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DIY Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

 

How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. I think this is a great use of greens in the home especially if you are someone who isn’t good at keeping plants alive. I personally managed to murder a cactus that has been in my office for the passed 3 years. I think I need a lesson in not murdering plants which is why this mat is so appealing to me. I found this fun little project right here if you want to see the full article.

Supplies:
Plastazote Foam Roll
Scissors
X-ACTO Knife
Stencil
Hot Glue Gun
Assorted moss plugs

Directions:

1. Measure and cut two sheets of plastazote foam from the roll at 24-by-12 inches each. This plastic-foam material is what is used in making commercial moss mats, and is ideal for wet-dry use.

2. Lay one of the sheets of plastazote in front of you and place a large stencil in the center. It can be of any shape you want. Stick simple shapes if you are a beginner.

3. Trace the shape with a white crayon, since the plastazote material is dark in color.

4.. Cut around the shape tracing with an X-acto knife. Cut down through the entire depth of the material, and push out the cutout shape, leaving a perfect hole in the shape of the stencil. Do this as many times as you want on the material. Place smaller stencils around the large cutouts and repeat, as you please.

5. Squeeze a line of hot glue along all four edges of the second sheet of plastazote material. Layer the sheet with the holes over it evenly, pressing the edges together. This creates a single mat of about 2 inches thick. The top layer features perfect molds for filling with moss.

6. Moisten the top layer of the mat after it has dried for an hour. This gets it primed for the moss. Spray it with a fine mist of water from your shower head or a spray bottle.

7. Fill each “mold” in the top layer of the mat with your own selection of moss plugs, which can be purchased online or from specialty nurseries and gardening stores. Irish moss, Spanish moss and some forms of live sphagnum moss thrive well in these living eco-shower mats.

Green Graffiti?

Moss Paint

Funny enough I found the green graffiti idea due to a tweet made by Andy Dick of all people. I saw the title Moss Graffiti  and I had to see what green graffiti was all about.
All you need is: a handful of moss, water, water-retention gardening gel, & buttermilk and you are on your way to making your own live graffiti that is probably better for the environment and better than painting on other peoples property. I am thinking green graffiti probably isn’t even illegal but don’t quote me on that.
I am not sure how green this really is but I do think this is a good idea to do at home as a project. Its an interesting activity to say the least.
I think creativity wise you could do fun things with green graffiti and maybe even figure out ways to make the moss different colors and possibly even include other plants in the mixture to see if they would grow as well. Spring is coming and there are plenty of things to plant but green graffiti would change up your garden up a bit. Try it as a science project for school or as an at home project with some friends! I know I am going to try some green graffiti at my home this spring! If you do send us pictures and we will post them on The Beagle!
As always creating more vegetation in our world is a plus so green graffiti earns points for that but I don’t suggest trying this on property that isn’t yours unless given permission. Green graffiti can be used to cover up difficult to remove paint graffiti which might be a more cost effective way to deal with unwanted graffiti and a good lesson for graffiti artists because painting over moss might be difficult. This might deter people from using spray paint which isn’t a bad thing either so maybe green graffiti is greener than I thought!
Click here to learn how to make your own green graffiti!
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