How to Make Modern Moss Ball Hanging Plants

Introducing the latest trend in DIY garden design: the Kokedama (aka moss ball). This modern-vibe planter dates back to 1600s in Japan, but it's currently making big waves in the DIY gardening world. The idea is simple: Wrap your favorite plant’s roots with moss, tie it with string, and hang it up. It’s sleek, chic, and oh-so-simple to make. 


This project is a perfect way to get your family into gardening this spring, especially if you live in an apartment or have yet to discover your green thumb. Hang a few in a corner of your house and when guests come over, get ready for all of the ooh-ing and ahh-ing.



  • Plant (Choose a plant variety based on the location you’re planning to hang it -- sunny/shady -- and how much water it requires and if you’re a forgetful type of person.) I chose succulents because they can be indoors and are drought resistant.
  • Colorful yarn (or natural twine) -- depending on your style
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Water


Step 1: Carefully shake off about 2/3 of soil from the plant’s roots.


Step 2: Wet some sphagnum moss and cover the roots with it. Then wrap the moss with sewing thread.


Step 3: Wet your sphagnum peat moss and cover the moss and thread with it. Pat down the peat moss so it forms a ball shape.


Step 4: Wet more sphagnum moss and pat it over the peat moss. Again, form it into a ball shape.


Step 5: Here comes the tricky part, especially if you do it alone. This is why we highly recommend this as a family project. Crisscross yarn around the moss tightly.


Step 6: Tie another piece of yarn to your ball and hang.


 Is this the cutest thing you've ever seen? Hang it up and enjoy. 


 Images via Kelly Ladd

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