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Hanging Moss Balls

by The Ladies of Foret


We get giddy at the thought of moss anything — , aisle runners, place card holders, terrariums and even . 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. — 

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.

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