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How To Make Super Easy Kokedama Moss Balls

3 Materials
$5
30 Minutes
Easy

Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in moss balls. Traditionally, Kokedama is formed by wrapping the roots of plants in clay before tying moss around it. The result is a beautiful but high maintenance look. Here, we show you how to create an easy, low maintenance version from old tennis balls and sheet moss. All the beauty of Kokedama moss balls without the mess and constant watering.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

What you need to make our easy Kokedama moss balls.


Old Tennis Balls

Adhesive Sheet Moss (Amazon)

String (optional)


As well as making Kokedama moss planters from our tennis balls, we also covered a couple of them and some ping-pong balls to make complete moss balls.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

Cutting a ball shape from moss


I really wanted a neat finish to my Kokedama moss balls. To achieve it I used a ball pattern generator to calculate the number and shape of the moss pieces to ensure a perfect fit. The ball pattern generator is usually used to calculate the parts needed for sewing balls and is super handy for that too.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

How to cover a sphere with moss (or any fabric)


I marked a circle guide on the top of the tennis balls and used a knife to cut that part away.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

I also cut out all the pieces of moss following the pattern I had generated. Since the moss is quite thick, I chose to use an 8 piece pattern, but you can create different numbers of pieces to suit your own need.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

The moss sheet I use has an adhesive backing and sticks down really well. For the planters, I stuck the excess moss around the cut edge to give a neat finish.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

How to plant our Kokedama balls


To keep the moss clean, I lined the opening of the Kokedama balls with some plastic before filling them.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

I started by popping some gravel into the moss balls. The gravel should help in two ways. The Kokedama don’t have drainage holes so the gravel will help prevent the roots of the plants sitting in water and rotting. The gravel also helps weight the Kokedama moss balls encouraging them to stay upright as the plants grow.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

I then added compost which I pushed to the sides of the balls before planting my pretty little houseplants and removing the plastic protection.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

And here are my easy Kokedama moss balls. They can be hung using string or left free- standing as they are here. I think they look just as beautiful as traditional Kokedama balls, and unlike the traditionally made ones, they don’t need twice daily watering and drip drying.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls

You can find loads more imaginative ways to display your houseplants over on our Craft Blog. Check out our Cute Square Pots for Mini Cactus Plants and our Air Plant and Wire Jellyfish. And if you are looking for some original outdoor succulent planter ideas, start with our gorgeous Succulent, Moss and Chicken Wire Toadstool and our Garden Art Made From Colourful Succulents.

how to make super easy kokedama moss balls
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  • Nina
    on May 14, 2019

    I’m purchasing everything I need to get this amazing idea finished up and displayed. I plan on having mine free standing on our coffee table so that guests can enjoy them also. My question is this: How do I keep them from rolling over onto their side? Should I glue something flat onto the ball before I add the moss?

    • Craft Invaders
      on May 14, 2019

      I've got mine sitting on my desk in front of me Nina and they haven't tried to roll over at all. I did occur to me that they might when I made them but I decided that the gravel would help weight them and it has worked. If you were going to plant a really top heavy plant I think you'd need to compensate with extra weight inside. (I have actually picked them up and put them down again a few times while typing this and they feel nice and weighty - hubby is looking at me out of the corner of his eye obviously wondering what on earth I am doing!)

  • Margi
    on May 17, 2019

    I have used that moss on other projects but it doesn’t stay green. It turns shades of brown. How do you get it to hold its color?

    • Craft Invaders
      on May 19, 2019

      This is moss sheet that has been designed to be used by florists so it is preserved and I suspect dyed as well Margi :)

  • Sandi Gallion Hodge
    on May 19, 2019

    I’ve done. Regular Kokedama not with Tennis Balls wouldn’t you have to or should you have holes in the rubber balls ?

    • Craft Invaders
      on May 19, 2019

      I decided not to put holes in them as I wanted to sit them straight on my desk. This does mean you have to be really careful about overwatering them. You definitely could put holes in them though :)

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  • Fanny
    on May 15, 2019

    I loved this idea, I'm just wondering if after watering or keeping them for a while, since the water is not draining, did the soil started to smell or something? 🤪😃 Please answer I'm intrigued.

    • Craft Invaders
      on May 19, 2019

      I decided not to put holes in them as I wanted to sit them straight on my desk. This does mean you have to be really careful about overwatering them. You definitely could put holes in them though :)


  • [re]FɄB19
    on May 18, 2019

    Great Idea! As soon as I"m done with my deck, I'll do this. I'll hang them with fishing thread over my deck so they look as if they were floating. Many thanks for your share!!! 😊

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