Moss Covered Cross ~ A Dollar Store Creation

Happy Monday! Did you all have a wonderful weekend? We are inching our way closer to spring and to Easter. I am so excited to share with you this Moss Covered Cross today. I have seen some really lovely moss crafts out in blogland recently and my wheels have been turning. I was totally inspired by the Moss Cross over at All Things Beautiful.
Knowing that I wanted to make one as frugally as I could, I set out for the Dollar Tree, where everything really is $1.00. In the floral section, I was able to find bags of reindeer moss and a 12x12 inch styrofoam board.
Here's what you'll need: reindeer moss, styrofoam board, hot glue gun, green paint (you won't need the ModPodge in the basket)
Here's how I made the cross: I started by measuring out and drawing the cross on the styrofoam then cutting it out.
After I cut out the cross, I needed to clean up the debris from the styrofoam so it wouldn't hinder the painting process.
Next, we painted the cross green to hide any places that might not get covered by the moss.
Then, I tried to use ModPodge, but found out it wasn't a good application for this particular craft. (I needed the instant gratification of the moss sticking to the board) So, I pulled out my trusty pink polka dot glue gun and started laying down lines of glue and sticking tufts of moss to it.
I repeated this all over the front and sides of the cross. Then I looked at it and filled in with more glue and moss where necessary.
You'll want to press down on the moss to make sure it is adhering to the board, then shake off the excess. Finally, I made a "stand" out of a scrap piece of the styrofoam. I simply cut a section out of the middle of the piece for the bottom of the cross to fit snugly into and then painted it and covered it with moss too. ( I forgot to photograph this process.)
As lovely and simple as the final product was, I felt like it needed something...a message of hope for this Easter season. "He is Risen" was stamped on vanilla cardstock, punched out with a tag punch, and aged with a bit of brown ink and a sponge. I then cut apart a piece of jute and separated the strands to make little hangers for each of the letters to hang on a another piece of jute twine.
The final product, a little message of hope, rests on top of the piano. I pass by it many times a day and the truth of that statement piece makes my heart smile.

I loved creating this sweet Moss Covered Cross, even though it was a quite a messy project. Have you worked with moss much this spring to add a little "green" to your decor?

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  1. Such a "meaningful" touch of spring. Beautiful message! xx

  2. What a great Easter craft! You did a super job. I can only imagine how messy a project it must be.

  3. That's so clever of you to use the styrofoam board to make the cross. I didn't even know they sold it! I always have to scrounge around and try to find it in an old box that hasn't been thrown out. Great idea to cover it in the moss. It looks so spring-y! The little tags are a great touch, too. And I love seeing your pink polka-dot glue sure gets a lot of use around there! Have a great day Nici!


  4. Great project for Easter. The moss looks great!

  5. A perfect reminder of what Easter is all about.

  6. This is just lovely - a reminder of the holiness of the season! Great job! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  7. Darling! Thanks for the tip on Dollar Store moss and foam board. I was at another craft store last week and could not buy an $8.00 bag of moss... LOL!
    I found you to day at Some Day Crafts Linky. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  8. What a great idea. I love this, thanks for the tutorial. Thanks also for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  9. Great tutorial!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.

  10. This is SO gorgeous!! I love the He is Risen banner and just the whole Jesus focused decor!! Stopping by from Whipper Berry and hope you can stop by sometime and say hi!

  11. So pretty! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  12. Love your moss cross and the tutorial. Love the message also. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. have a wonderful week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  13. This is so beautiful! Very refreshing craft in the midst of all the bunnies and eggs. Thanks so much for linking up to Monday Funday!

  14. Very sweet - love how it came out :o)
    What a great reminder!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. This is beautiful! Love the tutorial. Thank you for sharing them with us in our Crafty Showcase. We love seeing what you link up each week!

    New linky:

    Have a super week! Susie @Bowdabra

  16. Great job!! I like your idea of painting the styrofoam green first. Your banner is so cute! I love the tag shape for each letter. Glad to have inspired...keep creating!! <3 Janis


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