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How to Make Moss Balls

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve a fun little craft for you today that will add a touch of spring to your home.

A wicker chair at a dark, wooden dining table, with a narrow, silver platter of moss balls on a thick, grey and white runner

I made these pretty awesome DIY Moss Balls yesterday in about 30 minutes. They are now happily living in my dining room and add a much needed touch of greenery.

Literally right as I was about to start, I got an email in my inbox with CraftberryBush’s latest post. Guess what it was? DIY Moss Balls. So much for my great idea :-) Her’s are made differently, using foam balls, so check that tutorial out too. 

A dining room with clear, glass globe lights overhead, tall wicker chairs and a dark, wooden table with a narrow tray of moss balls
IKEA rattan balls

You know those Rattan Decorative Balls from Ikea that everyone has? Well I had them too. And was frankly sick of them.

I knew they would make a great base for these Moss Balls because they already have a natural color that wouldn’t need to be camouflaged. AND because I already owned them, this little DIY is a cheap & cheerful. 

A close up of two DIY moss balls in a textured silver tray

There’s nothing worse than DIYing something that you can buy premade for much cheaper, right? In the end, my DIY Moss Balls cost me a whopping $7.99 for 8 (and I still have moss left!). The Moss Balls at Michaels cost that much A PIECE. And some in other places are triple that price.

A tray of moss balls in the center of a dining table, with a large wooden clock on the wall in the background
A dining table with the moss balls in a long, silver platter

How do you think the dining room is shaping up? There’s still some work to do but I’m loving it so far!

A close up of a few of the moss balls on the silver platter

Moving along,  these Moss Balls are super easy to make.

Gather your materials: Dried moss, Rattan balls, Mod Podge & a paintbrush.

A close up of purple, pink and white rattan decorative balls resting on green moss

Brush the ball with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Then take the moss and kind of stretch it over the ball. You want to almost compress it on, almost like packing a snowball. Keep moving the ball round and round and compressing with your hands. Add more glue and more moss where necessary. Keep doing this until you’re happy with the shape of your moss ball.

A rattan decorative ball resting on a wooden table, to be covered in moss

With a large bag of moss ($10 at Michaels and I used a 40% off coupon) I was able to make 8 of these Moss Balls and still have a TON of moss left over. 

Several rattan balls now completely covered in green moss

One caveat – Moss is EXTREMELY messy! I recommend doing this outside if you possibly can. Not on your kitchen table like I did. Lesson learned.

I tried to film myself when making these but after the first take my camera stopped working. So, there is a video. But not everything is completely in the frame. Also, this particular ball had too much glue. However, it might still help you with the compressing technique :-)

Have a great weekend! 

A wicker chair at a dark, wooden dining table, with a narrow, silver platter of moss balls on a thick, grey and white runner
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DIY Moss Balls

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Have some earthy fun creating your own decorative (and inexpensive) moss balls!

Materials

  • Dried moss
  • Rattan or foam balls
  • Mod Podge

Tools

  • Paintbrush

Instructions

    1. Brush the ball with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
    2. Then, take the moss and stretch it over the ball. You want to almost compress it on, like packing a snowball. Keep moving the ball round and round and compressing with your hands.
    3. Add more glue and more moss where necessary.
    4. Repeat until you're happy with the shape of your moss ball.

Notes

Moss is EXTREMELY messy! I recommend doing this outside if you possibly can. (Not on your kitchen table like I did.)

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4 Comments

  1. Your rattan chairs look good in your new dining room. Amazing how you homemade these moss balls with the balls you had just by buying glue and a bag of moss. This made me look forward to Easter and spring today.

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