Topiary are usually seen in large-scale shapes. They are plants or bushes that are grown or cut into decorative shapes. In general, they are displayed in gardens but today, we will be making a small-scale, artificial flower topiary.
This is a great decoration for your center table or even your own office desk. This is a time consuming activity so make sure to have a free time or invite a friend or your kids to help you make this. If you want to have an inexpensive, but elegant looking tabletop topiary, then you have come to the right place. Let us start crafting this!
Step 1: Prepare all the materials needed:
- 6 pieces crepe paper (orange, yellow, green, light blue, pink and red)
- a piece of orange rubber sponge
- a small plastic pot
- a medium-sized styroball
- acrylic paints (yellow and blue or green)
- paint brushes
- a small piece of styrofoam
- 2 centimeter wide red satin ribbon
- cutter or X-acto knife
- long nose pliers
- thin silver craft wire
- hot glue
- artificial moss or crumpled newspapers
Step 2: Cut a piece of chopstick. Remove the 1/3 or the ¼ part of the chopstick using a long nose pliers.
Step 3: Cut a thin strip of orange rubber sponge.
Step 4: Wrap the orange rubber strip around the chopstick.
Step 5: Carefully insert the semi-pointed end of the chopstick to the bottom part of the medium sized styroball.
Step 6: Paint the styroball with green acrylic paint and let it dry for an hour.
Step 7: Cut several strips of various crepe paper colors. The width should be at least 2 centimeters.
Step 8: Cut several 6-centimeter long strips of silver craft wire.
Step 9: Cut the 2-centimeter wide crepe paper into a foot long strip.
Step 10: Fold the crepe strip lengthwise.
Step 11: Roll the strip in random, loose and uneven way. This will be the flower of the topiary.
Step 12: Continue doing this until you finish the whole strip. Pinch the bottom part of the flower.
Step 13: Wrap the pinched part of the flower with craft wire. Leave a short tail wire on it. This will be used to stick the flowers on the styro ball later.
Step 14: Carefully open the petals of the flower to make it more prominent.
Step 15: Continue doing the same steps to make the flower until you have plenty of them.
Step 16: Prick the flower on the painted styro ball. Make sure to deeply push the wire inside the ball to avoid the unnecessary dropping of the flower/s.
Step 17: Continue stabbing all the flowers around the ball until you totally cover it.
Step 18: Put the small styro foam block on the small pot and stab the chopstick body of the topiary.
Step 19: Fill the topmost part of the pot with artificial moss or crumpled newspapers.
Step 20: Paint the crumpled newspaper with green paint. You can skip this step if you used an artificial moss.
Step 21: Tie the red satin ribbon into a bow and cut the bow tails diagonally.
Step 22: Hot glue the red bow just below the flower ball, on the topmost part of the chopstick.
Step 23: Finally done!
Step 24: Your colorful floral topiary can now be displayed on your favorite side table or center table.
This floral topiary can also be given as a gift on special occasions. You also have the option to make a larger or a smaller styroball to create the desired size. You can add layers of ribbon on the chopsticks to make it more elegant. This floral topiary can also be used as a center table masterpiece in special events like weddings.