It’s officially March, and we (in typical Central Florida form) are suddenly thrust from bone-biting cold to 80-degree temps. Every year, I sense the urges to open every window in the house and drive around town in the rag top 2-door of my pre-children days. (sigh…)
This year, as part of my pursuit of completion, I’m striving to decorate (even if just in small ways) for the various holidays and “special” days that come along throughout the year. We’ve been working so hard on sticking to the budget the last few years, that those special little things that make life feel a little more festive have been glossed over. Mostly because I don’t really mentally acknowledge these days and really just can’t be bothered with them. Who knows what that says about me. But, with my kids in school and school making a deal out of these days, I think I need to do something at home too. So I’m trying!
Last month, we had this great little tea party photo shoot for Valentine’s Day at Alling House Bed & Breakfast and, as we were making the big heart, Stinker Bell insisted we hang it on our front door after our shoot. I thought it was a fabulous idea, so we did it.
Super adorable, right??
It hung there for the rest of February and as proud as I was of it, I really got tired of it; yet, I couldn’t bring myself to go back to nothing on the front door. I definitely didn’t want a wreath. You know me and having to be different. Go-go gadget “Ridiculously High ‘I'”!! (D.I.S.C. analysis … if you’re wondering.)
I was looking around at the stuff I have and remembered I have moss! GREEN moss!! (Leftover from a wedding I designed FOUR YEARS ago.) And surfing around pinterest, I saw last name letters and thought that was pretty cool. So a big M on the front door it was!
Off to Hobby Lobby Stinker Bell and I went! We looked at their chipboard lettering (which was going to be around $10), but Bell said they were just too small (I love how go-big-or-go-home she is!!), so I decided to make a larger letter out of a cardboard box I had lying around at home … LESS money spent!!
When we got home, we had to decide on the font and size of the letter. I was going to print something out from my computer and then eyeball it onto the cardboard, but then Stinker Relly noted that we have a great big metal M sitting on our table and that it was perfectly big and just right for our front door, so we ended up tracing it
I cut the shape with an exact-o knife and then cut two small little rectangles into the top of the M. They didn’t have to be exactly the same size, since they wouldn’t be seen. I only needed the top of the holes to match.
Next, I painted the M green with some green paint we already had. In hindsight, I would have painted both sides of the cardboard because the letter is hung over a window in the door. I don’t love that, when I walk by, I see a cardboard M. Next time, I’ll remember to paint the backside for the sake of the view from the inside of the house.
As the paint was drying, I cut a strip of burlap to use as my sash to hang the letter. I already had that too!
Once the paint was dry, I used hot glue to affix the moss to the cardboard M. I didn’t work too hard to “color in the lines” with this. I was using the “wrong” kind of moss and I knew that, so I used a lot of moss to really fill out the whole thing and then I trimmed the edges with scissors and then filled in a little more moss. As the M has hung on the door, I have a new step I will add in the future: I’ll spray it with a matte-finish enamel so gravity doesn’t cause the moss to migrate and create new holes.
Next, I folded the burlap strap and ran about 6 inches through each hole and tied knots on each side. The holes are small enough to hold the fabric, so the knot is purely decorative. That way, I could make a knot that was loose and not pulled all the way through. It has a name, but I don’t remember what it is. Anyone??
The kids were super excited to hang it on our front door! They jumped up and down and cheered and clapped.
It’s very springy and bright green for St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t think it’ll hold up long enough to add flowers or cheesy eggs or something for Easter. Who knows what we’ll come up with.
I’m just excited to have spent NO MONEY on this great little family craft project!
And to revel in our accomplishment…
Spring is springing!
Go out and enjoy it!