Have you noticed a forest of topiary trees this holiday season? It seems that everyone is making topiary trees for Christmas decorating. Today we have Christmas topiary trees made with ribbons, trims, and chenille yarn. It’s fun to see how changing the colors and trims creates a completely different look. If you can wind a ball of yarn, you can make these topiary trees.
First up is our elegant Jeweled Ribbon Topiary, designed by Ed Smith. Ed randomly wrapped ribbons, fibers and even wire around his cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and then accented it with various gems. You can display this topiary directly on a tabletop without a pedestal, if you prefer.
The Criss-Cross Blue Ribbon Christmas Tree shows two different ways to wrap your cone –diagonally or horizontally. If you wrap your ribbons horizontally, you’ll need to make small snips in the ribbon and pin it down so that the ribbon hugs the cone.
Next up is the Festooned & Beribboned Topiary Tree, made the same way as the flashy blue topiaries but in a more traditional Christmas scheme. Surely you have some Christmas ribbons in your stash that you could use?
I love this cozy Peppermint Stripe Chenille Tree. The chenille yarn is bulky so it doesn’t take a lot of wrapping, and it has enough give that it hugs the cone snugly without clipping and pinning.
For our grand finale, we have our Snazzy Sequined Holiday Topiaries. For these dazzlers, the cone is first covered with fabric or paper, and then the sequin trim is wrapped around the cones, just like wrapping garland on your tree.
If you like ribbon crafting, here’s your chance to win a copy of the book The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts: Over 700 Photos – Bows – Flowers – Embroidery – Weaving – Jewelry – Fashion – Décor – More by Elaine Schmidt. 700 photos? Amazing! Quayside Publishing & Quarry Books is providing a copy of this book just for our readers, and we’re going to pair it with an assortment of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If you’d like to win this prize package, please leave a comment below and tell us what you’d like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee in 2012. Would you like more home décor, more kid’s crafts, easy crafts, crafts for Easter, paper crafts, or??? I’d like your help planning for the New Year.
And that’s not all . . . In the spirit of the season, Quayside Publishing has a second giveaway! This prize package includes the book Mixed-Media Doll Making: Redefining the Doll with Upcycled Materials by Linda and Opie O’Brien, along with a collection of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. To win this package, visit Quayside’s blog Craftside and leave a comment. You might want to poke around while you’re there and take a look at the other arts and crafts books they have – inspiration galore!
(Coincidentally, the photographer for the O’Brien’s book, Dina Rossi at Studio Rossi, is the same photographer who shot our three Great Décor in a Flash – Without a Lot of Cash booklets. She’s an amazing photographer so I know this book is gorgeous!)
Be sure to leave your comments here on Crafts ‘n Coffee and on Craftside by midnight on Friday, December 23.
So we have an inspiring collection of ribbon topiaries today and two beautiful books to give away. Enjoy!
Happy Christmas crafting.