The brisk winds of late have blown frilly, intricate clusters of moss and lichens to the ground. Some are still attached to broken twigs. While eager to see green return to our outdoor landscape, we have this beautiful material in a range of subtle gray and bluish green tones to collect and use in crafting projects to decorate our homes for the season.
While talking a walk through a park or surveying your yard, keep an eye out for natural crafting beauties. Hopefully you will find enough mossy materials to craft a pretty project or two.
Moss and Twigs Under Glass
This decorative project looks similar to a lovely terrarium planted with delicate green foliage. Yet, the top is not sealed. And it doesn't require planting, soil, sunlight or watering.
For this easy to assemble arrangement, you'll need a glass vase wider at the bottom than the top. I used an aquatic garden vase by Anchor (pictured in top photo, at right) that I found at a thrift store. The vases that hold a Siamese fighting fish (Betta), and a peace lily plant.
Fill the inside of the vase with natural moss and lichens that you collected or purchased. Insert several small branches into the moss as show in picture. And that's it! Add a tiny bird nest and eggs or attach a faux bird to one of the branches to decorate your arrangement, if desired.
Simply Elegant Moss Wreath
This simple, yet elegant wreath is covered with natural, bluish green moss and lichens, collected during nature walks. Moss or lichens can be found growing naturally on twigs, tree bark, hillsides and rocks. Lichens with frilly edges add a lovely decorative touch to any wreath.
Important Note Before Starting - If you collect moss and lichen from the yard, store it in a sealed jar until you’ve collected the quantity needed, to avoid the possibility of bringing bugs indoors.
Gathering moss and lichens from nature is half the fun of this project. If you’ll be crafting right away, briefly microwave the moss to eradicate insects and their eggs. I have had a tiny spider crawl out of freshly collected moss. Sound too scary a venture? Similar crafting materials are available for purchase at craft centers, if you prefer.
Plastic tray, straw wreath, moss/lichen, glue sticks and glue gun, ribbon, wire hanger
Have you made any craft projects with moss? If you try either one of these decorating projects with moss and lichens, I'd love to see a photo. Enjoy the season and decorating with nature.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is a nonfiction author, and editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of seven books including, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success. Deborah has been a regular lifestyle feature writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.
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