How to Spruce up a House Plant

2 Materials
$10
5 Minutes
Easy

We have a bunch of house plants but something always looked off about them. I always put the pots on nicer baskets, but l still felt like something was missing.

This hack was an easy and cheap way to make them look more expensive, and it literally only took me 5 minutes!

What I used:

Brown backing paper

Spanish moss

First, I took some brown packing paper from one of the deliveries we had this week, and folded it up to about the size of the basket the plant was in. Then I ripped a hole in it, about the size of the plant. (If your plant isn’t already in a basket, do that first- that’s an instant upgrade in itself!)

I stuffed this into the basket and around the plant. This will be the base for the moss, so you want it to fit close to the rim of the basket, and pretty snug in there.


If you don’t have this paper, you can use old plastic bags or shopping bags, old papers, really anything! But I will say the brown paper was nice because it was a similar color to the moss I used.

Next, just take your Spanish moss (I got mine for super cheap off of Amazon) and spread it evenly over the brown paper.

This was an instant upgrade and again, it was SO CHEAP! A little moss goes a long way.

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  • Caitlin Caitlin on Apr 28, 2022

    what do you do when it’s time to water the plant? Do you remove all of that?

  • Lac2919004 Lac2919004 on Apr 28, 2022

    Why not just use moss

  • Theresa Theresa on Apr 29, 2022

    How do you keep the bugs in the Spanish moss from taking over your house when you take it from the trees?

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  • Holly McElhiney Holly McElhiney on Apr 28, 2022

    Thank you so much for suggesting that people top dress their plants!! They always look so much better when you are not exposing the nursery pot.

    I suggest that a supporting base such as styrofoam, wire or even cardboard to hold the moss is preferable in the long run to paper. Paper will eventually contact the soil and become a moist environment to harbor fungus (think gnats), among other pests and diseases. If you leave the "donut" center hole large enough on your base you can still water in the center. In this way you can avoid getting any of the moss or base wet, and still allow necessary air circulation!

    Hope this helps someone. Happy growing everyone ;)

  • Migdalia Tomalinas Migdalia Tomalinas on Apr 28, 2022

    I'm lucky enough to pick Spanish moss from the trees. I don't use any support materials. I Just lift the moss and water around all the soil. The moss lasts a long time before needing replacement.

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