Rachel Knows... Pottery Barn Moss Letters D.I.Y. Replicas!

5 years ago
Slap a high-profile name on something and people will flock in droves to it. Pottery Barn could put their name on a piece of petrified dog poo, call it art, and people would pay $100 for it. I know that is such a cliche analogy, but it is so true. Pottery Barn sells moss covered letters for $79. I, on the other hand, created basically the same thing for $8. That is quite a difference. It took maybe all of 45 minutes to complete. It didn’t feel that long though. I’d been seeing pictures of these letters online for many years used as wedding decorations and I just thought they were too cute. I never could find them anywhere pre-made besides Pottery Barn and I sure as heck wasn’t going to pay that dang much for an R and a J. If you consider shipping and tax, you’re getting close to the $200 mark. Remember how I said it cost $8 for one? Well, let’s go back to the 1st grade and practice a little arithmetic. That brings the grand total of this almost Pottery Barn caliber project to a whopping $16. Quite a big savings, eh? I’m going to hang these on the front door of the mansion I will be getting married at. I think it will look adorable. Ok, now how to make these bad boys. After I got done making mine, I Googled Pottery Barn Moss Letters hoping that it would take me straight to them on the Pottery Barn site, so I could compare mine to theirs and while it did do that, it also led me to about 50 other tutorials to make replica moss letters. Follow other probably more thorough tutorials or follow my awesomely cool tutorial. I didn’t follow any directions in particular I was just winging it, but this is what I did. 
  • Letters of any size that you’d like to cover (I used 2 12” MDF letters that I got from Michael’s.) 


  • Dried moss


  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Sandpaper (This is probably optional)



1.  I took the sandpaper and scuffed up the surface I wanted to affix the moss to. I don’t think it did much, but I always see people on T.V. telling you to scuff slick, smooth surfaces up, so that things will stick to it better, so a scuffing we will go.
2.   Cover a medium sized portion of your letter with glue.
3.    Take the moss and lay it onto the glue.
4.    Trim the overhang of moss off the edges.
5.    Repeats steps 2-4.
That’s truly all there is to it. It is just gluing pieces down, trimming it and seeing where you should lay the next piece to fill in the bare spaces. It is easy peasy lemon squeezy. I really like the end result.

I still need to do the J, but I was over moss for the night. Word of warning. Do this craft somewhere that can be easily swept or vacuumed because this is one meeeessssssy project.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading. :-D
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