Real mosses can be dried and preserved to easily mimic a living picture. This moss picture is an easy, DIY low-maintenance decoration to add some green to your space. All you need is a glue gun, moss, plywood, and a frame to pull it all together. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own living frame.
We chose to use two different kinds of moss for our picture: mood moss and reindeer moss. Mood moss has been dried and preserved. A coloring agent helps the moss color stay vivid. Reindeer moss is lighter-colored than mood moss, ranging in colors like chartreuse, forest, and fawn. We decided to give our moss picture a more natural look, so we used chartreuse and white reindeer moss to contrast green mood moss.
Attach the plywood to the back of the frame to add extra support. Put a little bit of hot glue down on the inside of the frame and arrange your dried moss. Press down firmly on the moss to adhere it to the frame and hold it in place.
Add in some air plants for some extra texture, creating little pockets inside of the frame so they can sit and easily be removed for watering. We even added some sponge mushroom into the mix. Water every 7 to 10 days.
I can remember helping my Children make these, a few years ago, best part was walking through the woods to collect the moss. Layouts were sketched, backgrounds drawn, Mom handled the hot glue gun.
They added a few extras flowers, seeds, twigs, pretty color leaves and dead bugs. They could not wait to see their teachers reaction. Using the live moss vs hobby store dried stuff really made their projects stand out. Given the shape of some items made gluing a challenge. It was well worth it!!They lived and died on the, Wall of Honor in our game room!raf