Post # 1
I wanted moss initials to serve as decor like the picture above, but when I starting pricing things out it was getting crazy! For letters that big, it would have easily cost $35+ per letter, and that wasn’t in my vocabulary. Instead, I went to the dollar store (Dollar Tree, in case you care) and purchased:
sheets of black foam board
bags of dried moss
From there, I went home and opened up Microsoft Publisher where I took a letter in the font of my choosing and blew it up to the size I wanted. My height was 22″. From there, I printed it out and it went onto 9 pages. I carefully cut them out and taped them together to make my template.
Using a box cutter I already had and the template I cut out the letter from the foam board.
Then I began hot gluing the moss to the letter. I found gluing it to the edges first made it a lot easier and hid the uneven edge, so I went in sections.
Here’s half of the A done. I finished in under an hour per letter, and I also did an “&” and a “M”. I believe I ended up using about 2ish bags of moss per letter, so it comes out to about $3 per. I will take a pic of the final product when I get home, but I wanted to share this because it’s so cost effective! Also, for those worrying that it will be flimsy, I didn’t think that it was. That being said, you could probably get thicker foam board or even just buy the cheap stuff at the dollar store and double it up.
As for hanging them, I had some ribbon hanging out that I will use, and I plan on getting 3M Command hooks and poster mount for them since I obviously am not damaging our church walls. Happy crafting!!
Post # 3
O that’s a really cute idea!!
Post # 4
ll head to dollarama (Canadas almost as good version) and see if I can find the same supplies. Very cute, the cost will now allow me to do several letters by the tractors when people drive into the farm
Post # 5
thanks! i am going to try doing this!!!!
Post # 6
Final product hanging on my bedroom door. <3 it!!
Post # 7
can you please tell me what font you used and what size you had it at in word? thanks alot!
Post # 8
The font is Copperplate Gothic Light, standard in MS Office products. However, I need to clarify, I used MS Publisher, not MS Word. Publisher allows for easier manipulation of images and text. Basically, not just word processing. Steps are below:
- Open up a template for a banner in MS Publisher
- Create a word art box and select the font you want, then type the letter.
- Adjust the size of the word art box to the size you want the actual image to be. So for example, I selected 22″. See pic A below. The upper right hand side is where you adjust.
- Print! It will print out on several pages and you need to cut and tape them together for the template. See pic B below.
Hope this clarification helps! 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks for the detailed instructions! Unfortunately I do not have that program. I was so sad trying to figure out how to blow the letters up so that I could trace them. Thank goodness for my FH. He showed me this program called Rasterbator. I know, it sounds wierd, but you can download it for free and it will blow up any picture you want over a certain number of pages. It worked wonderfully and I have cut the letters out of the foamboard, just need to glue the moss on.
Thank you so much!!!
Post # 11
This is a great idea! THank you for the instructions 🙂
Post # 12
They look Beautiful, thanks for sharing