Millie Holloman Photography | make a moss tree: the how to

This DIY moss tree is brought to you by Salt Harbor Designs with photography by Millie Holloman. You might have already seen this post on Style Me Pretty. Just in case you missed it, here is what they had to say about our evening: “Two of our… Read more

make a moss tree: the how to

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This DIY moss tree is brought to you by Salt Harbor Designs with photography by Millie Holloman.

You might have already seen this post on Style Me Pretty. Just in case you missed it, here is what they had to say about our evening:

“Two of our all-time favorite vendors – Salt Harbor Designs + Millie Holloman Photography – joined forces to get us all in the holiday spirit!  Their fun and festive Christmas DIY potluck is not only an amazing an idea for bringing a little crafting cheer to your friends and family and getting your home holiday-ready but it would also be such a sweet party for you and your bridesmaids to knock out all those wedding DIY projects too, don’t you think?  I absolutely adore the moss and paper trees that they easily whipped up and can’t wait to get my craft on now!  Scroll through to see all their holiday handiwork and learn some incredible DIY projects that you can do at home!  Then head on over to the full gallery to see the entire gleeful gathering!

4 Easy Steps

1. Put Styrofoam in the base of a pot and cover the foam with moss.

2. Wrap a cone with sheet moss using floral pins or floral wire bent into pins.

3.Push a short branch into the base of the cone to form the trunk (curly willow branches work great for trees with character). Glue it into place to make sure it is secure and let cool.

4. Push the other end of the branch into the pot. Glue into place.
* Styrofoam can also be covered with materials such as twine, music, book pages, burlap, cinnamon sticks, etc.

Of course our little potluck dinner craft party require a little crafting pre-party! Table and design by Salt Harbor Designs… this is where we ate our potluck dinner before we dug into piles of books, foam, glue guns, and moss.


Table runner by Salt Harbor: We created a table runner out of old book pages, first laying down a sheet of brown paper and taping the pages to it. This not only protected the tablecloth from wax from the taper candles, but also provided great protection once it was craft time.

The room was strung with hand cut paper snowflakes, which we (Salt Harbor & MHP) made the day prior from the old books we collected. We strung a little twine and viola… a winter wonderland to create in!

Here is what Jennifer from Salt Harbor had to say about our evening:

“I am asked all the time what my house looks like, and I always have to laugh. It would certainly not be what people imagine! At Salt Harbor we design so many things for our clients and their events that oftentimes we are just too tired to focus on our own homes. Crafts and creative projects are an every day occurrence for us, so doing them at home is not quite as enjoyable as it might be for some. This Christmas I thought it would be fun if we held a Christmas party with our staff and their families to design things for our own homes. We invited friends, moms, and of course, the girls at Millie Holloman Photography (who share our office space). Between the staff at Salt Harbor and Millie Holloman Photography, everything always tends to get bigger than we planned, and this was no different. The idea turned into a pot-luck dinner and crafting photoshoot. We transformed a section of our office space into a craft room, complete with supplies, stations, and blackboard instructions. We had more fun than we could have ever imagined, and I dare say, we created a Christmas tradition that will be expected every year!

We sent out invitations encourgaing our guests to bring their cutest aprons and any crafting supplies they could gather. They hit the stores in the days before the party and bought up all of the styrofoam they could find. We also tasked specific guests with requests such as brining greenery, holly, pin cones, and moss. Each guest brought a appetizer, entree or dessert. Everyone arrived arms loaded with more supplies, food and wine than we could have ever anticipated or consume. A week later everyone is still buzzing over all the festivities and their new decorations!”