DIY Hurricane and Newspaper Moss Balls

My fireplace mantel has been empty, literally, and I have always loved the look of glass hurricanes and moss balls. The ones I’m showing today are made out of terra cotta saucers, glass and newspaper.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!

Here is a picture of my glass hurricanes. I found them at Hobby Lobby for around $8.00 each… some of the glass hurricanes can reach upwards of $50.00 a piece. I was shocked! Then an idea hit me… just use plant pot saucers and paint them for the base. The saucers were around $1.00 each and then I just used up some spray paint I already had. Regular acrylic paint would work well, too!

{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!

Here is what I used for the moss balls. Newspaper… and moss! I grabbed two different colored bags just for variety. They have some straw colored moss that would look cute, too. Don’t forget to check store apps on your smartphone for coupons.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
You’ll also need some hot glue. I like to keep my hot glue gun, and glue (not shown in picture as the gun was warming up) in an old cigar box. Elisabeth and I found a local cigar shop that sell old boxes for $1.00 each. The box makes it easier to grab and go whenever I need it. Best part? It can warm up in the box and make globs of glue at the bottom and it doesn’t matter/won’t get glue all over the place.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
 Anyway… you grab a piece of newspaper…  any size you like. I did mine in half sheet sizes.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
Then you roll it up in a tight ball. I used hot glue to glue down edges and to pack it as tight as I could.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
Next spread some hot glue over the top of the newspaper ball and add the moss on top of it. The moss is all connected in the bag so I had to cut out large squares to work with and somewhat wrap it around the newspaper ball as I was gluing.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
Here is a finished newspaper moss ball. There will be little moss ‘crumbs’ all over. I used those to put in any holes or spots that needed touch-ups. I just glued the newspaper and rolled the ball over the ‘crumbs.’
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
Here is a picture of several moss balls finished.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
…And the finished product with the hurricanes on top of the painted planter pot saucers.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
Can you believe these were made out of newspaper?
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
 I also love how the saucers turned out with white paint. 🙂 These moss balls would also be cute in a large bowl on an entry way table or dining room table.
{Texas Craft House} DIY Hurricane Jars and Moss Balls. The moss balls are made out of crinkled up newspaper - GENIUS!
When I first began this project I had the plan of using Styrofoam balls but there were nearly $5.00 a bag! I wanted an inexpensive easy project and newspaper proved to be very helpful!
Just plan for a little mess while working with the moss but other than that I finished this craft in about 30 minutes. You could make the moss balls in various sizes and colors or even change up the saucer colors. I considered etching the glass of the hurricanes, but I might just leave it like this for now.
Now I just need to figure out what else to add to my mantel… Hmmm… Any ideas?
{Texas Craft House} Cassie
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