Tuesday, February 12, 2013

How to make a paper topiary heart

I'm always so late in actually decorating for my own house for the holidays and this Valentine's day is no exception. Seeing as how we don't really even own furniture at this point except for an owl side table--it's amazing--anything can help our decorating situation. I don't really like to do obvious colors for Valentine's day and so I thought I'd do a paper topiary. If I had my way, our place would be one giant topiary. I love these guys (and I've done one before. Check it out here.)

Materials: tacky tinsel topiary from Michaels (good for the frame only), gold spray paint, clay pot, shades of green paper, moss, glue gun, scissors

Step 1: Take our tacky topiary and unwrap the base.
Step 2: Take off the tinsel. It's super easy. It's just wrapped around the wire stand.
Step 3: With wire cutters or plant cutters, cut off the pegs.

Step 4: Draw a leaf shape onto your paper.
Step 5: Cut out and repeat many times. I cut out several sizes to give it a variety.
Step 6: Fold slightly down the center.
Step 7: Glue gun one leaf onto the wire frame.
Step 8: Glue another leaf going the opposite way.
Step 9: Repeat along all the lines of the frame so that the frame is covered.

Step 10: Spray the wire gold. The gold acts as a neutral color.
Step 11: Glue gun moss to the base of the topiary and stuff it into the cracks too.
Voila! Just a cute little topiary guy ready for some Valentine's lovin.

A huge thank you to Michèle for loaning out her table for a few minutes and for just generally being an awesome person! 

5 comments:

Eva @ Sycamore Street Press said...

Great idea, Brittany! And I think I recognize that dining room. ;)

The House That Lars Built said...

I think you do too :) It's a good one (much better than mine!)

kerrylouisebaldwin said...

this is absolutely stunning! might have a little go at making some for my wedding :)

PEACHES said...

Gah! So cool. And my local dollar store has oodles of those heart centerpieces already. I'll have to snag for next year!!

decoratewithalittlebit.com said...

Love this! I'm pinning, or should I say re-pinning your topiary DIY. Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com