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Create your own faux moss word with this easy to follow tutorial
This is one of the most popular projects I've ever created and a personal favourite of mine.

Posted by Dom N. from Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia • Published See Dom N.'s 7 projects »
  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 1
    Step 1

    Print your word and stick it to a piece of foam core with double sided tape.

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using your knife cut around the letters.
    This step does require some patience. Take it slow. If you are getting frustrated with it just put it down and do something else for a while. If you rush this stage you can very easily cut through a letter. If you do cut something off just use your masking tape to attach it again.
    Once you have finished cutting out your word check for any weak parts and apply some masking tape to strengthen. For example, the join between my r and a was a little bit on the flimsy side. As you can see it does get quite thin in that spot.

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 3
    Step 3

    Scrunch up some newspaper strips and tape them onto the word.
    Keep going until the whole word is covered.
    By adding the newspaper and masking tape your letters will get a more natural shape.

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 4
    Step 4

    Papier-mâché time! I used tiger grip for this but a watered down PVA glue really is the best thing for Papier-mâché. I just didn't have any on hand.
    Applying a cover of Papier-mâché just means you have a nice smooth surface to apply your moss to.
    A plastic bag makes a perfect working surface for this project! It means less mess and the bag should just peel off the word when you are done!

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 5
    Step 5

    Paint your word green. This will help hide any bald patches when you're finished.

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 6
    Step 6

    Apply your flocking. Flocking is actually a lot easier to work with than I thought. Simply apply your glue with a paintbrush, fairly generously and just stick the flocking on top.
    Keep going until you have finished your whole word. Leave to dry for a few hours (check the lable of your glue to see how long it needs to set) Once it is dry give it a gentle bang on the back and shake off any excess flocking. If you have any bald spots simply apply some glue and add more flocking.

  • How to make a letter. Faux Moss Word - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now all you have to do is hang it!
    There are a number of products out there designed to hang odd items like this one.
    For a temporary display I would go for blu tack or 3M picture hanging strips.
    If the strips are to wide to hide behind your letters simply cut them down the middle.
    For a more permanent set up I would use a good double sided foam tape.

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