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Pottery Barn Inspired Moss Basket

A couple weeks ago when I was more than ready for Spring to arrive, I started looking around for some simple decorating ideas to freshen up our house. I turned to my latest Pottery Barn catalog, and saw this picture:

Pottery barn greenery

I love all the natural basket materials like wicker and rattan, but the grassy one spoke to me the most. {Wouldn’t it be adorable with a variety of wooden eggs in it?}

Naturally, I’m not spending the money on a seasonal decorating item when I can make it! The natural grass style of moss is hard to find, but I knew that our local Dollar Tree carries something that would be good enough for me!

Materials Needed:

  • A basket (with handle, if desired)
  • Moss
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks (I used about 20 minis!)

Materials

It was very simple to do. I began at the bottom of the basket and worked my way up, applying glue to every row as I went. I will say that I used a lot more glue than I thought I would!

I originally planned to cover the handle with moss, but ran out of glue sticks.

I decided ahead of time that I would leave the inside of my basket colored. I plan on filling it anyway with recycled paper (not Easter grass!), so you won’t see much of it.
If you don’t want to put moss on the inside of your basket but don’t like the way the inside of your basket looks, I suggest spray painting it. You could use a metallic color to make it pop, or a plain black to keep the look simple.

Easter Decor

When you’re finished applying the moss, you might want to trim the excess strands off the bottom. I had to go back over a few bald spots and add more moss to mine before I was satisfied.

Let the glue dry completely and then spray with a clear finishing spray.
You don’t want to skip this step! It will seal the basket and keep it from shedding moss all over your house.

You can fill your basket with Easter eggs or use it as a pretty planter. It’s sitting on our peninsula right now, waiting to be put to use. It cost me all of about $4 and a couple hours of work while the whole family watched a movie. I also satisfied my desire for something both seasonal and natural-looking, so I’m happy!

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