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A Rolling stone gathers no moss, but my walls do


I really loved the idea of having a living wall, but when I looked into the amount of work and expense that went into them, I decided against it. So, I looked around on Pinterest for creative ways that people have made moss/plant walls to gather some inspiration and then ran with it. A trip to Ikea and a few Michael's coupons later, my moss art was born. It was so easy, and super chap to create a whole wall's worth of art. It was less than $100 to create eight of these 12"x12" pieces!


Want to look like you have a green thumb while putting in zero plant care effort? Here's what you'll need:

  • Shadow boxes - The ones I bought are the Ribba frame from Ikea (these come in a variety of sizes and styles, but this particular one is a shadow box format with an inset mat and they worked perfectly.

  • Moss, obv. I looked around for the best deals on preserved moss and was able

to get a variety inexpensively at Michael's. Definitely look for a coupon, they've always got a deal going! I bought all of this moss for around $30 and still have a ton left over. My favorite moss to work with was the Reindeer Moss because it's super spongy and easy to glue, but of course you need a variety.


  • Glue. Remember how I mentioned having a bunch of wallpaper adhesive left over? Well, I used it for this project and it worked amazingly. It dried clear and was easy to wash off my hands. However, now the bucket of adhesive has a bunch of foliage particles in it, but as long as you don't mind that (or are just neater about it than I was), it's definitely worth not having to buy more glue.

Literally, that's it. This is the easiest project and it looks expensive!


Now to actually make the pieces. Also, super easy. If I were to rate this project on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it about a 2. It takes pretty much no creativity or skill. In fact, I made these after spending the afternoon at a brewery.


  1. Disassemble the picture frames. Another plus of these frames is that the front of plexiglass, so that even takes the risk out of this part. I took all of the frames apart and saved the mats for another rainy day project (TBD).


2. Put glue/adhesive on the wooden backings of the frames (the side that faces the inside of the frame obv).


3. Stick moss all over the adhesive areas, overlapping and alternating types of moss used. It doesn't have to be perfect or follow any sort of pattern, just make sure the wooden backing is covered.



The first few frames I made, I thought I was done, but then realized that part of the

frame backing was still visible when I reassembled the frames. To keep this from happening, put the square shadow box riser/border on top of the wooden backing and fill in wherever the backing is still visible.


4. Finish assembling the frame and then, you're done!


Totally easy and quick way to add some greenery to your space, plus it never needs to be watered!

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florida native living in the philadelphia area, wife, mom, lover of boston terriers, art, plants, and vegetarian food

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