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.
DIY Moss Ball

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

DIY Moss Ball supplies
Take moss from the package, stretch it out and break off chunks.
stretch moss

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.
Moss Ball and Styroglue

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.

Moss Balls in Urns

I cut a silk peony to size and placed it in the urn. For my photo shoot, I fancied it up:
Hand painted art nouveau container

And a photo at dark:
Painted urn at dark

But let’s get back to those moss balls:
Moss Balls
Moss Balls in urns

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.
Moss ball

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