Do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? The day comes and goes quickly, so I like easy decorating ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. This blooming, St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary is perfect – it’s cute and it’s quick to make. The secret is in the sweet, pre-cut flowers I found at everyone’s favorite, online party and craft store – Oriental Trading Co. They’ve done all the work, so you have all the fun making this St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary.
I confess that I really like the option of saving time by using the pre-cut flowers. But if you’d prefer, and you have flower paper punches, you can make your own for a lot less. You could follow Kathleen’s instructions for the Paper Flower Pomander and use various sheets of green paper to make the flowers and cover the ball.
To make a St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball; 6” x 6” x 1” square
- Terra cotta pot, approximately 4” x 4-1/2”
- Wood dowel, 12” x ½”
- Acrylic craft paint in green
- Pre-cut flowers, three – four bags (from Oriental Trading Co.)
- Gold coins
- Scrapbook paper, one sheet of yellow
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Coordinating ribbons
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; sharp pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; small flower paper punch
To make a St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary:
1. Using a sharp pencil, trace around the top of the flower pot on the 1” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
2. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or old candle, and then cut out the circle you’ve traced on the foam sheet, cutting inside the line. Trim the edges so that the circle will fit snug and secure into the top of the pot.
3. Remove the foam disc, and insert a pencil straight through the middle. Remove the pencil and glue the disc in place in the top of the pot.
4. Insert the pencil into the bottom of the 4” foam ball. Remove the pencil, and glue the wood dowel into the hole.
5. Insert the other end of the dowel into the pot, and glue in place.
6. Paint the pot, dowel and foam ball green. Let dry.
7. The ball will be covered in two layers of flowers. To start, glue the smaller flowers to the ball till is just about covered. It’s o.k. if there are a few small gaps, as we’ll add more flowers later.
8. Punch out yellow centers for the flowers using a small flower paper punch. Glue centers to the flowers.
9. Add larger flowers to the topiary, covering up any bare spots. In the center of each large flower, glue on a smaller flower and then a yellow flower.
10. Glue gold coins into the pot, covering the foam.
11. Optional: Tie ribbons around the dowel at the bottom of the ball.
Here’s a close-up view, along with a sneak peek of tomorrow’s project . . .
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll see you tomorrow!