This is probably one of the coolest backyard D.I.Y. projects you’ll ever come across, and the best part is, it’s relatively easy (not to mention eco-friendly).


• a space to put it (a porous space will work best so the moss has something to adhere too). Rocks in shaded gardens work well.


• Moss (about three cups of it, washed and cleaned of soil)

• 2 cups of buttermilk or 2 cups of plain yogurt

• 2 cups of water

• 1/2 tsp of sugar

• a blender (preferably an old one that you don’t use for your daily smoothie)

You’ll also need some sort of template. Decide what you want to put on your space (a word? A picture?) then draw and cut out your stencil. Use thicker poster board for your stencil so it is easier to work with.

Put all of the ingredients into the blender and blend it all up, ensuring clumps are gone. It should result in a thick, paint like solution.

Tape your template on the wall, then use a paintbrush to slather on your mixture. After the mixture is on in the spot that you want, you’ll have to mist it everyday until it begins to sprout. It will probably take about two to three weeks until you see the moss start to grow.


Moss thrives in damp environments, so you need to commit to keeping your moss moist. Picking a place out of direct sunlight will probably make it easier for you to succeed at this project.