Spring is almost here, the warm winter has the flowers and trees busting out their finery a tad bit early. With spring comes the inevitable flurry of wedding showers, baby showers, Mother’s Day celebrations, and soon wedding season will be upon us. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy way to dress up your party table, the topiary is a most charming option. We’ve given it a modern update using paper flowers, punched up pastels, and live moss. You can easily change this up to suit your style, I made a topiary with tiny craft chicks once! Watch the video, then grab the materials and instructions below.
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Paper flowers (I got mine in the Michaels Dollar Bins)
Unfinished Natural Wood Craft Dowel
Floracraft Styrofoam Vase Insert
Smoothfoam Ball, 6-Inch
FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints in: Pink Melon, Wicker White, Citrus Green, and Light Blue
Teal Ribbon Tream (I got mine at Michaels)
Jewelry and Metal Adhesive Dots
Tissue paper or other paper to secure foam in bottom of container
Use painter’s tape to mask off the bottom half of your container.
Mix the paints with white to lighten them up just a skootch. That’s an actual measurement in Madge’s world.
Apply paints judiciously using sea sponges. Change the sponge for each color, vary placement, and try not to overlap too much or the paints get muddy.
Paint the dowel pink.
Let everything dry. Measure and cut dowel to about 6-8 inches or so, you want to give it some room in between the top of the floral foam and the bottom of the Styrofoam ball, but not too much. Use your judgment.
Use adhesive dots or hot glue to attach one end of the ribbon trim to the bottom of your dowel. Wrap around tightly. Adhere the opposite end of the ribbon trim to the top of the dowel.
Cut floral foam to fit inside of your container, leaving about a 1″ gap for the moss.
Insert dowel into foam.
Insert ball on dowel.
Use extra strong glue dots or foam friendly glue or hot glue (BE CAREFUL IF YOU OPT FOR HOT GLUE BECAUSE IT MELTS STYROFOAM) to attach the flowers to the foam ball. Work around varying the placement between the green and pink flowers.
Finish by adding some tissue paper around the floral foam to center and secure it, then add some live moss to conceal the foam.
That’s it! Fun, fast, and retro-fabulous!
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