So I have to admit… I am kind of an interior decor hoarder! I have multiple closets in my house stuffed with interior decor that I rotate in and out through the year. Please tell me some of you have this same issue and I am not alone! While rummaging through my stash of decor items, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw this urn. I thought this urn would be absolutely perfect to display in the middle of the island for my staging project! Typically I run into problems with this piece… the urn is way too tall to fit on a table, way too wide to fit on a mantle, and way too large to set on a counter. Yet, I love this urn… even though I continually struggle with finding places to display it since it is HUGE!
Many objects have occupied this urn through the years. I have had rolling pins in it, filled it with ornaments for the holidays, and even planted spring flowers in it for my veranda. But I was not searching for the perfect object to fill it this time! I needed something plain and simple to complement the beauty of the kitchen. After all, that is what we are trying to sell… the house! I knew I wanted to place a large moss ball inside so that it created an arched dome on the top. This would be simple, classic, and not require water! After searching high and low, I found that they do not make moss balls large enough for a 20 inch opening. So… I thought how on earth am I going to get this look? Heaven forbid I ever change my mind when I get an idea stuck in my head! Ha Ha!
I looked into filling the urn with floral foam. Not only was that option very expensive, but I would make a huge mess trying to carve the dome! And let’s face it… there is no way I would get that dome perfectly round, and being the perfectionist that I am, that was not going to cut it!
Well.. I guess I was going to have to make my own dome. I pulled together some junk mail… FINALLY a good use for junk mail! I had my kids join in the fun by wadding up the junk mail and placing it in none other than an empty Home Goods bag! This was a cheap fix and the perfect solution for this project!
Once the bag was pretty full, I placed it into the urn. I kept adding paper until it made the perfect dome shape I was envisioning. Once I had the perfect shape, I tacked down the bag with a little hot glue. Then it was puzzle time with the sheet moss. You can find sheet moss at most craft stores for a couple of dollars.
I took the sheet moss and spread it out on the counter. I began placing it around the dome, hot gluing as I went.
Eventually the whole dome was covered in sheet moss. I was SO excited with the way it was turning out! Now here is the kicker… when using hot glue…. PULL OFF ALL OF THE GLUE STRINGS! Please do not create a beautiful display and then forget to pull all of those pesky glue strings off of your project! Yes, I know… this takes time… it is a pain… and the strings stick to everything… but you will have a lovely project when you are all finished! I promise!
I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! And you would never guess there is junk mail hiding underneath that fresh moss!
I like having the splash of green in this monochromatic kitchen. It is simple, looks fresh and clean, and is the perfect size for the large island. Now all I need are my bar stools to arrive this week!!