Welcome, friends, to this month’s $10 on the 10th! Where a group of us get together each month and create a vignette or project for under $10 on the 10th…
I’d like to thank our hostesses Ann of Apple Street Cottage and Tammy of Patina and Paint for putting together our themes for this year and gathering all of us together each month. Thank you, Ladies!! As always, we have a great group of friends who are sharing their favorite ideas with you. Be sure to check out everyone’s posts linked at the bottom of mine, thank you!
This month we are featuring Easy Crafts for you to make… If this is your first time visiting here at French Ethereal, welcome! I’d love it if you’d subscribe to my blog or to any of my other social media, thank you.
My wintertime craft can’t get much easier than making Moss Balls… Perfect for displaying any time of year (and I know there will be a few Valentine’s projects here for you this time), this craft project can get a bit messy, but otherwise creating moss balls are super easy!
Supplies you will need
styrofoam balls in various sizes
Elmer’s-type glue and a paint brush or…
glue sticks and a glue gun (recommended)
sheets of sphagnum moss or loose moss
scissors ~ to cut out the moss as needed
Directions for creating moss balls
***Set up a bowl and pour some Elmer’s type glue in it/prep your glue gun with glue stick(s) as needed.
I found that the Elmer’s glue didn’t work well for me and that the glue gun worked better, but since it was how I originally photographed, I thought I’d include it for you. 🙂
Cut out pieces of sphagnum moss from a sheet and peel off moss. If using a glue gun and glue sticks, quickly add glue to an area on your styrofoam ball and lay on the moss, pressing gently (so as not to burn your fingers). Overlap moss as needed and fill in bald areas as needed.
Continue adding moss in sections until the whole styrofoam ball is covered, let dry thoroughly.
Total costs? About $4.00 for a package of styrofoam balls and up to $9.00 for a package of sphagnum sheet moss. With a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby, the moss comes in at $5.39. Total for both? Just under $10! 🙂
I found some sheet moss online here. (not sponsored)
*** I tried using a blender to chop the moss finer, but that didn’t work well either. I found the press-and-glue method with melted glue from glue sticks worked the best.
This photograph above shows a couple of moss balls in with other raffia balls as part of last year’s post about upcycling a basket.
Then I found this photograph over on Cindy’s blog, Edith and Evelyn… I just adore how she used altarsticks (tall candlesticks once used in a church) on her dining room table topped with moss balls!
Recently I used several moss balls in decorating a Wintertime Mantel. They add a lot of texture, color and personality to any vignette and I can hardly wait to get decorating with them for spring!
In this springtime post I wrote a couple of years ago, I used sheet moss to create “grass” for our big rabbit ~ “Some Bunny Loves Me.” The leftover moss is what I used to make these moss balls.
An easy craft project of which you can make several moss balls in the course of an hour. I hope you’ve enjoyed this craft project and here is the list of everyone on today’s $10 on the 10th tour…
Ann – The Apple Street Cottage
Barb – French Ethereal
Cindy – Cloches & Lavender
Patti – Pandora’s Box
Tammy – Patina & Paint
Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip