I am so tickled with these little moss balls…and yes, it's entirely possible that I have a moss problem.
I just can't seem to get enough of the spring-y green plant that thrives in the most uninhabitable spots.
I was all ” I ❤ Scotch Moss” earlier this spring, but it seems that while it can grow just about anywhere it wasn't particularly happy on my dining room table. It MAY have had something to do with the fact that our newest family member, Quinn the kitten (who really only knows her nickname…”Peep”), also has a moss problem. While I was happy just adoring the moss from afar, Peep felt the need to pull it out of the dirt and scatter it across my dining room table. Surprisingly, it eventually just kicked the bucket.
While I felt sorry for the moss, my more pressing concern was what to fill my Grandma's milk glass urns with? I still have all the feels for moss, but kinda knew that circumstances (read ‘Peep the Kitten') required me to do something other than another live moss plant.
I liked the whole moss ball thing, but didn't see any when I popped out on a ‘fill the milk glass urns' foray. So…I decided to make my own…I know…'shock face' ?
HOWEVER…I really wasn't digging the idea of trying to cover a round object (ball) with a square sheet of moss…what I really wanted was a ‘moss spray' to spray a foam ball. Since that wasn't happening, I noodled what I think is the next best thing…pureed moss!
Say What? Yup…I put sheet moss in my food processor and pureed it. Let me just say that I love my food processor…not only do I use it for food, but I've crushed eggshells for my garden in my processor and now I've pureed moss in my food processor.
For those of you who are squeemish about pureeing food after I've pureed moss…clearly I ran it through the dishwasher before I put food in it.
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It really didn't take much moss puree to cover the 6″ ball…just 2 ‘clumps'…I know that's not real measurable, but just add it in small amounts until you have enough to cover your ball.
After I pureed the moss, I set it aside and sprayed my foam ball with spray adhesive. I put the ball on a skewer and went OUTSIDE to spray the adhesive…you really don't want to do that indoors.
Then I dumped the moss in a plastic grocery bag (you want something you can toss in the trash after you are done) and rolled the adhesive-covered ball through the moss.
If you have some bare spots, hit those spots again with your spray adhesive and roll them again.
This video will walk you through the process…with some jaunty music to boot!
The fern I planted earlier this Spring is really doing well, so these little moss balls in their urns just really complement it. I'm optimistic that my table decor will last several months longer.
And even thought we're still working on Peep's table manners (read…'get off the table'), I don't think she can do much damage to these moss balls in the interim…not to say she won't try.
I know moss balls aren't a new thing, but I was quite tickled that I was able to make them so easily when I couldn't find what I needed in my local stores.
Tuck this idea away for your future reference.
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