The gardens have been blooming for a while now, and I have my pots planted. Phew! It puts me in the frame of mind to share Patty Schaffer’s Flower Garden Topiary. I love the bright colors and button accents Patty used. She mixed and matched various papers and paint chips to create her vibrant flowers. May I suggest that you bring summertime indoors and plant this Flower Garden Topiary where you can admire it all year long.
To make a Flower Garden Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 4” balls
- Flower pot, about 4” wide and tall
- Wood dowel, 12”
- Acrylic craft paint or spray paint in off-white
- Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
- Paint chips in five coordinating colors
- Buttons, 125 large & 75 small, coordinating colors
- Pearl head pins, 1-1/2” long, about 300
- Sheet moss
- Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; large flower punch
To make a Flower Garden Topiary:
1. Paint the wood dowel off-white. Let paint dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel in a scrap piece of foam to keep both hands free while you paint.)
2. Insert the 4” foam ball into the pot, and trim to fit with the serrated knife. Insert the dowel into the foam ball, making sure it’s centered and standing straight. Remove the dowel from the ball, and the ball from the pot. Glue the ball in place in the pot. Add glue to the hole for the dowel, and re-insert the dowel.
3. Push the 6” ball onto the wood dowel. Remove the ball, add glue to the hole, and place the ball onto the dowel.
4. Cut sheet moss to cover the top of the ball, and glue in place.
5. Punch large flowers from the paint chips and scrapbook paper. Keep the different paper types separate.
6. Make layered flowers in this order: button on top; paint chip flower in the middle; patterned scrapbook paper on the bottom. Twist the two flowers so that the petals are fanned out. Pin the flowers onto the ball, inserting two pearl head pins through the holes in the buttons. Switch up the flower layers as you go, and place the patterned scrapbook paper in the middle and the paint chip flower on the bottom.
7. Continue pinning on the flowers till the ball is covered. (Patty used about 150 flowers on her topiary.)
I’m really happy with my pots this year. Last year, I used smaller geraniums and by the end of the summer, they were still pretty small. So, I decided to start the summer with larger plants this year, and I hope they don’t get too crowded. What’s in your garden? Do you have any never-fail blooms you’d recommend?
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