If you have plans to go junking this weekend, be sure to grab a handful of mismatched teacups to make these sweet, Teacup Topiaries. If you need an inexpensive, handmade gift for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation Week (next week!), or party favors for a bridal or baby shower, these Teacup Topiaries fit the occasion to a “T”. (Groan, right?) I also have links to tutorials for a Teapot Topiary and the cutest little Demitasse Topiary.
To make a Teacup Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” and 2-1/2” balls
- Teacup, with or without saucer
- Silk flowers (use your favorite colors)
- Silk flower stem, tree branch or wood dowel, 7″ length
- Optional: ½” wide ribbon and floral wire
- Moss, small handful
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters
To make a Teacup Topiary:
1. Insert the silk flower stem, tree branch or wood dowel about 2” deep into each foam ball, connecting the balls to make the topiary shape. Remove the stem, add a dab of glue in each hole, and then reconnect the balls.
2. Glue the 2-1/2” ball into the teacup. If the ball doesn’t quite fit the shape of the cup, it’s easy to slightly flatten and compress the ball on a tabletop to create a shape that fits snugly in the cup.
3. Cut flowers from stems. Arrange and glue flowers onto the 2” ball till it’s covered. Fill in any bare spots with moss.
4. Optional: Make a six-loop bow from a 36” length of ribbon; secure with wire. Wire each bow to the topiary stem, under center front of ball; glue in place.
5. Cover the top of the teacup with moss.
I hope I have a few minutes this weekend to try out a variation on these ideas . . . the wheels are turning!
I’ll have a few more handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day tomorrow, so be sure to stop in again.