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How to make a sphagnum moss ball



How to make this super easy

Sphagnum moss ball planter.

I saw some sphagnum moss at Big W the other day and had to give this a go.

It was really easy.

Just a bit messy.

The finished product looks fab I think.

If you don’t mind a bit of mess, here’s how I made mine.


You will need:

Sphagnum moss (I bought mine from Big W, also available at Bunnings)

Builders string (I bought mine from Bunnings)

Small plant, (I used a succulent)

Extra dirt




Step 1 and 2

Take the plant out of it’s pot.

Then, add some water to your spare dirt.

Pat the dirt around your plant so you have a plant with a mud ball basically.




Wet the sphagnum moss with water.

And squash it around the dirt.

Then begin wrapping the builders string around the sphagnum moss.


Step 3 and 4


I wanted a larger finished product.

So I added a second layer of sphagnum moss.

Add the soaked spagnum and re-string again.





It was at this point my little guy walked by and asked…

“Are you making a pineapple mum?”

I might just get some yellow string and do another one, not a bad idea kiddo!


Once all wrapped, I secured the string with a knot.


Then I made a simple macrame type hanger to hold the ball.

View the macrame planter tutorial here

Or, you could tie some extra lengths to the ball directly and then hang from a hook.



These need to hang outside, as they drip when wet.

I’ve used succulents, so they should only need a misting of water once they dry out a bit more.

However, if you use a different kind of plant, you can dunk in a bucket of water to feed your plants.

There is a lot of wrapping, so choose a hardy plant, I lost a few leaves with all the rolling etc.

My sphagnum moss cost $9.99 and should get me 2 more of these moss balls, same with the builders string. (Which is also available in a few other fluro colours)


Here is a pinterest tutorial.
Because you know I love that place, so you can pin it now to make it later.



We are off to a curry dinner tonight, hope you have a fab week planned.

Let me know if you give these a try, I’d love to see what plants you use.




Have a great weekend guys



Live with Love,



Linking up with With Some Grace and Life love and Hiccups and House of Hipsters


PS: House update we are waiting for council and engineers now, we are all approved from the bank, yay!

I’m thinking these are going to look fab in the new alfresco area, with a few at different lengths.

Why not check out my designs and prints below?






25 responses to “How to make a sphagnum moss ball”

  1. Chris says:

    What a great idea I love it. I used to use spahnham moss a lot thanks for reinspiring me. Hope your Yamba experience is still exciting and enjoyable and that you enjoyed your visitors! Luv C xo

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Chris. I’m loving the moss and we have enough left over to make some more, so will be doing that. Yamba is proving to be a great experience, we loved our visitors and we are still enjoying all the great things to do and meeting new people everyday.xx

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have seen these around and really wanted to make one myself.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Bec, it’s been on my list to do for a while now, when I saw the moss at Big W I took it as a sign to give it a try. It’s super easy and I think you could do so much more with this too.

  3. Sandra Kelly says:

    These are quite popular in the shops at the moment. Interesting to see how it’s done. Yours looks lovely. x

  4. That is surprisingly much easier than the finished look would have you believe! I’m pinning this for later when I’m feeling nifty! Ta
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    • Sarah says:

      Hi Bec, they are super easy to make, just a bit messy, but definately worth doing, a great idea for an easy weekend project.

  5. Sarah this is brilliant I love it and love the pineapple themed idea, what a little cutie!
    Mmmm now to get myself some sphagnum moss and a plant!
    Have a gorgeous weekend!
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  6. What a cool idea! Unfortunately, I am a notorious plant killer even the spagnum moss and pretty string wouldn’t save me, or my plant! I bet it will look ace in yellow. Yay for the bank! Hurry up council and engineers and let’s get this party started! Bon weekend xx
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    • Sarah says:

      I’m not the best at keeping plants alive either, but I do have a green thumb in the house, I make them, he looks after them, so that’s my saviour! Yes, yay for the bank, can’t wait to get this party started. I’m quietly planning and making in the background so it can all be ready when we need it.x

  7. Alyson says:

    You clever lady! I bought one of these (had never seen them before) and thought it was made with magic ;)! I do love a messy project, I’m totally going to try and make my own, once I see your macrame tute! X
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you Alyson, will pop this up through the week, I have a second option to make with a different plant so will link it to that once complete.

  8. Bele @ BlahBlah says:

    Lady, you have such a way with colour. The hot pink with the succulent is perfect. I need to find a spot I could hang one. Thank you for the inspiration x

    • Sarah says:

      Oh thank you lovely lady. It is always the way, finding that perfect spot and in my case, getting the big guy to get the hook sorted for me. x

  9. Jane says:

    Great idea … I’ve seen them around and now I can make my own! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I’ve also pinned.
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    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Jane, I’ve been meaning to try this for ages, a really easy project to do and I think they will look good in a little group too.

  10. And it does look like a beautiful big pineapple! Great news about the bank Sarah, you must be so anxious to get started x

  11. Sarah says:

    I know, too cute hey, kids say the best things. Yes, I’m super excited to begin our new chapter. x

  12. OMG I have been looking for that moss everywhere! You are a legend. Thank you hun I have been wanting to make these so badly! I hope that curry was bloody good and you had an awesome weekend xx
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    • Sarah says:

      Me too, I just stumbled across it and took it as a sign to try these. loved how they turned out, I’ll be making a set of these babies. Curry night was fab. x

  13. Best pineapple ever! We used to have loads of succulents but we had scale come through and now we don’t have so many. I would love to make a moss garden for the bathroom if we ever finish renovating. Thanks for linking up to Two Uses Tuesday.

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