Have I got two fun tutorials for you today? They’re both budget-friendly, super easy to do and perfect for spring crafting. First, I’ll show you how to make fake moss using a bath sponge.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

Then we’ll use the sponge moss to create this fantasy napkin ring.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

Isn’t it pretty? When I make fairy gardens, I often struggle to find craft moss that’s small and dainty enough. Reindeer moss is lovely, but it tends to be quite high and can overpower the tiny details in the fairy scene. Sphagnum/peat moss, on the other hand, just doesn’t have that whimsical fairy feel to it. Plus they both dry out over time (unless you use this neat trick to revive the moss).

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

Sponge moss, on the other hand, never dries out and you make it in any color. Plus you won’t have to worry about creepy crawlies either.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

It’s great for all kinds of craft projects. I wouldn’t use the fake moss in a fairy garden with real living plants though. It may damage the soil and your fae folk won’t be happy. Right, let’s get to those tutorials I promised you. Oh wait, one more thing. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

Part 1: Making fake moss with a bath sponge

To make fake moss all you need is a sponge and green craft paint. I prefer using a bath sponge, they’re softer and eco-friendly. Look for a sponge that have lots of big and little holes. Any color should work.

A close up of a bath sponge used to make faux moss

Making sponge moss is messy but really easy and only takes a few minutes. Start by pulling the bath sponge apart. You want small (1 – 2 cm or ½”to 1”) uneven chunks with no noticeable straight edges. Add craft paint to a plate. You can use which ever color you want. For a spooky Halloween scene blacks, browns and greys work well. I’ll be using my fake moss to make fantasy napkin rings for a Spring themed lunch. For a more realistic look, use a combination of colors.

Chunks of ripped sponge and green paint mixed in a bowl

Dip the sponge chunks into the paint and use your fingers to work it in. You want the paint to cover  the entire sponge.

Dip the sponge bits into the green craft paint

Leave the paint-soaked sponge chunks to dry and repeat if you notice any spots you missed the first time around.

Sponge chunks after painting with green craft paint

And that’s it. Easy right? The sponge moss can be used immediately or stored in a zip lock bag.

Part 2: Making Fantasy Napkin Rings

For the fantasy napkin rings I used vines from our garden, some cardboard, a few small curly top mushrooms, and the fake sponge moss.

What you need to make vine napkin rings

You can use any small ornaments or figurines to add a little magic to the napkin rings. Small flowers and tendrils would look lovely too. If you don’t have any vines growing in your garden,  you can find ready-made vine napkin rings on Amazon and in most large craft shops.

Making vine napkin rings

We have a well-established Port St. John’s creeper growing in our garden, so I made my own napkin rings using some of her long flexible vines. They’re quick to do. Remove any leaves and wind florist wire around the vines. Wrap the wired vines around an empty cardboard roll to form a coil.

Wrap florist wire around the vines and twist them around an empty toilet roll

Secure the ends of the coil with more florist wire.

Wrap florist wire around the vines to secure

You should end up with something like this.

Wrap florist wire around the vines to secure and finish off the napkin ring

Adding a fantasy top

Before adding fantasy elements to the vine napkin rings I needed a stable base of some sort. I considered making a clay platform but cardboard is so much easier. Simply rip a sturdy cardboard box into pieces and paint them green to disguise the cardboard bits.

Paint the cardboard green

Once the paint dries, glue the sponge moss on top.

Glue the moss onto the cardboard

To finish off, I made a few small curly top mushrooms and gave them a magical top using gel nail polish.

Painting the fairy mushroom tops in gel nail polish

Isn’t that color gorgeous? Glue the mushrooms on top of the sponge moss and then glue the fantasy, mossy, mushroom topped cardboard to the napkin ring.

Glue the fairy mushrooms onto the sponge moss

Add a few green tendrils and you’re done.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

The tendrils are from our granadilla vine.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

And that’s it. A quick, easy hack to make faux moss for craft projects.

Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

 

Have you tried making your own moss? Let me know in the comments.

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Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

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Create your very own lush, fake moss using an unexpected crafting supply: a bath sponge! Yup, you heard right; a squishy, cheap old bath sponge. It's a simple, budget-friendly hack that’s quick and easy to do and the moss won’t dry out or fade. This tutorial also includes step-by-step instructions to make fairy napkin rings using the bath sponge moss.

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To make the fake moss

KECUCO 3 Pcs Bath Sponge for Women, Men, Teenager, Body Wash Sponges Loofah Body Scrubber, 3 Colors & Large Size Shower Pouf Cleaning Loofahs for Shower Exfoliating
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (16 Ounce), 21136 Kelly Green

The Napkin rings

Florist Wire,300 Pcs 26 Gauge Floral Wire,Dark Green Floral Wire for Crafts Bouquet Stem Wrapping Wreath Making Supplies Flower Arrangement Supplies (14 Inch)
Sculpey Original ® White, Non Toxic, Polymer clay, Oven Bake Clay, 1 pound great for modeling, sculpting, holiday, DIY and school projects. Great for all skill levels
Morovan Fingernail Nail Polish Set: Holographic Metallic Lacquer Air Dry Nail Polish Regular Nail Polish Pack 0.25oz Glitter Finger Nail Polish Bulk Toenail Polish Kit Gift for Women

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Getfitsoo Leaves Napkin Rings Set of 6, Spring Wreath Farmhouse Napkin Rings Greenery Napkin Holders Rattan Serviette Buckles for Thanksgiving Christmas Wedding Holiday Parties Table Decoration
Kaizen Casa Handmade Decorations Black Napkin Rings Set of 6 Metal Mesh for Weddings Dinner Parties or Every Day Use (Black, 6)
BEIBANG Farmhouse Napkin Rings Set of 12, Handmade Woven Napkin Rings, Spring Table Decorations, Summer Napkin Rings, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter

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

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