03 January, 2008

This Post is Brought to You by the Letter "M"

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year. Things were hectic and fun at the Monogram household, but also quite sad with the absence of preppy puppy. The boys received so many things that we still haven’t even taken them all out of their boxes, and I must admit that I am quite tired of putting together little Playmobil pirates, knites, skateboarders, and all their homes and methods of transportation that ensues. Ugh. While it’s the coolest stuff on the planet for kids to play with, each set comes with a zillion tiny little pieces that are a quarter of the size of your pinky fingernail. NO LIE. And while I’m admitting things here today, I have to admit the Wii has sucked away more hours from my days lately than anything else. This thing is seriously addictive and I’m pretty certain I’m developing carpal tunnel from trying to qualify in the Cars: Mater-National tournament. Good news is though I've found a great new exercise routine with it so stay tuned.

Before Christmas, I was able to work on lots of great projects around here, but unfortunately had to take my little absence what with everything going on with preppy puppy. But one project I did doesn’t have to just be a Holiday project. I think it could be an all year décor staple in your home, so that’s what I want to share with you today.

As I’ve mentioned many times, I always have the hardest time with my mantle décor. And two years ago while walking around JoAnn’s I found a huge paper mache letter “M." I had no idea what to do with it, but I picked it up anyway and it’s sat in my garage for the past two years sort of mocking me every time I looked over at it. I decided this was the year I made something out of that letter “M.” Remembering I had all that left over moss from the cancelled Derby Party, I decided to cover it to make an elegant but earthy additional to my Holiday mantle.

You Will Need
-large paper mache letter (got mine from JoAnn’s Craft Store)
-small bottle acrylic paint (a similar color to your moss)
-LOTS and LOTS of moss (I ended up using 3 different types of moss)
-glue gun and LOTS of glue
-Ribbon if you chose to hang the final product

Step 1

Paint your letter so the background will blend in with your material in case you miss some coverage.

Step 2

Start gluing! As I said, I used 2 types of moss (reindeer, Spanish, and something else that was big and clumpy and dirty). I kept alternating between the different types of moss I’d glue on, using the Spanish moss as my filler to fill in the empty spots. NOTE: I recommend having a wooden skewer or craft (Popsicle) stick on hand to help press the Spanish moss down into the glue really well so you don’t burn your fingers. The Spanish moss is very fine and loose, so you’ll need to ball it up before adhering it to your letter.

Step 3
If you want to hang your letter, make sure you do what I DIDN’T do, and make sure your ribbon for hanging is of adequate length. I ended up cutting mine too short and as a result, was unable to hang it as I envisioned, but rather place it on top of the mantle. I still think the final result looked great though, so it’s totally up to you.

I have to warn you that this project has a high mess factor to it. But if you don’t like the messy moss idea, then you can always use whatever other materials you like to cover your letter. A few other things to try would be fabric, dried flowers, faux berries, small Christmas balls, any type of greenery, or even just ribbon. Originally, I was planning on covering it completely with ribbon, but decided I wanted a more three dimensional look to my project. In the end, I think I could leave it up year round (although I don’t think I will), just as I think you could too.


KK said...

Now that is adorable.

The Doctor's Wife said...

LOVE it! What a clever idea.

Sarah M said...

It is very cute. I like the idea of little balls on it. I will have to remember that next year. Thank you.

suburban prep said...

How original and cute.

Maddie said...

What a creative idea and it looks great! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to JoAnn's with my 40% off coupon to look for those letters. Happy New Year!!

Monogram Momma said...

Thank you! Glad you guys liked it! It really looks great in person and am still debating leaving it up elsewhere in the house all year.


We've had a Wii Christmas too! Very addictive, indeed! ;-)

Love your new project!

Preppy Mama said...

I love it! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I will be making a trip to the craft store!!

Miss Lulu said...

Very cute M....will have to try it.
I am with you on the Playmobil parts...we have the girly castle here and I know I am gonna find the pieces all over the place...good grief!
Happy New Year!

Monogram Momma said...

Lulu: Could they not have even put the wrist armour on the knights? Or even just the hat on their little heads? I am finding little pirate swords and knight pieces everywhere!

KKB said...

Very cute! My friend has something similar, a large G, hanging in her kitchen window.

Happy New Year!

a. said...

Love it (although I could never make it)!

Head Hen said...

Happy New Year MM!

"Wii" hear you about the Wii! The boxing totally made me sore for a few days--I thought I was in pretty decent shape, but obviously not. The little personalized avatars are just too cute, aren't they?

That may end up being my new workout routine (especially if I keep knocking Mr. out on the Wii boxing!)

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Very nice! The "M" works for me! ;)

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P.S. I would have sent this to your email address, but I could not find it!

Amy said...

I still can't get the legs to the grill for my daughter's Playmobil doll house to stay connected. AHH! Frustration! Aren't they fun to step on? Takes me back to the Legos my brother had when we were little - or even the LiteBrite pegs (which was given by Granny and Pop at Christmas too)

Love the "M" - so crafty!

lauren said...


Dumb question here-how long does moss last?

Anonymous said...

So with you on the Playmobile. My SIL gave my five-year-old, E, the little pink and white castle and a fairytale/Cinderella set and the parts are itty. The teeny bracelets for the princess almost ended up in the trash as I thought surely no toy manufacturer would include parts THAT small. So much fun (actually for E it is) especially with a two-year-old little sister around to potentially swallow everything. Yikes.

Monogram Momma said...

Seriuosly! Why did they need to make those bracelets for a little doll that is 3" tall to begin with?! We have wrist armour for the pirates and knights and I'm going to go insane if I step on another little sword.

Monogram Momma said...

Lauren: I'm not sure how long the moss will last. I don't think it's real so I'm thinking it should last a really long time. I'll have to let you know though. So far it's still as good as new.

jenniferadams said...

can you tell me if this is a WOOD letter you used? I can't tell from the picture. Nice idea to do for all seasons.

craptastic_mail said...

that's cute! But are you sure it isn't a "W"?