Make a moss ball with plastic bags

When I was putting together my Valentine’s mantel, I  wanted to add something green and thought moss balls would be the answer. Not having any Styrofoam balls at home and not wanting to go out in the middle of yet another snow storm, I had to put on my thinking cap to come up with a substitute.  What did I have at home that I could shape into a sphere? I thought of aluminum foil, newspaper, plastic wrap, plastic……………bags! Grocery store bags.

DIY plastic bag moss ball

I love the way this plastic bag moss ball looks, it’s a touch of green while waiting for Spring to arrive.

plastic grocery bags

This is only about one quarter of the plastic bags I have at home.  We do take them back to the store for recycling though. But boy do they ever accumulate!  Did you know these facts about plastic bags?  Makes you think twice about using so many of them!

Every year the United States uses 30 billion plastic bags. Each bag you reuse has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime. The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store. We throw away almost 100 billion plastic bags every year, and only 1 percent to 3 percent are ever recycled. Plastic bags are not biodegradable. They clog waterways and end up in landfills where they take 1,000 years or more to break down into smaller pieces that pollute the soil and water. Plastic bags also pose a serious danger to birds and marine mammals that mistake them for food. Thousands die each year after swallowing or choking on discarded plastic bags. Producing plastic bags requires millions of gallons of petroleum that could be used for transportation or heating.

Well, that’s not good. I think I’ll make a real effort to remember to use the cloth bags from now on.

plastic bags

Here’s how I made the plastic bag spheres. Put a bunch of bags inside a bag and shape into a ball. Keep adding bags and smashing it into a round shape. Tape it together and that’s it.

plastic bags for moss balls

The spheres may not be perfectly round but that’s ok. You can shape it more as you go along. You’ll need a small brush, some glue and moss. Plain  white school glue is what I used and it worked fine. I think hot glue would melt the plastic so I didn’t even try using it.bagged moss

I had this moss from the Dollar store in my stash and used about 2 bags per ball.

craft moss

Each bag had 4 different kinds of moss.

Warning, MESS ALERT, this is a very messy project so be prepared. At this point I stopped taking pictures because my hands were full of glue and moss. Just brush on some glue, add a little moss, press it on and repeat. I took a little break and allowed the glue to dry when I was about half finished with each sphere.

moss balls on mantel

They look good on the mantel atop pretty white ironstone vases.

neutral valentines mantel

This was a quick project and a good way to reuse those plastic bags. I felt pretty good using up some of those bags.

Here’s another previous plastic bag project, you might remember the burlap pumpkins.burlap pumpkins

 5 minutes to craft a burlap pumpkin.  I made them in several versions. Plastic bags can be used in lots of different ways and I’ll be trying to think up new ways to use them for Spring and Easter crafts.

Hey, we are getting a little warmer here! Temperatures in the 40’s, WOW it’s a heat wave! Come on Spring!

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Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))



  1. Very fun idea! I need something (cheap) inexpensive to get the “grey” out! Your home is creative. I love the hearts hanging from the mirror! (My kind of decorating)

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