So, let’s talk about how to make an easy moss topiary in a pot for the home using natural materials. These are also for indoor use only and keep these out f direct sunlight to keep them looking fresh.
Do you love topiary? I know I do and often wish I could grow a real topiary tree but our outdoor environments don’t seem to be suited to growing one. Have you been able to grow a real topiary plant or are you better off with an artificial tree too?
Why Is Moss Popular For Home Decor?
Moss has become popular for home decor due to its natural and organic look, which can add a touch of greenery and a calming ambiance to a room. Moss is also low maintenance and easy to care for, making it an ideal choice for those who don’t have a green thumb or who want to add a touch of nature to their home without the hassle of caring for live plants. Additionally, moss can be used in a variety of ways, such as in terrariums, wall art, and centerpieces, which makes it a versatile option for decorating. Finally, moss is eco-friendly and sustainable, as it can be harvested without harming the environment and can be reused in different ways over time.
- topiary forms with a foam ball or a large moss ball and sticks from the yard or thick dowel
- spray adhesive works best or hot glue
- reindeer moss
- bag, or newspaper
- white acrylic gesso
- 6″ clay pot
- avocado craft paint
- brown umber paint
- chip brush
- flat craft brush
- paper towel or rag
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Painting the Flower Pot With White Gesso
Step 1: Begin Painting White Gesso on the FlowerPot
First, let’s begin with the flower pots for this easy DIY moss topiary in a pot, I paint one coat of acrylic gesso. Basically, I like working with gesso more than craft paint for this project because of the way it layers. It makes a unique topiary pot.
Dry Brushing Gesso for Texture
Step 2: Dry Brush The Gesso
After the gesso dries, begin adding the white gesso for my DIY moss topiary randomly using a dry brush technique. This time I did use a foam brush however if this is new to you, I HIGHLY recommend a chip brush. Here you will notice the texture begins to build on the flowerpots and gives these a custom design. Let this dry for a bit.
Notice the texture in the picture above!
Adding My Own Moss To The Topiary Clay Pot
Step 3: Adding My Own Moss to the Container
So, now add avocado paint with a bit of water and combine. Dip the tip of a craft brush and randomly add the paint to the edges of the pot. Blend for a moss look. Also, blend it here and there in a few spots on the body of the pot.
By the way, I’m letting it run purposely to add a natural look of moss.
Adding the Reindeer Moss to the Topiary Foam Ball
Step 4: Adding the Reindeer Moss After Applying Spray Adhesive To the Foam Ball
So, let’s begin to add the moss to the topiary. Because this step is messy, put the moss into a brown bag. However, a large plastic bag or newspaper will work too.
We are using spray adhesive; so, I suggest opening the garage door or doing this process outside for safety.
Spray the ball with the adhesive letting it sit for a moment to get tacky and begin adding the moss.
By the way, I suggest wearing rubber gloves during this step because it’s very sticky. Grab handfuls of moss and press it on the topiary ball. If there are bare spots spray again with a bit of adhesive and do the same process until the topiary is covered completely with the moss.
Adding DIY Fake Dirt to the Topiary
Step 5: Add Easy Fake Dirt to the Topiary
Here’s an example of how to make this moss topiary have a realistic look. Add the kitty litter to the bottom of the pot first for stability. Spanish moss will work too but make sure to add a bit of hot glue to the topiary bottom to keep it in place.
Below I’m making fake dirt that takes minutes! Adding this to the top of the pot makes artificial plants look real. I truly mean this and have used this process often.
Adding a Moss Topiary to a Centerpiece – Great Ideas
Step 6: Using These Topiaries for a Charming Display
Adding moss topiary in pots is perfect for adding to a gardening crate as I did when sharing styling flowers 5 different ways.
These reindeer moss topiary also look beautiful at gardening parties, baby showers, or even country weddings.
I hope you enjoyed seeing and learning how to make an easy moss topiary in a pot for the home. As I mention above these are extremely easy to make and add tons of character, elegance, and greenery to a centerpiece and special events.
I’d love to hear what you think about this topiary in pots and if you will add these to your home. Oh, and make sure your check to see how to make fake dirt too!