How To Create Moss Art, Moss Walls, And Moss Decor

Someone making circle with moss art

This article explains DIY moss art and decor. The first chapter will cover the fundamentals of moss art and decor by explaining moss species, tools and materials you can use, and how to set up a workspace. The second chapter explains some DIY projects for beginners and the third chapter covers some more advanced DIY moss art. The fourth chapter covers uses for moss decor in living spaces and the article ends with a chapter about preservation and maintenance of moss art.

1. Fundamentals of Moss Art and Decor

Making your moss art and decor is a great way of bringing some nature from outside into your home. This first chapter will cover some fundamentals by explaining different moss types, tools, and materials and how you should set up your workspace.

1.1 Understanding Moss

Before you start working with moss, it’s important to understand the different moss kinds of mosses. Learn more about the most popular mosses here.

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All three of these mosses can be used live but also preserved. Live mosses can thrive indoors but they will need some care. Preserved moss on the other hand is often used as an alternative when minimal upkeep is possible and/or the indoor environments not suitable for moss plants.

1.2 Tools and Materials

The basic tools and materials you need for crafting with moss include:

  • The different types of moss (dried, preserved, or live)
  • A substrate (e.g. soil, bark, dead wood)
  • Adhesives (e.g. moss adhesive)
  • Frames or support.
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottles (for the moisture)
  • Gloves

You may use other tools as well but these are at least the basic tools you need for turning moss into art.

1.3 Setting Up Your Workspace

Crafting with moss is a messy business so you should set up a workspace that is easy to clean and maintain. Set up a crafting table and cover it with a plastic sheet or a tarp to protect the surface from dirt and moisture.

A workspace where moss art is made
A workspace where moss art is made

Next, ensure that there is enough lighting. This is especially important for live mosses. Organize the mosses and the tools so you can streamline your crafting process so you can enjoy the process.

2. DIY Projects: Starting with Moss

This chapter will cover some simple DIY moss art projects that are perfect for beginners such as moss wall art, moss balls, centerpieces, and decorative picture frames.

2.1 Moss Wall Art DIY

Creating your first moss wall art can be very rewarding and exciting. For a more intricate design, you should consider mixing different types of moss and using other natural elements such as little rocks or branches.

Follow these steps:

  1. Begin by choosing the right frame or backing board to use as a base.
  2. Apply a layer of adhesive.
  3. Spray the moss (only with live mosses).
  4. Place the moss on the frame.
  5. Press it (slightly) down.
  6. Add additional features.
  7. Spray the moss one last time (only with live moss).
  8. Store it some with indirect sunlight.
  9. Check on it daily and spray the moss if needed.

Give the live moss time to establish itself. It will need a bit more care at first until it is well established. Keep it moist and prevent direct sunlight.

2.2 Decorative Moss Balls and Centerpieces

Moss balls are beautiful decorative natural art pieces that enhance the aesthetics of a room.

A woman making a moss wall
A woman making a moss wall

You can make a moss ball yourself as follows:

  1. Choose the right moss.
  2. Choose the right base (e.g. craft foam, reclaimed materials).
  3. Apply the adhesive.
  4. Press the moss slightly onto the surface to remove air pockets.
  5. Spray the moss daily (or every other day depending on the environment)

After you have finished the moss ball, hang it by strings or display it in a decorative bowl. Consider combining moss with candles, ceramic vessels, and glass jars to create a natural but sophisticated look and feel.

2.3 Moss Picture Frames

Another beginner-friendly DIY moss project could be crafting a moss-covered picture frame. You can do this as follows:

  1. Choose a moss (either sheet moss or carpet moss).
  2. Buy or make a simple wooden frame.
  3. Apply the moss adhesive.
  4. Carefully press the moss onto the frame
  5. Mist the moss (if it is live moss)
  6. Put it in a place with indirect sunlight (if it is live moss).

This is one of the easiest ways of creating your own (first) DIY moss decor. It is probably easier to do this with preserved moss instead of living moss but try it with live moss if you are up for a challenge.

3. Advanced Moss Craft Ideas

Now we’ll move on to a more complicated moss-crafting project. First, we will dive into crafting ideas that combine moss with materials such as reclaimed wood but we’ll also cover custom pieces, eco-art, and moss graffiti.

3.1 Moss and Reclaimed Wood Art

Reclaimed wood and moss create a rustic and elegant decor piece that is both sustainable but also eye-catching. Follow these steps if you want to create a moss decor piece from reclaimed wood:

  1. Select a piece of wood with character (e.g. old barn wood or driftwood).
  2. Clean the wood carefully.
  3. Buy or collect the moss.
  4. Apply an adhesive.
  5. Slightly press the moss onto the wood.

Give the moss some time to establish itself before storing it in a place with indirect sunlight and enough moisture and try to mimic its natural habitat. Once established, you can hang it up, display it on a table, or integrate it into large-scale installations.

3.2 Custom Moss Signage and Eco-Art

Custom moss signage is another way of bringing greenery and nature into buildings (specifically commercial spaces in this case).

Follow these steps to create your custom moss signage:

  1. Make the design on your computer or a piece of paper.
  2. Based on the design, decide which type of moss is the best fit.
  3. Buy live moss or preserved moss and an adhesive.
  4. Copy the design onto wood or acrylic.
  5. Apply the adhesive to the design.
  6. Carefully press the moss onto the surface.
  7. Spray the moss (if you are working with live moss)
  8. Keep it out of the sun (if you are working with live moss)

Try this first with a relatively small design. You may want to try different moss species, designs, or materials. If the designs fails the first time, you’ll have lost very little. Move onto larger designs once you have a bit of experience in creating moss/eco art.

3.3 Moss Graffiti and Outdoor Eco-Art

Moss graffiti is another form of eco-art and is used to create living and breathing art installations on exterior surfaces. You can either order a moss milkshake from our webshop or you can create a moss milkshake yourself.

Follow these steps to create your moss graffiti:

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  2. Collect and blend moss spores with buttermilk or yogurt.
  3. Make a rough sketch of the design on the wall.
  4. Use a brush and paint the moss milkshake into the design.
  5. Water the moss regularly (preferably with a misting device)

You can use this technique either indoors or outdoors. It might be a bit more challenging to keep a living moss wall alive indoors but it is worth the trouble.

4. Moss Decor in Living Spaces

Moss can be integrated into living spaces contribute to a healthier atmosphere and beautify a space at the same time. This chapter will explain some innovative ways of incorporating moss into rooms and settings.

4.1 Innovative Moss Decor for Living Spaces

One way of integrating moss into living spaces is by using large moss panels as living wall art in living rooms or bedrooms. These panels can both serve as a focal point but at the same time, they can regulate indoor humidity.

This can also be possible for bathrooms. You can place smaller moss accents in areas with high moisture and the moss will benefit from the naturally humid environment and will stay fresh and healthy.

4.2 Moss in Interior Decorating

Consider using moss for seasonal decor (e.g. holiday decorations) because it’s a great plant/product to complement themes with a touch of nature. Try, for example, crafting moss-covered wreaths or you can use moss to fill clear ornaments with a green and festive look. But moss can also be used as table runners or as part of floral arrangements.

4.3 Moss Decor in Commercial Spaces

Moss decor is getting more and more popular in commercial spaces. Especially in conference rooms or reception areas. Preserved (or living) moss walls create a sense of calm and it creates an inviting atmosphere.

It enhances acoustics and also reduces noise and on top of that, it reinforces a company’s commitment to sustainability and natural beauty. These kinds of commercial moss walls are not only beautiful features but also branding tools and conversation starters.

5. Preservation sand Maintenance of Moss Art

This chapter will explain how you can preserve moss in art installation, how to maintain live moss decoration and a step-by-step approach to how to create durable DIY moss wall panels.

5.1 Moss Art Preservation Techniques

The color and texture of moss must remain. How this can be achieved depends if you use preserved moss or live moss for your moss art.

Preserved moss: The color and texture of preserved moss can be retained using a glycerin-based spray to keep the moss soft and vibrant.

Live moss: Living moss needs to have stable humidity levels, indirect sunlight, and a stable temperature. High fluctuations in humidity, light, and temperature will kill the moss. Avoid direct sunlight and mist the moss occasionally but don’t overdo it. Use filtered water or rainwater if possible.

5.2 How to Care for Live Moss Decorations

Preserved moss decorations do not require much attention. Live moss decor on the other hand will need some maintenance. Here are some tips on how to care for your live moss decorations:

  1. Misting: Mist the moss daily with filtered or rainwater (if possible) but don’t drown it. It prefers moist but well-drained conditions.
  2. Lightning: Keep the moss out of direct sunlight (don’t put it in the window) and get some artificial lights if there are no windows in your room.
  3. Temperature: Keep the temperature as stable as possible. Don’t put moss in front of a heater or an aircon.
  4. Monitoring: Look out for signs of decay and check if the temperature, light, and moisture are within the required levels.

Are you working on a cool DIY moss art project? Let us know!

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