We’re back today from Loblolly Manor sharing how we created a simple moss centerpiece for the dining room table. This centerpiece is something that can be used throughout the year. In fact, you can dress it up or down with just a few minor tweaks. We’re always looking for creative ideas that are quick and easy and we know so many of you are too.
My dad built this dining room table a few years ago and my mom’s only request during the design phase of the table was that all 12 of us be able to have dinner together at the same time. At first, it didn’t seem like that big of a request but as we started sourcing wood for the top and dreaming up the perfect the table legs, we quickly realized this table was going to look like a board room table if we didn’t add a few special details.
As with most of our collaborations, my dad builds the projects, I paint them and then my mom and I style them together. It’s been our system for years. Even though we recently created a hutch and display area for my mom’s ironstone and silver in the dining room, I would still say the table is the star of the show.
Because the table is used for everything from eating to crafting to homework to family game nights, we set about trying to create a simple way to dress up the dining room table without leaving dishes and china out full time. In the process, we created a simple moss centerpiece.
Let me show you how easy it is to make…
Small Moss Balls
Large Moss Balls
Preserved Forest Moss
Burlap Fabric (size will depend on the container you choose)
Plastic Grocery Bags (or other filler like floral foam blocks depending on how deep your container is)
Metal Container (we found ours on sale at Hobby Lobby )
We picked up this deep metal container on sale a few months ago at Hobby Lobby but honestly any rectangular container of your choice will do just fine.
If you want to save money (we all do, right?) you can use plastic grocery store bags or floral foam to build up a foundation for the loose forest moss and the moss balls to rest on. That way, you won’t have to buy a lot of extra moss balls that will wind up buried in the bottom of the container not seen.
Obviously, you’ll want to hide the plastic grocery store bags which is really easy to do if you lay a piece of burlap fabric on the top of the grocery bags. Don’t forget to tuck in the edges of the burlap!
Start layering the larger moss balls first,
then layer the small moss balls,
followed by the moss rocks.
After you have all of the moss balls and rocks in place, start filling in any holes with the preserved forest moss.
What we love about this moss centerpiece other than it’s seriously simple to create is that it’s neutral enough to be used with most any place settings so you don’t have to worry about changing it out when you have company coming to dinner.
And bonus because it’s in this metal container, the moss centerpiece can easily be moved to accommodate everything from large puzzles to crafts. Hello, win-win for active families!