DIY Framed Moss Shamrock on Glass

I’ve always loved the look of glass framed art, but have yet to purchase one of those pressed glass frames.  I do however, have several vintage frames that still have the glass, but are missing the artwork. Ideal for mounting something with glue, ie: a mossy shamrock, to the front of the glass for faux pressed glass look.  

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

How to make a framed moss shamrock on a vintage glass frame:

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Supplies:

Old frame with glass still intact (remove artwork and clean glass)

Natural moss sheet (from craft store)

Clear craft glue (I used E6000)

Scissors

Toothpicks

Shamrock image (find one from google images, or download my shamrock drawing below)

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Step 1) Frames can vary, so make sure it is a frame that allows you to glue the glass to the frame from the back side and that you will get a sturdy hold.

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Once you are sure of that, remove any frame clips and apply some glue along the back edge of the frame with a toothpick, then insert the glass into place.  Allow to dry.

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Step 2) Clean glass well, front and back.  Center and tape a shamrock image to the backside of the frame so that the image is facing toward the front, but behind (under) the glass.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Step 3) Cut pieces of the natural moss out that are slightly larger than the image.  I used 5 pieces: A small center piece, a stem piece and three shamrock leaves.  I made sure to leave room for overlapping the moss wherever possible.

Once the pieces are cut, pinch the edges to soften them so that they look a bit fringy and natural.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Lay the pieces over the shamrock image until you have the look you like.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Step 4) Pull the pieces away from the image and start by gluing the center piece first, followed by the stem.  Overlap the edges as needed.  Next apply the shamrock leaves one at a time.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Don’t over glue, just put enough glue to hold it in place.  As a final step you can go back and add glue under the moss with the toothpick to secure it down better.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make a framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Remove the paper from the back.

Leave the edges fringy for a more rustic looking shamrock, or press them in slightly to catch the glue underneath for a more trimmed and even looking shamrock.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make an easy framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

I cleaned the glass, but I don’t think I cleaned the frame, haha, perhaps it adds old Irish charm…

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make an easy framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Mounting the shamrock on the glass shows off the mossy texture and gives it dimension.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make an easy framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

Up close you can see that I was down to the last dregs of my bag of natural moss, but it was just enough to get the job done.

Use the glass and frame only from a vintage frame to make an easy framed moss shamrock or any moss shape that works for you. Rustic, simple look for St Patrick's Day or Spring decor - StowandTellU.com

I love how it is festive enough for St Patrick’s Day decor, yet it is simple enough on it’s own that it could hang year round in the right room setting.

If you were going to make something like this, what, other than a shamrock image would you try to use?

May the wind always be at your back ~ Amy

Feel free to use my quick-sketched (and less than perfect) shamrock drawing;)

Click on link below to download free shamrock printable graphic:

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Download  FREE PDF Shamrock Sketch  here—>: shamrock-stowandtellu

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15 Responses to DIY Framed Moss Shamrock on Glass

  1. Anne March 1, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    What a sweet idea Amy! Happy March 1st!

  2. chris aka monkey March 1, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    i bet you were cleaning up moss for days ha ha, this is awesome and if i was going to do it i think i would back it with a scrap of irish lace xx

  3. sharleen March 1, 2016 at 9:10 pm #

    thats very cute and a very creative idea. thank you xx

  4. DazzleWhileFrazzled March 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

    Great idea! Moss is so spring like. Visiting from Talk of the Town.

  5. Feral Turtle March 2, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    I think you have touched the Irish in me! That is adorable. I feel lucky just looking at it even with three leaves!! Pinned it.

  6. Ann Marie at Iris Abbey March 2, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Very creative for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve been making moss covered balls so I’m tuned to to anything with moss. I saw your link at Angie’s Knick of Time/Talk of the Town party.

  7. Betsy March 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    I love your mossy shamrock! Such a creative and inexpensive way to add a touch of greenery to your decor. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial at Talk of the Town.

  8. julie nichols March 4, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    So creative Amy! Thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town.
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  9. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage March 7, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    I love how your shamrock turned out Amy. It’s really lovely.The rustic look of the frame complements it beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  10. Linda Nelson March 9, 2016 at 5:54 am #

    That’s such a cute idea, and not just limited to shamrock shapes.

    • Amy March 9, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

      I agree, Linda, this would be really cute for other shapes, too. Thanks for stopping by ~ Amy

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