Easy DIY Moss Topiary

I love the look of topiaries in the home as well as outdoors. However, some times they can come with shocking price tags.

The crafter in me knew, you can make an easy DIY moss topiary at a fraction of the cost. Let’s make a topiary!


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  • 2.8 in x 5.8 in 1/2 #6 Half Ball (Floral Foam)
  • 2.8 in x 5.8 in #6 Ball (Floral Foam)
  • 7/16 x 36 in wooden dowel
  • Peel & Stick Sheet Moss
  • Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • 6 inch Terra Cotta Pot
  • White Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Ribbon of choice
  • Wood Stain (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Foam paint brush

The majority of the items were found at Hobby Lobby.

Easy DIY Moss Topiary Tutorial

1. paint the terra cotta pot

With some leftover white paint, I brush the paint over the terra cotta planter. An old wet rag was used to remove some paint in areas to give it a worn look.

You can paint the inside of the planter about 2 inches down.

2. forming the topiary

You will need to make a hole in the floral foam ball. Push the center of the ball into the dowel until it is about half way in. Remove it off the dowel

The peel and stick sheet moss should be cut into 2″ strips. It is very sticky and has really good adhesion. Try to work in sections.

It is a little messy. With your fingers, pat the moss down and the seams will magically disappear. It is a great product to work with.

I will admit… it is messy. Be sure to put down a cloth that can collect all of the debris.

Finally, add some tacky glue into the hole for the dowel and place the ball back onto the dowel.

3. adding the topiary to the terra cotta planter

Add some Tacky Glue around the perimeter of the half 6″ ball. Turn it upside down and push into the terra cotta planter. Cut your wooden dowel to your desire height. Center the down in the floral foam and push down. Remove it and add tacky glue into the hole then add the dowel. The glue will help the dowel to stay in place.

To fill in the base of the topiary, cut the moss strips and place on the floral foam. Quick Dry Tacky Glue can be used to glue chunks of moss in place (pieces that fell off the moss pad).

Next stain the wooden dowel. I used some oak stain from another project. Just brush the stain on with a foam brush and wipe off with a old cloth.

You can use any ribbon of your choice. To add the finishing touches, you will need to cut the ribbon to the desire length. I love working with wired ribbon. You can shape the bow and the tails of the ribbons. I scrunched up the tails to ripple. This ribbon is a beautiful creamy off-white with a gold shimmer.

finished project

Easy DIY Moss Topiary - Final

I love the organic quality of this DIY Moss Topiary. You could also substitute the wooden dowel for a twig from the yard or a few willow branches woven together.

The beauty of topiaries, they can work in any room of your home. It was a DIY project that took less than 30 minutes.

I would also make a lovely gift for some too!

Easy DIY Moss Topiary - Final 2

It looks beautiful in this bathroom.

A few pretty sea shells are nestled in the moss for the summer.

What a fun and super easy DIY project that can be used throughout the year.

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  1. I always love a topiary! I had no clue there was moss with adhesive! Great to know. Beautiful job!

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