DIY Moss Wreath

updated Apr 30, 2019
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(Image credit: Caitlin Atkinson)

This gorgeous wreath perfectly straddles summer and fall, and is super easy to make. Set aside one hour and you can have earthy and welcoming door decor!

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 1 hour
Project Cost: $25-30 (if you already have a glue gun)

(Image credit: Caitlin Atkinson)

From Caitlin: An inspiring DIY wreath project you can enjoy anytime of year from the photographer and stylist, Caitlin Atkinson, and author of Plant Craft: 30 Projects that Add Natural Style to your Home.

This wreath consists mainly of reindeer moss, which you can buy online in colors ranging from spring green to white (I used a chartreuse). The moss is preserved, which allows you to create something beautiful that will hold it’s color, so you can enjoy it all year long. I added twigs from a tree I recently pruned. The fun of this wreath is its whimsical nature. You could take it a step further and add accents: glue in succulent cutting or for a seasonal look add pinecones or evergreens. You could also keep it really simple and just use reindeer moss.

(Image credit: Caitlin Atkinson)
(Image credit: Caitlin Atkinson)
(Image credit: Caitlin Atkinson)

What You Need


  • 16 inch styrofoam wreath frame
  • 20 gauge wire
  • About 1 lb reindeer moss
  • 5-10 small twigs
  • Hot glue


  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters or pliers with cutters


  1. Wrap the wire around the wreath base, twist to secure, leaving enough wire create a small loop and twist again to secure. This will be used to hang the wreath once it is completely covered with moss.
  2. The moss will naturally separate into small chunks, apply a small amount of glue to the chunks at the base of moss and stick onto the wreath frame. Continue layering the moss until the whole base is covered. Remove any pine needles or loose debris in the moss before you attach it to the wreath.
  3. Find the top wire loop at the back and align the wreath with the loop at the top, as it will hang. Five inches off center on the bottom left, glue in place the twigs, making sure to have the glue make contact with the styrofoam base and not just moss. Hold each twig in place until it has set. Stagger the twigs up the side of the wreath and down the front for an off-center grouping.

Thanks, Caitlin!

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