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Kokedama for Spring and Easter

Today’s post is part of the monthly Cozy Living Series hosted by Jennifer at Town and Country Living!  At the end of this post you’ll find links to more inspiring April content!    If you liked playing in the dirt or making mud pies when you were little, you are going to love today’s project!   We are going to make a Kokedama for Spring and Easter!  What’s a Kokedama?

Make a Kokedama for Easter

Kokedama is a Japanese word that translates “moss ball”.   Often you will see a Kokedama hanging, but you don’t have to hang them.  I prefer to sit the Kodedama on a plate or shallow bowl.

Supplies to make a spring Kokedama

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Supplies to Make a Kokedama

Small plant – I am using Violas for my spring Kodedama

Potting soil

Sheet Moss

Jute Twine



For my plant, I decided to use these sweet violas, or Johnny-Jump-Ups, as we call them here in Pennsylvania.  You’ll be seeing some more violas soon in my Easter tablescape!

How to Make a Kokedama

Once you have all of your supplies, the first thing I do is loosen the soil around the plant, exposing the roots.  For a bulb plant, like a tulip, expose the bulb and roots.  Next comes the fun part!  It’s time to get your hands dirty!  You need to wet  your potting soil just enough that you can form a ball around the roots of your plant.  If the soil isn’t holding, just add a little more water.   Once the ball is the size you want it, you should be able to set it down without it falling apart.  Next, you need to wet the sheet moss in the same way.  If the moss is dry it will break apart and you won’t be able to “form” it to the dirt ball!

Moss Ball Kokedama with Violas

Once you have the dirt ball covered with the moss, you wrap the twine around the moss to secure it.   There’s really no wrong way to do this.  Just make sure you wrap it tight.  I usually start and finish wrapping at the bottom and tie the two ends together – that way your tied ends are hidden when your Kokedama is sitting on a plate.   

Twine wrapped Kokedama

And, to make these super cute, I used pieces of curly willow branches and made little banners to stick into the Kokedama.  

Spring Kokedama with Violas

Here’s a printable sheet of mini banners that you can print and cut out.  I included some blank banners so you can write your own message too.  You could also make a viola Kokedama for each place setting at your Easter table and use the banner as a place card!  

Printable Banners for Kokedama

Taking Care of Your Kokedama

To water your Kokedama, just submerge it in water and it will soak it up!    Place the Kokedama where it gets the sun required per the plant instructions!  If outside, the plant will dry out more quickly, so you’ll need to water it more often.  HERE are some hanging Kokedama made by Kim at Sand and Sisal.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about this spring project!  Is this the first time you’ve heard about Kokedama?

Make a Kokedama for Easter and Spring with Printable Banners

And, now it’s time to see what my “cozy living” blog friends have up their sleeves for the month of April!  I’m always inspired by their creativity and I know you will be too!!!
Cozy Living in April

Hymns & Verses / Sincerely Marie Designs / Finding Silver Pennies / Creative Cain Cabin

Cozy Living in April

Town & Country Living / Making It In the Mountains / Vinyet Etc.

ChrIsTine fuller

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Lovely plants & heartwarming idea! Thank-you for sharing! Wish I could post a picture here: they were fun to make & turned out WONDERFULLY! ♥️✝️🌱

Doreen Cagno

Monday 22nd of April 2019

Yay! I'm so glad you gave it a try! Mine are still looking great!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living

Sunday 7th of April 2019

This is so pretty and organic, Doreen! I love Kokedama and you've given yours a fresh twist with the violas and little banners. So sweet!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

This is so beautiful and makes such a pretty centerpiece!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

OH my goodness, I've never heard this term before! But now, I'm obsessed, it's so so beautiful and sky is the limit in what plants you'd like to use. Thanks for sharing this!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

I LUV this idea! Thanks so much for the banner printable too. You are a wonderful decorating blessing!!!

Doreen Cagno

Saturday 6th of April 2019

This comment made my day, Fran!!!