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Today I will share with you how to make extra large moss balls.
If you have been cooped up inside your house due to winter weather, you might be experiencing signs of Spring Fever. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: wanting to be outside every day rather than inside, the need to be surrounded by bright light and sunshine and the craving to see beautiful flowers, greenery and plants. Personally, the last symptom is why I felt like I had to make extra large moss balls for my home.
Now, you know that I am joking a bit. Spring is definitely approaching if Punxsutawney Phil is to be believed. During these Winter months to make my home seem less drab and dreary I decorate with moss balls. We frequently get questions about them when people see them in person and online from one of our posts. If you follow us on Instagram (we hope you are) you may have noticed recent questions about our moss ball display in an antique dough bowl.
Sky High Prices
Jenn and I had no idea until that post how high the prices have skyrocketed for moss balls. A six-pack of 2″ balls is $7.99. Even mixed variety packs are upwards of $12.99. If you want anything above 6″ be prepared for sticker shock as prices that I found started at $10.99 each! Luckily for all of us, I came up with an easy, cheap solution.
It All Started at the Dollar Store
I ran into my local Dollar Tree store to see if anything new had been put onto the shelves. On this particular day, nothing new jumped out at me. As I walked down the so-called garden center aisle I spotted bags of reindeer moss.
Reindeer moss isn’t like sheet moss or Spanish moss. It is like a preserved ground moss and more loose-based. What I liked about it was the bright green color.
Next, I looked for craft styrofoam balls. Dollar Tree did have them in stock, but they were only 1″ round. I was wanting something much more substantial in size. As I stood in the store I did a quick internet search for extra large styrofoam balls. Oh my word – when did they get so expensive? Prices for 8″ round styrofoam balls ranged from $9.99 to $34.99! 😳There is no way in this world I would pay any of those prices. So, I had to search the floor for another solution.
Toys are always a good idea
Rarely do I peruse the toy aisle in any store. When I am desperate I leave no stone, or aisle unturned. Let me tell you friends I am so happy that I did. Look at what I found:
This is an 8″ round squishy, styrofoam and plastic type ball. I just knew that it would make for the perfect base for the extra large moss ball. Plus, remember it was just $1.00.
Here’s the details that you have been waiting for on how to make an extra large moss ball for yourself!
- 2 to 3 pkgs reindeer moss. Each package may be different.
- 1 – 8″ round ball
- hot glue gun with glue
- drop cloth or protective workspace. The reindeer moss can get messy.
How to Make the DIY Moss Ball:
- Gather all of the above supplies
- Being very careful with the hot glue – start squirting it in patches onto the ball.
- Add clumps of reindeer moss onto the glue.
- Repeat this process all of the way around the ball.
- Look at the ball and fill in any gaps or bald spots.
Admire your masterpiece
For the grand total of just $3.00 I created a 10″ moss ball. After the moss was added to the ball it made the size increase by practically 2″.
Plus, this only took a few minutes to make.
Plans are already in the works to make a few more of these. Hopefully these materials are in your local Dollar Tree. I know that each store is different and this can sometimes be frustrating.
I know that I have had some crazy ideas, but they usually payoff in the end just like this one LOL. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!
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