Monday, November 9, 2009

Topiary Time

Several weeks ago I was reading a few Facebook posts, and I came across a craft I thought would be fun to make.  My childhood neighbor created a topiary as a gift for a friend at work.  Of course, I emailed and asked for the directions.  Thankfully, she obliged.  Here is a picture of her creation.

Anyway, I thought I'd pass along her tutorial (adding a few comments of my own).  These are the directions I used.  You can alter them to fit your design.  Here are the details.

Materials Needed:
     -Styrofoam ball (4-5 inches)
     -Wooden dowel that fits in the bottom of the Styrofoam ball
     -5-6 spools of ribbon
     -Styrofoam for the bottom of the pot
     -Flower pot
     -Straight pins
     -Scrap Material
    -Twine or jute

     1.  Cut ribbon into 1.5 inch strips
     2.  Fold ribbon in half and pin onto Styrofoam ball
     3.  Continue until no Styrofoam is showing
     4.  Hot glue or pin a large button to the top of the Styrofoam ball
     5.  Wrap twine around the dowel (hot glue at the top and bottom)
     6.  Push the dowel into the bottom of the Styrofoam ball
     7.  Push the other end of the dowel into the pot Styrofoam
     8.  Place the pot Styrofoam into the flower pot
     9.  Place moss over the Styrofoam and around the dowel
    10. Cover the pot with the scrap material (or paint depending on your preference)
    11. Pull corners of fabric up towards top of flower pot
    12. Place a rubber band over the pot and pull up towards the top of the pot
    13. Cover the rubber band with a piece of ribbon tied into a bow
    14. Display

Here is a picture of mine...

The DIY Show Off
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  1. so cute. i wish i could get to the store to make some of these crafts! another day. did you check out some of the crafting blogs that i sent?

  2. What a great idea - so pretty! Thanks for sharing your creativity in the Fall Festival!


  3. Hello...

    Ohhh...your ribbon topiaries are just gorgeous! What a grand idea! I can think of a million ways to use these...I'd love to make one or two! Thank you so much for giving the instructions...great tutorial! Sure do appreciate the time and effort that it took to do that for us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. Tooo cute, I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you stop by sometime.