Here is a mossy woodland wreath that is super easy to make.
bitty plants (optional)
polymer clay mushrooms (to build you need polymer clay and wire)
1) Take a walk in the woods and gather sheets of moss from the bark of fallen trees. ( or go to a better nursery supply or even Home Depot and buy sheet moss in a bag)
2) If you did gather wild moss you will need to soak your sheet moss. The dust from moss can irritate some people so over your nose and mouth if you are sensitive to stuff like that. Then place the moss in a big tub or bucket, weight it down with a rock or brick and fill with water.
Let it sit for awhile, an hour should suffice.
3) Take your wreath form ( I used a wire wreath form because that is what I had at hand... I I think any form: straw, grapevine or whatever should work for this project) lay out some bigger sheets of moss and start wrapping the form.
4) Secure the wire to the form by wrapping one end tightly to a wire or branch on your form then apply the moss wrapping around and around as you go. Go slow and use plenty of wire.
5) Stick the roots and some dirt of any tiny plants you use under the moss as you wrap.
6) As all the wreath is covered, cut the floral wire and tie off.
7) If you'd like, make some little mushrooms on wires ( I used un-bent paper clips on mine, sticking it in the stem before baking according to package instructions.) then after you hang you wreath, stick them in where they look cute. Mine burnt a little, but I thought it made them look more realistic.
Woodland Wreath: 100 percent from stash and found resources.
Gnomes welcome here.
A couple of updates!
The Holiday Scoreboard:
I'm still feeling good about my day/project ratio.
The total number actually went up from the initial reckoning (from 15 to 21), so this feels like a a good, fun pace.
And also I have raised enough money in my Etsy shop to buy 5 flocks of chickens for needy families. Thanks to all the great shoppers! Hurray!
Coming up I have a great collection of quick useful gifts that you can hand make in minutes and all for under 5.00 each....
tune in tomorrow!