I am not tired of the succulent trend, not one bit. I love how easy care they are and every summer I add a few more to my garden. Today’s DIY Succulent Moss Balls use faux succulents, and it doesn’t get any easier than that! These mini succulent gardens need no care and no water, so you can display the Succulent Moss Balls almost anywhere – on candle pedestals, in bowls or birdcages, just about any nook or cranny. No muss, no fuss!
You can buy the faux succulents in craft stores, and I suggest checking out your local dollar store, too. I found quite a few at a dollar store a while back and I stocked up. I didn’t have plans for them at the time, but I’m glad now that I had them on hand. Another favorite discovery – self-adhesive moss cloth. While regular moss cloth is pretty great, the self-adhesive is a breeze to use and requires no glue. These Succulent Moss Balls are summer easy, and you’ll make several in an hour.
To make Succulent Moss Balls, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
- Paper (for pattern)
- Moss cloth (self-adhesive works great and I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Faux succulents
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; wire knippers
To make Succulent Moss Balls:
1. Flatten the bottom of the foam ball, so it will stand and not roll.
2. Place three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections.
3. Place a piece of paper over one section, and trace the section. Cut out. This will be your pattern piece.
4. Trace the pattern on the back of the moss cloth, and cut out six pieces. If using self-adhesive moss cloth, remove the backing and adhere each section to the foam ball. If your moss cloth is not self-adhesive, spread thick white craft glue on the back of each piece, and adhere to the balls. If there are any blank spots when you’re done, cut a small piece of moss cloth to fill in the hole, and attach to the foam ball.
5. Decide how you would like to arrange your succulents. Trim the stems to about 2” – 2-1/2”. Insert the stems into the top of the moss-covered ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If needed, make a hole in the moss with the tip of the scissors first.
I had a blast making these, and I hope you do, too. When you’re finished, what do you do if you have leftover moss cloth and faux succulents? You can make a Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath.
Last year, I turned dollar store books into Succulent Book Planters, and you can use real or faux succulents in your book planter.
Also last year, Kathleen George shared her Faux Succulent Planter in a faux stone container.
Are you still on board with the succulent trend? Do you have any in your garden?
Don’t forget — the Summertime Snowman Series is back on Tuesday!