Sure, you can buy these moss letters readymade at Pottery Barn for $79 (!) each . . . but you can also make your own Moss Monogram in about an hour and for under $20! I’ve seen Moss Monograms used for weddings, framed in picture frames, hung on front doors, and simply displayed indoors and out on tables, shelves and mantels.
Diane Flowers made this “S” Moss Monogram using Moss Cloth, which makes it a lot easier. Moss Cloth has a mesh backing that holds all the little moss bits in place, so it’s less messy than loose floral moss. For the letter pattern, choose a font you like on your computer settings, enlarge it, and print it. Diane used the straightforward Arial font in bold, which doesn’t have a lot of flourishes and is easy to cut out.
If thinking about the holidays helps you cool off right now, how about making moss letters that spell JOY, PEACE, or HO HO HO? Speaking of the holidays, you might even whip up a few Moss Monograms to give as gifts, they’re that easy (and inexpensive) to make!
We’d love to see your Moss Monograms – be sure to post them on our Facebook page.
Here’s what you need to make a Moss Monogram:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” sheet, which typically measure 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36”
- Foam-safe spray adhesive (read label carefully to be sure it’s safe for foam); OR, thick, white craft glue
- Moss Cloth, one bag per letter
- Letter templates
- Wired satin ribbon, 48” per letter
- Tools: scissors, serrated knife, old candle, marker, straight pins
To make a Moss Monogram:
1. Select a font and print letter templates, making them as large as possible. Cut out letter patterns.
2. Pin the letters onto the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Draw around each letter with a marker.
3. Wax the knife blade with an old candle. Cut out each letter.
4. Place letter, reversed, on Moss Cloth. Trim excess Moss Cloth, but be sure to leave enough to wrap around sides and onto back.
5. Spray adhesive onto front of foam letter; or, spread white craft glue on the front.
6. Center letter onto Moss Cloth and wrap Moss Cloth around sides and onto the back. Trim excess Moss Cloth, and clip around corners so it covers smoothly. Pin in place as you go.
7. Optional: Place letter, face up, on reverse side of moss sheet. Trim around the letter. Adhere moss to the reverse side.
8. Thread a 48” length of ribbon through letter. Tie ends together in a loose knot. Hang and admire!
HINT: If you want super-sized moss letters, you can glue together two foam sheets so they measure 24”. Insert toothpicks into the edge of one of the foam sheets, spread glue along the edge, and then insert the second sheet onto the picks and butt it up to the first sheet. Let the glue dry before using the larger sheet.
So, what word would you spell out with your moss letters?