Lemon-y Mossy DIY Frame Wreath
Hey, y’all! Here’s the tutorial for my moss-covered DIY frame wreath with hanging lemons!
It’s adorning the outside of my kitchen window which opens onto the screened-in back porch.
I hope you like it!
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- Old picture frame (already had). Mine is 14″ x 17″.
- Moss mat (16″ x 18″) by Ashland.
- Bag of mini, faux lemons (bag of 10).
- Folk Art acrylic paint by Plaid in “clover” (#923).
- Ribbon in coordinated colors and designs. Mine is narrow: .375 in. wide.
- Dressmaker straight pins.
- Paint brush. Mine is 1.5″ wide.
- Hot glue gun.
- Glue sticks.
- Measuring tape
- Use an old frame of your choice. You want it to be large enough to provide an area for displaying your mini-lemons.
- I had an old, inexpensive frame that has been packed away in a closet for several years. It measures 14″ x 17″, and the open area in the middle is 9.5″ x 12.5″. Each of the mini-lemons measures 1.5″ x 2″, so I was able to create a wall hanging with 5 lemons in the center of the frame.
- If you don’t have an old frame on hand, check out yard sales and thrift stores. You can easily pick them up rather cheaply.
- You will cover the frame with sheet moss, using a moss mat. The moss is attached to a net-like backing, and it comes with a tissue paper insert to keep the backing from sticking to itself.
The Moss-Covered Frame
- Like many picture frames, mine was curved or grooved, rather than flat. Because of this, I measured the side of the frame with a tape measure, rather than a ruler.
- The flexible tape measure allowed me to get an accurate measurement, including the concave, curved surface of the frame.
- I found that I needed strips of moss that were 2.25″ wide and at least 17.5″ long.
- Work with the moss mat turned right-side down.
- In the photo above, you see the net backing of the moss mat.
- I marked it off into 2.25″ strips and cut them out from the moss mat.
- My picture frame was originally a burnished gold color. Because I didn’t want the gold to show around the edges, I painted the frame with Folk Art acrylic craft paint in the color “Clover”. It’s fairly close to the color of the moss.
- Attach your strips of moss to the frame with hot glue.
- Tuck the moss over the edges to cover them, and be sure to add a bead of glue to the edges so that the moss is attached tightly and gives a smooth appearance.
Hanging the Lemons
- The faux mini-lemons are soft enough that a dressmaker’s straight pin will insert easily.
- With the ribbon right-side down, insert a straight pin to attach the ribbon to the top of a lemon.
- Double the ribbon over, and insert a second straight pin.
- This gives a smooth appearance to the ribbon, and the head of the pin is almost too small to be seen.
- Next, you will attach the ends of your ribbons to the back of the frame with hot glue.
- Work with your frame lying flat and upside down.
- I measured to find the exact middle of the frame opening and attached my first ribbon at the mid-point.
- From there, I measured 1.5″ to the right and left to glue my additional ribbons, spacing them evenly.
- Because I wanted a random effect, I did not measure the lengths of my ribbons. I just ‘eyeballed it’ and made them all different lengths.
Hanging the Frame
- Command strips are an excellent way to hang anything on your walls. By using them, you avoid making holes in your walls with nails, and you can remove the strips without causing any damage.
- Clean the area where you will attach the Command strips with isopropyl alcohol, and let it dry.
- Follow the steps on the back of the package to attach the Command strips to your frame and to attach your frame to the wall. Be sure to press firmly and hold for the recommend time, as indicated in the directions.
Lemon-y Summer Ambience!
So, what do you think?
Do you think you might want to make a moss-covered frame wreath?
I can think of many variations on this theme by changing the objects that are hung in the middle of the frame. Therefore, I might just change up this display through the coming seasons.
Let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!