A while back, I made a small purchase – a large moss-covered sphere. It was a decent price, but when I brought it home, I realized…
How stupid. I could make that!!
I decided to do just that. Who needs only one sphere? Don’t they look better in groupings – or gathered together in a bowl?
On my next trip to Wal-Mart (which is pretty often), I picked up a selection of different sized styrofoam balls. Along with some smaller ones, I bought the largest size and some floramat, which is a thin layering of moss over a sticky backing you see rolled in the packaging below.
The moss sphere pictured is the one I purchased. I found a tutorial through a Google search for covering a foam ball with floramat material by cutting pieces and fitting them together like a puzzle as you cover the foam.
Somehow, I wasn’t in the mood for all of that tediousness, so I opted to use the Spanish moss I had leftover from decorating this Easter table.
I gathered the supplies needed for covering smaller styrofoam balls in my project studio and set to work (or, really play ).
Tear away sections of moss and separate them for easy access while gluing.
Load a section of the foam with hot glue and place each moss section over the glue quickly. (And if you stop to take a picture, the glue might harden, causing the moss to not stick – just sayin’. Ha!)
Hold until set, and then move to the next section.
When it’s all covered, mash with your hand, and trim any long pieces sticking out. Fill in any sparse areas if needed. It’s very easy to cover it all, though.
An extra step if you’d like:
These Spanish moss spheres are not as neat looking as the one I purchased, but I do like the texture. They begged for a little feminine detail, so my favorite shear ribbon seemed right.
This ribbon is the best! It’s very versatile – useful for gifts or gift bags any time of year. (You can buy it by the roll at HobLob. )
I tied the ribbon around all three spheres and nestled them inside white containers – one of which is the newly painted white urn I showed you last week (Keep Only What You Love). The other containers are cheap vases I bought at a thrift store and spray painted for faux milk glass.
I haven’t returned the floramat yet, so the jury’s still out on whether I’ll use it. I do have to say…I prefer the smoother finish on the sphere I purchased.
Which one do you like better? Do you think it would be worth the trouble to work the smoother floramat puzzle? Do you plan to do that soon?