Fall is a good time to harvest . . . the moss! If you are lucky enough to live in an area where moss is growing you can gather some beautiful specimens. We have several kinds of moss growing nearby, including some velvety bright green moss. I can’t resist bringing some of it indoors in the fall.
I haven’t had much luck keeping it alive indoors, so check out the linked tutorial for that. I have had good luck keeping moss green, but dead, indoors from Fall into Spring. I found that I can spread some white school glue onto styrofoam balls sunk into containers. Then I spread the moss on top, keeping the “sheets” of it as intact as possible. I usually have to fill in empty spots with more moss, but the less I have to do that the better it looks. I mostly use small decorative bowls for best results. You can add interesting rocks to cover up some bare spots. They add a welcome touch of green to the indoors during the winter. Since the moss is basicly dead it can go anywhere in the house. Just never water or mist the glued on moss or you might get rot.
You could also cover medium sized styrofoam balls with glue and moss to use as decorative objects in a bowl. Some styrofoam balls could be covered with seeds or deconstructed pine cones for a variety of textures. An uneven number is supposed to be more visually pleasing in decor, so keep that in mind for this look too.
If you cover smaller styrofoam balls in moss they could be nice Christmas decorations, either hung with a red ribbon or as part of a mantle display or in a bowl of pine cones, oranges studded with whole cloves, pomegranites, and ornaments. If you can’t cover all the bare spots with moss try tying some ribbon around it like a pomander ball with a bow on top. Some of the ribbon strips should help cover the less attractive areas. You could even use a hat pin with a pearl on it to hold the ribbon in place. Red, white, gold, or silver ribbon should look good. Love the textures for this look! A very luxe look for very little money.
You could even glue moss onto the outside of clay pots to look natural or decorative however you like. If you are gluing it on, it’s best to keep the pots indoors.
I want to try growing the moss as a live plant this year. If you want to rty it, click the title for link to Instructables.