Guest Post: DIY Moss Letters {Chelsea of two twenty one}

by jacin on March 30, 2011

From Jacin: The darling Chelsea of two twenty one is back today to help us with another DIY project - moss covered letters. She and I split the post up and you can see her DIY post on the ampersand on her own blog, here! Welcome back, Chelsea!

From Chelsea: First, let me start by saying thank you for all your wonderful and kind comments about the peony topiaries that I shared with you last week. You’re all so sweet!

I’m back to share another DIY tutorial with you! This time we’re getting mossy. I made these moss covered initials and ampersand for our wedding ceremony space. Like I mentioned in my first guest post, we’re getting married in front of a large, stone fireplace. So I thought these would be perfect to set on the mantle.

I used the following materials:
  • Paper mache letter {I used a 23.5″ letters from JoAnn Fabric. Bring your 40%-50% off coupon! To get their coupons, sign-up to receive their emails.}
  • Green spray paint
  • Moss table runner {I chose this because I figured it would be easier than gluing clumps of moss onto the letter. I got mine from Michael’s. Again, bring your 40% off coupon! Easily found on the Michael’s website.}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie


  1. Spray paint your letter.
  2. Lay it on the moss table runner and trace it with the Sharpie. Trace the letter about 1/4 inch outside the edge so there will be a slight lip when you attach it to the letter.


  3. Cut out the Spanish moss with your scissors.


  4. Since my letter was too large for the table runner, I had to trace the bottom part of the C on another section of the table runner. I used the section I had already cut-out to check to see if the sizes matched up and adjusted accordingly.


  5. Attach both pieces of moss to the paper mache letter with hot glue.
  6. Use your scissors to trim the excess moss where the edges meet. Glue the edges so that they sit flush. Feel free to cover up any spots with excess moss. Just clump some up and glue it on.


For the ampersand tutorial, click here.

That’s it!  I can’t wait to see these on the mantle at our wedding ceremony!

For more DIY tutorials, click here!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon March 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Oh my. I totally want to do this for my house. Our last name only has 4 letters so I could totally do something for one of our mantles. Holla!


HiLLjO March 30, 2011 at 11:40 AM

OMG! So going to use this! I decided this weekend that I need moss letters to hang on our venue doors! AHHH! I am starting to heartchu Chelsea!


Koru Kate March 30, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Fabulous! I painted our initials to decorate our cocktail hour space- these moss letters would’ve been much better!!


Jen March 30, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Oh my gosh, what a sweet idea!! Love this!!

Happy Wednesday Dear! xo


Diana March 30, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Looks like a simple project with wonderful results! I would love to try this, it would be fun! :)


Debbie @ Bridalhood March 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Lovely DIY idea - thanks for sharing!


Nicole March 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Wow, those are super awesome!


erin * sparkle & hay March 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

these are awesome!!! we had spanish moss initials at our wedding & i LOVE them so much - they’re decor in our house now :)


Kirby {Colors of Honey} March 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I have thought about having letters in our wedding decor. I’m still not sure what I would do with them. but these are really cool! I’ll have to keep this in mind if I decide to go with some letters.


The Perfect Palette March 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM

These are so great, awesome project. Reminds me of the letters I made for our wedding ..especially since my husband is brad too and so we had C & B as well.


Lena March 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM

What a gorgeous DIY! Can’t wait to take a peak at how that ampersand gets made, too!


Kayla March 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM
lenore* March 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Loving this DIY!
a bit messy, but the result is worth it!


Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} March 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Love this!!! Such an easy and lovely little DIY too!


Melissa Larson @Birdcagebridal March 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

We are doing this as well for our wedding in July! Can’t wait to display it in our home after the wedding.


Libby James March 31, 2011 at 6:36 AM

So earthy. L.O.V.E it!


Erin April 3, 2011 at 11:09 PM

love it! I’ll have to do this for the terrarium party I keep telling myself I’ll throw one day!


kristi April 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM

These are fabulous!! And not only can you use them at your wedding, but you can keep them as decor for your home ;-)))



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