I LOVE WREATHS! I don't know what it is lately...but, I have the "wreath bug"...every time I turn around it seems I'm wanting to make another wreath. (whether it be for another holiday, just an everyday wreath, etc.) I love them!!! Today, I'm going to share with you one of my latest wreaths I've created, a moss on grape vine wreath.
I've seen several versions of moss wreaths floating around Pinterest as well as the blogosphere, and I knew that I wanted to make a moss wreath as an everyday/spring wreath to hang on the mirror on my mantel in my living room. Recently, I've been hanging some of my wreaths there, and I've loved having a wreath hanging over my antique mirror on the mantel. Here are the links to some of the tutorials to some of the other wreaths here and here, and I have several other wreath tutorials that can be found on my blog as well (they can be found here). However, these wreaths were seasonal and holiday and not "year round". I felt like the moss wreath was a neutral that could be used anytime during the year...so, I got busy!
I'm going to be completely honest with you here...this project is a little messy, and not the easiest project I've undertaken. Since the weather has been nice and pretty, I took all of my materials outside, so I wouldn't make a "total mess" indoors. And, believe me, the moss will make a mess. However, it is a worthwhile undertaking if you are interested in creating a wreath of your own, and the results are super cute and worth it in the end!
Supplies Needed for Project:
- Grapevine Wreath (I found this was the best wreath form for adhesion of moss)
- Moss (I purchased several bags from the Dollar Tree...one of my favorite craft suppliers. I check them out first most of the time to see if I can get things cheaper, then go elsewhere. Big budget saver!)
- Elmers Spray Adhesive
- Wired Ribbon for Bow
- Mini Chalkboard (For embellishment of wreath)
- Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun (To attach Mini Chalkboard)
- Trash bags (To assist with clean up)
When I first started out on this project, I planned on working with a styrofoam wreath that I had purchased from the Dollar Tree; however, the spray adhesive and moss combo was not sticking to the wreath form AT ALL! I had more moss on my fingers than on the wreath...now that wasn't going to work! No one said that craft projects go perfectly all the time! So, I went with plan B...I used a grapevine wreath that I had purchased from the Dollar Tree...and with perseverance, the moss adhered to the grapevine wreath.
The steps to complete this project are fairly self explanatory...biggest hurdle is simply getting the moss to stick to your wreath (and not you)! I just worked with little sections at a time, spraying my adhesive liberally, placing larger amounts of moss where I had sprayed adhesive and pressing for a few seconds to ensure adhesion. I continued this around the wreath form. Occasionally, I would also shake the loose moss free (there will be some). I went over the layers 3 times to get this thickness, and I was happy with it.
Finally, once moss is completely adhered and dry, I added a bow in a neutral taupe to match the colors in our living room. Then, I took one of my clothespin chalkboards, deconstructed it so that I only had a chalkboard left....and, I added my mini chalkboard onto the wreath with a dollop of hot glue from the hot glue gun. (This is the part where someone could totally put their own spin on the wreath and personalize however they want...possibilities are endless)!
After adding the word "Home" to the chalkboard, I placed the wreath on its hook on the mirror. Sometimes "plan B" works out just as well as "plan A" after all:
This was a fun project, and I love the "neutrality" of the wreath...giving me versatility. When I don't have an "occasion" or "holiday" to decorate the mantel for...this will definitely be my go to wreath...at least until I decide to do another wreath ;)...hope you were inspired...and, let me know what you think. Something you might try? Are you enjoying wreaths as much as I am? What about all the moss wreaths...in love like me?
I hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend. I also hope you are able to spend some quality time with your family. Hold your friends and family close...don't forget to tell them you love them every chance you get!!! And, don't forget to honor our Veterans!
One more thing...I know you may be busy with friends and family on Monday...but, don't forget to come and link up with the funnest party in town...Toot Your Horn Tuesday that I co-host with my wonderful friend Debbie @ Debbie Does Creations. It will still open @ 8:00 pm Monday night, but you will have all week to link up. Also, our features will be up on Monday as well.
Each week I may link up at the parties located at my tab located on my blog love tab here. Feel free to check these lovely sites out!