I have collected moss balls in different sizes for a long time, and love using them in decorating. It’s a great way to bring some green inside the home without having to keep a plant alive. And since my green thumb is more brown than green, it works perfectly for me.
I have the moss balls in different sizes and use them to fill up the old dough bowl and also an antique wire planter in the dining room.
I recently pulled out a pair of amazing old architectural capitals that I picked up at an estate sale in Alabama several years ago.
I wanted to flank the fireplace with them and sit a moss ball on top of each one. It was going to take a 12″ diameter ball to fill the opening. Originally, I thought that I wanted preserved boxwood balls, but after seeing the prices (over $100 ea!), decided that I would just try making a large moss ball to fit in each one.
I finally found a craft store that sold 12″ styrofoam balls…..at $35.00 each. Ouch. I found that to be ridiculous.
So off I went to the dollar store and picked up a pair of 12″ plastic balls. They were the perfect size and once covered in the moss, no one would know what they were originally!
I bought bags of preserved moss (it took 4 bags to cover one 12″ ball) at the craft store as well as a can of spray glue.
The moss will be in clumps in the bag, so before I started gluing, I broke off small pieces of moss and worked it with my fingers, gently mashing it down into a flatter piece. Then working with one small section at a time, I sprayed the small area with glue, and pressed the small piece of flattened moss onto the ball, working my way around the entire piece.
This was so easy to do and took no time at all. And they look absolutely perfect sitting on those capitals.
I don’t know why I have been trying to find moss balls all these years, I could have been making them all along!
I’ve got a can of old tennis balls somewhere, and they will be perfect to do this with, for a different size, to add in with my others.
You could use any kind of round ball, the possibilties are endless!
Hubby may have to hide his golf balls…….
07/09/17 Update: Over a period of time, the moss will loosen in some areas from the ball. To alleviate this issue, I’ve taken thread in a green color and wrapped it around the ball several times, going in different directions and then tying it off. This helps keep the moss secure over the years, and the thread blends with the moss in a way that you don’t even see it!
Just a quick update on the master bedroom renovation. We have finished spackling and priming over the wallpaper and now we are starting the painting. We have a couple of the walls painted with the gray (SW Agreeable Gray), all of the doors have been painted (SW Pussywillow), and we have added extra moulding and trim at the top of the doors to give some added height.
We are still working on painting the woodwork and trim, as well as the planking below the chair rail (SW Snowbound).
We planked one wall around the window seat. It will be the back of the built in cabinets and bookshelves.
Flooring will be ordered this week and hopefully all of the painting will be finished this week as well. I still have to finish the ceiling, and I think I’m going to go with pickling. It will definitely need to be done before the floor goes down.
And I’m still looking for a chandelier.
But progress is being made!