wide closeup of a moss covered orb amongst a display of terra cotta pots and vintage plates on a tray with a small. frameless vintage oil painting

Easy DIY Moss Covered Garden Orbs For Charming Centerpiece

Hey friend! Have you noticed moss everywhere lately? 

It’s seriously having more than a moment! 

And for good reason – that lush green adds a touch of the outdoors to any space. 

But we’re ditching the basic moss bowl for something a bit more whimsical – moss covered garden orbs! 

They’re super easy and inexpensive (Hello, Dollar Tree!) to make, and they add a delightful pop of nature-inspired magic to your home.

a large and small spheres are covered in moss and on a tray with a blue and white cloth and terra cotta flower pots around

Whether for a themed dining table centerpiece, or for a coffee table, even a console table in the entry, a moss-covered orb with some aged pots and vintage garden tools or other thrift store finds can make the most memorable and charming display.

Let’s not waste time and get right to it:

All About Moss

Live Moss vs. Preserved Moss-

  • LIVE MOSS-
    • Requires more care (misting, indirect light)
    • May not be readily available in all regions
    • Can add a fresh, earthy scent to your space which is like saying your blind date had a great personality.
  • PRESERVED MOSS
    • Low maintenance (doesn’t require watering or sunlight)
    • Widely available in craft stores and online retailers
    • Comes in a variety of colors

Common Types of Moss For Crafting-

  • Sheet Moss: Not to be confused with rolled moss. Sheet moss it’s somewhat flat but with varying thickness. Kind of like as it was harvested from different terrains and it has different root systems. It’s ideal for covering flat surfaces and displays where you want variation
  • Reindeer Moss: Airy and branched moss, with a variety of colors available (preserved). It’s like little separate pillowy bundles of moss or moss mounds
  • Spanish Moss: there’s quite a bit of variety here, but Spanish moss is an air plant, it grows hanging from the trees in the South, and has starred in plenty movie backdrops. Easy to find in craft stores and in varying shades from natural to vibrant green.
  • Rolled Moss: Popular right now are rolls of moss, usually a bright green and the same thickness and over look through the roll. It’s usually preserved moss that has been dyed and processed to a mess backing.

DIY Moss Covered Garden Orbs

First thing to know, there are two different ways I covered the same orbs. They each use different types of moss. With two very different results.

The fun-loving “hairy” orb uses Spanish moss in either natural or green using  florist wire.

The more restrained orb is covered with rolled moss using  hot glue.

So pick the one that fits your style best or the type of moss you already have on hand.

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Materials and Supplies-

supplies of a wire frame to be assembled, a bag of Spanish moss and a paddle of florist wire

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Option 1) “Fun-loving Hairy”-

Option 2) Traditional and Taylor-ed-

*NOTE: One package of 14 x 48-inches rolled moss made three small orbs and one large orb with some moss left over.

Step-By-Step Guide​

Option 1) “Fun-Loving Hairy”-​

close-up of a garden sphere covered in green Spanish Moss

Step 1) Assemble Your Orb-

wire frame assembled into a sphere or globe shape

Don’t be alarmed. It is so easy to do! 

Each orb has four overlapping rings, for a total of 8 spines. And each orb comes with two then metal plates that you wrap around the spines to hold the rings in place. I have found that I only need one. I save the others for when I recycle an orb for another project (which, yes, I have done).

Here is a quick little video that shows just how I assemble them.

Step 2) Prepare the Moss-​

To make sure I didn’t run out of Spanish moss and to help keep an even density around my orb, I emptied my plastic bag of green Spanish moss on my table.  I then divided the whole thing in half, then each half in half again, then divided each of those four in half. Now I had 8 somewhat equal amounts of moss.

Step 3) Cover the Spines-

Starting at one of the poles, I secured the end of the wire to the center, then I held a bundle of moss to cover about 3 or four inches of the rib in place while I wrapped the wire around it. Sometimes I laid the moss on top and sometimes I held thee moss below the metal rib, but either way I was encasing the wire rib in moss all around it.

woman's hands holding some green Spanish moss on a rib of the wire frame while passing a paddle of florist wire behind the rib
woman's hands holding some green Spanish moss on a rib of the wire frame while passing a paddle of florist wire in front of the rib

I added another bundle of moss overlapping the first a bit and continued to wrap the spool of wire over the moss and rib back under and over, pulling the wire fairly tight to the frames rib.

woman's hands holding some green Spanish moss on a rib of the wire frame while passing a paddle of florist wire behind the rib again
woman's hand holding the finished moss covered garden sphere

I proceeded down the length of the rib this way across the opposite pole and back up the other half of the ring to my starting point. Then I moved on to the next ring and the next continuing the wrap small bundles of moss around the wire frame and then wrapping the florist wire around that.

And that’s it. Easy Peasy, right?

I kept my moss on this one pretty loose and absolutely loved this look. I felt like it has a fresh, easy going attitude.

But then I wanted to see what would happen with a more tailored and traditional look.

Option 2) “Traditional and Taylor-ed”-​

decor tray is seen with a small oil painting of hydrangeas rest on it and a stack of mismatched green and white transfer ware plates with a bird statue on top sitting next to a moss covered orb

Step 1) Assemble Your Orb-

​Second verse, just like the first.

The orbs are the same so the assembly is, you guessed it, the same!

Step 2) Prepare the Moss-

This time we are using rolled moss.

I had a partial roll in my stash of floral supplies. I wish I had more of that exact same moss. I have no clue how long I’ve had it or where is came from

I loved the more natural look of the moss, more like forest moss. This might just be because it is old and a bit faded.

More important than the look, the mesh on the back was thinner and you could easily tear it. Every roll I found locally has a heavier mesh and it must be cut. This takes just a bit more time, but is not difficult.

view of the mesh on the back of the moss cut in strips with gaps of mesh

Lay your mosss with the mesh up. You want to cut the moss backing into strips just over and inch wide. Use a sharp pair of scissor or a seam ripper to cut through the mesh following the lines of the grid. Try not to cut through the moss too. Then jump over two grid lines and cut again.

The two grid lines will leave a space between the strips that you will use to tear the moss and this will help to cover the mesh when you’re gluing it to the sphere’s frame. 

fingers shown pulling moss strips apart with irregular, organic edges

When you have all the strips cut, gently pull the strip apart separating the moss in a very organic way. A straight line cut in the moss will show.

One strip is just a little bit longer than you need for one rib of the 10-inch sphere. You’ll need about a strip and a half foreach rib of the 14-inch sphere.

Step 3) Cover the Spines-

Hot glue worked great for this. And I’m not one of those crafters who wears a hot gun holster. But it’s a great way to tackle this project.

But be sure to use low temp for this project or at least have some silicone finger protectors if not

closeup of back of meh strip with hot glue being applied to the inside of the metal frame

I found the best results by running a length of hot glue down the center of the mesh. Then I carefully picked up the strip and reaching through the ribs I applied  it against the inside of the rib. 

tip of hot glue gun is applying hot glue down the edge of the moss strip
closeup of finger folding the hot glue side over the wire frame
closeup of fingertips folding the second edge of the moss over the first

Then I ran glue along both outer edges  and folded them into each other over the rib. It seems backwards to have the seam on the outside, but it is so much easier. And because we tore the moss instead of cutting it, the irregularity of the edge disguises the seam.

Continue down each rib. You may find that you need to cover the pole that has the metal rib holder. That’s easy to do with some hot glue and random scraps of moss.

Time to admire your handiwork.

vertical closeup of a moss covered garden orb with a flower pot inside of it and a blue checked napkin beside

Create a Moss Orb or Sphere Centerpiece

a moss covered orb encases an old flower pot on a tray with vintage plates and an old table cloth

Mixing and Matching Ideas-

  • ​Use various sizes of your elements for a layered effect
  • Smaller moss balls or other moss pieces can work well beside the larger moss spheres
  • A smooth surface is good to mix with the highly textured moss
  • Combine them with aged flower pots with or without a few small indoor plants
  • Perhaps add in some vintage garden tools 
  • A textile makes a great addition to displays, this could be ribbon, cute garden gloves, a tea towel or napkin
  • Optionally a spot of color, like a cute bird perched on the orb
  • Any garden statuary could be a cute 

tray arranged with a Spring vignetter of moss covered orb, terra cotta pots, vintage plates and bird

Placement Suggestions-

  • Create a display on a large tray on a hutch or console table
  • As a centerpiece on a coffee table or dining table
  • On a front porch
  • On a screened porch
  • For a seasonal display in your entry
  • And the orbs are fun hanging too!

hairy moss covered globe is seen as part of a vignette on a patio

What a fun project, right? I can see three of them hanging on our patio, or some for a garden party shower.

How about you? But before anything, pin it to remember it:

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I hope this has inspired you to make some fun moss covered garden spheres or globes. Please share yours with me and how you use them. Send me pics that I can share in my socials and possibly in updating this post. I love encouraging each other as a community of creatives.

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