Uses For Preserved Reindeer Moss
Preserved Reindeer Moss means that the water content is removed from the lichen, and it is replaced with Glycerin. This keeps it looking and feeling fresh. Here is an article about the practice of preserving reindeer moss.
Preserved Reindeer Moss is widely used in arts and crafts. It's also used to add foliage to miniature layouts and scenes like model trains, architectural models, and miniature landscapes. Preserved and sometimes dyed Reindeer Moss lasts for many, many years and is still supple and springy. It looks natural, except for the optional added colors and trimming into specific shapes.
The most common use is likely to add foliage to miniature gardens and fairy gardens. I love using it in topiary designs, and it works very well with air plants and succulents.
Note: Preserved Reindeer Moss is not for use in live terrariums. It will likely get moldy. Use live reindeer moss for live or wet uses.
Reindeer Moss can be trimmed into interesting shapes. You can remove the lower arms and make it look like trees, or cut it into narrow, rectangular shapes look like hedge rows. The only limit is your imagination.
It can also be painted. One use for painting is to color the lower “stalks” brown to make it look more like a tree.
Preserved Reindeer Moss is easy to dye into just about any color you need. We normally use fabric dyes that can be purchased in grocery stores. It adds great color. Popular colors include green, light green, chartreuse, yellow, teal, red, purple and blue. I've seen orange used in wall art as well.
You can frame the moss for use as art.
Comment below and let us know how you use Reindeer Moss in your projects!