Create whimsical botanical decor by making your own houseplant kokedama for your home or garden. These living sculptures are made of an individual plant artfully wrapped with twine to create a pot-less plant known as a kokedama.
In this workshop, we will:
- learn a brief history about kokedama, a Japanese form of bonsai
- watch a demo by the instructor making a kokedama step-by-step
- go over 2 different twine-wrapping techniques
- select houseplants, moss, and twine combinations from materials provided
- create 2-3 kokedamas of your own!
The following supplies are included:
- 2 houseplants
- soil mix
You may bring :
- one small houseplant of your own
You will go home with:
- 2 houseplant kokedamas (or 3 if you bring an additional plant of your own)
With proper care, the kokedama will last for months or even years. (Care instructions will be included.) They do well inside the home or outside in a sunny or shady spot depending upon the plant and climate.
Cecelia is an artist and trained science illustrator out of UCSC. She is continually inspired by nature and loves making things with her hands. She also loves plants, especially succulents. Succulent Tea (her Etsy shop) came about when she needed a creative endeavor that was compatible with a new baby, a new status as a homebody puttering around the garden, that could withstand some neglect. It started off with her reluctance to toss out some favorite tea cups and she gave them a second life in the garden as succulent pots. As her succulent obsession grew so did her use of other found objects, and then came an interest in vertical gardens, and succulent design and arrangements. A friend introduced her to the Japanese art of kokedama (directly translated as moss balls, also referred to as the poor man’s bonsai) and their use as string gardens inside apartments and small living quarters. Immediately she set out to learn how to make them, and then created her own distinct versions using drought-tolerant succulents appropriate for the California climate. These living sculptures are all handmade, artfully wrapped with care, meant to showcase the plant and bring beauty to the space they inhabit inside the home or outdoors. Cecelia continues her artistic exploration in all sorts of 2D and 3D media while living in the Monterey area with her family.