Saturday, May 19, 2018

DIY Topiaries






Topiaries







DIY Topiary Tutorial

 As I was planning my spring and summer porch decor, I decided that I wanted my porch to have a garden feel.   I wanted to add some fun topiaries to the design.  However, as I began to search for the perfect topiaries, I was disappointed.

Then I was walking through Hobby Lobby I spotted these cute little mini stems that I decided would make my perfect topiaries.  They were 50% off  and I also found some cute pots that were 50% off.  So this is the result of my topiary attempt.




The supplies



  1. The green stems - Hobby Lobby had a good selection of mini's.
  2. Moss - also from Hobby Lobby
  3. Styrofoam balls - I had these white ones at home but if I were buying, I'd probably choose green ones.  
  4. Floral wire
  5. Hot Glue Gun
  6. Straight sticks - I gathered these from my yard.  You can purchase sticks at Hobby Lobby but that will increase the cost effectiveness of the project.  




Here's a close up view of the stems I purchased.  They were $5.99 each but were on sale for 50% off.


Stems and floral wire


Cut stems to apply




Since this project's pot is small, I cut the stems apart and used 1/2 for each small pot.  For the larger pots, I left the stems intact and used one complete stem for each topiary.  



Glue Styrofoam balls to the pot





Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and press firmly into the pot




Cut your stick to the size you want




I measure from the bottom of the pot up to decide how tall I want my topiary to be.  
Then just push the stick into the ball, keeping the stick straight up.  




Then I add a little hot glue around the stick at the top of the ball.  




Then taking the floral wire (approx. 12 inches at least) and my stems, I wrap the stems to the top of the stick.  Using the wire, I just keep wrapping until the stems are securely attached to the stick.  If it still feels loose, I apply a little hot glue to the wire to keep it from slipping.  (Disclaimer!!  This photo isn't a video.  It's just the only shot of me wrapping the wire that I could find!  LOL  If you'd like to see the video version, you can check it out on my Instagram Stories Archive.)



Hot glue the moss to the Styrofoam ball.




Add a bead of hot glue to the Styrofoam ball and attach pieces of moss to cover the entire surface of the ball.  Be careful to not burn your fingers on the hot glue.  I'm speaking from experience here!  EEEEKKKKK!


TA-DA




This is one with the full stem attached







Here is the small and large one together.  The small one cost me approx. $4.50 excluding the wire, stick and hot glue which I already had.  The larger one was approx. $8.00 because of the larger pot and I used the full stem.  







You may notice that I used another style of stem on the second topiary from the left.   I also used one of my faux aged pots and you can see instructions for that here.  Please feel free to ask any questions.  
I hope you enjoy experimenting with different stems and different size pots.  


WARNING!!
Creating these topiaries may be addictive!  I now have them all over my home!  I'm trying to resist the urge to make more.  LOL  



xoxo, Rachel




Wednesday, May 9, 2018

DIY Aged Terra Cotta Pots

Love the look of old pots? 

I've been setting up my first official potting bench and decided that aged pots would look great!
Have you checked out the prices of these lovely container's?  So, I've been making my own with some trial and error.  These are some of the results and step by step instructions on my favorites.






Step one


You will need::
Clay pots
Black or Brown paint (I used graphite chalk paint by Annie Sloan)
Mod Podge
Multi-purpose glue 
moss (small bag from Hobby Lobby)
paint brush
tooth pick (to spread the glue to desired areas)
40-60 grit sandpaper