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Cushion Moss Wreath

Introduction

An inviting wreath composed of cushion moss will thrive all year. Use some or all of the following natural materials to craft a beautiful wreath for your home.

Pincushion Moss
These plants are of the genus Leucobryum (order Bryales), and form tufts resembling giant grayish white pincushions in moist woods or swampy areas. Three or more species are native to North America, and it grows in dense clumps ranging from a few centimeters to a meter (1 or 2 inches to more than a yard) in diameter and from 3 to 10 centimeters (1 to 4 inches) high.

Sheet Moss
Sheet moss, which is any of the plants of the genus Hypnum (subclass Bryidae), is a species of carpet moss. It forms dense green mats in many habitats throughout the world, especially on decaying wood in moist areas; a few species are aquatic. There are about 20 North American species of Hypnum. Sheet moss dries out extremely quickly, especially outdoors, so it's important to water it often.

Tallow Berries
A great seasonal berry used widely during the holidays for both centerpiece arrangements and wreaths, the Tallow berry grows on the Sapium sebiferum, most commonly known as the Chinese tallow tree, Florida aspen, or Popcorn tree. The tree is native to eastern Asia, especially China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Eryngium Alpinum
These unusual plants look like blue thistles. The flowers of alpine sea holly are plumelike rather than resembling thistles. Plant them in full sun and in a light, sandy soil. Once the plants are established they do not like to be disturbed. The flowers may be cut for drying when they are fully open. If faded terminal flowers are removed, the side branches will bloom.

Berzelia
Berzelia lanuginosa is an evergreen shrub that grows up to 2 m high. It has slender branches and a spreading or upright habit. The small, narrow leaves are closely arranged in whorls up the stem. The flowers are usually clustered in terminal heads on short branches. The plant flowers from June to November. After flowering, it has attractive, creamy white seeds which stay on the shrub for at least one to two years.

Materials

  • 12-inch straw wreath
  • Pincushion or reindeer moss
  • Sheet moss
  • Nylon wire or chip brush
  • Floral pins
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Stems
  • Floral pick
  • Floral tape
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with 12-inch straw wreath. Select a handful of pincushion or reindeer moss. Brush excess dirt from moss with a nylon wire or chip brush.

  2. Step 2

    Firmly cup moss in hand and hold to wreath to retain the lumpy shape of the moss. Push floral pin through moss into straw to hold moss; repeat until moss is secure. Brush dirt from moss with light brush if necessary. Continue placing moss around wreath until complete.

  3. Step 3

    If you prefer to use sheet moss, take a few inches of the sheet moss, and trim dried out parts with scissors. Use glue gun to adhere to valleys in moss. This will also hide the floral pins. Continue gluing sheet moss until wreath is complete.

  4. Step 4

    Add embellishments to the wreath: Wrap a few stems around a floral pick and wrap with floral tape. Create hole in wreath with a pencil; push floral pick into hole. You can also use a glue gun to attach some embellishments. Arrange embellishments in wreath as desired. Finish wreath with ribbon, tie ribbon in half-windsor knot.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2007

Reviews (10)

  • Steffy Watson 19 Dec, 2012

    Wow! excellent entry door decoration idea.

  • DesignMan 28 Nov, 2011

    Are you serious Sheryll? You "so resent folks that bring in invasive or illegal plants." You can't just relax and enjoy making this wreath or any of the many other beautiful wreaths listed here. You've got to get in some nasty jab. What an unhappy and miserable person you must be.

  • Sheryll 1 Dec, 2010

    Yes, exactly right docmcquire. I live in Florida and I so resent folks that bring in invasive or illegal plants.

  • ek81577 6 Sep, 2009

    Will this wreath be OK outside in the winter in the Northeast? Also, what is the swag in the picture made of?

  • ek81577 6 Sep, 2009

    Will the wreath be OK outdoors in the winter in the Northeast? Also, what is the swag made out of?

  • docmcguire 5 Dec, 2008

    People need to be aware that Chinese tallow (the tree that produces "tallow seeds") is considered a noxious weed in Fl, TX, MS and AL. It is probably not legal to send products containing tallow seeds to these states. People in these states need to be very careful when disposing of craft products containing tallow seeds so as to not spread these invasive plants.

  • RRYNKA 14 Nov, 2008

    The ideas are wonderful but I would like to see more close up photos of the process and final product. Thanks for the wonderful crafts.

  • Debbedee 28 Nov, 2007

    I have my moss gathered to make this. How often does it need to be spritzed? And exactly how do you make the bow?

  • ltd 16 Nov, 2007

    Please be advised that mosses in our national forests are being illegally harvested and it takes years to regrow if it ever does. Tallow trees are fast growers and are considered a destructive tree in the South since they replace native trees. Please don't let the berries germinate.

  • marthaguy 15 Nov, 2007

    The pincushion moss wreath is amazing! I can't wait to make it.