A couple of years ago I was inspired by a simple framed faux moss spring sign I saw at Target. I thought, “I can make that” and then forgot all about it until this week when I was at the dollar store and saw some sheets of faux moss. I spent $3 on supplies and the rest I already had at home so this was a really inexpensive craft to make!
One of the best parts of Spring is watching everything turn green again after being dead and brown all winter. This cute piece of Spring decor really brightens up the space in my home, even if the weather outside hasn’t quite decided to cooperate.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own framed faux moss spring sign:
- frame** (mine is 9×9)
- faux moss** (you can find a larger piece of faux moss online)
- glue gun
- Silhouette cutting machine
- foam scrapbook letters (I used ‘Rootbeer Float’ Thickers from American Crafts)
- Paper flowers or faux flowers**
**indicates that it can be purchased at the Dollar Tree
First, plug in your glue gun so it can start heating up. Then open up your faux moss sheets. Depending on the size of your frame will determine how many sheets you’ll need. My frame is a 9×9, but the area inside the frame is closer to 8.5″ x 8.5″. The faux moss sheets were 8.75″ x 6.5″ which worked out well because I only had to trim a little off to make it fit inside the frame.
Since hot glue cools fairly quickly, I glued the moss down in about 3″ sections. Once the first piece was on, I measured how big the second piece needed to be in order to cover the rest. I made a small cut and then turned the moss sheet over and measured the same distance from the top and drew a line with my marker. Then I cut down the line and fit the piece into the frame, trimming the length a little, before gluing it down in sections the same way as before.
After the glue had cooled, I turned the frame upside down and tapped it so any extra or loose pieces of moss would come off. Make sure to save these pieces and any other pieces you trimmed because you will need them for the next step.
As you can see from my picture below, there is a seam where the two sheets of moss were put together. To hide the seam, you can use the loose/extra pieces of moss to fill it in. I used my glue gun to do this and it worked great! You can’t even see the seam anymore.
Next, you will want to work on the words. Since this is a Spring decoration, I chose the words “hello spring”, but you can obviously choose anything you want. To add interest and dimension, I decided to mix the fonts and materials used for the words. For the word ‘hello’, I used some foam stickers I already had in my stash. The foam stickers work well because the flexibility allows them to stick to the moss better as opposed to stiff chipboard stickers or thinner paper or plastic stickers. For the word ‘spring’, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the word out of glitter card stock (also from the dollar store, but picked up on a different trip). The font I used is called Magnolia Sky and you can download it for free. To stick it to the moss, I used my glue gun and glued it down in sections.
While I could have left the decoration as is, I decided to add a little more interest by gluing some 3-D flowers in opposite corners. The ones I used are leftover from a previous project and worked perfectly. I cut them out using double-sided card stock and I really like the effect. You can find the cut file I used for the flowers on the Silhouette store.
And that’s it! I really love how simple and inexpensive this faux moss spring sign was to put together. Now if Spring would only hurry up and get here! *wink*
If you’re just as anxious for Spring to get here as I am, make sure to check out all the great posts being shared below as part of the Inspire My Creativity link party! Our co-hosts are super talented and I’m sure you’ll find a project or two that catches your eye. And as always, feel free to link up with any of your craft and DIY projects with this month’s theme of SPRING.
The theme next month is PASTELS (the colors, not the art medium).