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DIY Topiary Balls, Moss Balls

Do you love the classic look of moss topiary balls and can’t find them anywhere? These traditional decorative moss balls are a wonderful accent for any decor. It is easy and quick to DIY moss balls and topiary trees; furthermore, making your own is budget-friendly. Learn how to make topiary balls in this easy step by step tutorial.

Moss topiary tree with ribbon tie

Moss topiary tree with ribbon tie

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How to Make Moss Topiary Balls

These topiaries are gorgeous and can be an excellent addition to your spring or Easter decor. They are so flexible you can change the ribbon, vessel, and greenery and use them in farmhouse decor, special occasions, and more.

Topiary tree supplies

Topiary tree supplies

Supplies and Tools

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Here is how I make them the easiest way.

 

 

The first step is to gather all your supplies and tools to DIY these elegant moss balls. Then, cut a square of moss that will fit around your foam ball and start gluing it to fit the form paying attention to the extra moss as much as possible, working from the middle of the moss square to the cut edge. See the how-to video too.

Moss square and round foam ball for topiary

Moss square and round foam ball for topiary

I was working in one area at a time, removing the extra moss at the seams and gluing down the moss at that seam before moving to the next place, forming, gluing, and cutting off the excess to create the moss ball.

Gluing the moss square to foam starting in the center

Gluing the moss square to foam starting in the center

After the moss square is completely glued and trimmed, there might be gaps or holes that need to be covered; thus, using your moss trimmings to make patches to cover those areas and glue them down. Furthermore, using some of the moss scraps to cover all the seams. You will be amazed by how forgiving the moss can work with, hence making it my new favorite craft product.

The moss ball bottom seams need patches

The moss ball bottom before adding patches

Preparing the Clay Pot

If you have been reading my blog, then you know I adore chalk paint. Furthermore, I love anything green and organic. Thus, making this the perfect spring decorating project for a moss challenge.

Topiary supplies, dowel, clay pot, chalk paint and foam ball

Topiary supplies, dowel, clay pot, chalk paint, sandpaper, and foam ball

Dry brush painting the clay pot with chalk paint

Dry brush painting the clay pot with chalk paint.

Adding a rustic touch to the clay pot by sanding away a little of the paint

Adding a rustic touch to the clay pot by sanding away a little of the paint

Staining the wood dowel with water based stain

Staining the wood dowel with a water-based stain

Using the clay pot as a guide to cut the dowel

Using the clay pot as a guide to cut the dowel

Place foam in the clay pot

Place foam in the clay pot

Adding spray adhesive to the Spanish moss

Adding spray adhesive to the Spanish moss

Add a ribbon tie

Add a ribbon tie

DIY Wreath Bow and Nest

Adding classic touches such as a tan check ribbon bow to the moss wreath further enhances the elegant farmhouse vignette.

Making a simple bow

Making a simple bow

The simplest way to make a bow for a wreath is to make it on loop with the ribbon. Then starting in the center of the circle, pinch it together and place it on the spot where the ribbon cross.

Pinching the center of ribbon to form a bow

Pinching the center of the ribbon to form a bow

Attach the checked ribbon bow to the moss wreath

Attach the checked ribbon bow to the moss wreath

Adding a ribbon tie to my DIY pedestal

Adding a ribbon tie to my DIY pedestal

 

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Kippi

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Barbara Chapman

Friday 12th of March 2021

Kippi, I love how your moss topiary turned out!!! After making a bunch of moss balls last year, I know how messy this can be but the efforts are so worth the results! Really cute project!!! Anyway, I was happy to feature your post at this week's Share Your Style #295 for you. <3

Hope spring is blooming out your way, Hugs, Barb :)

Leanna

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

I have been pondering making a couple topiaries but was leery of the moss dropping everywhere. Your method of using a moss sheet cures that issue. Love this tutorial. Pinned.

Julie

Saturday 14th of March 2020

These are pretty, and easy to make too. Very classy! Thanks you for sharing with us at Handmade Monday :-)

Kippi

Wednesday 18th of March 2020

Thank you for stopping by. I had so much fun creating the topiary with moss. I just made a topiary with roses. Have a great week, Kippi

Pamela

Monday 9th of March 2020

What a simple project that makes such a statement. I think I need to make one of these topiary trees!! Shocked it's a square covering the sphere. I need to do more with moss, love the upscale look of it.

Kippi

Monday 9th of March 2020

Thank you so much for your kind comments. Have a great day, Kippi

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