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Easy Mossy Creatures – A Fun Porch Décor Idea

Sometimes when life gets too crazy, it’s good to just take a break and make something a little wacky, but oh so cute and unusual. Like these mossy creatures. They serve no purpose other than to make me smile and add a fun décor element to our porch.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

My hubby calls them the loveable grinch cousins, and they are super easy to make.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

These little guys are weather proof so they can be used in the garden too.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

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What you need

  • Expanding foam
  • Moss
  • Coconut fiber
  • E6000 or other exterior glue that dries clear
  • Wire
  • Aluminum foil
  • Two polystyrene balls per mossy creature
  • Free mossy creature iris printable
  • Exterior glossy mod podge
  • Plastic sheet to protect your working area

What you need to make the mossy creatures

How to make mossy Creatures

The body of the mossy creatures is made from expanding foam. I love the stuff. It’s waterproof and a little goes a long way. We’ve used it to carve a giant key and to give a milk bottle a quirky mushroom top. If you don’t have expanding foam you can use large polystyrene balls instead.

Lay a piece of plastic down on a flat surface to protect your work area and spray blob-ish shapes.

Protect your work are with a plastic sheet and spray two blobs of expanding foam

Wait a few minutes for the expanding foam to form a crust on the outside and flip the blobs over.

Wait for the exterior to harden and flip over so the other side can expand too

Let the expanding foam blobs cure completely. I left mine overnight. Use a sharp craft knife to carve away any knobs and form the expanding foam.

Paint the blobs brown with ordinary craft paint or spray paint. This step is entirely optional, but it does help hide the strange greenish color of the expanding foam.

Use brown or green paint to paint the blobs

Cut two pieces of wire for each blob to suspend the eyes on.

Cut two pieces of wire for the eye stalks

And a third, longer piece for the hat.

Insert the cut wire in the middle top of the blob for the hat and two shorter pieces towards the front for the eyes

Wrap the eye wires in foil and masking tape to bulk them up a little.

Wrap foil around the eye stalk wires and cover with masking tape

Remember to leave about 1” or so at the bottom and top of the wire unwrapped. It makes it easier to insert them into the blob and the polystyrene eyes we’ll be adding in a bit.

Wrap foil around the eye stalk wires and cover with masking tape

Create a curly hat form for the mossy creature by bulking up the bottom of the wire where it goes into the blob with lots of aluminium foil.

Bulk out the bottom of the hat wire with foil

Cover the foil in masking tape. The masking tape helps keep everything together and provides a surface that’s suitable for paint and/or glue.

Cover the hat wire with foil and masking tape

Paint the blob, eyestalks, and curly hat brown. Again this step is optional, but it really does make a difference to the next step.

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Paint the hat, eye stalks and blobs brown

Once the paint dries apply liberal amounts of E6000 to the hats and glue on coconut fiber.

Use E6000 to glue the coconut fiber onto the hat

Cover the expanding foam blobs and eye stalks in the same way, but use moss instead of the coconut fiber.

Cover the blob with moss

Almost done 😉 We just need to give these little guys some personality 😀 And the easiest way to do that is to add some gorgeous green eyes.

Giving the mossy creatures personality

Make the eyes for the mossy creatures by printing out the free Iris printables and gluing them onto the small polystyrene balls.

Print out the free eyeball printables and glue them onto the polystyrene balls

To make life easier and stop the polystyrene balls from rolling all over the place while you work, insert a toothpick and pop them onto another piece of polystyrene 😀

Put the polystyrene balls on toothpicks to make the next step easier

Seal the eye balls with a glossy outdoor mod podge. You’ll find a detailed tutorial on making realistic eyes here. Once the mod podge dries, glue a small amount of moss onto the back of the eye balls.

Cover the polystyrene eyes with a glossy mod podge or varnish and add moss

Pop the eyes on top of the eye stalks and …….

Add a little light-hearted fun to you porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

…… your weird, wacky, cute mossy creatures are ready.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

Place the little guys in a spot where they’ll get the attention they deserve. We’ve put ours on the porch, but the can go in the garden too, since the expanding foam is water resistant.

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

Both the hat and the eyes on the mossy creatures can be bent to give them a different look depending on your mood 😀

Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

I would love to know what you think of these little guys. Is it something you would make?

Add a little light-hearted fun to you porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

And where would you put them?

Add a little light-hearted fun to you porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

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Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

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Add a little light-hearted fun to your porch décor with these easy to make mossy creatures. With bendable caps and popping eyes they’re sure to put a smile on your face. #PorchDecor #MossCreatures #ACraftyMix

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered 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 amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

Royal Imports Fresh Dried Forest Green Moss, Naturally Preserved, Loose Chunks, 3 LB Bulk Case
SunGrow 1.5 oz. Coconut Fiber, Comfortable Bedding for Small Birds and Animals, Nest Lining Material, Great for Nest Building and Hideouts
DAP 7565000043 Touch 'n Foam 4001031212 MaxFill Maximum Expanding Sealant, 12Oz, Tan

Or if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then one of these beauties may appeal.

TecUnite 20 Pieces Artificial Moss Rocks Decorative Faux Green Moss Covered Stones (2 Size)
Real Plants Without Watering, Preserved Moss Tree Art Arrangement, Indoor Home & Office Natural Green Plants Décor - Non-Toxic
Byher Dried Moss Table Runner for Party Garden Decoration, Dark Green (30cm X 180cm (12' x 71'))

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Garden Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: May 19, 2021 20:12

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Aw these are adorable in their goofy way! I've been working in my flowerbeds a lot lately and these would look cute tucked away in with my flowers.
    • Posted: May 24, 2021 15:21

      acraftymix

      They do add a cute goofy touch to the garden and they make great fillers while you wait for your plants to fill out ;-)
  • Posted: May 18, 2021 13:43

    Meegan

    Absolutely fun and whimsical! I just love your fun crafts. I never would have thought of using the expanding foam. Love love love this.
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 23:00

    Kim

    They are ridiculously adorable, made with the just the right amount of whimsy...and you're right. I definitely would not want a taste. ;)
    • Posted: May 18, 2021 18:36

      acraftymix

      🤣🤣🤣 Me neither, Kim.
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 18:07

    Maria

    These are a trip! I love them! perfect for a conversation piece on your porch.
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 17:17

    Nancy Sargent

    Your tutorials are always so detailed! I love the grinch cousins! So cute!
    • Posted: May 17, 2021 19:18

      acraftymix

      I think they're pretty cute too ;-)
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 16:43

    Linda Johnston

    Whimsical fun for your porch!
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 13:53

    Rosemary Palmer

    These would be great by a light on a walkway - a little fun, but startling reaction could happen.
    • Posted: May 17, 2021 15:15

      acraftymix

      Oh my word yes. I can just imagine :D
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 13:43

    Sara

    I LOVE your wacky side; it makes me smile too :). I'm always so impressed by how you do your eyes. It's definitely true that eyes are the window to the soul - and your creatures definitely have soul!
    • Posted: May 17, 2021 15:15

      acraftymix

      So happy they made you smile, Sara. When it's Christmas I'll probably pop a Father Christmas hat on for fun ;-)
  • Posted: May 17, 2021 13:10

    Anita holland

    This is just too cute. At first glance I saw Groot riding a snail 🤣🤣 I am doing a new flower bed and these would be perfect. I just can't find decent moss. Well done.
    • Posted: May 17, 2021 15:14

      acraftymix

      LOL, now that you mention it, I can see Groot too. I do hope you find some moss in your neck of the woods, Anita. I buy most of mine at a Garden center in town. I find the stuff they sell in craft stores fades too quickly.

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