DIY Moss Art: Green Decor Just Got Greener

April 21, 2010
By Shauna
Moss mat

Moss Mat

I just started a DIY project at home with the help of my friendly neighbor. With the growing popularity of the living wall, I wanted to try my hand at creating a simple version for my own home. I love the idea of plants as art and decided to start with something simple to grow and easy to maintain: moss.

The Internet popularity of the moss mat has only expanded my interest in this concept. Though not many people have presumably brought this into their home, it’s creative approach has sparked conversation.

“Nguyen La Chanh’s ingenious design is made from a decay-free foam called plastazote, and populated with three varieties of moss: ball, island, and forest. Maintenance required for this little patch of green is limited, as the moss thrives off of the humidity released from daily bathroom rituals.”

Moss table

Moss Table

Though I’d like to turn the do-it-yourself experiment into a moss table (as pictured), we started with a piece of art. We decided to grow moss on a piece of plywood to later mount to our wall. Pending experiment success, we’ll add two more pieces for additional decoration.

I’m no botanist, but I found moss-growing directions that were easy enough to follow. Then I let some creativity take over. No, this isn’t an eco-friendly idea, it’s just literally GREEN! Please let me know what you think!

burlap moss set up

Burlap fixed to plywood

Materials:

  • 1’x1’ piece of plywood
  • Water sealer for plywood
  • Burlap (enough to cover plywood with 3 layers)
  • Staple gun
  • Moss
  • 8 oz of beer
  • Teaspoon of sugar
  • Blender

Prepping the base

    Burlap stapled to plywood

    Burlap stapled to plywood

  • Start by treating the wood with water sealant. You’ll need to let this dry, so make sure to get this finished before you’re ready to continue.
  • Once the plywood is treated and dry, cut the burlap to fit the plywood. You’ll need 3 separately cut pieces.
  • Pull the first piece of burlap tight against the wood so it’s not draping, but allow room for plants to root themselves. Staple the burlap to the back of the plywood.
  • Do the same with the other two pieces of burlap, but angle the pieces in different directs to add texture. You should not be able to see the wood when this is complete.

Collecting moss outside

Collecting moss outside

Growing moss
This is the fun part so, if you have them, make sure to include kids!

  1. Collect grown moss outdoors. We used about 6” worth. Make sure to shake off loose dirt.
  2. Put the moss, beer, and sugar into a blender. Blend until liquid.
  3. Pour the mossy concoction onto the burlap. Leave room on the edges.
  4. Allow the moss to grow by keeping it flat, moist, and shady. (It’s pretty messy and a little smelly at this point, so we kept it outdoors.)
  5. Once the moss has rooted and grown, we’ll be adding trim pieces on the edges to frame the moss!

Have you ever experimented with anything like this? How did it work out?

This is an incredibly unique post. Make sure to comment with your feedback!

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  • Ashley

    This idea is SO unique! I thought moss was always a bad thing, like algae. Thanks for this super creative idea! Better start my moss growing plan!

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