- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
It took me some time to figure out what I should use to decorate the guest book table at the church and then at the reception, but when I came across some rose topiaries I went from blah to ooo!
I took a trip to Michaels and quickly realized that even fake flowers aren’t all that cheap, and buying enough roses for the project could be quite pricey. But in my searching I found some hydrangea stems which were pretty much the perfect colour. The blooms were almost in a sphere already so it was pretty easy for me to visualize how using these would turn out.
I also picked up a pair of 3″ green floral foam balls, clay pots, and dyed spanish moss. The styrofoam balls seem oddly expensive, but I think they worked out better than white styrofoam would have.
The first thing I did was to remove the flowers and leaves from the stems, and cut the stems to end up with a final height of 45 and 50cms. I inserted the stem into the styrofoam ball and sealed it in with a bit of hot glue.
From there it was just a matter of filling in the space. I had thought that some sort of glue would be necessary to keep the blooms stuck to the foam, but the little plastic stems seem to stick quite firmly into the floral foam. I am not sure that the same would be true of the white styrofoam balls. In addition, I think that the white might have been more noticeable than the green.
Then it was time to preview how they would look…
Next, I placed a plastic bag in each pot and filled the pot with plaster of paris and then inserted the topiary stems. I used tape to hold the stems upright as the plaster set, which was actually pretty quick.
I left it all to solidify overnight and then trimmed down the plastic bags and hot glued the plastic edges down.
With the help of more hot glue, I covered the top with dyed moss, glued the leaves back on, and voila: beautiful topiaries! Now I get to enjoy them until the wedding and I’m looking forward to using them as decorations in our new home after the wedding!
Here is a summary of the supplies I used:
3 stems hydrangeas (I bought a third later to fill out the spheres more)
2 3″ floral foam balls
2 clay pots
1 pkg dyed spanish moss
I managed to buy most everything either on sale or with a 40% off coupon so I probably spent about $30 for supplies for the two.
I used DIY guides for similar projects found here on WB and on the interwebs to help me along.
I really really love them.