DIY Blue and White Moss Ball Topiary
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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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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I love how you make such pretty home decor items from inexpensive dollar store supplies. It really shows that anyone can decor their home on a small budget.
Hi Shirley, oh I love this blue and white vase and the pretty topiary craft you made! Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J. We love having you. Hope you have a nice weekend.
Yes! I LOVE Dollar Store projects. This is a great one. Using the napkin on the pot is genius and I love the moss ball topiary. Might have to make a set for my own mantel!
Wow! That turned out beautifully!!! I love the pop of blue in the napkin.
Shirley, I can remember that you told me you’re going to make a topiary and I didn’t know what it is. Now I do and I LOVE it!!! That will bring your project of turning your kitchen into a haven of blue/white decor several steps forward.
Wow! I’m so impressed with how you used a napkin to create the blue and white design on the pot! So crafty! Pinning!
I have a Christmas cactus in a blue and white planter. I don’t have a lot of blue and white in my house, but I found the planter at a yard sale and loved it. Your project is so nice!
This is a great way to pull a color scheme together using a coordinating paper napkin. It’s a sweet piece and placed next to your blue and white piece it really feels perfectly elegant.
SO lovely! I really like the flower pot makeover. Pinned.
This turned out great! I love the blue pattern you added to the flower pot!
Shirley, It’s so much fun to find simple items from the Dollar Store and create something spectacular with it. our Moss ball topiary looks great. The decoupage on the flower pot looks amazing! Pinning to share.
Aren’t you clever?! This looks wonderful. I especially like how you transformed the flower pot. Thank you for the step by step directions. Pinning. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
What a great idea to use the napkin for the pot and it looks perfect next to your vase. I love the moss ball topiary. That was so creative of you!
What a clever way to use dollar store foam balls! Your topiary looks great, Shirley. You definitely met your goal of taking inexpensive itemsand making them into a pretty decor piece. I love the pot, too. It goes beautifully with your vase on your mantel.
Very impressive, and how pretty, Shirley! I thought the flower pot was the real thing and not decoupage! Great job! Your topiary looks fabulous!