I don't have very many Valentine decorations, so I decided to remedy that this year. I saw a cute Valentine topiary at Target yesterday, but didn't want to spent 20 bucks on it, so I decided to make my own. I totally LOVE how it turned out. It may just be my favorite project I've ever made! I got most of my supplies at the dollar store and a few at Hobby Lobby. Here is what you need if you decide it's so cute that you need to make one too! Just because you can!
A four inch Styrofoam ball-I got mine at Hobby Lobby for 2 bucks.
A bucket or container for the base-I got mine at Hobby Lobby too.
Styrofoam for the bottom of the bucket-Dollar Store
Floral Moss-Dollar Store
Heart Picks-Dollar Store, I needed about 2 1/2 packages for mine.
Ribbon-I just had some in my stash, but the Dollar Store I was at had a bunch of cute Valentine ribbon.
Adhesive-I used E6000
Here are some my my supplies. Since I am new to the blog thing taking pictures as I go, my project was already mostly done by the time I decided to take a picture!
But first you need to carefully pull the hearts off the wooden picks. There will be a hole in each heart, but they will be hidden, so don't worry about that!
At this point I realized I hadn't gotten anything for the "trunk" of the topiary, but rather than going to the store again, I just gathered up 6-7 of the wooden sticks that I had just pulled the hearts off of, bunched them together and stuck them into the ball. It worked great!
Then just start randomly gluing the hearts onto your ball, leaving spaces between each one.
After that you fill in the cracks with the floral moss. I didn't even glue this stuff on, I just stuffed it into the cracks and it stayed just fine and I didn't have to mess with more glue! This part was a little messy though!
Then put Styrofoam into the bottom of your bucket, stick your topiary in and cover it with more moss.
For the finishing touch, tie a ribbon around the sticks and there you have it! A super cute Valentine topiary for under 10 bucks!
I linked this craft to The Idea Room
I also linked this post to Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design.