There have been numerous studies that say spending time outside, especially in green spaces, improves your health and happiness. One way you can incorporate that into the interior of your home is to build your own moss wall. Sally Stevens, the director of sales and marketing at Plantscaping & Blooms, has put together around 30 moss walls in her two years with the company. “It’s something I naturally gravitated towards,” she says. Here she outlines a step-by-step DIY guide on how you can create a similar look at home.
Hot glue gun or adhesive spray
Branches, river rock, replica succulents or any other organic elements you want to incorporate into your moss wall
Frame of choice
Foam core board or plywood
Small saw or utility knife
1. Identify what you’re looking for
There are a variety of different designs you can choose from for your moss wall, including textures and colors, so it’s important to find something that fits with the theme of your home. “What is that feeling you want when you look at that wall? Do you want to feel soothed, or do you want something more exciting in the way of abstract art or colors?” Stevens says.
2. Sort through the moss
Go through your bags of preserved moss to ensure you have an evenness of texture and color. Use your hands or scissors to go through and discard undesired items, such as twigs or heavier stems.
3. Adhere the moss to the backing
Whether you’ve selected plywood or a foam core board as the base for your moss wall, it’s now time to take your glue and attach the moss. “You’re going to bring [the moss] together at the tip of your fingers and you’re going to spray it, adhere it to the backing, and you’re going to hold it there for just a few seconds,” Stevens says. Apply any added organic elements to your moss wall, such as branches, river rocks or replica succulents to give your wall some extra pizzazz.
4. Check for missed spots
“It’s a helpful idea to take photos of the piece because a flash on the backing can expose areas where you might be missing some spots,” says Stevens. You can either fill them in with more organic elements, or take a can of spray paint and color in the backing to match the shade of your moss.
5. Frame it
Let it set a day or two and fill in any spots as needed. After that, it’s ready to be put in the frame. “Some folks like to have a professional frame created around it,” Stevens says. If you want to give it an organic edge, wrap the moss around the edge of your frame. After that, it’s ready to hang on your wall.