Easy, Succulent Moss Balls to DIY and display

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!

Cool! And an easy DIY -- Succulent Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Display them on candle pedestals . . .

DIY easy Succulent Moss Balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

. . . or in a birdcage or a hanging candle chandelier.

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.

DIY Succulent Moss Balls. They're faux succulents so they never need watering. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used a 4″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for the smaller Succulent Moss Ball.

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
Love this Succulent Moss Ball! Super-easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used the larger, 5″ ball for this Succulent Moss Ball.

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.

How to DIY easy Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Place rubber bands around the ball to divide it into six, equal sections. Trace a section to create your pattern piece for the moss.

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.

Beautiful! DIY Succulent Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Depending on the sizes of your succulents and foam ball, you’ll need about six to nine succulents per 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.

6. Display!

Succulent Moss Balls are a super-easy DIY. They're made with faux succulents, so you can display them anywhere. CraftsnCoffee.com.

How would you display these Succulent Moss Balls?

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.

What's not to love about a Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden? DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Last year, I turned dollar store books into Succulent Book Planters, and you can use real or faux succulents in your book planter.

These Vintage Book Planters are adorable, and super-easy, too. Really, make them in just an hour or two. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux succulents on the left; the “real” succulents are on the right.

Also last year, Kathleen George shared her Faux Succulent Planter in a faux stone container.

DIY this succulent container garden from a foam ball! It's really not made from stone. Amazing. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Stone Succulent Planter

Are you still on board with the succulent trend? Do you have any in your garden?

Happy crafting!


Don’t forget — the Summertime Snowman Series is back on Tuesday!


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16 Responses to Easy, Succulent Moss Balls to DIY and display

  1. CraftyB says:

    These are really beautiful! Love the different pillars for holding the succulent arrangements. What a nice modern green accent for my mantle!

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  4. I have an oval mirror I’m going to try this on.now that I know that there is self adhesive moss the project should be easier and look more polished. Thanks for another great idea!

    • Sharon says:

      You’ll love the self-adhesive moss. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to use, and it really grips and sticks. Let me know how you like it. Craft on! Sharon

  5. Angie says:

    So very pretty and soothing to the eyes! I have never made a moss craft and had always intended to do so. Merge the moss with the succulents is very endearing! Thank you for these lovely examples! Happy Father’s Day weekend too!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Angie. If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, look for the self-adhesive moss sheets — they’re a dream! I know you’d think of dozens of way to use it. 😉 Happy crafting. Sharon

  6. Anne Haun says:

    Great idea – love succulents?!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. LisaM6 says:

    The teacup garden is my favorite. What great use of the faux succulents.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Lisa. I loved making that little wreath, and the little teacup added a dose of whimsy! I hope you get to DIY one, too. Sharon

  8. Once again, I am so glad that I somehow discovered your blog! Today’s post and tutorial are so fabulous; I would never have thought to use succulents to decorate with. Yet, the projects you have shared with us are so pretty and unique, I know I will be using succulents in some way to decorate a wreath or a topiary with. Thank you for sharing all of your projects with us, they are all so pretty and unique. Have a fantastic creative day!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I hope you will try to make these Succulent Moss Balls, I couldn’t believe how easily they went together. And my goodness, there are so many ways to display them! Happy crafting, and enjoy the weekend. Sharon

  9. I am glad the succulent trend is still around too! I haven’t made the book succulent planters yet but plan to one day!! I have seen the adhesive moss and it is in my wish list too! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      We’re on the same “page” with succulents, Barb. They don’t all make it through the winter, but that ones that do thrive! Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

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