Shades of gray decorating: A Felt Flower Topiary for spring décor

Let’s talk about shades of gray today, and no, I don’t mean the best-selling sizzler. I’m talking about decorating with gray, which seems to be the newest neutral for home décor. It’s a great starting point, because there are so many ways to build on it. Pair it with blue, pink, green, orange, or yellow, like today’s Felt Flower Topiary. I love the gray and yellow combination, but you could use other colors, too. You’ll find the felt flowers are easy to make with scissors, felt and buttons.

Pretty topiary made with felt flowers. Tutorial on

Felt Flower Topiary by Kathleen George

To make a Felt Flower Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 4” balls
  • Terra cotta pot, 5-¾” x 4”
  • Wood dowel, ½” x 8”
  • Acrylic craft paint in grey, dark grey and yellow
  • Felt squares in charcoal grey, light grey and yellow
  • Buttons, assorted sizes in black
  • Thread, grey
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; sewing needle; sharp pencil
Easy DIY: Ruffled, felt flowers. So pretty!

What color would you pair with gray?

To make a Felt Flower Topiary:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and then cut in half the 4” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Glue a half ball, cut-side up, into the terra cotta pot. Save the other half ball for another project.

2. Insert a sharp pencil into the bottom of the 5” ball, making a hole. Insert the dowel into the hole, about 1-1/2” deep. Glue the dowel into the hole. Insert the pencil into the half ball, and then push the dowel into the hole, down into the pot. Glue in place.

3. Paint the flower pot light gray; the half ball and dowel dark gray; and the top ball yellow.

4. Here’s how to make the flowers:

The felt flowers are made from different sizes of felt circles:

  • A – 3”
  • B – 2-3/8”
  • C – 1-3/4”
  • D – 1-3/8”
  • E – 1”

Flower sizes:

  • A large flower uses all five circles (A, B, C, D and E)
  • A medium flower is made with B, C, D and E
  • A small flower uses only C, D and E

For the topiary:

Kathleen used the following sizes and colors of flowers:

Pretty felt flowers - could be made in any color.

To make the medium size, yellow flower, use four felt circles.

  • Charcoal gray flowers: 2 large, 3 medium, and 1 small
  • Light gray flowers: 2 large, 1 medium, and 4 small
  • Yellow flowers: 2 large, 3 medium, and 2 small

To make a flower:

  • Flute the edges of the felt circles by firmly stretching the edges in three or four places around the circle. This will create a slight ruffle effect.
  • Stack your circles, placing each layer slightly off center.
  • Stitch the layers together at the center of the top circle – a small “x” is fine.
  • Stitch a black button in the center.

5. Arrange the flowers on the topiary, pinning them in place. Once you like how they look, glue them in place.

6. Cut out 10 – 12 small circles of felt. Using the sharp pencil, push the center of each felt circle into the half ball around the dowel.

7. Glue a strip of dark gray felt around the rim of the flower pot.

Pretty topiary made with felt flowers. Tutorial on

Wouldn’t these topiaries make pretty centerpieces for a special occasion?

I’ve recently added gray to my décor, how about you? Are you using gray in your home? Do you have plans to add a shade or two of gray?

Happy crafting.


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6 Responses to Shades of gray decorating: A Felt Flower Topiary for spring décor

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  3. CraftyB says:

    Yes, I’m adding gray as well. I want to paint our fireplace mantlepiece dark gray and then use tan on the walls with some red/burgundy accents in the room.

  4. crafty grandma says:

    Love the topiary – yes I have painted my downstairs living room a blue gray – upstairs the complimentary colors are gray – my sitting room couch is black leather – accessories are a black fire place a gray black and white geometric rug, a pink burgundy flower painting and burgundy curtains. The Topiary would accessorize perfectly Thank you so much for your
    share. I just might make the flowers a different color (such as red wine) to make it look more spring like

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray for gray! I bet the black, white and pink-burgundy look sharp with the gray. I’d love to see your felt flower topiary when you’re done — please be sure and share a photo. Happy crafting! Sharon

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