I made my first topiary flower plant over a year ago and loved how it turned out so I made a few of them to give away to my loved ones.
The ones I made were flat punched flowers- they looked nice, but lacked dimension.
I’ve thought about doing new ones recently, but with more depth and dimension.
I was inspired by the dimensional flowers on Mari’s Doilie Project.
I haven’t really seen hybrid flowers look as good as Mari’s, but knew that’s what I wanted to mimic that for my topiary flower.
Here’s how I created the flowers for my topiary:
- Iced Latte Paper Pack, Kellie Mize
- White Bazzill cardstock
- 6 inch styrofoam ball
- Flower punch
- Flower pot
- Colored or white pins
- 12 inch stick
For maximum use of cardstock, cut it to 8.5 X 12. This way you can get as many punched flowers from it. For a 6 inch ball I used 12 sheets of paper- 2 sheets of each color I used.
Punch out the flowers.
Tip: To prevent your ball from rolling away, set it in the pot. This will make it easier for you to stick the flowers on, as well.
Crumple up the flowers. There’s not really a science to this. I layered 2 flowers of the same paper together to give it even more dimension.
When you’re pinning the flower to the foam ball use a button sporadically. You’ll want to overlap the flowers somewhat so the foam doesn’t show too much, but it’s OK if it does. Repeat this process until the whole ball is covered, leaving a very small area where you’ll place the stick.
Before you put the stick in the ball, crumple up some newspaper so it fills the pot completely. This will help your stick stay upright. After you’ve done that and have put the stick in the foam ball, wedge the other end of the stick into the newspaper, adjusting the newspaper as needed. It’s best to push the newspaper down as much as possible to help support the stick and foam ball. Add the moss until the newspaper has disappeared. Get your vacuum cleaner out because it’s going to get messy!
The last step is to wrap your favorite ribbon around the pot.
Now you’ve created a beautiful looking topiary flower plant that will brighten up any room. I LOVE the patterned paper in Kellie’s kit so much that I am VERY tempted to keep this for myself. LOL
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