With Video Instructions
I love creating crafts from dollar tree products. This creation is inspired by one of my visits to the Home Goods store. I love all the topiaries that Home Goods have during spring and summer times, however cannot bring myself to pay $20 for something that is basically some foam balls and faux moss.
This piece added a nice all year round touch to my fireplace mantel. I also hit the jackpot and found a teal gnome for $2.00 at the gift shop at my work! This DIY does come with some burnt finger tips due to the hot glue but is otherwise a fun, easy decoration idea. It can also be a very interesting project for your tween and teens too.
Here’s What You Will Need
- 2 foam balls( any size you want… try to get a green one if it is available)
- One craft dowel rod ($tree)
- Faux moss ($tree)
- Terra cotta pot ($tree) or an old pot from a gift I received a while back
- Hot glue gun ( any craft store)
- White paint ($tree)
- brown paint(optional) ($tree)
How To Make It
- First paint the terra-cotta pot. You can use acrylic paint or chalk paint whatever you have on hand. Let it dry completely before you move onto the next step.
- Cut a small foam piece to fit your terra-cotta pot and place it inside.
- Next insert the Dowel rods into the foam balls. You can paint the dowel rod so that it looks more like natural bark or you can leave it as is. I would suggest painting it before you insert into the foam balls rather than as I have shown in the video because it’s much easier painting it ahead of time.
- Position the foam balls how you would like it to look, then hot glue above and below the insertion sites of the rods to keep the foam balls in place.
- When the foam balls have dried up and are secure I would go ahead and start hot gluing the faux moss onto them at this point. In the video I secured the foam balls into the pot first then glued on the moss, I found this a little bit on the difficult side so I would suggest gluing the moss first then securing the foam balls into the pot.
- After you have glued on all the moss, press down with your hands to secure everything in place.
- Once you are happy with your creation go ahead and hot glue the bottom of the dowel rod and insert it into the foam that you placed in the terra-cotta pot.
- Add some moss inside of the terra-cotta pot to hide the foam inside and give it a nice finishing touch with a bow or anything else of your preference.
There you have it! You’re very own handmade topiary without breaking the bank.
I would love to see your creations. Please post them in the comments or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Aintnohoodlikemotherhood2/