How to Create Floating Moss Letters

Add a touch of whimsy to your big day with these floating moss letters, perfect for a romantic or woodland inspired wedding.


I came up with the idea of displaying “floating” moss letters during our wedding reception, and it was one of my favorite decorations. So today I am sharing a tutorial on how to create the effect using mossed up letters, thrifted frames and some fishing line.

{this post was originally shared on my other blog, Upcycled Treasures}

How to Create Floating Moss Letters for Wedding Reception Decor

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Mache Letters
  • Fishing Line
  • Moss – Preserved or Loose – I used loose
  • Glue Gun
  • Open Picture Frames
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Patience :)

I had previously purchased the paper mache letters to spell out “Love” and even roped them all up, with the exception of the E.  I had thought about using them by themselves or on a wood sign, but after picking up the thrifted gold frames I decided hanging the letters from the frames would be way more whimsical and romantic.

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I was so excited that there were 4 matching gold frames at Goodwill and for less than $3 each, yay! Sorry for the bad photo, it was taken with my phone late at night and I dunno what happened to the 4th frame, but it apparently didn’t make it into the photo. The prints aren’t my style but they are really cute so I set them aside, along with the frame glass.

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I considered hanging the rope letters from the gold frames, but there wasn’t enough contrast so I just mossed over them instead using the glue gun. Here is a before photo of them all roped up with jute twine.


I started with the E and began adding glue followed by moss, making sure to work in small patches at a time. I will admit that I’m impatient and patted down the moss with my hands a little too soon and sorta got some bad glue gun burns, so please be careful! You could use a pencil or some sort of utensil to smash the moss down with too. Or maybe not leave your glue gun plugged in for hours upon hours to where the steam is coming out of it like a chimney…

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After the letters were all mossed up I patted them down to see if any loose moss came off and then would re-glue any areas if necessary. At this point you could spray a clear sealer on the moss letters to help prevent the moss from “shedding” later on.

Since we had to drive to NC for the wedding with a car packed full of decorations I figured it would be best to bring the letters up, and attach them to the frames while we were up there. Luckily I had the help of family and friends :)

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To hang the letters from the frames we put a couple staples into the top and sides of the letters and then strung and knotted off fishing line, which we then stapled & knotted to the back of the frame. We didn’t want the letters to spin so that’s why we attached staples/fishing line to the sides as well as the top and bottom of the letters. I used a lighter weight fishing line to hold the letters in place inside the frame, and then a heavier weight fishing line to hang the frames from the deck during the wedding reception since the frames were pretty heavy. I’m not sure if this is making sense but hopefully the photos will help.

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Here is a photo of the frames the night before the wedding:

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And this is what it looked like during the reception:




Also, you could hardly see the fishing line in person, although the thicker line did show up more in some of the photos.





So what do you think? I know moss is generally associated with spring, but I loved it for our fall wedding and this is a project you can easily customize to say whatever you like. Not to mention it fits in perfectly with outdoor, woodland, rustic or whimsical inspired weddings.

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  1. Natasha says

    Hey there,
    This is a beautiful post! I am so excited to make these. My only question is, how long will they stay green for? How far in advance could I make them for my wedding?

    • says

      Hi Natasha, I actually still have our moss letters and plan to hang them up in my office/studio and it’s been 7 months since our wedding :) I would recommend spraying them with a clear sealer afterwards to keep them from “shedding” I didn’t do that and probably will, but they are still looking awesome!
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