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DIY Moss Topiary Balls | How to Make a Topiary

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Love the look of moss topiary balls, but can’t find them or don’t like the price? Here’s how to make DIY Moss Topiary Balls of your own!

Hi Everyone! I’m Kristi from Making it in the Mountains and I’m here today to share this simple DIY Moss Topiary Balls project!

There’s just nothing quite so charming as that old farmhouse style. Lovely neutrals. Cozy textures. Rustic touches. And of course, whites, wood, & so much character.

Now, just because most of us don’t actually get to call a big ol’ farmhouse home, doesn’t mean we can’t incorporate some of that charm into wherever it is we do live. We’ve certainly been working hard at making over our old 70’s fixer-upper with some rustic, farmhouse style.

There’s nothing like a touch of nature to breathe a bit of life into a space and today, I’m sharing a super quick and easy project to bring the perfect pop of natural colour to your space!

DIY Moss Topiary Balls

I can’t wait to show y’all just how simple these DIY moss topiary balls were to make!

DIY Moss Topiary Balls

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  •  styrofoam balls (the smooth kind work best)
  •  a can of spray adhesive
  • a bag of moss


1. Working over a bit of newspaper to control the mess, start by spraying a small section of one styrofoam ball with some spray adhesive.

2. Then quickly cover the glue it with a thin layer of moss.

3. Simply continue spraying small sections and packing them over with moss, until one entire styrofoam ball had been covered. Between the moss and the spray adhesive, your fingers will definitely be a bit of a mess.

4. Finally, when a styrofoam ball is completely covered, give it a nice firm roll around in your hands a few times, just to make sure all that moss is packed down as well as it could be.

And that’s it friends! Pretty moss topiary balls in just minutes!

DIY Moss Topiary
I can think of a zillion ways to put these to work:

  • popping them onto plant pots
  • stacking them into lanterns
  • or even just arranging them on a shelf, all on their own.

DIY Moss Topiaries
But, I chose to place them on top of a couple of wooden candlesticks I had laying around (I seem to always have more holders than candles!) and I love the way the green pops when paired with the distressed wood!

DIY Moss Topiary

DIY Moss Topiary
I think they look so pretty sitting atop a fireplace mantel or on a shelf.

DIY Moss Topiary
They may have taken just minutes to make, but these pretty DIY moss topiary balls sure to do bring a beautiful touch of nature to any space!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!


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About Kristi Mercer

Hi friends, I'm Kristi - lover of neutral colours, vintage charm and all things farmhouse! Follow along as we turn our first fixer-upper into the {farmhouse} of our dreams, one DIY project at a time.

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  1. Bethany Van Hecke says

    Love this as an alternative to the tacky fake topiary tree! I fall in love with large candle holders like these but don’t want to have candles collecting dust… this is inspiring. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Nikki Gwin says

    I have chosen your Moss Topiary Balls to be featured at the OVER THE MOON link party which goes live on Sunday night. Be sure to stop by and see! And thanks for linking up!
    🙂 gwingal

  3. JaneEllen says

    Hi Kristi, How’s it going up there? Has it warmed up enuf to act like Spring yet? Sure hope so.
    LLove your topiary balls especially on those great looking candle holders. I have some nice clear glass candle holders which would work well for those. Think I need to make some moss balls. Also have a nice sized brass container which would work nicely. Great project and post.
    Happy Spring and Easter

  4. Anna says

    I love the look of the topiary balls! Alas, I don’t have awesome wooden candlesticks. Do you think they would look as lovely sitting atop glass or metal candlesticks instead of wood? What about a thinner candlestick vs. chunky? I’m comfortable working with color in design – e.g. green plays well with the brown, white, gray, etc. Decorating gets a bit muddled for me when things like scale and texture are thrown in.
    Thank you.

  5. Ivory says

    I had enough supplies at home, so I made this one for my sister, and it turned out beautiful. I plan to make your fabulous topiary tree, so i will be getting the supplies today. Thanks!

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