DIY Floating Floral and Moss Letters
Having a backyard wedding, bridal shower or bachelorette party where there is a pool? Then these floating letters are the perfect addition to your event decor!
We hosted my sweet friend's wedding in our backyard a few years ago. Her and I created these beautiful floating letters covered in moss and flowers. Here is how you can do the same:
Step #1 - Purchase Supplies
For this project you will need the following items:
Step #2 - Attach the moss
This going to get messy so make sure to do this in an area that is easy to clean up. This process is best done with a helper.
Unroll the moss and remove backing if there is any. Roll the moss back up.
Add some glue to the bottom of the foam letter. Line up the edges of the moss with one of the edges of the letter as show in the below video. Then roll a little bit of the moss on to the letter. Repeat these steps until you have covered the letter to the end.
Once glued on, trim the moss to the shape of the letter. You can use scissors or an X-acto knife. We found the easiest way to do this was flip over the letter and trim the moss with the knife.
If the moss is not wide enough to cover the letter in full repeat the steps with another roll of moss. Make sure to butt up the edges of the moss really well or insert one edge under the other. We don't want to see the white foam peeking out.
Or you can attach flowers to the bare part of the letter to cover where there is no moss. We covered the entire letter and then decided where we wanted to attach the flowers afterwards. This is really up to you.
Step #3 - Attach the flowers
Once all the letters are covered in moss, it's time to glue on the flowers. If the flowers you have selected are attached to stems remove them. Some are easily removed without the petals coming apart. If they are not easily removed, cut the stem near the head of the flower. You can leave some stem if you want to puncture it through the foam (If you have left the foam uncovered as an option in Step 2).
First decide where you want to have your flowers on the letters. Then glue each flower onto the moss. Cluster the flowers close together so you can't see the moss or the foam. Even if you are using the stem to puncture the foam I would suggest gluing them as well for security.
Repeat step 2 and 3 for each letter then move onto step 4
Step #4 - Attach letters
It is best to complete this step at least 24 hours before placing into pool.
If you purchase your letters from the company I recommended, they will supply you with clear plastic strips and silicone glue to attach the letters to one another. This is super easy to do, they give you instructions for this step too!
Step#5- Place letters in pool
This Step will most likely require someone to get in the pool and should be done well before the event incase you have to pivot on how to attach.
Your final step is placing the letters in the pool. In order to keep them from floating all over the pool I recommend attaching clear finishing type string to the edges of each letter. You can do this by gluing U hooks the top and the bottom of the backside of the first and last letter with a hot glue gun. This will keep the letters from swaying in one direction.
Now tie one end of the clear string to the hook and the other end to a tablecloth clip. If the pool does not have an edge where a tablecloth clip can attach I would suggest tying it around a piece of furniture or large rock near the pool.