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Spirit of the Forest Wreath – DIY Tutorial

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Well hello there. What have you been up to? I’ve been spending way to much time drooling over the lastest Grandin Road catalogue. OMW they have the most beautiful and unusual décor pieces. But they’re in the States and we’re in South Africa and our Rand/$ exchange rate sucks right now. So there’s just no ways I can afford any of their amazing creations. But I sure can use them as inspiration right?!!! We’re DIYers after all 😉  Like this “Spirit of the Forest” wreath, we made last week.

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I tried real hard to imitate the Grandin Road version, but somewhere along the line I went a little crazy with all that greenery and ended up with something that resembles the green man from Celtic lore instead. But I’m super happy with how he turned out and I really wanted to share how we made him, just in case you’d like to make one too.

What you need for the Spirit of the Forest Wreath

For The Face

  • Plain white mask
  • A piece of bark for reference purposes
  • Texture paste. You can find the paste in most craft stores or you can make your own using this recipe. Just add more talcum powder to get a thicker consistency.

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You’ll also need

  • Different earthy colored paints (black, brown, gold, umber etc.)
  • Palette knife or a plastic knife
  • Moss and floral foam
  • Paint brush
  • Sponge

For the Wreath

  • Something to mount the Spirit of the Forest wreath onto
  • Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • Faux greenery
  • Twigs

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First things first. I needed to turn that cheap white mask into something a little more barkish so the Spirit of the Forest would look more realistic.

How to Create Faux Bark

Creating faux bark is really easy to do. Just apply big dollops of texture paste all over the mask with a palette knife. A plastic knife works too. The nature of the texture paste makes it form these peaks every time you lift the knife up. It resembles the knotty, gnarly look you would normally see on an old tree.

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Easy right? And keeping a piece of bark handy helps a lot too. Leave the mask to dry completely. It will take a few hours depending on how thick you applied the texture paste. My inspiration bark piece had lots of dark undertones with hints of a light and dark brown. So I started off by painting the whole mask black and then lightly sprayed a light and dark brown over the top.

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That Rust-Oleum Espresso color is probably one of my favs. We’ve used in so many of our projects and we always have a tin in our stockpile. I didn’t wait for the paint to dry between coats. I just sprayed, smudged, dabbed and sprayed again until I was happy with the base colors. To add more depth I applied some earthy colored acrylic paints with a sponge, once again using the piece of bark as inspiration. The trick here is not to overthink things. Don’t be scared to mix the colours and build up the layers until you’re happy.

Nature always wears the colors of spirit. Ralph Waldo EmersonClick To Tweet

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Can you see that tiny piece of bark on the bridge of the nose? It’s a pretty close match right! The only problem was that the paint appeared too glossy in comparison to the bark. That’s easy to sort out though. Just sprinkle some talcum powder all over the face and brush it off. It dulls the paint 😉

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Next up, adding the moss.

Giving the Spirit of the Forest That Mossy Look

No self respecting Spirit of the Forest or green man would be seen without a little bit of moss in my humble opinion 😉 The only moss we had was a little too coarse so I used a cheese grater to make it finer before gluing it onto the mask.

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If you want to be true to nature apply more moss on the one side of the face. Actually, moss doesn’t only grow on one side of a tree. It just MOSTLY grows on one side. In the northern hemisphere it’s usually on the north facing side, while down here in the southern hemisphere, you’ll find it growing on the south side of trees. But hey, it’s your Spirit of the Forest so apply that moss where ever you think it looks good 😀

Don’t let moss grow on the path of friendship. American proverbClick To Tweet

Okay, confession time. I messed up a little. I should have thought about adding the eyes right at the beginning because that would have made the next step so much easier. Oh well, you live and learn and hopefully I can save you from making the same mistake

Giving the Spirit of the Forest Some Soul

My vision for the Spirit of the Forest didn’t involve some sightless gargoyle type creature with blank staring eyes. Nope, he needed soul and the only way to do that was to add some eyes. So I used floral foam to “sculpt the eyes”. Just squish the foam into the sockets and use your finger to mold it into a rounded shape.

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A little bit of brown paint and some more texture paste so they could tone in with the rest of his face, and they were ready to be painted.

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I know not everyone is comfortable painting eyes, but this tutorial will show you how to do it in a few easy steps. If you’re still not keen to try, you can download eyes from the internet and mod podge them on. The Graphics fairy has a whole bunch of beautiful eyes to choose from.

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Once the eyes are dry they can be glued in place. You can add some more moss to hide any gaps or imperfections.

Putting it all Together

So now that I was happy with his face it was time to start putting the whole Spirit of the Forest wreath together. I’ve never made a wreath before. It’s not something we do here in South Africa. You normally only see them at funerals or maybe Christmas time. But hey, there’s a first time for everything. For the base or backing, I used a piece of wood that’s been lying around forever. I’m guessing you could use a wreath form or polystyrene ring or something like that too. If you’re visiting from the States then you’ll probably know how to do this way better than me 😀 I glued a whole bunch of faux greenery and twigs from the garden onto the wood using our glue gun, making sure to leave a spot open to glue his face down.

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I used a crap load of sooooo much hot glue to stick everything down. That greenery and the face ain’t going nowhere 😀  We hung the Spirit of the Forest on our front door and I love it.

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Our door is a really deep dark brown, almost black, and the greenery really pops.

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And for some strange reason, it feels like his eyes follow you.

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Or is it just my overactive imagination?

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I would love to know what you think. Is it something you would make for your home? If you’re not comfortable playing around and turning a cheap mask into a face for your Spirit of the Forest or green man, then you can always get one of those resin bark faces online instead. I’ve added some links at the bottom of the post to make it easier for you to find.

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And if you like the idea, please don’t forget to pin it for later

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Oh before I forget, here’s those links I promised you. Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft ideas for you 😉

The Spirit of Nottingham Woods: Greenman Tree Sculpture
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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, craft filled week. Sending love as always.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

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Comments

  • Posted: November 2, 2018 12:17

    Kathleen Rupp

    WOW....what a piece of art! I am so impressed and thank you for the tutorial. I love it! Saw your post at the bloggers pit stop! Oh I pinned this:)
    • Posted: November 2, 2018 14:05

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Kathleen 🙂
  • Posted: October 20, 2018 23:10

    Leanna

    He's a green man to me, as I have always wanted one. I see him surrounded by lush African greenery and what a warm beautiful place to be. He is beautiful now Michelle, but I bet he becomes a lifelong treasure helping your garden for many years. You are awe-inspiring my friend. Gorgeous
    • Posted: October 21, 2018 08:49

      acraftymix

      🙂 Thank you Leanna. I hope he sticks around for a long while too. He makes me smile everytime I walk up to the front door 🙂
  • Posted: October 20, 2018 13:42

    CraftyHope

    Oh my word! I'm not usually into wreaths, but this one is so sublime. I adore the natural elements and the mossy groove. It's really amazing. Thank you for sharing it and your tips for making our own!
    • Posted: October 21, 2018 08:46

      acraftymix

      It was a huge pleasure Hope, I'm really glad you enjoyed the tutorial
  • Posted: October 19, 2018 21:16

    Debrashoppeno5

    You are so gifted and amazing. The forest spirit wreath is a piece of art.
    • Posted: October 20, 2018 05:17

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Debra 😊
  • Posted: October 19, 2018 13:57

    Susan

    You rocked this one out of the park girl. Out.Of.The.Park. WOW!!!
    • Posted: October 19, 2018 14:13

      acraftymix

      😊 😊 😊 Thanks so much Susan 💕
  • Posted: October 19, 2018 13:38

    DecorCraftDesign

    OMG! It's so real, it's spooky but amazing! The eyes are so alive, great job, Michelle! Looks like one of those in the movie.
    • Posted: October 19, 2018 14:17

      acraftymix

      💕 Thank you Mel, that means a lot coming from you
  • Posted: October 19, 2018 12:41

    Marie InteriorFrugalista

    Oh my word, that is the most interesting, unique and fabulous wreath I have ever seen and I like me some wreaths, dedicated an entire Pinterest board for them. Truly amazing! This one is now the header image for that board.
    • Posted: October 19, 2018 13:47

      acraftymix

      W😍W Marie, thank you. That's such an awesome compliment.
  • Posted: October 19, 2018 00:57

    Amy

    This is freakin' amazing, Michelle! I always love how much attention to detail you pay, and your creations are so incredibly intricate. This is absolutely captivating!
    • Posted: October 19, 2018 10:32

      acraftymix

      Oh Amy 😊 Thank you so much. I so enjoyed bringing this one to life
  • Posted: October 18, 2018 14:21

    Lou

    Wow, you're so creative! Such a stunning wreath!
    • Posted: October 18, 2018 14:39

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Lou 😍
  • Posted: October 17, 2018 16:52

    Maria

    You are such an artist! Love this garden art.
    • Posted: October 18, 2018 03:27

      acraftymix

      Thank you very much Maria 🙂
  • Posted: October 17, 2018 14:29

    Courtney

    Oh WOWZA Michelle! You outdid yourself on this one. <3
    • Posted: October 17, 2018 14:57

      acraftymix

      👍 Doing the happy dance right now 🙂 Thanks so much Courtney
  • Posted: October 17, 2018 14:02

    Sara

    I actually dislike wreaths with a passion because so many of them are cheesy and I’ve never really understood why anyone would want one. However, you’ve made a convert of me. I think this is just stunning - and inspiring. This is exactly how a wreath should look. Well done Michelle!
    • Posted: October 17, 2018 14:10

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Sara 😍 I'm not a big fan of them either, but after making this one I can so appreciate the work that goes into them.
  • Posted: October 16, 2018 15:14

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    WOW, Michelle, this is SO amazing!!! What a cool idea to use a mask to create this guy! I have to say I like your version better than the original. Great job, girl!
    • Posted: October 17, 2018 04:33

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Julia 🙂 I loved putting the green man together
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 18:00

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Oh my goodness, I ADORE him Michelle - he's exactly as a green man should look :)
    • Posted: October 16, 2018 04:30

      acraftymix

      ❤ Now that makes my heart super happy. If there's anyone who knows all about the green man and the Spirit of the Forest it's you Sarah. Thanks so much
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 17:45

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Wow Michelle this is so awesome. I love how you did the texture and coloring for the face, and those eyes are beautiful!
    • Posted: October 16, 2018 04:31

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you so much Linda
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 17:36

    Mary Kalpos

    This is just incredible. You are a true artist Michelle. When you first showed it to me it was the eyes that immediately caught my attention. I thought you must have stuck glass eyeballs in there but you are much more creative than that. A true work of art indeed and I like your version so much better. The other one looks like it is the king of the night walkers.
    • Posted: October 16, 2018 14:13

      acraftymix

      😊 Not so sure about the incredible bit Mary, but I really appreciate it so very much. I just love painting eyes. Whenever I do a portrait those are the very first things I paint.
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 16:52

    Katrin

    No words!! It's the most beautiful creation you've made Michelle, although I'm blown away by everything you create, but this one is just wow.
    • Posted: October 16, 2018 04:32

      acraftymix

      😍 Wow, Katrin thank you.
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 15:52

    Kim

    Michelle, I agree with Carolann...you are a true artist. Wow...I have no words. Outstanding. :)
    • Posted: October 15, 2018 16:00

      acraftymix

      😊😊😊😊😊😊 Thank you Kim
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 15:31

    Nikki Gwin

    Ohhhh I should have recognized this talent! Michelle, this is spectacular. I still want to make the garden nymph and NOW I want to make this too. LOVE it. :) gwingal
    • Posted: October 15, 2018 15:47

      acraftymix

      Awwww Nikki, thank you. They'll both fit right into that beautiful garden of yours
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 15:28

    Carolann

    Wow, Michelle. You are a true artist! I just love your work. I'm so inspired by it and would love to try this too one day!
    • Posted: October 15, 2018 15:46

      acraftymix

      😀 Thank you Carolann 😊
  • Posted: October 15, 2018 13:25

    Dorothy

    OMW there are no words to describe how beautiful this is. STUNNING!!!😍
    • Posted: October 15, 2018 13:28

      acraftymix

      Thank you very much Dorothy 🙈

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