After last week’s blizzard, I’ve had it with winter! I guess the idea of our deck being colder than our fridge doesn’t sit well with me. It makes me feel like a vegetable put on ice to keep crunchy until served! But since winter wants to stick around, it seems I am left with two options:
- Behave like a caveman and yell at winter to leave.
- Act normal and ignore it. If winter still wants to get cozy, then simply imply that it is no longer wanted by changing the home decor to Spring.
I chose the later and started flirting with Spring. I haven’t done much yet, but I’ve done enough to remind me of beautiful warm Spring weather: moss balls and topiaries.
They may look like a lot of work, but they were quite easy to make. So no, I didn’t need the skills of Edward Scissorhands to make these beauties 🙂
My first project was a cork & moss ball, or the “World War II Sea Mine” as Greg calls it. I used some natural color Spanish Moss, wine corks, a hot glue gun and a Wiffle Ball. Any plastic or Styrofoam ball would suffice to make this one, but I prefer a Wiffle Ball, because not only did I already have one on hand, but also its circular holes make the cork placement easier.
First I started hot gluing the corks in the openings of the Wiffle Ball.
Once all the holes of the ball were filled, I hot glued Spanish moss in between the corks.
I used green Spanish moss for the one I made last year, which you might have seen in Greg’s “Filling the Void” post. Not to have two WWII Sea Mines exactly the same, I decided to use natural color Spanish Moss with this second one.
The pine cone & moss ball have the same principle with the WWII Sea Mines. I started by hot gluing pine cones to the openings of the Wiffle Ball.
Once all the openings were covered with pine cones, I hot glued reindeer moss to the areas between the pine cones until all the white surface was covered.
After tackling the small ones, I decided to go bigger. I bought an 8 inch Styrofoam ball and two 12 inch half Styrofoam ball forms from Amazon – one 12 inch single ball is pricier than 2 half ones. Other than the size of the balls, the process was almost the same.
Now here is something interesting I learned while making these
bigger moss balls moss ball topiaries (another nightmare word for me to pronounce!) Apparently any moss ball bigger than 6-7 inches gains a much more sophisticated title in stores – Moss Ball Topiary – and is more expensive. So regardless of functionality – which is home decor in this case – size does matter! Anyway… back to the subject.
After the acrylic paint dried, I started hot gluing the green Spanish moss, section-by-section, and that was that.
Here is the finished 8 inch moss topiary.
With the bigger moss ball topiary (I can’t help myself giggling at the name), it was pretty much the same process. The only difference was that I decided to add some vines on top of it so it would resemble the real deal. To accomplish this, I randomly wrapped some vines on the top part then hot glued the vines’ ends at the bottom of the ball.
Then I covered those unsightly ends with more green Spanish moss.
I didn’t wrap vines all over, because only when the bottom part is free from vines would the topiary sit flawlessly on its urn.
Since I made it this far with the moss topiaries, I thought I should try to make something different than just a ball shape. That is when I came up with this little guy.
Then one-by-one, I glued them to make a sphere as shown in the pictures below.
Once the sphere was formed, I hot glued sheet moss until the metal surface was fully covered with moss…
Here they are all together.
I have to say this was one of the most enjoyable projects I have worked on.
Having these beauties around gives me spring fever!
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