I actually own a marimo shaped like a legless elephant, after all why would a marimo need legs...or ears...or a trunk...or a cute little tail. No actual reason at all other than I sort of ended up making it out of an odd shaped marimo. I'm not sure anyone has ever really done marimo topiary before so I gave it a try.
|L Lee Phant sitting around in his glass.|
So is this a tutorial? No, there's no real trick to making a marimo topiary other than making sure you don't care if you end up tearing it into little bits if you mess up and being very careful. I was going to tear it into tinier marimo but ended up turning it into an elephant or L Lee Phant as I've named him. He's a lazy elephant, loves laying at the bottom but on very rare occasions after baths, he loves to float much like the rest of my marimo.
|L Lee's butt, I had to take a picture of this for some reason :)|
Did making an elephant topiary change the marimo somehow? Actually I did notice that out of all my marimo I have in my window, L Lee Phant is the only one who got some sunburn so parts have turned white and I'm either going to have to trim those or maybe some of it will go back to being green, I just have to wait and see.
|Marimo out of water, proof that L Lee is actually real I decided to show him after a bath.|
You can actually see his little tail on the left.
Do I regret turning a perfectly good marimo into an elephant shaped not-so-perfect shaped thing? Not really, it's pretty cool looking if I do say so myself. I am planning on using some thread to help seal up a few of the natural cracks until they heal, maybe someday work on getting legs to grow but it's fine without them.
|Top view of L Lee Phant.|
For some reason this reminds me of Tantor from Tarzan 2 when they were kids.
"Mom are you sure this water's sanitary? It looks questionable to me."
Don't tell me I'm the only one who remembers that line.
Any plans for future marimo topiary? At the moment no even though I have one idea I'd love to do I just don't have any marimo that I'm looking to tear apart just yet. Maybe someday in the future when I buy some more marimo I'll try it out but at the moment I'd like to keep the rest of my bigger marimo whole.
|L Lee Phant looking up, trunk in the air facing the camera.|
Look at all those bubbles.
Do I have any more marimo projects/creations in the works? Yes, yes I do. I'm always trying to come up with new ideas on displaying my marimo. It really matters on how easily I can get my hands on supplies, how expensive they are and timing. One of my ideas I've been working on for months and fails time after time, one little thing and I just can't get it right so now you know my secret, I make a lot of craft failures and quickly run out of supplies when I have to scrap things.
Disclaimer; did you like how I answered my own questions? I admit it sounds a little crazy so if you have any questions let me know in the comments below and I'll try to answer those.