Monday, May 30, 2011

Moss Basket Tutorial

I have had some requests on how I actually did the Mossy Basket on my porch.
This turned out to be so easy.  I wish I would have attempted it sooner!

I started out with a cheap basket.  I wanted one with a large handle simply because I knew the volume of the moss would make the basket look smaller.

I painted the basket black so that any bare spots would not be as noticeable.

I used moss that comes in a bag.  The moss is folded into a ball. 
You have to unroll the moss and tear into the size pieces you need. 
 I used Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive to attach the moss. 

I sprayed small sections of the basket with the adhesive (it is very sticky) and then placed the pieces of moss on to the basket.  What you see above is 2 sections.   I did use 2 bags of moss for this basket.  Notice I didn't paint the bottom of the basket.  You will not see this.

Here you can see the embroidery floss that I have weaved all over the basket.  I did this to help hold in the moss.  The adhesive does a good job of keeping the moss on the basket but the moss has a mind of it's own and puffs up after while.  I did spray more adhesive over the entire basket at the end to help control fly aways (just like you would with you own hair with hairspray).  I did a sloppy job of wrapping the floss around because it was not the easiest to get done.

The moss is on the inside as well. 
I couldn't find a happy stopping place that I thought looked good. 
I was very happy with the way it came out.

The ribbon is a stripe of fabric I had left over from another project. 
 I found the apples at Tuesdays Mornings.  Place mats are from Ikea.



Melissa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I may actually get brave enough to try this project now that you did a tutorial!

Simply Bungalow said...

Can't wait to try it. I looks wonderful!

Red Couch Recipes said...

The moss covered basket is simply genious -- great at Easter or anytime. Joni

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely tutorial! The basket looks wonderful! Enjoy the beautiful week ahead, Kellie xx

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

So cute! I love your blog. I am your newest follower. :)


⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

This is a fantastic idea! I love the end result.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Love your basket! Thanks for the tutorial. I' getting some fun tablescape ideas...

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laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Love this idea. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing. laurie