Five Dollar Topiaries


In spite of my mad urge to clean everything since we returned home from our vacation, I found time to CREATE last night, and make a big mess.

Remember these topiaries?

I looooove them, but not their Pottery Barn price. $59 for one, people!

I decided to make some. This is one of my favorite things to do. You know, find an IDEA from a glossy, beautiful and extremely tempting catalog and create a “look alike” item for MUCH less.

I started with these materials, all from the DOLLAR TREE (except for the orange thing, it’s a piece of a discarded Nerf gun).

I looked for a styrofoam ball but my Dollar Tree didn’t have those, so I remembered this project at Creations by Kara, and bought a kids’ play ball.

Here’s what I did:

I covered the ball with the moss, using spray adhesive

I removed the flowers from their stems, and attached just the blooms to the ball with hot glue. Didn’t even burn my fingers this time!

I spray painted a clay pot I had laying around with Heirloom White and added a chalkboard label, since I can’t resist the chalkboard paint.

I spray painted the orange thingy with Expresso Brown and hot glued it in the bottom of the pot.

I packed plastic grocery bags around the “stick” for extra support and covered the top with more moss.

Attaching the ball to the stick was a challenge. I hot glued a small square of heavy duty cardboard to the bottom of the ball and hot glued that to the top of the stick. Clear as mud?

Here’s the result.

Not bad for FIVE BUCKS!


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I’m linking this post to Kimba’s DIY Thursday, one of my favorite weekly blog parties! Check out the fabulous ideas shared at A Soft Place to Land!

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