How to make a kokedama plant hanger

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How to make a kokedama plant hanger

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Kokedama (or “moss ball” in Japanese) are everywhere right now. And though they look really complicated to make, these moss ball plants are actually spectacularly simple. Here’s how to pull one together.

Tools and materials

Bucket x 2

Coir-peat brick

Gardening gloves

Mask

Plastic sheet

Scissors

Small house plant

Sphagnum moss

Spray bottle of water

Twine (approximately 1m)

Water

tools and materials needed to create your own kokedama (a small plant, twine, peat and sphagnum moss, gloves and a spray bottle.

1. Soak your peat moss and sphagnum moss

First step is to soak your coir-peat and sphagnum moss in water – you’ll need two separate buckets for this. If you like, you can wear a mask while handling the Coir-Peat to ensure you don’t breathe in any dust.

You want the coir-peat to soak until it absorbs the water and takes on the consistency of soil or coffee grounds – this will make it easy to mould into a ball.

Next, soak your Sphagnum moss. It doesn’t need to be in for too long – just until it gets a little damp. Once they’re both at that stage, break them apart and squeeze the excess water out. 

Bunnings team member placing peat and sphagnum moss in separate buckets of water to soak

2. Remove plant from pot

Bunnings has a great selection of smaller indoor plants, perfect for this project. Simply pull one from its pot and brush off any excess dirt – probably best to have a plastic sheet down for this bit. You’ll want to do the rest of the steps outside, too – it’s getting messy!

Bunnings team member carefully removing a plant from it's black grow pot.

3. Wrap the peat and moss around the roots

First, pack the coir-peat tightly around the soil ball containing the plant’s roots. Don’t worry too much if it’s not perfectly round, once you put the twine on you can turn it into the shape you want.

Then, take some Sphagnum moss from your bucket and flatten it out on your bench. Carefully place it around the plant and the coir-peat. 

Bunnings team member wearing gloves is clumping soil into a ball at the base of the plant before folding the peat moss up to grow the sphere.

4. Wrap up your plant

This is the fun bit – it’s time to wrap it up! Take your twine and wrap it around the moss ball a few times. Tie it off and repeat the process until your plant is wrapped into a tight, satisfying little ball. The more times you wrap, the more it will take on a ball shape. 

Bunnings team member wearing garden gloves is beginning to wrap twine around the ball of formed peat moss and soil.

5. Jazz it up

Once it’s all wrapped up snug, tie a knot at the bottom and cut the string. Now you’re ready to make a hanger – just tie a piece of string to either side of the ball and add a hook – or jazz it up with some decorative twine, like we did. If you’re giving it as a gift, you could customise it with some cute little labels.

finished kokedama with a purple peperomia style plant and decorative twine.

6. Shower your swaddled plant with love

Caring for your kokedama is really simple, just hold it by the hanger and dip it into a bucket of water every so often. Or give it a good spritz with water sprayed directly onto the plant. So easy and so cute!

three finished kokedamas styled with varying plants, some with deocrative twine and a gift tag.

Start planting today

Check out our range of indoor plants, perfect for creating your new kokedama. 

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