DIY: How to make a kokedama ball
The kokedama has been around for a hot minute now, in fact decorative plant lovers across the world have been making them for about a thousand years. Also known as the Japanese moss balls this delightful little addition to your home provides a great stay-at-home plant project for when you can’t get outside. This cute plant reflects the Japanese principles of wabi-sabi which embraces the beauty in imperfection. In a world that can sometimes appear less than ideal, this DIY project is the perfect self-care plant project, and would you like to know a secret? It’s pretty simple to do, the plant supplies can be easily found and it provides a great stress-free activity for new plant parents and professional plant lovers.
What you’ll need
- Peat moss
- Bonsai soil
- A roll of twine
- A selection of your favourite plant children
- Sheet moss
1. The chosen ones
Your very first step should involve you picking your plants that you would like to transform into your kokedama. Of course, you can make a kokedama with one type of houseplant but isn’t variety the spice of life? So let’s get crazy and remove several plants from their soil with the root still attached. Rinse the root and gently place your chosen selection to the side for later use.
2. Having a ball
Begin by taking the peat moss and bonsai soil, I recommend somewhere around a 7:3 ratio of moss to soil. Mix both ingredients and slowly begin pouring water until you get a mixture that can be moulded into a little plant globe of goodness. Make sure that the soil ball is large enough to completely cover the plant roots.
3. The ties that bind
Step 3 is relatively straightforward. Take a little sheet moss and wrap it around the roots. Then take your twine and fasten it around the moss to make sure the roots are cosy and snug. Gently place your plants aside for later use.
4. Breaking up can be hard to do
Now, take the soil ball that you have constructed, and break it in half. Grab your plant children and sandwich them between the two sides of the ball. Gently pat the soil ball until it is complete and you can’t see any big cracks in the surface. Just like you did with the roots, cover the ball in sheet moss and fasten it with twine. Once your kokedama is secure, you can start to add a little bit of personal embellishment to make it suit the aesthetic of your space. But first, ensure that no soil is escaping, if not you may have to refasten the twine.
5. Now it’s personal
So, you’ve finished your kokedama, what next? Well there are a number of personal choices you can make to ensure your kokedama suits your personality. Plant lovers often suspend their kokedama from the ceiling by fastening a little bit of rope to the twine surrounding the plant. I simply love using different materials to hang my plant such as copper wire for an individual touch. Alternatively, if you want to shake up a shelf or a coffee table why not create a cute plant stand with that vintage tray or other item you’ve struggled to find a use for.
In many ways the kokedama’s needs are similar to those of other houseplants. If the newest member of your plant family feels a lot lighter than usual or the leaves begin to turn brown, you should provide extra water. Remove brown leaves to maintain a healthy plant, however if you frequently see brown dead leaves it may be a sign that your kokedama requires watering on a more frequent basis. Depending on the houseplants you have used to create your beautiful new kokedama, a quick daily spritz of water can ensure the newest member of your family grows up big and strong. Repotting is the most significant difference from the needs of a standard houseplant. It’s actually far simpler to see when your kokedama needs a new home. If the roots begin to show through the bottom of the soil ball you know it’s time to trade up for a bigger house, though this shouldn’t be needed more than once to twice per year.
How to make a Kokedama:
There’s so many fantastic opportunities to add those personal embellishments that make the kokedama your own. There are limitless options for choice of materials and presentation. If you need a little more depth in your urban jungle, don’t confine your plant to eye level. Make sure you can look at every corner of your space and be wowed by your urban jungle. Consider placing your kokedama low on a coffee table or hang it from the ceiling for a breath of fresh air that can’t be missed. How about repurposing a vintage item and using it to enhance your home’s existing aesthetic? Personally I love finding unique materials that make my kokedama completely unique.
Lisa has spent quite a fair amount of hours in the greenhouse and loves to share her experience with others!
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