Moss Covered Shamrock

 

moss covered shamrocks

St. Patrick’s day has always been an ignored holiday in our house in terms of décor—I usually jump from winter straight into spring. People always assume I go all out for St. Patrick’s day because I’m the pastiest of white and have freckles. So, in the spirit of my wee sliver of Irish roots, I figured I had to try and get at least one shamrock or something going on.

If you couldn’t tell from my other posts, we don’t really feature loud colors or glittery accents at our house. We’re a bit more subdued and au naturel ‘round these parts. When I saw this on Etsy, I knew two things: one, that it would fit in perfectly with our style, and two, I could make that sucker on my own.

What you need:

  • 1/4” plywood—I used leftover from my Berry T Wreath post

  • a print out of your shamrock –- I free styled a large version based off of a smaller print out

  • Jigsaw

  • Sandpaper

  • Spray Paint- optional

  • Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store

  • Glue Gun

Step 1:

Print out your shamrock so you can trace it onto your wood OR draw a shamrock freestyle on your wood.

Step 2:

Power up your jigsaw and get to cutting. Be patient while cutting, as it is more difficult to cut curves rather than straight lines. Is it wrong that I always want to say “get jiggy with it” whenever I mention a jigsaw in my projects? It’s one of my absolute favorite tools!

moss shamrockStep 3:

Give it a quick sand to ensure you don’t have any shards of wood that are exposed—we don’t want any splinters.

Step 4:

As with my Berry T Wreath, I chose to spray paint the wood before covering it. I did not want the natural wood color showing on the edges of the shamrock, so I gave one coat of spray paint to the sides and top of the shamrock.

moss covered shamrock

Step 5:

Trace your shamrock onto the back of your moss sheet and cut it out.
(Does anyone else think of Joey from Full House whenever they hear this phrase, or am I the only weirdo?)

moss covered shamrockStep 6:

Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Be prepared for a bit of a mess—moss sheds!

moss covered shamrock

Now, I know that some stores carry moss that has adhesive on the back– no such luck for this girl. If you find that type of moss, I would imagine that the adhesive on the back would be sufficient to adhere to the wood, no glue gun necessary– talk about easy!

moss covered shamrocks

What moss covered crafts have you made lately?!

2 Comments on Moss Covered Shamrock

  1. Courtney
    March 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your Shamrock! Did you cover the edges with moss as well? What type of jigsaw do you have? I’ve been wanting to get one.

    Reply
    • Lisa
      March 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Courtney!

      Thanks so much for your comment! No I did not cover the edges with moss– I considered it, but thought that the hot glue might not hold up too well if I wrapped the moss down to the sides. That’s why I spray painted the shamrock green– it blends in perfectly on the edges. We have a DeWalt Orbital Jigsaw (Model DW331). It’s very easy to operate and we’ve used it for tons of projects in our house so far and have been happy with the results. There’s a great variety of power saws out there depending on your purpose (cost, quality, etc.)…Good luck finding one to call your own!

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