Mossy Accents...

Today I went shopping for accessories for a client's living room.  I wanted to add a natural element and a little color to her mantle.  I knew in my mind exactly what I wanted but I couldn't find it anywhere.  I went to a few stores and finally decided to ask for assistance.  

I approached the clerk and asked, "Do you have large mossy balls?"






I know...awkward.  

To spare myself further humiliation, I decided to go home and make my own.  


Here is what I used:



A bag of bright green spanish moss, hot glue, and styrofoam balls.  




Using a glue gun, I coated the balls with hot glue and pressed the moss around them.  




It's just what I envisioned. 




 I'm not sure what the clerk had in mind.  





Geesh...



25 comments:

  1. Um, I wonder what he did think! LOL!

    I love the moss balls, they look perfect and definitely bring nature to the decor.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. LOL, these came out great! I have this moss and should try it.

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  3. I went to Home Depot and asked the guy in the garden center "Do you have gazing balls?" and immediately it felt all wrong. He held his laughter, barely, and showed me where they were. I wanted to crawl under the bags of mulch. I left without one. I just could not buy it after that. i'd be reflecting on my embarrassment rather than my garden.
    A neighbor of mine asked the young grocery clerk "Where do you keep your nuts?" and he burst out laughing, then apologized and said "I'm sorry. i'm such a child."
    I guess I'm a child too.

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  4. Great job on those mossy balls! I love spanish moss. I'll have to grab some out of the trees next time i'm home visiting in Louisiana.

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  5. haha too funny! They look awesome though!

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  6. Ha! That's something I would do!
    They turned out great!! Glad your vision came to fruition!

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  7. Great DIY - simple but very high end looking. Also I would not recommend googling "large mossy balls" either! M.

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  8. Those are awesome! I will have to try this. :)

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  9. This is what I have been wanting to do! All the reindeer moss I have seen is too bright green for my taste but I couldn't find anything online made with spanish moss, they look great!

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  10. I love your balls! I'm going to have to make my own.

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  11. So great! Pinning for future inspiration. Thanks for sharing ;)

    -MJ @ MD School Mrs

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  12. haha!! I would have loved to see his face when you asked him! :) Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites! XOXO!

    marni

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  13. Your large mossy balls are just wonderful...LOL. No, they really are, I just had to giggle a little at your comment and well...my own too. I did the same thing at a store...but the guy was a more feminine sort and he knew EXACTLY what I was talking about...thank goodness. But alas, no mossy balls there either. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  14. Spanish mossy balls. Ole! Brilliant. :-)

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  15. Hahaha!!! I can just picture his face!!! And yours!!! The ones you made are really nice though.

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  16. I did this last summer and put them in my extra large antique dough bowl in our dining room...got the idea from Pottery Barn...refused to pay their price of $24 per mossy ball!

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  17. Your mossy balls are beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday!

    Becca

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  18. I have also been looking for them for ages! Have only found them online, though! =(

    http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

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  19. I have purchased quite a few but these look almost identical and for a MUCH better price! Woohoo! Thanks for sharing.

    www.frillylittledetails.blogspot.com

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  20. Once upon a time when I was making dried/silk topiary trees and using Spanish Moss I used Spray Glue instead of a hot glue gun to make this work for the base - very sticky but it worked great.

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  21. Love these. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. The moss and styrofoam balls are available at dollar tree. You can't beat the price and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. My husband wants to know why I'm literally lol'ing from reading this post and comments... somehow I just don't think he'd get it! (Fabulous balls, by the way!)

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