Monday, May 2, 2016

Ombre Topiary Gift Set

Putting some more old random craft supplies to use,
repurposing them into a pretty little topiary
with matching handmade card.
I'm donating this set to a local charity gift shop
along with a handled gift bag and tissue paper. 

old terra cotta pot
white and magenta acrylic craft paints
clear sealant
styrofoam ball and scrap for inside pot
excelsior / moss
silk flowers
twig / dowel rod
hot glue gun (low temp)

card stock and stamps for the card
embossing folder

Reusing a styrofoam ball and clay pot from
 another project I made years ago.
I removed the old moss from the top of the foam
in the pot and the styrofoam ball. 
I don't remember where the florals came from.
I have a feeling they were picked up at a yard sale.
Or maybe a dollar store. They've been in my stash
far too long, that is for sure ;)

Using a low temp glue gun, I adhered new excelsior 
to the foam pieces. The glue was also used to hold 
the flowers in place. I did leave a little piece of stem
attached to each flower and shoved it into the foam
to help keep them in place even better than the glue alone.

  • Base coat pot white or perhaps use a gesso or primer. Add a second coat of white. While paint is still wet, brush on a small amount of magenta along the bottom then blend it into the white paint, making it lighter as it goes towards the top of the pot. Paint the rim white. Allow to dry thoroughly then apply a clear sealant. 
  • Hot glue scrap of styrofoam in base of pot. Push twig (or dowel) into the styrofoam. Hot glue excelsior / moss on top of foam insert in pot, surrounding the dowel/twig. I removed the twig then inserted it into the ball to leave an indentation and glued the excelsior around the ball.  I did not leave the twig in while doing this, but you could if you find it easier. 
  • Use scissors to trim the flowers off the stems. Hot glue in place all around the ball, leaving the space open to push the twig back into the base. 
  • Once the ball is covered with flowers, push it back onto the twig/dowel and glue in place if needed. Insert into pot, glue in place if needed. Wrap ribbon around the twig and tie into a bow. 
  • Add any other embellishments you'd like.  A die cut butterfly would be cute. Maybe even a spritz of perfume !

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my project in

Challenge #10 Anything Goes at 2 Creative Chicks

 Challenge #121 Anything Goes at PDE Linky Party

Anything Goes at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge

Home Decor at Simon Says Stamp 

The card portion of the project is being entered into the

flowers/greenery challenge at Clear It Out 
Just Us Girls challenge at Cards In Envy


  1. Wow - fabulous project and the card that goes with it is clean and simple goodness. Thank you for sharing it with us at Cards in Envy for our "just the girls" challenge.

  2. Beautiful job! Great idea and the card is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us at the PDE linky party!

  3. I love this - I love ombre!

  4. Beautiful card! Love the dotted embossed background and that pretty flower! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

  5. Such a pretty topiary and the ombre effect looks awesome, Heather! Happy you joined us in our challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  6. Heather, I just love this topiary and card combo. Your card's CAS design is wonderful, and the flower is gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy. :)

  7. This is such a beautiful project. A job well done! Thank you for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at 2 Creative Chicks. Beckie x

  8. What a fabulous project. Great use of the petals and a gorgeous card to go with it. Thanks for joining us at our Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge xx


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