Faux Birch Bark Box with Moss Covered Lid "Tutorial"
1. Dark chocolate brown,
2. Dark forest green,
4. A color of your choice for the inside of the box.
With a 1/2" paint brush and the dark chocolate brown paint, apply a generous coat to the box (not the lid), but not so much that it drips. Brush on the paint in the direction shown in the picture. The brush strokes should be parallel with the top and bottom of the box. The grooves and lines in the paint from the brush strokes help in creating texture which will help create the birch bark look in the end result. One coat is enough. Paint the bottom as well and let the box dry overnight.
Once the paint is completely dry you are ready for the next step, applying the white craft glue. If your glue is too thick to work with comfortably you can add a little water to loosen it up, but not too much.
Apply a generous amount of glue with your 1/2" paint brush, but not so much that it drips. Apply the brush strokes in the same direction as before. (Horizontally)
Now, it is time to paint the last layer in this "Faux Birch Bark" process. Apply a liberal coat of white acrylic paint in the same manner as the previous layers. Use horizontal strokes for the sides of the box and work in circles for the bottom of the box. Make sure there are no drips. Let the box dry completely, over night. You will start to see the cracks beginning to form soon after you've finished painting this last coat. The cracks will widen as the paint dries. The cracks form because the paint dries quickly and the glue shrinks as it dries. Pretty cool!
This picture shows the thin cracks forming only 10 minutes after painting.
This picture shows the cracks looking wider and darker, as they begin to reveal the dark chocolate brown paint underneath. This was approximately 25 minutes after painting.
Fourth Step: Paint the lid and inside of the box.
Fifth Step: Glue the moss to the lid.
Now it's time to glue the moss to the lid. The moss is messy to work with but very easy to use. You are going to make a moss circle which will then be glued and wrapped onto the lid.
Place the lid on the moss. Eyeball about a one inch circumference allowance of moss so you have one piece of moss large enough to cover the top and sides. You can use scissors to cut your moss circle or simply pull the moss apart with your fingers to separate the scraps.
My first attempt gluing the moss to the lid worked well with white craft glue, however, I recommend using a hot glue gun because it is much faster and user friendly when you get to covering the sides of the lid.
Here I used my hot glue gun to attach the moss to the sides of the lid. It worked much nicer than white craft glue would have, mainly due to drying time.
Just work gradually all the way around the lid applying the glue, then bending the moss up onto the side of the lid. The glue didn't burn my fingers because the moss is so thick.
At this point you may choose to trim your moss or leave it shaggy. Both looks are nice. I simply used scissors and carefully trimmed the moss around the lid. You can see the differences in the pics below.
Final step: Decorate the top of your box!