My mom spent a good portion of the last several months a couple states away, helping my sister and her hubby that is fighting brain cancer. A couple days ago, on her birthday, mom became very ill. I quickly jumped on a plane and made it in time to say goodbye before she passed. As my little girl put it so eloquently, ‘she got the best birthday present anyone could ever ask for, she is with Jesus now and I know she’s so happy, but that doesn’t make my heart not hurt…or the tears go away.’ This is one of the hardest seasons I’ve ever walked through and it’s still a long road ahead before we’re out of the thick of it, but it’s comforting to know that God knew ahead of time that this beautiful cross would be so perfect for me to share today!!! I am so blessed by my friend Ashley for sharing it with us — she blogs at Cherished Bliss where she shares amazing DIY Projects, Crafts, and delicious Recipes. God has been so so so sweet to me during this deep suffering — so incredibly sweet!!! Thanks again Ashley for sharing your awesome DIY Easter Decorations.
Spring is officially here, and Easter is just around the corner,however this new Cross will have a home in my house long after Easter. I am having a serious crush on Moss right now! I just recently shared my Moss Covered Easter Eggs, and hopefully soon I’ll have a new Moss Wreath! This cross is seriously so easy to make, and you can paint/stain it however you want! I’ll share with you how I did it, but you can change it up to add your own style.
– Wooden Cross from Hobby Lobby
– Moss Tape
– My DIY Wood Stain
– Zinsser Clear Shellac
– White Acrylic Paint
– Paint Brush
– Foam Brushes (for stain and shellac)
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
How to Make a Moss Covered Wooden Cross
First thing is if you plan on using my DIY Wood Stain (tutorial), you are going to want to make this first because it really needs to sit for a few days before you can use it.
So now you are going to stain your cross. With my wood stain I did 3 thin coats, if you are using store bought you probably only need one. Then I applied a layer of shellac. Again, if you aren’t using my wood stain, this probably isn’t necessary. The DIY Wood Stain dries in a very flat/chalky look, and once you apply a sealer it gets that “stain” look to it.
Once that is dry, I used my paint and paint brush to dry brush the white paint onto the cross. One that was dry I sanded/distressed the cross and then applied another layer of shellac.
Now it’s time to add the moss. Simply measure the part of the cross you are covering with moss and cut it to that size. I did one long pieces for the length and two short pieces for the sides.
Now just insert your moss into the cross. I didn’t even have to glue mine down, it just sticks right in there very nicely. If yours wants to fall out, just add a little hot glue and you will be good to go!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, and it inspired you to create something for this wonderful season where we can celebrate what Christ did for us!! Do you have any great moss projects? I’d love to see them! Have a Beautiful Day!
You can find my Moss Covered Easter Eggs Here
Welcome Spring with these adorable Moss Covered Easter Eggs
And if you are looking for some more Easter Decor
Download these Easter Printables…