This is a first on Crafts ‘n Coffee! We’re celebrating babies, bibs and booties this week with crafts and décor that make a baby shower special. I’ll start with a baby shower centerpiece that’s both easy and easily customized with scrapbook paper. In fact, designer Holly Gagnon first made this Paper Ribbon Topiary for Valentine’s Day. I thought it was so sweet, and asked her to create one for a baby shower, too. It’s cute as can be, and thank you, Holly! Holly made this Paper Ribbon Topiary for a baby boy, but of course, you can change it up and make it all sugar & spice.
Here’s the Paper Ribbon Topiary Holly made for Valentine’s Day, which she shared over on her blog Ribbons and Glue. You can see how easy it is to change the papers and get a whole new look! Select papers that will match the baby’s nursery, and once the little bundle arrives, it will look pretty sweet in the baby’s room, too.
To make a Paper Ribbon Topiary, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 3” balls
- Scrapbook paper (Double-sided paper looks especially pretty; Holly used Little Man from Echo Park Paper)
- Container, about 3” – 4” across the top
- Wood dowel, 15” long
- Paper shred
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; stapler; craft pins; serrated knife; optional: paper trimmer or rotary cutter and cutting mat
To make a Paper Ribbon Topiary:
- Insert the 3” ball into the container. If needed, trim the ball to fit using the serrated knife. Make sure the ball fits snugly, and glue in place.
- Insert the wood dowel into the container, and check to be sure it’s straight. Remove the dowel, and then glue in place in the container. Let glue set.
- Place the 5” ball onto the dowel, and again, check to be sure the topiary stands straight. Remove the 5” ball.
- Cut the scrapbook papers into ½” x 4” strips. A paper trimmer or rotary cutter and cutting mat are not necessary, but these tools will make the cutting go faster.
- Bring together the ends of each strip, and staple them together. Glue the paper loops to the 5” ball, starting at the top. Work around the ball as you go, and be sure to not cover the hole at the bottom. (Holly didn’t count the number of loops she used, but she suggests making more than you think you’ll need! Sounds like HGTV time to me!)
- Squeeze glue in the hole at the bottom of the ball, and place the ball onto the wood dowel. If needed, straighten the ball before the glue sets.
- Optional: Embellish the container with ribbon, bows, stickers, buttons, etc.
Thank you, Holly, for sharing your Paper Ribbon Topiary with us today. Be sure to stop in at Ribbons and Glue and tell Holly “hello”.
Here’s a sneak peek from Friday – see you then!