DIY Weekend: Spanish Moss WreathOctober 11, 2013
Decorating my front door in October has always been a conundrum for me. Wreaths covered in fall leaves and berries will carry you through Thanksgiving, but they aren’t exciting for a trick-or-treating crowd. I wanted to find something that would work for Halloween and transition into November. On a recent drive home it hit me: Spanish moss. In the daylight the strands are a beautiful and iconic Southern sight. But at night the moss becomes downright creepy, casting shadows in every direction.
Below is an easy step-by-step guide to making your own Spanish moss wreath.
Photograph by Imke Lass
How-to Make a Spanish Moss Wreath
- 1 Styrofoam wreath mold, size of your choosing (I used a 14”)
- At least two packs of floral U pins (also known as greening pins)
- As many handfuls of Spanish moss you can gather * (you can also purchase it online)
Pin small handfuls of Spanish moss around the wreath form, covering all evidence of the foam beneath.
Give the wreath its drama by hanging strands of moss onto the base you’ve already created, letting them hang at different lengths (like they do so well on our trees).
*Note: If you are gathering Spanish moss yourself, be sure to avoid moss that’s already fallen to the ground—it’s more likely to house insects and chiggers. If you want to be extra cautious, boil your moss in a stockpot and lay it out on newspaper to dry before use.