When Michaels first debuted their Christmas line for this year, I fell in love with this plain MDF wreath that had a deer head insert. I knew I had to have it, although I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with at that time. My first instinct, like usual, was to coat it in a thick layer of glitter, but I decided to try outside of the box… mainly for my husbands sake, because everytime I use glitter on a wreath, it somehow ends up all throughout the house and stuck to his military uniform. Not exactly the look he is going for…
Ultimately, I decided to stick with a traditional Christmas color scheme, and cover the wreath in moss, but still add a touch of glam with a red glitter nose. Super cute, right?
And if you want to make your own moss covered deer wreath, follow along while I show you how!
The supplies and tools you will need include:
- MDF deer wreath form (I purchased mine at Michaels, and there were monograms in addition to the reindeer.)
- moss sheet as big as your wreath (mine was 16×18″)
- spray adhesive
- craft knife
- small styrofoam ball (1″ – I bought mine at the Dollar Store)
- red glitter
Before you get started, let me fully disclose something. This is NOT a clean project. It is sticky and messy, but it is fairly easy to do. And do you see how I am using my fabric cutting mat? Yes, do not do that. You will be left with a sticky, gunky mess that can only be removed with Goo Gone. Instead, use an old cardboard box or piece of styrofoam as a base to cut on.
The first step is to place the moss sheet face down on your cutting surface. Spray the wreath form with spray adhesive, and stick down on the moss backing. Using your craft knife, start to cut out the extra pieces of the moss.
Keep cutting all of the way around. If there are pieces of moss remaining after you cut away the background, don’t pull it out, because you will be pulling it off the wreath face. Instead, use scissors to trim the excess off. Also, if you have any bare spots when you flip your wreath over, use spray adhesive to adhere some of the scraps to the bare spots.
The last step is to spray your styrofoam ball with adhesive and coat with red glitter. Use hot glue to attach the nose to the reindeer, and you are done.
Well, except for clean up that is… but that’s a whole other story.