Friday, July 8, 2011

Moss Ball Tutorial

The touch of greenery really brings life into a room. It's like bringing part of the outdoors in. For my living room, I needed to fill a silver bowl so moss balls were my touch of the outdoors, except for the small fact that I couldn't find any in the size I needed. My mom was also looking for filler for a silver bowl and wanted moss balls.

When I couldn't find smaller ones, it dawned on me that I could just make them for both of us. Duh! I went to Hobby Lobby for my supplies which was a bag of foam balls and a package of Instant Green Moss Cloth. I think both items cost around $11 total. That's much cheaper than if I would have actually found some and purchased them pre-made. Beware when opening the moss cloth because it makes a huge mess!! You will find itsy bitsy pieces of moss on your floor for years to come!


I also needed scissors and a hot glue gun with many back up sticks of glue!! I had no idea how much glue I would go through. 


I unfolded my moss cloth and laid one foam ball on top of it. I folded the cloth around it to get a good idea of what size square I needed to cut. Now, it of course doesn't lay flat because the ball is round so I had to cut one big piece, then many little pieces to fill in around. I found that long strips worked best. It's really just trial and error. After a couple you will totally have the hang of it.


The moss cloth has a web backing that is sticky so I didn't have to glue every piece down. I only glued when I was overlapping to ensure it wouldn't peel up. I also wanted the pieces to blend in and be flush with the rest. 


Here's what they looked like at midnight after about an hour of work. Note to self: start projects earlier in the evening, not at 11 PM! Next, I need to make another batch for myself. 




7 comments:

  1. LOVE these!!!! I have been looking around at these for a long time...can't believe how high they are and keep thinking of making my own, so glad I saw this!!

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  2. These are really cool! I might make these for my house!!

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  3. Yours look great! It's nice that you can make them yourself rather than pay $$ for pre-made ones.

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  4. They look great! Thanks for the tutorial and the warning about the mess. :) I will definitely have to try making these.

    Have a great weekend!
    Pam

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  5. Great tutorial, Megan! Those make excellent additions to any kind of decor. Love it. :) Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back!). :)

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  6. Very pretty, I may have to make some - they'd look great in a room that also has a houseplant or two around.

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