica’s family room was the moss mongram I made for above her mantel. This is honestly a project anyone can do, so you have no excuse NOT to try this! Plus, this is one of those things that is perfect for Christmas decorating, but could very easily transition into other seasons- all you’d have to do is swap out the ribbon. Pottery Barn sells something similar to this…for 79 bucks! You can recreate this at home for less than $10, and I’m going to show you how.
DIY Moss Monogram
Step 1: Choose the letter you would like to use and place it backwards on the back of the sheet moss.  Because I’m a bad blogger, I didn’t take any pictures of the process for this during the Nate Show taping. Lucky for you, I wanted to make one for myself! I purchased the MDF letter for $3.00 at Michael’s. The sheet moss can also be purchased there, and it literally comes on …..wait for it….a sheet! For those of you who might be wondering, it is faux moss, which for me means no watering! Ha! The moss sheds a bit, so you’ll want to lay down a drop cloth, or do the messy work outside.
 Step 2:  Trace the outline of the letter onto the sheet moss using a Sharpie (or any kind of) marker.
Step 3: Cut along the outline using scissors or an X-acto knife. For Monica’s monogram, I used scissors because that’s what I had on hand. For my own monogram, I used an x-acto knife. Both work equally well.
Step 4:    Turn the letter over and run hot glue along the outside edges.  Immediately place the cut moss on top of the hot glue and press down. I don’t have pictures of this, but you get the idea, right? Be careful! Some of the hot glue may seep through the moss.
Ok, so this is what the sides of my monogram letter look like:
I only put moss on the top of my letter because I’m lazy. However, if you want your entire letter to be covered in moss, just cut 1/4 inch (or whatever the thickness of your letter) extra of the moss all the way around. Then you’ll wrap the letter with the moss and hot glue in place.
Step 5: Cut two equal lengths of coordinating ribbon and hot glue the ends 1-2 inches apart on the back of the letter. Depending on your letter, you may only want one length of ribbon (like I did with mine), so in that case, simply cut the length and hot glue straight down the back of the letter.
For my letter, I also cut a piece of ribbon that I folded into a bow and then hot glued to the top of the ribbon. This gives it the effect of it being tied to the mirror.
Sorry! Cell phone pic….(Boo. Bad blogger strikes again!)
Hang that mossy bad boy up, and you’re all set!
Beautiful, earthy and simple.
Sigh….Cue the Christmas music!
Please do not judge the mantel decor by this picture- this was taken close to midnight in the midst of the 48 hour challenge, so it was faaaaaarrr from finished.
So that’s it folks! Think you can handle it?  😉
Psssst! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for all the deets on how to make your own modern reindeer artwork!

The comments +

  1. Janet says:

    I love it! I dream of doing so many DIY projects than I get slowed down by materials needed, time it takes, and just plain laziness! We are headed to Michael’s today for some other stuff…I’m doing this one for sure!!!

  2. The moss monogram letter is really cute. Great job.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m so trying this. Looks easy enough. I would love to know where the stockings in your final picture are from. I love them!! Thanks!

  4. so simple but cute! Very festive 🙂

  5. Pamela says:

    Shoot. I’m a monogram-aholic, and if my husband comes home from work and finds another one, I’m going to get that look again… (But I’ll probably do it anyway.) 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    You really should be careful having a fire in the house without an extinguisher directly next to the fire place. Remember, safety first!

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