People are going to be buying large styrofoam balls once they see her dining room idea

This handcrafted topiary is unlike any other. It’s made of reindeer moss which is not a moss at all, but lichen. And what is lichen, you say? It’s a combination of fungus and algae plants that’s a winter food for deer. I’ve always admired regular topiaries (green ones) but thought they were too expensive. And making one really wasn’t that appealing to me – until I saw a bag of preserved reindeer moss in a nice rich fuchsia color. Yes, fuchsia – how cool is that?

Time: 1 Hours Cost: $15.00 Difficulty: Easya

 

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So I easily put my topiary together, using a 10 inch flora craft foam ball for the top, a small branch that I found in the woods, a half of a Styrofoam ball for the base that was from a previous project; wine color acrylic paint to color the balls so the white foam wouldn’t show through, tacky glue and a urn that I purchased on clearance a few years ago. And of course, three bags of preserved reindeer moss.

 

reindeer moss topiary diy, christmas decorations, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
To begin, after inserting the stick branch into the ball base, I painted the Styrofoam balls and let them dry.

 

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Next, I glued the moss on both balls using quick grab tacky glue. I found this better than using hot glue which made the moss hard and my fingers hot, hot, hot! Ouch!

 

reindeer moss topiary diy, christmas decorations, crafts, seasonal holiday decor

 

reindeer moss topiary diy, christmas decorations, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
Once all of the moss was glued on and dry, I had fun deciding where my topiary would go. It looks perfect in the foyer, by the front door . . .

 

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or by the fireplace, near the tv.

 

reindeer moss topiary diy, christmas decorations, crafts, seasonal holiday decor
Or in that hard to decorate corner . . .

 

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or maybe in the living room, where there’s always an open space . . .

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No matter where I put it, I know that it makes for a timeless decorative accent piece – for now, the holidays or whenever, year after year!
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