DIY Wall Art Tutorial: Mossy Wall Art adds Zen to your day

Maybe because it’s supposed to be in the 90s this week, or maybe because it’s so darn easy to make, that I love this cool, green DIY Mossy Wall Art.  When I stand back and look at the Mossy Wall Art, I just feel cooler and calmer, like I’m standing in the shaded woods, with a small stream running nearby.  Ahhh . . .

DIY moss wall art

Mossy Wall Art adds a little zen — and a little zing, to your day.

Making this Mossy Wall Art is a no-sweat project, perfect for a hot and lazy summer day.  The moss I used comes in 14” square sheets and is the same moss used by model railroaders to create grassy landscapes.  I’ve seen it in the miniatures aisle in craft stores, and I purchased mine online at Save-a-Lot Crafts.

You don’t even need to bang holes in your wall to hang the Mossy Wall Art (unless you prefer to put holes in your wall).  The squares are so lightweight that you can use poster putty, which also makes them easy to reposition and change out.

To make the Mossy Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:  36″ x 12″ x 1″; OR three 12″ x 12″ x 1″ squares
  • Faux moss sheets, 14″ x 14″, three
  • Tools: Serrated knife and candle stub or soap OR dental floss; ruler; sharp pencil; scissors; straight pins; poster adhesive OR small sawtooth hangers and nails; low-temp glue gun and glue sticks OR thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Curly willow twigs and raffia or twine

To make the Mossy Wall Art:

Wall Art Tutorial:  Make Wall Art from moss

Use twine & curly willow twigs to “hang” art.

1. If using 12” squares, go to Step 2. If using a 36” x 12” sheet, measure and mark three 12” squares, scoring cutting line with sharp pencil.  Wax serrated knife with candle stub or soap and cut along the scored lines.  Or, use dental floss: stand the sheet on its edge, and hold a 24″ length of dental floss along the scored line, positioning one hand at the bottom of the board and the other at the top; draw the dental floss down through the foam sheet along the scored line.

2. Cut away a 1″ square from each corner of faux moss sheet. Apply glue to front and sides of first foam square and press moss to glue, folding sides down. Use straight pins to hold moss in place until glue sets. Repeat to cover remaining squares.

3. Use poster adhesive to secure squares to wall as shown, or glue sawtooth hanger to top center back of each square and hang with small nails.

4. Optional:  For added interest, bundle curly willow twigs and hang above Mossy Wall Art. Add short length of raffia or twine to create illusion that Mossy Wall Art hangs from the bundled twigs.

DIY Moss Balls & Pebble Balls

Deco spheres add a rustic accent.

We have instructions for the Moss Spheres and Pebble Spheres, too, on  If you like the natural look for your home, you might also like this Woodlands Birch Bark & Twigs Wall Art.

DIY birch bark and twigs natural wall art for cheap

Woodland Birch Bark and Twigs Wall Art.

For even more inspiration, Dow offers three free home decorating booklets, Great Décor in a Flash – Without a Lot of Cash, with dozens of additional fast and easy home décor ideas.

What are your summer decorating tips? Will Mother Nature have a hand in your décor?  Leave a comment and tells us about your plans.

Happy crafting!


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20 Responses to DIY Wall Art Tutorial: Mossy Wall Art adds Zen to your day

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  5. Brittany says:


    I was wondering how to get the stony texture under the moss. I love this piece and can’t wait to do it!

  6. Lauren S says:

    I love this tutorial, I noticed the birch wall art at the bottom of the post but when I click on the hyperlink to see that tutorial it says “error 404: page not found”. I would love to have the instructions for the birch and twig wall art, we’ll really I can figure out the twig one but the birch is puzzling me how you did that. I’d appreciate any input on where to find the tutorial for that. Thank you!

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  9. Sar Tann says:

    I never tire of looking at these. Especially the Woodland Birch Bark and Twigs Wall Art, that is one of my most favorite projects on this site. I made some napkin rings out of birch but I need to make the wall art, it’s just wonderful.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much! If the wall art is speaking to you so strongly, I think you need it in your life! Let me know if you give it a try. Sharon

  10. Winter Technology says:

    Love this Tutorial…i’m going to try right now!

  11. Bethany says:

    Michael’s has had this same exact project on their site for a long time. Did you get it from here?,default,pd.html?start=103&cgid=projects-homedecor-walldecor

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Bethany,

      Thank you for visiting Crafts ‘n Coffee and for your comment. Thank you, too, for noticing the Mossy Wall Art on Michaels’ web site. We shared the project with several years ago as part of our Great Decor in a Flash — Without a Lot of Cash home decor program. Great Decor in a Flash — Without a Lot of Cash is all about easy and inexpensive ways to decorate your home, and the Mossy Wall Art is just one of our ideas. We’ll share more in the future. Sharon

  12. Shauna says:

    This really is so zen and beautiful. I imagine you make the rock shapes by pushing actual rocks into the back of the styrofoam??

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Shauna, Thank you! This project is so easy, and the moss sheet already has that wonderful form when you purchase it. There is a link in the post to the site where I purchased the moss sheets, Save-a-Lot-Crafts. If you make the wall art, do send us a photo! We’d love to see it. Sharon

  13. How beautifully tranquil! Ideal to create a peaceful haven in a special place at home.

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