After finding some cute hydrangea balls at Michaels this weekend, I was inspired to make this trio of mini topiaries to decorate for spring. They're truly simple to do, and less expensive than the ones they're selling at the store. Plus, the pots and moss look nicer.
Ready to try it?
- three 3" pots
- three hydrangea balls (Michaels also has them in off-white and light pink)
- styrofoam (Note: I wanted to use what I had on hand, but a block or ball of styrofoam would provide more stability than a styrofoam cup, if you have that option.)
- Spanish moss (This also comes in brown shades, in case you don't care for the monochromatic look.)
- sticks from your yard... or your neighbor's yard, 7" long or so
Prime and paint your pots. I used Rustoleum American Accents Heirloom White, my go-to off-white color.
Cut your styrofoam so that it will fit nice and snug inside the pot. If you use a styrofoam ball, cut it in half and place it rounded side down. I used styrofoam cups cut along the line shown below.
Place the styrofoam inside your pot, pressing firmly so that it's in there tight.
The hydrangea balls have a loop of ribbon on them.
If you gently pull out the ribbon, it will leave a small hole that's the perfect spot for the stick. Insert the stick and twist a bit into the ball until it's secure.
Poke the other end of the stick into the styrofoam, pushing down until it contacts the bottom of the pot.
Add moss on top of the styrofoam. I used a spray adhesive to get the layers to stay in there better, but it's not vital enough for you to go out and purchase a can. I'm sure a layer of tacky glue beneath the moss would help as well. Don't use hot glue--it will melt the styrofoam!
Repeat steps with the other pots.
That's it! Even if you don't consider yourself to be crafty, you can do this. I know you can!
(Sorry for the blurry picture. I didn't realize it until I was resizing.)
Due to supplies I had on hand (pots, paint, styrofoam) and an extra 20% off at Michaels last Saturday, I spent a total of $7.73, and that's including the bag of moss that will last me a very long time. One topiary at Michaels made with these same balls would have cost $5.99 on sale.
The hydrangea balls are on sale through Saturday for 40% off, making them $2.39 each.
If you decide to make your own, please post a comment with a link. I would love to see different color combinations. :)
Linking up to:
Tatertots & Jello Weekend Wrap Up Party
Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special
Get Your Craft on Thursday @ Life as Lori
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales from Bloggeritaville