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How to make a faux Kokedama

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I fell in love with real kokedamas and thought I would do a faux version. I wanted to call it a faux-kedama, but I figured no one would know what I was talking about. So for now, I’ll stick to the title of how to make a faux Kokedama. More simply put; I’m going to show you how to make a moss ball with a fake plant.

Hi, and welcome! I’m Lisa from The Old Tree Cottage. I love coming up with ideas for using faux plants in decor. I have faux kokedamas that I made years ago, and they still look good! They add a nice little organic element to your decor that requires no maintenance once you make them.


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1. Get the styrofoam ball ready for the moss

Styrofoam ball covered in spray glue is placed on top of the moss that is spread out
  1. Before you do the spray glue, open the package of moss and spread it into a round-ish shape on the table.
  2. To keep your fingers from getting spray glued, insert a bamboo skewer to use as a handle.
  3. Cover the whole ball with spray glue, then place the ball onto the moss.

2. Press the moss onto the ball

  1. Lift the moss up from underneath and press it all around onto the sticky styrofoam ball. It won’t all stick or form a perfectly round ball yet. That’s where the string comes in.
  2. Remove the skewer, and use it to push the start of the string into the ball. Because you need one continuous string to wrap the ball, don’t cut the string until this part is complete.
  3. At this point, you can either remove or leave the bamboo skewer in. It’s up to you.

3. Wrap the ball with string

  1. For this step, you want to wrap the string around the moss ball in a random pattern.
  2. Basically, you want to keep wrapping the string until the moss is contained in a tight ball.
  3. Once you’re finished wrapping the string, trim it near the top of the ball leaving enough to insert it in the same place the plant will go.
  4. Finally, add a small amount of hot glue, then insert the string, pushing it in using the skewer.
  5. With the palm of your hand, lightly press on the top of the moss ball in order to give it a slightly flat surface on the bottom.

4. Add the faux fern

  1. Trim the stem to about 2″ so the plant sits close to the moss ball once it’s inserted.
  2. Add hot glue to the end of the stem and then insert it into the top.
  3. If the plant isn’t sitting straight or the moss ball is tippy, try this; hold the plant and moss ball in the position you’d like it to be and gently press down to slightly flatten the bottom of the moss ball. Repeat if needed.
  4. Trim any moss that’s sticking out, and you’re done!
Now that was a fast and fun project!

See you at the next project. Because if you’re anything like me, there is always a next project!

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