CHRISTMAS TREE KOKEDAMA
Gather your supplies
- Peat moss
- Seed-raising mix
- Plastic tubs (2)
- Small stainless steel bowls, about 20cm-dia.
- Natural twine
- Fine-gauge wire mesh or chicken wire mesh
- Thin, bendable wire
- Wire cutters
- Small potted pine tree or any other small conifer
STEP 1 To create growing mixture, combine equal parts peat moss and seed-raising mix in a tub. Add enough water so mixture holds shape when handling. Squeeze out excess water before using.
STEP 2 Soak sphagnum moss in other tub filled with water. Squeeze out excess water before using.
STEP 3 Cut 2 pieces of twine, each 40cm long. Lay pieces across the inside of 1 small stainless steel bowl so pieces cross in centre of bowl and ends hang over.
STEP 4 Line bowl with sphagnum moss, about 2cm thick, pressing into the string.
STEP 5 Use wire cutters, snip wire mesh to fit over top of moss. Bend and snip the wire to make fit.
STEP 6 Place ½ cup of growing mixture in centre of bowl, keeping edges clear.
STEP 7 Remove tree from pot. Gently remove excess soil from roots and discard soil.
STEP 8 Position plant in centre of lining and add more growing mixture around base to secure plant and cover root ball.
STEP 9 Shape top part of ball with sphagnum moss to finish off lining and cover all growing mixture.
STEP 10 Tie off both strings with a double knot at base of plant to secure moss around ball.
STEP 11 Turn kokedama out of bowl.
STEP 12 Use wire cutters to cut 100mm-long pieces of wire. Bend lengths into pin shapes (like a bobby pin) and press them into ball – about 5cm apart – to secure moss in place. If you desire, you can use scissors to snip the string and remove it, as here. If leaving the string attached, you may wish to attach long lengths of twine to make this a hanging Christmas tree kokedama. The choice is all yours!
STEP 13 Give your tree a drink of water, then put it on display.
- Can't find moss? You can use sheets of artificial moss (available from craft stores) as an alternative.
- Keep finished kokedama in a bright spot, away from direct sunlight.
- Place kokedama on a small saucer if worried about damaging the surface it sits on.
- Use a spray bottle to mist water around base of tree and moss. Apply daily or whenever moss feels dry to touch.
- When the Christmas season is over, you can dismantle your kokedama and re-pot the tree to let it thrive outdoors until next year.
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