As usual our Christmas shopping is left to the last minute each year. Never fear. This weekend we decided to make our own Hanging String Gardens, also known as the Kokedama. They are a Japanese tradition whereby stringing up moss balls to create hanging plants.
// Step One.
Collate your goodies including a plant of choice, twine and the important Sphagnum Moss. If you’re into colours – neons, orange, pick, yellow and green are the rage.
Plant 1 – Chilli
Plant 2 – Rosemary
Twine, 2 ply
|Total||$29.93 incl GST|
So that works out to around $10 per garden, as we have enough moss and string for at least another 2 projects. Bargain.
// Step Two.
Lay your moss out on the ground and gently place the plant on top.
// Step Three.
Call upon the help of many hands (and legs).
// Step Four.
Squeeze the moss around the plant and try and create a ball (as best you can).
// Step Five.
Wrap your string around the plant once and tie it off (with a loose knot). Ensure you leave approximately 1 metre at the end.
// Step Six.
Keep the string taught at all times and gently start wrapping around the plant. And around. And around. (There’s no method to the madness).
// Step Seven.
Once you think it looks about right snip the string with an additional 1 metre spare. Loop the end around several pieces of taught string as an anchor point to tie it off.
// Step Eight.
You’re now left with two pieces of twine approximately 1 metre in length each. Both are securely tied off.
// Step Nine.
Create a loop in each of the twine (separately) like a handle and simply tie each off on the opposite side of the plant. This creates stability for when the plant is hanging.
// Step Ten.
Time to add colour.
Give them a go. They’re really simple (and effective).