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DIY Moss Flower Planter

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Add character and appeal to your flower or container garden!

You've admired it from afar, but did you know it's easier than you think? Here is an easy home gardening project for the novice gardener, the seasoned gardener and the DIY gardener!

Make a planter using your traditional hanging baskets, wall half baskets or window and railing baskets. Scrounge around and get innovative in using what you have around you - in the garage or basement, thrift stores, garage sales, old barns...


The finished moss basket displayed!

The finished moss basket displayed and ready to grow with the weather!
The finished moss basket displayed and ready to grow with the weather! | Source

Gather Your Materials

I chose an old egg basket for my display!
I chose an old egg basket for my display! | Source

Materials you will need:

Soil

Wire basket

Trowel

Gardening scoop for soil (in this case, a yogurt container)

Watering can

Moss

Plants

Optional:

Floral wire

Plastic bag

Line the Basket with Moss

You can also use floral wire to secure it to the basket.  Some people like to soak their moss overnight!
You can also use floral wire to secure it to the basket. Some people like to soak their moss overnight! | Source

Supplies

Containers:
Don't be limited on containers for your moss planters - anything with wires or even wicker can be turned into a moss basket! A bicycle basket, an old colander, in the seat of a chair, an egg basket... Rest your finished product on an old stump for a nice woodsy effect!

Moss:
Find sheet moss online, or check your local gardening center or craft store for more moss options.

Finding Moss

A friend who owns acreage is a great resource to have in picking your own moss! Look for logs or rocks holding thick large moss pieces.

Where Would You Get Your Moss for This Project?

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Extend the Moss Well Above the Rim

A good ridge of moss above the rim helps prevent water and soil from escaping when watering.  As well, over time, moss will shrink as it starts to dry up.
A good ridge of moss above the rim helps prevent water and soil from escaping when watering. As well, over time, moss will shrink as it starts to dry up. | Source

Did You Know... - Facts about moss:

  • In World War II, Sphagnum moss was used as a first-aid dressing on wounds.
  • Moss was used to help extinguish fires in rural UK.
  • During famine, peat moss has been used to make bread in Finland.
  • Moss is used as a Christmas decoration in Mexico.
  • Moss is an excellent toilet paper when you are out in the woods!
  • Click here for more information on moss!

Find the Holes

Use small pieces of moss to fill any gaps or weak spots.
Use small pieces of moss to fill any gaps or weak spots. | Source

Fill in the hole...with moss or with flowers!

Try placing plants through the side in layers to have flowers cascading down, maximizing your soil and basket space, creating a basket with multiple layers and height. This works especially well with hanging baskets!

Fill Planter with Soil

A shovel, a yogurt container...whatever works
A shovel, a yogurt container...whatever works

Hold up the sides of moss while using your gardening scoop to fill planter.

This is where either a second pair of hands can come in handy to hold up the moss, or using floral wire to fasten it to the basket.

You can place soil around the edges first to help keep the moss held up.

I also place a plastic bag at the bottom of the planter (on top of the moss, but under the soil) to prevent excess water leakage.

Gardening Scoop for Potting Soil - Pot your plants in record time!

The Rumford Gardener Garden Pro Stainless Steel Scoop GPT1003
The Rumford Gardener Garden Pro Stainless Steel Scoop GPT1003

Using a regular trowel takes forever to fill your pot or planter, and using a plastic container (as demonstrated in my photos) can be a little clumsy and flimsy. I looked into other options for scooping large amounts of soil and discovered such a thing as a gardening scoop! It speeds up the process and can be used for vermiculite, potting soil, compost, manure, sand, even dog food! I now use a dog food scoop from the dollar store, which does a great job, though it does break frequently.

Soon I will need to invest in one of these:

* Oversized professional-grade gardening scoop with molded handle

* Single-piece construction for durability

* Polished die-cast aluminum

* Comfortable grip with non-slip handles

* Lifetime warranty

 

Gardening on a tight budget?

Need a soil scoop? Buy a dog food scoop at a Dollar Store in the pet section! It is made of plastic and not as durable, but mine will usually last one season of gardening!

Firmly Pack Down the Soil

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Continue adding and packing down soil until about an inch from the top.

You may need to add more moss at this point or fill in any holes in the moss, as the soil may have packed it down a bit.

Arrange Your Plants - And dig a small hole to plant them!

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Plant and Press Firmly Around Roots - Add more soil if needed.

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You may want to move planter to its final resting place before watering, as it can get quite heavy once waterlogged.

Water Thoroughly

Let the water soak in, then water some more!
Let the water soak in, then water some more! | Source

Don't Let Your Plants Dry Out in the Heat!

If you find your moss too absorbent, use soil specifically for hanging baskets, or add some water crystals to your soil. Water crystals will absorb water and release slowly as the plant dries out.

My favourite way to water my moss basket is to soak it in the little kids pool before it's been emptied! I find this helpful for many of my pots during a heat wave.

Maximize Your Watering

I use an old tin wash basin or the kiddie pool and fill it with water. Place the basket in it for a few hours to give it an extra good soaking on those really hot and dry days.

Finished Moss Planter!

Bringing New Life to Houseplants - Add some moss for a houseplant makeover!

Sweet Woodruff - One of My Favorite Flowers

Sweet Woodruff Perennial Plant - Galium-Herb/Groundcover - 4" Pot
Sweet Woodruff Perennial Plant - Galium-Herb/Groundcover - 4" Pot

Try them in Your Garden!

A heavily scented woodsy plant that is popular in potpourri for it's "mowed hay" scent, this plant spreads quickly which makes it a great ground cover for areas where you need to choke out weeds, or, for a woody area that needs some country charm!

I love to use it under Rhododendrons, Azaleas and plants like Clematis which like their roots covered and cool. And even with my forgetful watering habits, I rarely kill this plant! Every year it pops up in my clematis pot - a little smile in my pot.

Sweet Woodruff is easy to plant and keep - give it a try in your garden! Find it in a garden center or swipe some from your friends (or in my case, my mother-in-laws) garden!

 

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    • cyoung35 profile image

      Chad Young 2 years ago from Corona, CA

      This is very cool. You can use artificial moss also. Great Idea!

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful moss planters :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I never thought about making these myself! A cool idea.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! I see my comment was lost a while back but it was rated by me and lensrolled to "my Moss Garden" lens...I just happen to check out your lens again and found my comment missing...sorry about that.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This is a little different than I make my moss baskets but I like your way too.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      I love this idea. Will feature it on my gardening blog and give you an Angel Blessing today! You make some really good articles here on Squidoo.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful instructions for a great project. Thanks for the tips.

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      Loved this because I think I could make one of these after reading your clear instructions with great photos to demonstrate. Good job!

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      Kylyssa Shay 8 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      This looks like a fun project that wont break the bank. Thank you for the great instructions!

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for the great info! This is a great idea for me, because I live in the woods! I've never thought of it...and I have plenty of moss available! Great lens! I'll lensroll you with my hosta lens.