My Dad requested a wreath for his front door. I made him a fun wreath for Christmas and I guess he decided it's time for a new one! (I'm sure the Christmas wreath has been down for awhile....at least, I'm pretty sure!)
After lots of thinking, this is what I came up with. I found the grapevine wreath for $1 at a garage sale. It had a LOT of fake flowers on it and was very weathered. I took the flowers off and spray painted the wreath a nice espresso brown.
My dad's house is a nice peach color, so I thought green would be a nice accent. I chose some green paper and used some old canvas cloth I had, as well as some buttons and my distressing ink (love that stuff). I simply traced some cups to cut out circles, distressed them with ink, crumpled them all up and glued them together.
I also found a wood M at JoAnn's and using my 40% off coupon, bought it for $1.50 (my maiden name ends in "m"). I wasn't sure how to use it, and then saw my leftover moss from another project. The green went perfectly with my theme, so I decided to try and cover the M with the moss.
Wow, what a MESS! But, I believe I have perfected the moss-method! Wanna know? Ok, I'll tell you!
First....cut up your moss into small pieces. Just snip and make them into nice, little manageable pieces. Collect them on a flat, covered surface.
Then, using some adhesive spray, liberally coat the front of your monogram and then quickly lay down in the moss.
Repeat the steps for the sides, top and bottom.
Using your glue gun, with quick, small dabs, adhere some longer pieces onto the parts that need to be filled.
I would also recommend painting your piece the same color as your moss before you begin. This will help fill in a lot of the little holes that can't be filled in with the moss.
Finally, pretend you're giving that monogram a little haircut, and trim all the wayward pieces. Should turn out nice!
I attached the M to the wreath using some clear fishing wire and I'm on the hunt tomorrow for some burlap ribbon (or something to that affect), to hang the wreath. I can't wait to send the wreath to my dad and I hope he enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it!
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