Crafts ’n Coffee readers love crafts made with mesh ribbon. In fact, the Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary was one of the top crafts in 2014. Which got me thinking about how easy it would be to transform the Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary into a Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary. Mission accomplished! Today, I’m sharing the Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary I made, following Patty’s original tutorial, and adding a few different embellishments. I’m sharing my tips, so you can learn from my process.
Here’s the original Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary. Both topiaries use red and white mesh ribbon, and changing up the embellishments transforms it from Christmas to Valentine’s Day.
To make your Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary, you’ll want to follow Patty’s basic tutorial. And then, here’s what I did to change it up from the original.
- I used a mesh ribbon that had thin, metallic ribbons woven through the mesh, instead of an open weave. I like that this mesh ribbon has a little more “bling.” On the downside, it was 20” wide, so I had to cut it in half for the 10” wide widths. This leads to loose ends, and I’ve had to trim my topiary a couple of times. If you want to avoid this mess, look for rolls of mesh ribbon that are 10” wide.
- One other change I made is that I cut my lengths of mesh ribbon 8” long, about an inch longer than Patty. I had an easier time rolling up my ribbon when I had a little extra length.
Dowel Rod & Pot
- I used a ½” diameter dowel, about 20” long, for the stem. I think it might look better with a wider dowel, but this is what I had on hand. I painted it red, and then added some red glitter, too.
- I happened to have a red metal pot leftover from a Christmas poinsettia and it was the perfect size for my topiary. It’s 7” wide at the top and about 6-1/2” tall.
- I filled the pot with a 4” ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and wedged in scraps till it all fit snugly. I topped off the pot with a mix of white paper shred and iridescent basket shred. Adding a few red, glittered hearts on top is optional.
Now, for the embellishments:
- I substituted white, glittered hearts for the red ornaments. You’ll need about 16 – 20 hearts to decorate your topiary. Here’s how to add the hearts:
1. Remove the wires from wooden floral picks. Wrap the picks in red duct tape. (You could also paint them red. I just happened to have the duct tape handy and didn’t want to wait for paint to dry.)
2. Insert a pick into the back of the heart, remove the pick, add a dab of low temp glue, and insert the pick again.
3. Insert the pick into the topiary.
The red & white color scheme works for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I’m wondering now if you could make the embellishments removable, and swap them out for the holidays. Perhaps you could even add a little something blue in the summer and make it a patriotic topiary. Hmm . . .
Here’s another version – a St. Patrick’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary.
Patty and I have been scheming a few more Valentine’s Day crafts, and I think you are going to love what she’s sharing next. Please be sure to stop by later this week.
Is everyone snug and warm inside today? If you’re in the middle of this winter storm, stay inside, fire up the glue gun and get crafting!