Gather friends and create these cheery kokedama balls from pots of store-bought daffodils.
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finished daffodil kokedama balls
Credit: Teresa Woodard

Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in a moss-covered ball of soil wrapped with string or fishing line. They can be displayed outdoors in the garden, indoors as a table centerpiece and even strung from a tree or in a window.

For this easy DIY spring garden project, I bought potted daffodils from the grocery store, gathered moss from the backyard and invited friends to make it a fun and interactive gathering. Welcome spring into your home by making your own daffodil kokedama using this step-by-step guide.

Supplies

  • Potted flowering daffodils (we used dwarf daffodils for this project)
  • Fresh or sphagnum sheet moss
  • Garden twine, embroidery floss or invisible fishing line
  • Utility scissors
  • Bowl

How To

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Daffodil Kokedama supplies
Credit: Teresa Woodard

1. Gather Supplies

Purchase a pot of flowering daffodils. I like the scale of dwarf daffodils and found them for $5.99 at a local grocery. You can make one large kokedama or two smaller ones from a single pot. Next, gather fresh moss from your own backyard or purchase sphagnum sheet moss from a garden center or craft store. For the string, use garden twine, embroidery floss or invisible fishing line. You'll also need utility scissors and a bowl.

Daffodil dividing for kokedama
Credit: Lynn Thompson

2. Divide Daffodils

Gently remove the daffodils from the pot and split it in half using your hands, a garden knife or a serrated kitchen knife. Keep the soil around the bulbs as best you can.

Moss soaking for daffodil kokedama
Credit: Teresa Woodard

3. Prepare the Moss

Soak moss in a bowl of water for a few minutes. (It's easier to work with moss when it is damp.)

moss rap for daffodil kokedama
Credit: Teresa Woodard

4. Wrap Bulbs with Moss

Next, lay the bulbs on a large piece of moss and add other pieces around the sides and base of the bulbs. Continue wrapping with moss until you have the desired size and rounded shape.

First knot daffodil kokedama
Credit: Teresa Woodard

5. Tie the First Loop

Now, it's time to start the twine wrapping. Begin by making one loop and tying a knot at the bottom of the ball. Alternatively, you can use colorful embroidery floss or no-show fishing line.

Daffodil kokedama twine wrap
Credit: Lynn Thompson

6. Wrap with Twine

Hold the ball in one hand and continue wrapping the twine with the other hand. Wrap in all directions. It helps to cross loops at the top and slightly rotate the ball with each loop. If you aren't happy with your first attempt, don't sweat. It's easy to remove the string and try again.

Once finished wrapping, tie off the last loop, tuck in loose moss pieces at the top and adjust the shape as needed.

Watering daffodil kokedama
Credit: Teresa Woodard

Daffodil Kokedama Watering and Care Tips

Water your daffodil kokedama by soaking it in a bowl of water for a few minutes. To display indoors, set the damp ball on a saucer. Water again whenever the ball feels lighter in weight, typically every 2-3 days. Once the daffodils finish blooming, you can disassemble the ball and plant the bulbs in your garden.

group project daffodil kokedama
kokedama plant options
Left: Credit: Teresa Woodard
Right: Credit: Teresa Woodard

More Kokedama Ideas to Try

Feeling inspired? The possibilities are endless, so give these kokedama variations a try.

  • More plants: Try herbs as well as houseplants like ferns, pothos, African violets and succulents.
  • Display options: Arrange a table centerpiece with a collection of moss balls; also try elevating on a glass cake stand.
  • Gift ideas: Spread the spring cheer by sharing kokedamas with friends. They also make great teacher and hostess gifts.
  • Pendant balls: To hang, tie strings from the tops of moss balls and suspend them from a tree or along a window.
  • Craft party: Gather supplies and invite friends to join you in making moss balls. Extra hands make the project even more fun.