Our new Blue and White Moss Ball Topiary set for the mantle is a simple Dollar Store decor project! All you need are a few simple supplies and some glue! Even beginning crafting enthusiast can do this project.
Creating Dollar Store decor is always a challenging and fun project. The goal is to make something pretty using Dollar store supplies which in the end you hope doesn’t look to cheap, right?
I feel like I did accomplish that with my new Blue and White Moss Ball Topiaries. It was super easy, you can do it too!
Also see our Mini Easter Egg Topiary
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Be sure to scroll all the way down to see all of the projects being shared this month!
Supplies to make your own Blue and White Moss Ball Topiary
- One mini clay flower pot (Dollar Store 3 per pk.)
- Three foam balls of graduated sizes (Dollar Store 6 per pk.)
- White acrylic paint
- Green moss (Dollar Store)
- Wood skewers (Dollar Store)
- Floral foam (Dollar Store)
- Pretty blue and white design paper napkins (mine are from Tuesday Morning)
- Mod Podge (Dollar Store)
- Glue sticks
- Glue gun
First paint the clay pot white and allow it to dry completely. I put two coats on mine. This is important because you can actually see through the napkin and we want that white to pop.
Next pull apart the napkins. Most decorative napkins are in layers. This one had three layers. You need to remove the bottom layers so the napkin will lay and stick well to the clay pot. I kept the bottom two layers to use for traditional napkin purposes.
Now you are ready to center your design on what will be the front of your topiary. Once you have the center, go ahead and brush a bit of Mod Podge onto the front of the napkin to hold it into place.
At this point I always pull the napkin back and begin applying glue onto the surface in small sections. I use my brush to carefully smooth the napkin onto the glue. Do small sections to avoid bubbles and tears on the surface of the napkin. I didn’t cut the excess napkin until I had fully covered the pot all the way back around to the beginning.
Once you have the napkin completely applied to the clay pot. Allow ample dry time. I usually apply about two top coats of Mod Podge as a sealer. Personally I enjoy the shiny surface it creates.
While your pretty new blue and white pot is drying go ahead and cover your foam balls with the moss. The Dollar store carries a pack of foam balls with three graduated sizes in it and there are two of each so you only need one pack if you are making a set of topiaries like me. Isn’t that nice, you get six foam balls for $1!
See what else I made with those Dollar Store foam balls: DIY Chilly The Snowman
This is a messy process so I always apply the moss using a small box or pan to containerize the droppings. As you apply the moss to the hot glue you will pat down gently. It will be a big fluffy mess to begin with but as you continue to add more and more moss followed by constantly patting it down, it will take proper shape.
It is time to get the pots ready to be a topiary! Cut and fit the floral foam into the pot. I did not glue mine down because they were a good tight fit. Now, drizzle a little hot glue onto the top and apply moss. After you have the amount of moss for the coverage you desire, use a pair of scissors to trim the edges.
Now slide the wooden skewer through the moss balls. Begin with the larger one on the bottom, followed by the medium sized one and finally add the smallest moss ball to the top. I did not stick the skewer all the way through the top of the small moss ball because I didn’t want to create an opening. Be careful in that spot. If you do poke a hole through the top, no worries, just cover it with moss!
My new Moss Ball Topiaries are part of my summer mantle decor. I like the way the flowers on the napkins match the flowers on the blue and white vase. This summer I have began to add a few pieces of blue and white decor into my living room, kitchen and breakfast nook. Keep watching for what I’ve been making to match!
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