When each year comes the time to unpack the crib in each home and assemble their pieces, one of the doubts that arise, especially among the more experienced nativity scenes, is to use or not the natural moss for the representations. At a legal level, the extraction of moss from the fields is very controlled and the majority trend, respectful with the environment, disavows its use for the Nativity portal. So, What alternatives do we have to simulate moss?


Natural Antarctic moss. Source: Wikipedia

The moss for the nativity portal, hard to get

The moss plays an essential role in nature, retaining the moisture of ecosystems and acting as a hybrid regulator. If all of us dedicated ourselves to collecting moss for our portals without control, the soils would erode, the landscape would deteriorate and the environment, consequently, would suffer our whims. The collection of moss is prohibited in many countries with a Nativity tradition, like Spain, Ecuador or Colombia.

However, although its obtaining from nature is very limited, getting moss for the Nativity scene portal is not a complicated task. With new technologies and imports from other countries, we have the possibility of buy moss artificial, or natural from controlled plantations or from areas where its extraction is allowed. But it is not the only alternative to go out into the field ...


Moss sachets for sale at Controladores.net



5 alternatives to moss in the nativity portal

As a using natural moss for the portal is a taboo Currently, we can pull imagination and a bit of skill to achieve similar effects or even more impact than the moss itself. Take note:

  • Cola paste, green paint, chopped dill and a little water. The mixture can be applied with a brush or plaque on the floor of the portal or on the surfaces of the rocks, to simulate the vegetation. The effect is amazing!
  • Sawdust painted: You can cover with White glue the surface of the nativity scene, stick the sawdust on it and paint it with green spray. For more realism, sprinkle pieces of oregano, thyme and other spices to create different textures.
  • Corduroy green: This typical fabric in garments has the peculiarity that it can imitate grass and grass better than other fabrics. If you spray it with a water sprayer and sprinkle it with sand, you can have a very natural soil for the fields of your nativity portal.
  • Artificial turf: in recent years, this material has grown a lot in sales. And not only for outdoor decoration, but also for the surface of our cribs. Use a low cut so that the figures are not hidden...
  • Plantation of natural grass, without land! If the artificial one does not motivate you and you want your own natural grass on the surface of the portal, you can try this trick. Of course, it requires a little patience. Look for natural grass, cut it and mix it in a blender with warm water, buttermilk and liquid retainer gel. There should be a green paste with which you can soak the rough surfaces of the nativity scene. You will have to do it a few weeks before assembling the buildings and putting the figures, because this lawn will take a while to grow. Spray it with water every 4 or 5 days to get better result. Do you try it on your portal?

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Bethlehem of the Cultural Association Art Workshop for the City of Alcobendas in 2010. Image: Alcobendas Town Hall

Here we have left you 5 alternatives to natural moss for your nativity portal. Remember that moss is a precious resource and that its inappropriate use can cause severe environmental wear if we do not control it. That is why ecological awareness is very important when it comes to setting up the nativity scene.


And you, What trick do you use to simulate the moss of your portal?



Fecha: 20 / 04 / 2017|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , , |

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