It’s Spring and I have containers to fill.
I planned to buy pre-made moss balls at Michaels but they didn’t have the size I wanted and frankly, the few in the store looked like rejects of the many shoppers ahead of me.
Really? I have to make my own? Please join me.
Let’s assemble materials:
- styrofoam balls
- a package of moss
- a bottle of styrofoam liquid glue (my preference), or a can of spray glue for styrofoam
Take moss from the package, stretch it out and break off chunks.
I first tested Easy Tack glue because I already had in my supplies. No, no, no. Shouldn’t the name say it all? I switched over to the liquid styrofoam glue, a far superior adherent. Using my fingers I smeared the glue onto sections of the ball. That gets messy quickly.
Affix the moss in sections. I compressed each ball with both hands so that the moss would stick. A little pressure won’t tame the wildness of your moss.
After letting the moss dry, I checked for small areas of exposed styrofoam and glued additional bits of moss onto those spots. All told, I only used about one-third of my moss bag, so I should be able to churn out another four balls. I like the thick, lush sensibility of these balls rather than the thin covering on the pre-made ones.
Let me tell you about the containers. I bought them at estate sales. I didn’t do anything to the matching set other than create the moss balls for them. The blue one is actually pewter with art nouveau decorations. A while ago I painted it with ASCP Duck Egg Blue, Old White, adding Clear Wax and Dark Wax. I liked the moss balls with the white and gold goblets but I needed something different for the blue one.
I cut a silk peony to size and placed it in the urn. For my photo shoot, I fancied it up:
And a photo at dark:
But let’s get back to those moss balls:
They are easy enough to make and look good. My problem occurred with excessive time I spent photographing them. You may have noticed that we’ve gone from bright daylight to a softer evening light.
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Ann Marie and David