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How to Make a Kokedama

Thu, March 19, 2020

Recently, our crew decided to get their hands a little dirty in order to create some stunning kokedamas for our spring photoshoots. Now – what exactly is a kokedama, you ask? Made of fresh, live moss and tightly packed soil, kokedamas are a traditional Japanese art form that will bring an airy touch to any gathering.

There’s something about planting and gardening that is so comforting and relaxing. Especially considering the fact that we have the opportunity to make something unique and beautiful in the process.

We’ve always loved incorporating plants into our décor, which is why we adore kokedama since they instantly add a unique element to any space or table. Plus, the steps are quite simple.

However, if you prefer to buy one pre-made by the Coton Colors crew, limited quantities are available at our Flagship Stores

Watch the instructional video below or read on to learn how to create your own.


Materials

  • Plant of your choosing 
  • Bonsai Mix
  • Potting Compost 
  • Carpet Moss
  • Fishing line
  • Pins
  • Scissors 
  • Optional: Twigs and twine


Steps

  1. Put carpet moss in a bucket and dampen with water. We will come back to this in Step 6.
  2. Put a mixture of potting compost and bonsai mix in a big bowl. 
  3. Wet the mixture until it is sticky. 
  4. Take your purchased plant out of its pot and remove the original compost. Be careful not to pull on the roots. 
  5. Take the mixture of compost and bonsai mix and form it around the existing compost on your plant to make a ball. 
  6. Once the shape is made, take a sheet of wet carpet moss and wrap it around. 
  7. Fasten the shape with the fishing line.
  8. Use pins to secure the fishing lines if needed. 
  9. Optional: add twine, twigs, or other accent pieces to your kokedama by with more fishing lines or pins. 


And, voilà, you have your very own kokedama!

Our favorite way to display kokedamas is in our small bowls and salad plates. Our signature ruffle edge adds sophisticated flair to this natural décor piece.

When looking for somewhere for it to rest, we suggest keeping it out of direct sunlight as they have the tendency to dry out.

Watering Instructions 

  1. Fill a bowl or bucket with water and then place the kokedama in it pushing the moss ball down so it is submerged. Submerge until completely soaked. 
  2. After removing the kokedama, lightly squeeze the moss ball to allow excess water to drain. Then let it drip dry in a colander before placing it into its given home.
  3. Mist them as needed, but avoid the foliage. 


If you find leaves browning and crisping around edges, this usually indicates under-watering. You can spot over-watering if you find browny, mushy leaves or stems, black stems at the base, and/or leaf-yellowing.

Another tip: plants require less water during fall and winter and more during spring and summer. During spring and summer, fertilize your kokedama monthly with a liquid indoor plant fertilizer at half the recommended concentration. Simply mix the fertilizer into the water and soak as usual.


Now here’s your chance to have fun and get creative. We can’t wait to see what your kokedamas look like! Make sure to tag us @cotoncolors on Instagram for a chance to be featured. 

Want some more inspiration? Click here to view our first-ever Digital Lookbook {first of more that are in the works!} featuring all things spring.

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