Moss Bowl Topiaries


Steph asked if I could share a tutorial with you and, in keeping with her blog, I wanted to share a project that is fast, simple, cheap and elegant.  These moss bowl topiaries fit that description!

What you need:

  • Bowls of varying sizes
  • Sheet moss ($1.97 a bag from Wal-Mart)
  • A magazine or newspaper
  • A hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • About 10-15 minutes


  1. Gather your bowls.  I happened to have some silver bowls, but you could use anything you have.
  2. Wad up magazine pages (or plastic grocery bags, newspaper, tissue, whatever) to act as filler in the bowls. Squish them down and arrange them so they make a dome shape in the bowl. This will act as a form and gluing foundation for your moss.
  3. Gently separate a piece of moss that is roughly the diameter of your bowl. Apply some hot glue to the paper to hold the moss in place. Then add dabs of glue around the edges and tuck the moss in.
 Aren’t these so lovely?

I do not have a green thumb when it comes to house plants, so moss is a great way to add greenery and a natural element without the stress of watering, perfect light, and fertilizer!


About the Author:  Marian is the creative artist and blogger from Miss Mustard Seed. She is not a trained artist or a born entrepreneur, just a mom of two with a love painting, sewing, decorating, and thrifting.
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Julie says

    Thank you for the feature. An amazing woman to say the least. I'm heading over to check out her blog. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care and have a great day. God Bless!!

  2. Lindsey says

    Ok, I've been in the blogging world for a couple years now and I'm a little upset that I am JUST finding your blog! I have been missing out! Love it :)

  3. Anna See says

    Great tutorial! I wish I had thought of this before I paid 12 for a styrofoam ball to put moss on.

  4. Kimm at Reinvented says

    Oh my, I love these! Considering my history with real plants, these would be perfect for my house! I'll be sharing this idea in my Trash to Treasure round-up post, if that's okay with Miss M!

  5. Babs says

    Love the moss bowls.Very upscale. Thanks for sharing the newspaper trick. Much less expensive than styrofoam and a good way to recycle.

  6. Carole says

    Love the idea of the moss bowl.

    My parents had end tables very similar to that, two, one on either side of the sofa (or davenport as my mother called it) when I was a kid. Those pieces are long gone, but what a great update for some very sturdy pieces of furniture.

  7. Adena (aka cre82learn) says

    That little end table would match my bedroom perfectly!! And I never thought of painting the desk with chalkboard paint, although I would paint everything else with it!! And sitting at the desk is where I am always looking for a scrap paper to write on! Clever.