FRAMEWORK OR WALL IN PRESERVED GREEN
Creativity, passion and desire to do come together to give vent to your ideas. Decorate your walls with a picture or a panel in preserved green without spending mind-blowing amount of money. Here you will find all informations you need to make your DIY work, explained step by step.
Within our homes, our offices and enviroments we frequent, we are used to conceiving green in a classical way, for example in flower boxes, or in a more modern way as vertical gardens in vogue at the moment. We will talk about the latter in the future, for now we can say that these are expensive realizations, complicated to realize and They need constant maintenance over time, even if very beautiful.
Few of us know that we can furnish our walls in the same way with a different green material, spending the right amount and without any maintenance to perform. We get this result if we use preserved green.
What you need
The preserved green materials best suited to walls are:
- Flat Moss
- Ball Moss
- Reindeer Moss, also called Lichen
- Many other loose products such as Branches of Ferns, Salal, Ivy and Beech.
If you have manual skills and a little patience, I recommend buying these loose materials. You will save money, you will have the satisfaction of having done it alone and above all you will have a unique realization of its kind.
The equipment you need is very simple to use:
- Silicon Gun
- Colorless and odorless neutral silicone
- Hot glue
- A cutter with a very sharp blade
The last material needed is a very common MDF (Medium-Density Fibreboard material derived from wood) 3 mm thick panel to be purchased at a low cost in hardware stores, in DIY stores. Otherwise you can use a panel, also of 3 mm, of a plastic material called Makonil (similar to PVC) that you will find in shops selling plastic and hobby materials.
As a first step, I advise you, if this is the first time you have tried these things, to create a painting instead of creating an entire wall and then once you get comfortable you can practice with larger spaces.
In any case the technique will be the same. To start, choose the frame you like best and install it yourself, or have it put in a specialized shop. Once you have decided on the space to be covered, try to divide it into portions of measures that are not too large. Ex. If I have to cover an area of 100 x 70 H cm, divide it into 4 panels of 35 x 50 cm each.
When you have the panels number them according to the position they will take on the wall
- Plan and design the idea on paper. Normally we use flat moss or polemoss as a background and then we go on to insert what we like best. When you have designed the idea, prepare all the material and start.
- Take the MDF panel and place it on a full surface. Take the moss and place it on the surface to position it in the right places. It is important that it is placed side by side and that the pieces are placed perfectly in contact with each other without leaving holes. Being a natural material, it is normal that they are of different color gradations, in fact the beauty is just that.
- Take the silicone gun and a colorless and odorless neutral silicone cartridge (do not use cheap products, because then you will have problems like the typical bad smell for a long time), leave the spout intact, so that the exit hole is small . At this point, starting on one side of the panel, start making a thick (1 cm distance) of silicone coil on the MDF panel or on the lower part of the moss. Fill about 10 cm at a time. Take the moss and place it gently on the silicone pressing so that it is well attached. It is very important, before the silicone is dry, to match the various pieces of moss. In this way, proceed through the entire panel.
- Allow to dry for as long as necessary.
- If there are small areas left uncovered, take a small piece of material, put a drop of silicone in the hole and glue the moss onto it.
- In case you want, add branches and leaves of Ferns, of Salal, of Ivy or of Beech. Once the panel is dry, take the branches and leaves and place them on the panel you created to understand how to lay them. Then take the hot glue and glue the branches and / or leaves over the moss as you prefer.
6 bis. If you want to put flowers on your panel instead of the branches and leaves and / or together, repeat the same procedure described above. Same thing if you want to add branches of wood (very beautiful ones found along the beaches), the important thing is that they are well dry.
Now our panel is finished and if we would like to make a picture of it just add the frame you like the most, as we said before.
If we want to mount the wall panels, we will need a drill and 4/5 mm wall plugs. Place the panel to which you gave the number 1 on the wall and make 4 holes at the 4 corners. Don’t worry if the moss gets ruined a bit, then we’ll go and fix it.
Remove the panel, place the dowels, rest on the panel and invite the screws. Once finished, take a piece of moss and glue it over the vines.
Repeat the same operations with any other panels, being very careful to keep them very close together. Once finished you can finish the whole thing, where there were any holes, pasting over other moss.
If you have problems doing or understanding exactly what you need to do, don’t worry we made a video tutorial to help you!
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