This past weekend, I had the pleasure of making a backdrop for a woodland themed baby shower. You will definitely see post about the actual backdrop and baby shower details soon, but for today, we are going to talk about these moss covered letters. For days prior I was panicking about this backdrop. I was panicking that everything I attached on to the backdrop will make it so heavy but it worked out well and these letters didn’t even end up being half as heavy as I expected.
I am not completely sure where I came up with the idea for these moss letters but I figured this would be a bit different and scream WOODLAND. As I have learned through the years, I am pretty good about being creative but I am not the best when it come to the logistics (that is why I keep my sister around ;)). So, when I thought about these letters I knew I would have to really be creative. With that being said, below you will find a tutorial that kind of lays out everything I had to do to make these suckers.
So the materials depend on wether or not you want to make this a permanent sign or a sign made with fresh moss. I used this for a baby shower so I used wet foam for fresh flowers and fresh moss. Literally, there were tiny tiny bugs coming out of the box when I started to handle the moss. Sounds gross to most but I actually got excited about how fresh this moss was. If you wanted to make this into a sign to keep forever, I am fairly confident that you can use artificial moss and regular dry floral foam instead of what I used below.
- Wet floral foam
- Foam cardboard
- Waterproof tabe
- Greening pins
- Cut the letters out of the styrofoam board. I used a box cutter and it worked awesome.
- Cut the floral foam blocks into two thinner pieces so that they foam is only about 1 or 2 inches thick.
- Start to cut the foam out into the shape of the letters you had cut out. You may have to cut the foam into smaller pieces to get it to fit together and get into the small corners.
- Attach the foam on the board with waterproof tape. (If you are using fake moss and dry foam, I would glue the foam on the styrofoam board letters.) I lightly soaked the floral foam in a bathtub filled with cold and clean water. I didn’t let it get fully submerged because the moss doesn’t really need a lot of water and I was really concerned with the weight.
- Once everything is taped, start to green! Place a layer of moss on the foam and secure it with greening pins. (If you are using the dry foam and artificial moss, you could most likely glue the moss on to the foam. You wouldn’t have to worry about hiding the pins if you glued.)
- If you plan on hanging these, zip ties are always an easy and cheap option. Tie zip ties in between the board and floral foam in different places on the letter. Hot glue the zip ties to the sides of the styrofoam board for extra security. You can use the zip ties that are glued to anchor the letter with string or more zip ties.
I hope you like puzzles! Cutting floral foam is one of the most satisfying things you can do.
For fresh moss, use greening pins. If you can still see the silver from the pin, move around the moss a bit so it is covered. You probably won’t need as many pins as you think.
Zip ties are LIFE! Ever since I started my floral design business I have learned that zip ties make the world go round. Waterproof tape is also extremely helpful!
There it is folks! Pretty easy and really cute :)!