Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls: 4″, Adhesive Moss Sheet, Jute Twine, Silk Flowers or Plant, Spanish Moss, Straight Pins, Scissors
Today I’m sharing a Faux Kokedama project I made for the Make it Fun Blog. This was such a cool project to work on.
Have you seen the Kokedama trend exploding all over Pinterest and home decor blogs? These Japanese moss balls are super popular. Today I’m going to show you how to make a faux Kokedama arrangement without using any dirt! I don’t exactly have a green thumb so faux is my solution…and I don’t have to remember to water it. And, it’s SUPER simple to make…it only took me about 10 minutes! It’s a perfect home decor craft!
Step 1 – Add Moss
First, cut your moss sheet into 1″-2″ strips. They don’t have to be perfect. Peel off the backing and wrap the moss around the ball. I wasn’t sure if it would actually stick to the foam ball, but it DID!!
Cut smaller strips to fill in any bare spots. Cover the ball completely so that it looks seamless when your done.
Step 2 – Add Your Twine
Next, randomly wrap the moss balls with jute twine. With traditional Kokedama, this is how they keep the moss and dirt balls together. Faux Kokedama is so much cleaner (and easier!). I used a straight pin to keep the twine in place at the beginning and end. The twine will also help secure the moss to the foam ball.
Step 3 – Flower Time!
Now it’s time to add the flowers!! The hardest part for me was deciding on which kind of flowers I wanted to use for this project. Some are made with succulents, ferns or even tulips. But, alas, I found some beautiful orchards at Hobby Lobby that were the perfect size for this project.
This part is super simple, just insert your flowers into the foam. They went right through the moss with no problem, but if you’re having difficulty, simply snip a small hole in the moss. Be careful that you don’t accidentally snip the twine.
I added some extra Spanish moss to give it the look I wanted, but this is completely optional. Last, I pinned a length of twine into the top and hung them up.
There are several ways you can display them. I love them hanging in front of my windows (even though they don’t really need the sun, wink* wink*) but you could also frame them or even just display them on a shelf. I’ve even seen them displayed in clear glass vases.
One easy tip to get them to sit up straight on a flat surface is to press them down onto a hard surface (like the kitchen counter or the floor) to crush a flat spot in the foam ball. The foam cells crush pretty easily and don’t require any cutting.
The end result is beautiful and long-lasting!! I think my next ones will be with succulents!
Looking for another great moss project, then check out this Tulip Wreath from Marie.