Sometimes, projects end up in a very different place from where you anticipated starting out. This was one such project. I had a specific plan for putting some bouquets of fake flowers to good use, and this project I’d pinned ages ago was too perfect. But in the end, I didn’t end up using any of the flowers, but some other craft supplies I already had, and still loving the finished product. That’s the creative process for you!
So if some of the photos below are a little confusing, it’s because the supplies for this project evolved over the course of completing it. Here’s what you actually need to complete the moss covered letter:
- Floral moss. I bought a bag of reindeer moss from Amazon. This is great stuff for terrariums too!
- Hot glue gun.
- A piece of cardboard. Mine is from the back of a print I purchased and framed, but any piece or thickness of cardboard could work.
- Photo frame. I bought this one at Goodwill for a couple dollars, and painted it to give it new life.
- Old book pages. I bought some old books at Goodwill also, and I’ve used them for many craft projects over the years.
- A printer.
First, decide on the letter. I chose a “C” for our last name, which seemed fitting for the entry way. I tried drawing a “C” directly onto the cardboard, but I could not for the life of me get it to look good. So, take the time to type the letter into a Word document or Google Doc, and increase the font size to fill a standard 8×10 frame.
Print your letter, and cut it out. Trace it onto your cardboard, and cut it out.
Here’s where I resorted to Plan B. Plan A was to cover the letter with moss, mostly to fill any gaps between the flowers, which would go on top of the moss. But, my flowers were too large, or my letter too thin, for the flowers to fit. So, I kept it simple and just used the moss by itself.
After I removed the existing artwork, I taped some old book pages to cover the back of the picture frame. You could use scrapbook paper, sheet music, or pieces of cool wallpaper, whatever fits with your entry way vibe.
- Cardboard paper mache letters.
- Marble contact paper.
- Metallic finish gold paint. This is the exact one I use on most of my craft projects.
- Scissors and pencil.
- Optional: Craft knife.
In the last post on our office, we were still using a kitchen table and black desk. Someday I’ll have the finishing touches ready and I’ll share the rest, but *spoiler alert* we now have white desks.
I can’t tell you how much I love my desk, but the white surface did create an issue with my computer mouse. For weeks, I couldn’t figure out why my computer would turn on, but the mouse wouldn’t respond. Finally, I mentioned it to Brian, and in five minutes he diagnosed the issue – no mouse pad. He let me use his, which is covered with lovely photos of car parts and Motocraft products. But I wanted something a little more me.
I was inspired by the lovely marble mouse pads I found on Etsy for $20, and figured out how to create my own.
- A piece of craft foam.
- Marble contact paper. I love this stuff, you can use it for so many things!
- Copper contact paper. This stuff is addicting.
Step 2: Trace your craft foam onto your marble contact paper. We’re going to add a section of copper, so mark how far you want the marble to come. Then cut it out.
Step 3: Slowly, peel and stick the contact paper to your foam, smoothing out any bubbles.
And that’s really all there is too it!
- A tree stump that’s 6″ shorter than your sofa arm. Look on Craig’s List for free tree stumps! We found tons of options to choose from. I recommend pine; the bark comes very easily, and on some types of wood, like walnut, it can be really hard to remove.
- Wood stain (optional). I used Miniwax stain in “Natural.”
- Clear polyurethane gloss.
- An assortment of tools for removing the bark.
- A sander, or sandpaper blocks.
- Foam brushes.
- 6″ Hairpin metal legs. I bought these ones from Amazon for $30, and they were the perfect height and look I wanted.
- Wood shims, unless your log comes leveled already.
- A level, in case it doesn’t.
- Long screws. The screws that come with the legs may not be long enough.
- An impact driver.
The tricky part about this is making them level. Because we got an already cut stump, and we didn’t want to try to cut it again, because that would make it too short, we used wood shims to level out the bottom.
Hold the level from the end of each leg to the others to check the height, and add shims underneath as needed.
Then secure the legs with the rest of the screws.
Step 7: Carry it inside, and enjoy having a place to put your wings out of the reach of your toddler, and having your own spot on the couch back!
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Now, I’m tempted to switch favorite spots on the couch with Brian … if he’s willing to trade.
- Black t-shirt. The less text or designs on the shirt, the better, but you can make it work if it’s not a blank tee.
- Hogwarts crest. I used Gryffindor, but you can order all or any of them from Amazon!
- A snap
- Black thread
- Sewing machine
- Glue or adhesive. I used spray on adhesive which washes off, so I can reuse my Gryffindor crest if I want to on another project.
- A stick. Just a stick from the backyard.
3. Mark the sleeve shape, and down the side of the tee, where you’ll be sewing. We need to make the tee smaller, and we also need to create a bell shape. I drew a line from the bottom corner of the tee up to where my pencil is pointing here, and from there, down to the hem of the tee.
Do this on both sides of your tee, and pin it.
4.1 Try to sew along the lines you drew. Sewing machine breaks down.
4.2 Freak out, because trick or treating is TONIGHT.
4.3 Husband tells you it’s just a costume, it’s not a big deal.
4.4 FREAK OUT MORE, because he just doesn’t understand.
4.5 Husband fixes sewing machine. Calm down, and carry on, realizing he was actually right.
5. Trim off the extra fabric behind the new seams you’ve made, and turn inside out. Because my tee has the design on it, the shoulder seams will be on the outside. But isn’t that the perfect robe sleeve?
I used a stick from the backyard for Edison’s wand. The photos we took are a little blurry since it was getting dark, but they’re still awfully cute.
I’m wearing my Gryffindor tee, but I can’t find this exact one online anywhere. There’s a surprising variety of Harry Potter tees on Amazon, of all places.
As I started taking down my Christmas decorations yesterday, I realized that I never posted which of the Christmas crafts on my list I accomplished. So yes, we’re halfway through January, but we’re supposed to honor the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year, right?
1. Something involving a deer and gold glitter.
- Fold your book pages like an accordion. Then, shape them like a fan, and attach them to each other to form a full circle. As you make more circles, trim the edges to create smaller and smaller layers. Eventually, bend the accordion in half, and then create your full circle. Fold and trim until you have enough layers to form a tree-like shape.
- Pour some glue on a paper plate, and pour some white chunky glitter on another. Dip the edges of each layer in glue and glitter, and allow them to fully dry.
- Then you’ll need to attach the layers together. I used a small scrap of paper between each layer for more surface area.
- Let it dry, and you’re done!
- Fold each coffee filter in half, and starting at the bottom, glue each filter to the cone, layering and overlapping them. I used Elmers glue, but a hot glue gun would probably be faster.
- Pinch the top filter to form a nice tree point. That’s it!
|A sampling of some of the things you might bring home|
To me, summer = beach, beach = seashells. I have quite a collection – Panama City, North Myrtle Beach, Cannon Beach, several beaches in California and a beach in Mexico are represented.
Most of them have sat in my craft drawer or a jar on the bathroom counter, just waiting to a creative way to be displayed. Thank you, Pinterest.
In my summer bucket list post, I mentioned painting seashells. This is such an easy craft, it doesn’t really need a tutorial, but since I put my own spin on the Pinterest versions, and the shells turned out so well, I really just wanted an excuse to post pictures.
You will need:
- Narrow ribbon
- Feathers (I used these blue feathers and these duck feathers from Wholeport.com)
- Gold and Silver Metallic Sharpie paint pens, or other paints
Next, tie on your feathers, evenly spacing them. I had more blue feathers than duck feathers, so I used three blue feathers between the duck feathers, with about four inches between each feather.
I like the bohemian feel of the feather garland, with the extra glam of gold and silver.