Sunday, April 14, 2019

Moss Covered Cross in the Entry

For all the adorable bunnies, chicks, and eggs that we have fun decorating with for Spring and Easter, I never want to forget the real meaning of this holiday, which is Resurrection Sunday. I like to keep the Entry a place where I can remember the meaning of the holiday and have a reminder of the seriousness and solemnity of this sacred time.

When my father-in-law passed away in 2010 one of the lovely floral arrangements sent for the service was a foam cross covered with flowers. It was displayed on a wire easel and made a beautiful arrangement. A few days later I asked my husband to head back to the cemetery and check to see if the cross was still there. I was hoping to retrieve it before the cemetery caretakers cleaned up the gravesite. He brought it home and I removed all the flowers and took it down to the form, then packed it away, knowing I'd cover it with moss and use it for Easter the next year.

The following 2 photos were from 2011 at our house at the time. The next early spring thinking about Easter, I covered the form loosely with moss, added 2 Calla Lilies, a bit of faux hydrangea, and sprigs of faux ivy. It was my first attempt and I loved the way it turned out, slightly wild and organic.

The moss wasn't packed as tight as it is currently, so I used floral wire to tightly wrap and secure the moss.

These are a few pics from last year when I had a some other vintage Easter things on display. A faux Gladiola stem was added to the form and the floral wire gave it a cleaner look.

The antique glass piece is reverse painted on the mirror as Jesus as a young boy cradling a lamb. It's an advertising piece for the early 1900's. Vintage and antique religious Easter post cards are tucked into the old mirror.

Faux Paperwhites and pussy willow stems are gathered in my iron urn.

Here is my main inspiration image that I used to create my own moss covered cross. If you want a premade moss form you can find one on Etsy and there are wood, plastic and Styrofoam bases on Amazon.

This is what I started out with when it had been stripped of all the live flowers. This form can be found on Amazon, but unless you're using live moss or flowers a wood frame for a much less expensive price will work just as well.

Then covered it with this moss using white Tacky glue.

Wrap with heavy duty green thread, florists wire, gardener's twine or covered wire.

I love using fun rabbits, eggs, lambs, etc. for Easter displays, but I also feel the importance of having one area of display for the spiritual side of this Resurrection holiday. I hope you're having a wonderful early spring and if you'd like more mossy inspiration for Spring and Easter you can find it HERE and HERE.


  1. How sweet you saved the cross from your FIL funeral to cover and re use each year in your Easter decor. I love your entry way it looks so pretty. Happy Weekend Debra.

  2. Happy Easter Debra. The cross is so pretty.

  3. I love this. This cross is so special. I love seeing your vignettes. I don't want to forget the real meaning of Easter either. Have a great week.

  4. Very inspiring... I love how the moss gives the cross a more 'real' look! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering, Debra. ;-)

  5. Debra,
    As always, you share the most creative ideas. I love the moss-covered cross with the calla lilies. Normally I prefer live flowers over faux ones, but your callas look so real and perfect for the moss cross.


  6. Beautiful Debra...HAPPY EASTER!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  7. So pretty, Debra. And yes, love to keep the real meaning of our Easter celebration central!

  8. I love all your ideas and tips. I can't wait to share tomorrow.

  9. What a beautiful idea for the front entry!

  10. I just love this idea! It is so important to celebrate the real meaning of Easter, and this is such a perfect way to do it in your home.

  11. Oh Debra, my heart is full and why I'm teary eyed, I have no clue. But that cross is my favorite thing in this hop and that it was from your dads service is the sweetest thing I've heard in years. And that it represents our Savior and what He went through for all of us undeserving children is beautiful. So glad I got to read your post. Happy Easter.

  12. It's so important not to lose sight of the real meaning of Easter. This is a truly beautiful reminder Debra. Hugs.


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