DIY moss covered monogram ~ low cost decor ideas

Now that the long winter is drawing to a close, I really want to brighten my home up and welcome spring. I think this DIY moss covered monogram brings some cheer to my front door.

diy moss covered monogram

DIY moss covered monogram

Making your own moss covered monogram doesn’t have to cost a lot. I used cardboard from my garage and the only supplies I had to buy that I didn’t have already was the moss. If you don’t have the supplies, I will link them below.

diy moss covered monogram supplies

You will need:

monogram (cut it to the size desired out of cardboard)

exacto knife (for cutting the cardboard)

hot glue gun

glue sticks


fabric flowers (I made rosettes. You can also buy fake flowers at most craft stores)

Begin by deciding what size you want your monogram. Mine is roughly 18 inches. I wanted it for my front door to use as a spring wreath. Draw your letter on cardboard. You can freehand this, or create a stencil to trace. Then cut it out with your exacto knife. I went over each section just cutting the surface at first and then went deeper. So, I went over each spot a few times to be sure it was cut through.

diy moss covered monograms

Once your letter is cut out you are ready to glue the moss down. You can buy sheets of moss, that is definitely easier and cleaner. I liked the depth that using the bagged moss added. I liked that I could make it thicker and not so one dimensional. It is messy, so beware that you don’t want to be in an area that is difficult to clean. Simply glue small sections of moss down and cover the monogram.

Once I had it made I let it set for a while and decided to make my own rosettes instead of the fake flowers I originally planned on. I had some coral, turquoise and pink fabric on hand and they were very easy and quick to create.

I love the bright, cheeriness that the monogram adds to our front door. Perfect way to welcome in spring!

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Funnel cake Recipe, Fair Food so easy to makeWe went to the fair recently, my husband bought a funnel cake to show Johann our boy from France how good they are.  We enjoyed it but I told the kids next time we need to make them at home for a fraction of the price.  Here is the recipe I posted a few years ago on how to make Funnel Cakes. Hope you enjoy it 🙂


So I am 30+ years old and never had a Funnel cake, yes I have seen them at the fair, and heard everyone rant and rave about how good they are……but I have never been willing to pay the inflated $5 fee they charge for carnival food.

Matt’s parents have been making them at home since the 70’s, back in Rhode Island.  They wanted to make them for the Grandkids this weekend.  It was rather fun….cost pennies to make and the kids and I LOVED it.


Funnel Cakes

  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups Sifted Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 TBS baking powder

Beat egg, add milk, sift salt, sugar, flour and Baking powder together. Add eggs and milk. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into funnel. Funnel into oil that is 350 degrees (recipe makes 3 large funnel cakes)


You want to overlap the batter to create a “cake” that will form a solid shape that you can flip, to brown the other side.


Once both sides are golden brown, drain on paper towels  and top with powdered sugar.

IMG_2858IMG_2867The outside has a great little crunch, and the inside is light a fluffy…..YUMMY!

Thanks Granny and Papa these were great!

You can also use the same batter and dip these rosettes in it and then place them in the oil. With a little shake the batter comes off the rosette and you can finish frying them.

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Fall Rosette Wreath~DIY

10/11/2013 5:00 pm · 10 comments

by Tami

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Fall Rosette Wreath~DIY

 For the most part, my house stays the same year round, with maybe a craft or two to celebrate any given holiday.  However, once fall arrives, it all changes, and doesn’t go back to normal until after Christmas.  I love incorporating the beautiful hues of the fall season in my decor.  The rich oranges, reds, yellows, browns and greens are just gorgeous.    This wreath was created to hang on my front door for fall, but you could easily pick any color scheme to use and hang it anywhere in your home.

You will need:

Fabric (scraps will do, but they need to be fairly long to get a good size rosette)

Fat quarters or scraps in colors of your choice

A wreath form (use a coupon to get a great deal)

Hot glue gun

Hot glue sticks

Patience, you’re going to be rolling  a lot of rosettes.

To begin, you can cut or rip your fabric in strips.  If using a fat quarter, just rip them the length of the fabric.  Make them at least an inch wide, varying for each flower so that each rosette isn’t exactly the same size.

Begin by folding your strip in half, lengthwise, and tie a knot in one end.  As you twist the fabric around your knot, be sure to fold it over every time, or two.  If you want a tight rosette, hold and twist with a little resistance.  If you would like them to be larger and not so tight, just hold it rather loose.  You can play around with it to get the rosette just the way you want it.  Be sure to add a dab of hot glue every couple of twists to hold in place.  If you don’t you will get to the end and it will fall apart and make you really angry. 😉 I find that holding my rosette between my fingers helps me control the shape of it more.  If I am “squishing” it like this, it isn’t as likely to unravel, or become tall and messy looking.

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Once you are done rolling your rosette, hot glue the end on the bottom, where it won’t show on your end product.  I love how some of them have a tattered edge, and that they don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

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Continue rolling rosettes until you have burned all of your fingerprints off.  Okay, maybe not, but it felt that way by the time I got done!

I rolled all my rosettes and then began gluing them on, just to make sure I had a good layout with several different sizes to attach.

There isn’t a whole lot of room to glue on some of  the little branches on these wreaths, so you may have to hold your rosettes on for a minute to make sure the glue has bonded with the wreath well. As you add more rosettes, it isn’t a problem, but at the beginning it may seem like it isn’t going to work, but trust me and keep going!

There, that wasn’t hard, just a little time consuming.  All worth it with your beautiful, new wreath!

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