Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Crepe Paper Rose Topiary

I have been planning on making a topiary for a while but haven’t gotten around to it.  Today, as I was bloghopping around I found a great tutorial at House of Smith’s for making crepe paper flower balls and I knew this was what I wanted to do for my topiary.  

I already had everything I needed on hand:  styrofoam ball form from the Dollar Tree, wooden dowel, crepe paper streamers, hot glue, spray paint, and a small pot.  I basically followed her tutorial on making the flowers.  It is just like making fabric rosettes except you are using the streamers.   As you roll the streamer up and twist and turn, you just add a drop of hot glue here and there to hold it together.  Expect a few hot glue burns. 

After making all of the flowers, I hotglued them randomly to my styrofoam ball being sure to fill in all of the spaces.  Then, I took one of the little terra cotta pots I picked up at the thrift store for 25 cents and a wooden dowel and hit them up with some good ol’ white spray paint.  After that was dry, I poked one end of the dowel through the styrofoam ball and the other end through another little piece of styrofoam that I placed inside the pot.  I hid the styrofoam in the pot with a little paper shred.  Then, I just tied on a pretty pink ribbon and I was all done. 


IMG_0935(I can see where I missed a spot on this side. )

Making these crepe paper rosettes was so fun and I can see using them in so many ways.  They would look great on a wreath, on a frame, as a bouquet,  decorating a party table, strung along a ribbon to make a pretty garland- in fact, I think that will be my next project. 


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  1. turned out so cute! Love the color you used:)

  2. That is cute. Could always layer different sizes to fill in the holes.

  3. Your topiary turned out great! We even used the same color crepe paper! :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my peonies!

  4. So cute. I love the way it turned out!

  5. I love how versatile the crepe paper roses are. Your topiary turned out darling.
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my hanging rose ball post.

  6. So cute... and cheap! I love your ideas. I'm now following ya!

    ~ Liz

  7. Ooh! I love hot pink deco! Very sweet!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  8. Yours turned out so cute! I love a good topiary and pink!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!


  9. Thats so cool! I love how it turned out :)

  10. This is really pretty. They'd make beautiful centerpieces for an event, too! Come over and link up to my new party if you like, I'd love to have you include this great project!
    PS-i love that you have a label called "glitter" Definitely have to check those posts out!

  11. Great idea for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing!