I wandered down the aisles of one of my favorite stores and there it was — a lovely flower topiary. At that exact moment the idea for a Fantastic Friday project was in the works. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and then hit the craft store for a foam base and ball to create on.
Today's steal, the Pebbles — Happy Go Lucky collection was the perfect set of papers and embellishments for re-creating the flower topiary that I fell in love with at the store.
Here are the supplies that I used for my creation.
- Pebbles Happy Go Lucky Collection
- Styrofoam ball and cone from craft store
- Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks.
- Random buttons and brads
I began by cutting out swirly circles on my Silhouette machine. If you don't have a Silhouette, you can cut out 4" diameter circles then cut in a spiral shape until you reach the center of the paper, leaving a circle in the middle of paper about 1" across.
The paper flowers are created by twisting the paper loosely around a pencil from the outer coil to center of the circle. You can determine the tightness of the flower by how tightly you coil the paper around a pencil. Add a reasonable amount of glue to the core of the paper, press down and your flower is ready for embellishment.
Add buttons, brads or other miscellaneous embellishments to the center of each flower.
Paint the outside of foam ball in a color that coordinates with your papers.
When paint is dry begin gluing finished flowers and embellishments to the outside of the ball in random patterns. You can fill in any holes with brads or buttons.
Next begin covering the base of the cone with rows of ribbon.
Once the base and the ball are covered, insert a dowel into the base of the ball. Gently insert the other end of the dowel into the top of the cone.
Admire your gorgeous creation!
The only thing I have left to do is head back to the craft store to find the perfect purple ribbon to tie around the base of the ball.
I hope you all have a spectacular weekend! Check in on Monday for our next Monday Card Madness and the winner of our July card creations!