Hanging Moss Balls


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 . . .


Materials and Tools

  • Styrofoam balls
  • rebar wire
  • pliers
  • straight floral wire
  • moss
  • 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.


Directions

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.


3. Take the straight floral wire — found at craft stores — and bend it around your finger to create a bobby pin shape. Use pliers to cut.


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.


5. Continue adding moss segments until the ball is completely covered. If the ball looks flat on one side, you can add another piece of moss on top of the existing piece to even it out.

Holly (The Apiarist)

What a fun idea! I think I may try it with a few mini succulents peaking out of the moss and possibly a woodland creature or two…or twelve. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kim from MIlwaukee

How do you keep it looking nice and green?? Will it go brown?

Sanna

Is it possible to water the moss? Is it possible to sprinkle or spray the ball with water in order to make it last longer?

Susie

yes, I too am curious how to keep it looking good and for how long one can realistically expect it to last… BTW I just LOVE this idea

Libby

OMG – add a little red (or gold) bow, and this is going to make excellent, tasteful Christmas decor!

Miss Heliotrope

I do hope it stays alive – it would be very sad otherwise…

ladies of foret

We love hearing all of your interpretations– so many amazing ideas!!! Especially loving the mini worlds and a herd of toy creatures– ekk, fun!

Here are some ways to keep your moss balls fresh and green:

-look for preserved moss; this moss will last a lot longer than regular dried moss
-keep out of direct sunlight– the light will fade the color faster
-yes, you can spritz them. do this weekly to keep them fresh
-you can also mix green food coloring (or purchase moss dye) with water and gently mist them to keep them vibrant

Kristine

Such a cute way to add some green to a space. And with snow falling outside, I can really go for some green.

Jesse

Oh wow, these are great! I can’t wait to try this. I like the persons idea above of little worlds, that goes along with the post from earlier this week that had the tiny doors in the home. How cute would it be to see a tiny little house on one side of this ball?! Ha!

Gemma

We created large hanging moss balls for our wedding – you can see them at our photographers site at http://www.lovekatieandsarah.com/gemma-andrew-2/

If you’re wanting to create them on a larger scale without adding a lot of weight (and significantly cheaper also than buying oasis/styro foam balls) you can create a sphere using chicken wire as your base instead.
The first couple can be a little bit fiddly while you’re getting the hang of it… it takes a little bit of practice to get them perfectly round! I tied them off and still attached the moss using florists wire ‘bobby pins’.
To make your life a little easier as well, you can ask your local florist if they can get some bags of sheet moss in for you – it’s moss harvested in ‘sheets’ which makes wrapping and attaching to the spheres a lot easier.

Sandra Arquiteto

This will make such a lovely Christmas decoration for this year. I’m thinking about adding some laces and flowers. Thank you for the idea.

Katie

How much moss was used for the three hanging balls? I want to purchased some preserved moss but am not sure how much I’d need.

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