DIY: Kokedama

You probably have seen one on Instagram, even if the name sounds unfamiliar. Kokedama, meaning “moss ball” in Japanese, uses bound-up moss instead of pot to store house plants. You can then place the kokedamas as they are or hang them up to make a string garden. Here’s how to make a kokedama.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Peat moss
  • Sphagnum/sheet moss
  • Bonsai soil mix
  • Small green or flowering plant
  • Twine or brick line string
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Bowl


  1. Mix peat moss and bonsai soil in a 7:3 ratio. After mixing the two into a ball, add water to keep it moist. Remove excess water.
  2. Create a hole in the ball to make room for the plant roots. Remove the plant from the original pot/planter and remove excess soil from the roots. Place the plant roots in the ball.
  3. Soak the sphagnum/sheet moss in the water. Remove and squeeze excess water.
  4. Cut two long pieces of twine/string and place them diagonally on a bowl. Place the sphagnum/sheet moss on top of the twine.
  5. Cover the ball with the sphagnum/sheet moss and wrap it with the twine strings. Secure the twine with a knot.



  • Water your kokedama once a week by submerging the ball in the water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the water and let it drip dry before putting it back to its original place.