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How to make DIY Moss Ball Christmas Ornaments

Want to add a touch of greenery to your Christmas tree this year? You won’t believe how easy it is to make DIY moss ball ornaments for your tree!

One of the most iconically Charleston things is Spanish moss dripping from the branches of an old oak tree. It is soft and romantic and a year-round symbol of our city.

It inspired the DIY Spanish moss wreath that I made a few Christmases ago and this moss Christmas tree.

DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments

Moss ornaments can fit with a lot of different Christmas tree decorating themes. Rustic, Coastal, Natural – you really can’t go wrong!

DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments

I actually purchased a large bag of Spanish moss to use in the pot wall that we installed in our eat in kitchen. I had quite a bit left over so I decided to use it to make some Christmas ornaments!

What kind of ornaments do you use as the base?

The easiest way to DIY any kind of ball ornament is to use fillable ball ornaments. You can buy these in glass or plastic. They sell them pretty much everywhere this time of year – craft stores, Walmart, Target, the Dollar Tree, and of course, Amazon.

I love fillable ornaments so much that I wrote a big blog post with tons of ideas for decorating them!

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DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments

These moss ball ornaments were super easy to make – seriously, they take ten seconds each. I encourage you to make a whole set! They look great on a tree but could also go in a bowl or long trough centerpiece for a beautiful effect.

Here are a TON of ideas for DIY ornaments you can make and sell!

Alternative options for making moss balls

You could also add the moss to the outside of the ornament using glue. However, I have done projects similar to this in the past and know that they are messy, moss falls off, and they get destroyed in storage in the off season.

Keeping the moss inside the ball is an easy way to make these DIY moss ornaments neat and last a long time.

DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments


You don’t need many supplies or special tools to make these ornaments. It’s pretty much just the moss and the ornament – anything else is an extra little touch to help them to coordinate with your existing decor.

DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments

The little details

I added a velvet bow to the top of each moss ball Christmas ornament and also used embroidery floss to add a hanging loop. You could use any type of hanger that you prefer. These would also be beautiful with a big red or white bow!

I hope that you enjoy this simple DIY project for Christmas. Be sure to check out all of our Christmas DIYs!

DIY moss ball Christmas ornaments
Yield: 1 ornament

How to make moss ball ornaments

Active Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0-10

Moss ball ornaments are an easy way to add a bit of greenery and a natural, Southern feel to your Christmas tree. Here is how to make them!


  • Fillable ornament
  • Ribbon
  • Spanish moss
  • String or ornament hanger


  • Scissors


  1. Remove the cap from the ornament by squeezing the metal topper and lifting.
  2. Fill with moss until you get the desired fullness.
  3. Replace cap.
  4. Tie a bow to the cap.
  5. Add a string loop or ornament hanger.

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Saturday 14th of December 2019

I’m right below you in Beaufort, SC. I use Spanish moss in many of my crafts as well. It’s so Lowcountry! Love it!


Sunday 15th of December 2019

How wonderful! We love Beaufort! And I agree I love crafting with moss.

Toni | Girl, Just DIY!

Monday 25th of November 2019

I never would have thought of using Spanish moss inside an ornament but they are truly lovely and would look beautiful hanging from a white Christmas Tree, which I desperately want (in a full size tree) :)


Monday 25th of November 2019

Yes! We've talked about getting one too, but we are out of storage right now. These would look great on one though! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

These are fun. These would compliment a fairy tree too.


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Great idea!


Sunday 17th of November 2019

I have tons of moss in my stash and never knew it could look so nice in an ornament. Going to try making a few :-) Thanks for the idea. Pinned.

Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod

Thursday 14th of November 2019

So cute and creative!

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