Topiaries are a farmhouse style home decor classic and work beautifully for any season. Here’s how to make your own farmhouse style DIY moss topiaries!
I’ve always thought the little mini topiaries that have been popular for so quite some time now were really cute and honestly I’m not too sure why it took me so long to figure out a way to make my own version. Now that I’ve made these, they seem like such a perfect decorating staple for a farmhouse like mine and I’m not totally sure how I ever lived without them. 🙂 If your home could use a little topiary-fication as well, then today you’re in luck. Today I’m going to show you just how quick and easy it is to make these cute DIY moss topiaries!
Supplies for Making DIY Moss Topiaries
For me, this little project started out with finding the perfect containers. These would look great in simple terra cotta pots, but I found these two little mini urns on clearance at Michael’s a few weeks ago and I knew it was meant to be!
Here’s a list of all the supplies you’ll need:
- Flower pots or other decorative containers
- Crumpled up newspaper
- Hot glue gun
- Styrofoam cones to fit in containers
I chose the green styrofoam from the floral section of the craft store just incase anything showed through, but now that I’ve seen how well the moss covers everything, I’d say just use whatever you can find. If all you can find is the bright white styrofoam, that will work just fine. I ended up getting my moss from the dollar store rather than the craft store and I think it was a lot cheaper that way. I bought two big bags to make my two topiaries, but I really only ended up needing one bag. A little goes a long way!
How to Make DIY Moss Topiaries
Start out by crumpling up some newspaper and sticking it in the bottom of your container. You want it to come up to about 1″ below the top of the container.
Next, add a little hot glue right on top of your newspaper and stick your styrofoam cone down right on top. Don’t worry if your cone looks a little crooked and you can’t get it to sit up straight! This is totally normal. 🙂
Here’s the trick: Take a few small pinches of your moss and begin shoving it in to the container around the base of the cone so that it squishes in snugly in the gap between the cone and the container. Do this around the entire perimeter and you’ll find that your cone is now sturdy and standing up straight!
Now for the fun part! Tear off a small section of moss from your bag o’ moss, about 3 square inches or so, apply a little hot glue and stick it to the cone. Then do it again!
Start from the base of your cone and work your way up.
You’ll be amazed at how easily it comes together!
Try to cover all the areas where the green of the foam is exposed. You can also fluff the moss up a bit to cover an area if it’s too small of a spot to cover with more moss.
Within a few minutes, you’ll be done and you’ll have yourself one classy-looking topiary! 🙂
Go ahead and make as many as you like. It won’t take long!
The Completed DIY Moss Topiaries
Here’s how my finished topiaries look in my dining room!
These are so great because they really can be used for any season. I thought these would be much more difficult to make, or at least I thought it would be difficult to end up with a really nice looking finished product, so I was definitely pleasantly surprised! And I have to admit that about 1000 other moss-themed ideas popped into my head too once I realized how simple these are to put together.
Try making your own DIY moss topiaries, I bet you’ll go crazy for how fun moss is to work with too! 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.