Personalized Fall Decor

Last week, I revealed my Fall door decor.  I am really loving it, and the cheerfulness it brings to the front door.

When I envisioned this in my head, I knew it needed to be constructed out of styrofoam and covered in moss.  In my dream I thought I could just go out and buy a styrofoam “S”.  Well, not at Hobby Lobby.  Here is what I did use though.

 I wish I had used green styrofoam instead of white.  The green is about twice the price though.  I was trying to keep the cost down.  Besides, I had plenty of moss to cover the entire surface area.  The mums and berry branches I was able to get for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Which to me made for a reasonable price… not sure I would have paid full price for them.

The first thing I did was draw an “S” so I would know where to cut.  You can see I just kept playing with it until I got it the way I wanted.  I have never excelled in neatness.  Don’t worry about it being sloppy looking; once you cut it out and cover it, it won’t matter.

After I cut the “S” out with a box cutter, I was ready to start gluing the moss.  At first, I used Elmer’s Glue because Wal-Mart was out of glue sticks for my hot glue gun.

Even though this method worked, I would not suggest it (unless you prefer green, sticky hands).  Thankfully, for the back and sides I was able to use hot glue, and the whole process went much faster and a lot cleaner.

After covering the “S” with moss,  I started gluing the mums which I had plucked off the flower stems.  They are made to come right off.  Before applying the glue, I laid them out to see how it would look and make sure everything looked good.  Then I just applied some glue to the back (still using Elmer’s at this point) and stuck it in the styrofoam.

Next, I cut the berry twigs off the main branch, stuck each piece into the open glue bottle, and then poked them into the styrofoam.  Once in, I would bend and shape to give the arrangement dimension.  (I still had not applied moss to the sides at this point.)


Here you can see the sides after the moss was applied.  It really gave a fullness to the arrangement.

I am pleased with how this turned out.  It was easy but would have been a lot easier if I had used hot glue from the beginning.  Oh well, sometimes you just have to work with what you have.

Either way I still ended up with a beautiful Fall decoration.  Even though I hung mine on the front door… I really think it could go anywhere you want to display it.  Has anybody else made something to decorate their house with for Fall recently?

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3 thoughts on “Personalized Fall Decor

  1. Mama

    Sounds sooo easy! I want one for my front door. Not your casual leaf decor for fall! Maybe I can whip one up!

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