We get giddy at the thought of moss anything — scented candles, aisle runners, place card holders, terrariums and even jewelry. This project will teach you how to create hanging moss balls, a simple, unique way to bring the outdoors in! You could put many different spins on this project to tailor it to your personal sensibilities, such as adding a pop of ribbon or layering it with vines and twigs to give it a more woodland feel. — The Ladies of Forêt
Catch the full how-to after the jump . . .
- Styrofoam balls
- rebar wire
- straight floral wire
- ribbon (optional)
Notes on Sourcing Moss
If you have moss growing in your back yard, feel free to harvest and use that. Otherwise, check out your nearest craft store or garden center. If you do purchase moss and it feels dry or looks dull in color, give it a quick soak in water. Be sure to squeeze out excess water; this will help rejuvenate the dried moss.
1. Straighten and cut a piece of rebar wire. Black rebar can be found at Home Depot in the masonry department.
2. Next, stick the rebar wire though the center of your Styrofoam ball. Bend one end of the wire into a loop or an “L” shape to keep the wire from sliding out of the ball when hanging. Pull the straight end so that the loop end secures into the Styrofoam. Make a small hook at the opposite end of the wire to later hang your ball.
4. Take a section of moss and kind of squeeze the moss together. Place on top of the Styrofoam, and using the floral “bobby pins,” pin the gathered moss to the balls. Work around the edges of the segment, securing in at lease three places or more if necessary and depending on the segment size.