DIY Moss Sphere

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DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

First off, I have seen this idea and can’t remember where so I don’t want to pass this off as exclusively my idea. Thanks to Pinterest there really aren’t original ideas anymore, right? Regardless, I am so pleased by the results of this easy project I had to share it.

I have had this little concrete urn for awhile now. If I recall correctly, it was a Homegoods find that Christy graciously let me claim as my own {or maybe I snatched it from her hands? I can’t exactly remember… 🙂 } .

I use it in various ways in my decor…like with this tablescape…{the best cupcake recipe ever is in that post, just FYI}

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

Or in various decor on my mantel

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

But recently it occurred to me that it would be the perfect base for a rustic but yet natural moss sphere. It seems very Restoration Hardware to me {maybe that is where I saw something similar?}.

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

Here are the simple steps I used to make this.

I purchased a styrofoam ball in the right diameter to rest in the urn from Michaels. I didn’t do this, but you may want to paint the styrofoam green first so the white doesn’t show through if you are a true perfectionist, obviously I am not!

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

I used this moss, the kind in sheets, to cover the foam. I actually think using regular loose faux moss would have been easier, though probably even messier. I would suggest laying out a trash bag underneath your work area as the moss gets everywhere!

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

Start by wrapping the ball with a large piece of the moss. A hot glue gun is key to this project, I used a lot of glue and it didn’t, as I feared, melt the styrofoam. The moss adhered very quickly. I used a few pins and tacks to hold it on while it was drying just to help it hold.

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

The only tricky part was adjusting the flat moss to the round ball as you work your way around. I did this by cutting slits in the moss, and sometimes even needed to remove triangular shaped pieces so it would wrap over the ball.

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

And, then I just used some loose moss to patch up any empty spots left when I was working my way around the ball.

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

Here it is…all done in our hallway. I like that the greenery helps fills in the empty look that the house has now that the holiday decorations are all packed away.

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

DIY moss sphere ball tutorial

After trying it several places, its now gracing our front hallway with its little bit of {faux} nature. I am on the lookout for a smaller urn to make a small one to go with it next.

You can find the instructions to make the initial frame HERE, and Christy’s tutorial for a moss-covered letter (initial? monogram? you know what I mean!) is HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Love the sphere, but what really caught my eye (probably based on my current needs) is the shells in the glass container! LOVE it! I have some shells that I currently have in a red plastic bucket in my living room – classy, huh? I’m picking up something similar next time I’m out and about! Great idea!!

    • You can never have too many glass jars filled with things–shells are popular here as we live near the beach. You can get nice jars at our favorite store–Homegoods 🙂 –for pretty cheap! Thanks!

  2. Maybe worth all of the mess; it looks wonderful – very Edward Gorey.

  3. I love this sphere, thanks so much for the tutorial, I’ll be pinning it 🙂

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