Have I ever shared with you that I’m not really a green thumb?
I think I have.. yes… in this faux plants fireplace spring mantel decorating post. Taking that concept one step beyond, I decided to create a little green and message with this inspiring moss topiaries in a crate idea using Michaels craft supplies once again.
I realize one of these is not a topiary but let’s just pretend it is for the sake of a shorter blog title.
It’s my belief that if we do a little growing each day, we will just become that much more successful in every possible way, because we’re simply armed with more to offer.
Armed with Michaels crafts once again, let’s create!
How to make Inspiring Moss Topiaries in a Crate
Brown and white craft paint
Syrofoam filler for pots
A drill, palm sander and glue gun
1. Water down dark brown acrylic craft paint, then brush on the clay pot in smooth strokes.
Work very quickly because it’ll dry nearly instantly.
2. For added detail, flick paint from the brush, like you’re washing a toothbrush with your finger, splattering paint all over the pot.
3. Cut a chunk of styrofoam to fit inside the clay pot. I used a bread knife… worked great!
Do the same steps to a plant like this too, except no need to drill.
This bag of mixed moss is so cool! You can get different looks depending which moss you choose.
7. For both the ball and cone topiaries, drizzle hot glue on the styrofoam form, then stick on moss. For the cone, mostly green moss was used with a little brown.
The cone fit perfectly into the pot. No hot glue was needed but you could anyway.
Fun fact: when the hot glue hits the green, you’ll hear a crackling sound like milk over rice crispies! Yes, it was worth mentioning.
8. For the moss ball, paint twine in your dark brown wash you used for the pot, then wind around the ball once dry.
10. Paint the chalkboard tags in white around the chalk, and use the dark brown pot wash for the stems. Write on the tags, stick in pots, insert plants in crate and play with your new creation!
I just KNEW they’d look awesome in that bathroom window!
These little inspiring moss topiaries in a crate look mighty comfy in the bathroom… and it’s rather a nice way to encourage a good start to each day, don’t you think?
p.s. Best part? Not only will I hopefully never die inside because I’ll be working on that inspiring message, neither will they!
I’ll be taking this project with me to the Michaels Hometalk Pinterest Event on Sunday demoing some steps. Wanna make one? Come on down!
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