Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY Reindeer Moss Balls

Moss Accessories are everywhere….why not make your own?

Today I am sharing with you these easy handmade DIY Reindeer Moss balls.

I really love how they turned out!
DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green

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This DIY project inspiration occurred to me while I was link party hopping recently and saw a wonderful post by the talented blogger Lindsay Ballard at Living with Lindsay .  Lindsay is a DIY'er and home decor crafter with a zeal for budget decorating as big as Texas. Check out her amazing blog chock full of on trend DIY projects and tutorials for your home.

She has a fabulous tutorial for how to make beautiful DIY moss balls.  I knew immediately when I saw how stunning her's looked and how easy they seemed to be to make, that I wanted to craft these beauties for my own home.  To celebrate spring, I set sights on making a few for an apothecary jar in my kitchen and my fireplace mantle.

So off to Michaels I went to buy moss and Styrofoam balls.  I bought this most amazing shade of chartreuse green Reindeer Moss. 

So, what's reindeer moss???  Reindeer mosses were originally named for their value as a food source for reindeer and caribou in the plant's northern range. Reindeer moss is really a lichen, not a moss.

I love its texture and the beautiful yellow-green color is perfect for spring!
DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green
(The photo above is the true color of the moss...not sure why my close-up shot seems to have washed the color out!)
DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green
Craft Supplies: 
DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green

Cost breakdown:

Reindeer Moss  - $8.99   
3" Styrofoam balls, package of 6 - $7.67
Total cost per moss ball - $2.78!

I tried to attach the moss like Lindsay demonstrates in her tutorial, with straight pins, but for some reason my moss just wasn't cooperating.  Not one to be discouraged, I then tried to attach it with Mod-Podge (love this stuff), but it just wasn't making the moss stick.

So, for attempt number three....I pulled out my trusty glue gun which worked like a charm!

Easy, fast and fabulous!

This is how they turned out! 

DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green

DIY Reindeer Moss Spheres from Setting for Four #michaels #diy #tutorial #spring #moss #sphere #green

Don't you just love this yummy color?

See my 'Celebrate Spring' fireplace mantle, where my chartreuse moss spheres now have a home!

Celebrate Spring Fireplace Mantle from Setting for Four #michaels #decor  #design #mantle #mantel #spring #moss

and here are my Moss Balls with this year’s How to decorate a Mantle for Spring:

How to Decorate a Mantle for Spring: #spring #mantle

I also use these pretty moss balls as spring decor with my candles and DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Page Scrolls:

Pottery Barn Inspired Page Scrolls

See my other DIY Projects and Tutorials!

DIY Project Gallery & Tutorials from Setting for Four

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  1. Love those! Perfect for spring!

    @ Creatively Living

  2. Really cute and timely. I love reindeer moss. I would love to be on your link party list. My party – The Inspiration Board is up right now and I know my readers would love this. Hope to see you there.

  3. Heather I really like these, and I had no idea what Reindeer moss was. I was wondering why you were doing a Christmas craft in March. LOL

  4. These are lovely. And what an inexpensive project for the impact it gives! Visiting from Serenity Now.

  5. These are so sweet! I may need to make a few for party decor at my daughter's birthday in 2 weeks!I would be totally excited if you stopped by to link these up this weekend at my party:)

  6. I love moss balls and yours are definitely lovely. I just posted about my own fake moss decor balls, stop by and take a look. Love that chartreuse color, just gorgeous!

  7. I was just at Tatertots & Jello....Look at you being featured!!! How awesome is that! Hope you're having a great Saturday.

  8. Thanks for linking up at SweetTalkin' Sunday. I love these now that I know what Reindeer Moss is.

  9. I thought these were large balls like putting out in the garden. they are more than wonderful, though. I "pinned" it so I can make some --- someday. I have a lot of things to make in my Pinterest. :) Best wishes, Linda

  10. Yes, so springy! I love it and am going to give it a try. Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home!

  11. Love these and yes I am going to make some for sure! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and share you idea with us.

  12. Oh Heather, these are great! You did a fantastic job! Moss balls are always so versatile. Thanks for linking up to my party! I am now following you.

  13. NICE! I would like some of these in a big glass bowl in the center of my dining room table!

    Linking from Random Thoughts :D

    Ricki Jill

  14. These are so green and pretty! I'm quite smitten with the color green. These scream "Spring!!".

    Thanks for sharing on Show Off Saturday!


  15. Featuring your Moss Sphere tomorrow night at Project Queen!

  16. I love moss and these are darling- Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  17. Oooh I love this AND I have a bunch of reindeer moss left over from my spring wreath! I might just have to make some of these :D

  18. Hey you - love your moss spheres! Thanks for posting your tutorial and I have this linked to my DIY moss in home décor post too today!

    1. Thanks Heather - I will go check out your post! These are so easy to make!

  19. I love those moss balls! Great diy. I will have my own soon and won't have to envy you!

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  20. Your mantel is just simply gorgeous! And I have a bag full of moss I need to use up - I need to get to work!

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