This DIY, Shabby Paper Spring Topiary is like a crazy quilt. You’ll use those leftover paper scraps that were just too pretty to toss, along with whatever fancy edge scissors and paper punches you have on hand. Then, add a few trims, like beads and pearl head pins, and you have a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary. No matter what you piece together, it’s going to be pretty.
To make a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone
- Patterned Paper (Patty used the Bramble Rose Collection by My Mind’s Eye)
- Ribbon or other trim, ½” x 6”
- Button, large
- Pearl Accents in pink and white
- Pearl head pins
- Seed beads
- Optional: Pedestal base
- Glue Dots
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; straight pins; deco edge scissors; paper trimmer; paper punches
To make a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary:
1. Cut a 2” wide strip from your paper, and then cut the strip into ½” x 2” rectangles. Trim ends of each piece with a paper punch, deco edge scissors, or regular scissors, to create a decorative edge. You can also use deco edge scissors to cut out the ½” x 2” rectangles, creating a decorative edge all around.
2. Slightly curl the end of each rectangle by rolling it around a pencil. Starting at the base of the cone, pin decorative pieces in an even row all around the cone.
3. Add a second row, following the instructions in Steps 1 & 2. Overlap the second row over the first to cover up the pins. Continue to cover the cone, row by row, using a different paper for each layer. Be sure you always slightly overlap the rows to cover up the pins. Have fun trimming, punching, and creating different patterns for each layer.
4. Once the cone is covered, embellish with beads. Patty glued on pearl accents, and also pinned on beads with pearl head pins.
5. Glue ribbon around the top of the cone to cover the last row of pins. Top off the cone with a button.
6. Optional: Display on a pedestal. (You can pick these up at Dollar Tree for $1.00.)
Did you miss Crafts ‘n Coffee yesterday? My plans were waylaid by this week’s storm, and I spent an extra day out of town – and missed this nasty scene (phew!).
But we have blue skies today, and spring is less than a week away. Hooray!
What are your weekend plans? Who’s crafting?