Moss graffiti: Living decoration for your walls

Decorating exterior walls isn't an easy thing to do. Sometimes it's hard to find the right inspiration to make those grey walls and old bricks look a bit friendlier. But we've found a very unique and easy way to bring your walls to life... literally! Try this out on your garage or house and watch your neighbors turn green with envy...

You'll need:

  • a handful of moss
  • 2 cups of buttermilk or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • water or beer (as required)
  • blender, brush, bucket

The first thing is to find some moss. You might already have some growing on your property, but if not, you should be able to find some in a nearby park or forest. But if you do take some from nature, be sure to check your local regulations — some kinds of moss are actually environmentally protected and you're not allowed to pick them. Moss that grows in built-up areas, e.g. on walls, is usually better for this project anyway.

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Now wash the moss and remove excess soil and dirt.

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The next step is to put the moss in a blender, preferably an old one so it won't matter if a bit of dirt does happen to get in there.

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Now add some yogurt (or buttermilk), sugar and water (or beer) to the mix. Mix everything on a low setting. When you're done, the mix should have the consistency of a smoothie.

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Put the mix in a bucket and pick a wall where you can create your artistic masterpiece. North-facing walls with lots of shade are best for this.

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Now you can use the brush to apply the mix to the wall. It's just like painting.

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At this point, make sure the mix isn't too runny — it should stick to the wall without much dripping. All that's left is to let your imagination run wild and create a mossy mural to spruce up that boring wall.

Tip: If you find that the mix is too runny, simply add some sugar syrup to the mix.

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Keep your work of art damp for the next few weeks by regularly spraying it with water (from a spray bottle, not a hose) and soon you'll notice that the moss is growing.

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In a couple of weeks your friends and neighbors will be staring in awe at your environmentally-friendly masterpiece!

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What a great way to add a truly unique touch to your home!

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