Monday, March 22, 2010

Easter Topiary {Tutorial}

A couple of weeks ago I was inspired to create something to decorate for Spring using as little money as possible. I made a trip, my first, to a local Dollar Tree store, and as I went inside I really had no clue as to what I would make. I browsed the aisles one at a time and sort of just let my inspiration come to me as I looked at all of the items the store had to offer. When I saw the beautiful Robin's egg blue bowls I knew that they would be the perfect base for a sweet little Easter topiary. So, I snatched it up and then went on the hunt to find some other supplies to make a topiary. My goal when I went in the store was to spend as little as possible on my craft, so I also kept in mind what supplies I had on hand at home.

I bought this beautiful blue bowl and the "eggs" for my topiary are simply bubble gum eggs! Bowl = $1, Eggs = $1, so $2 total so far.

I bought the floral foam, the styrofoam balls, a second blue give a second topiary as a gift to my aunt...and I also need some more gum to complete my second topiary (another $4) and that's all I had to pay out-of-pocket at the store for my project. $6 total for two topiaries isn't bad!

I found some unused pencils that I had at home and pulled out some ribbon from my ribbon stash to wrap around the pencils.

After sticking the pencil into the foam ball, I removed it briefly and squirted some hot glue in the hole before reinserting the pencil.

Once the glue hardened around the pencil I began wrapping my ribbon around the pencil. Hot gluing it at the top to keep it in place.

Here are my two wrapped pencils. Ready for the next step...

...I grabbed some Spanish moss that I already had in my craft supplies and simply hot glued some around the foam ball. This made a perfect "nesting" area for the bubble gum eggs!

After the foam ball was adequately covered with the moss I started hot gluing on my eggs. I just started at the very top and went down from there. I didn't pack them extremely tight that way you could see some of the moss poking through. It took 4 dozen gum eggs per topiary...or, $1 worth of gum!

After my eggs were glued all around the topiary form, I trimmed the floral foam and hot glued it to the bottom of the bowl.

I also hot glued the left over foam and wedged them into the corners to add stability. I made a hole and inserted some more hot glue and then stuck in the topiary and held it 'til the glue hardened.

Once the topiary was in place I covered the floral foam with a bit of moss...

...and here is my finished Easter Topiary. I tied a sweet little bow beneath it to add an extra touch!

I think that it is the perfect addition to My {Sweet} Spring Mantel, don't you?!!

Linking up to:

Make it For Monday @ Cottage Instincts

Met. Monday @ BNOTP
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow
Talented Tuesday @ My Frugal Family
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm


  1. That is darling, what a great idea to use bubble gum eggs!

  2. How cool Gracie! You are so creative...and what a good deal, too. ;)

    Love you,


  3. Adorable, just adorable! Be blessed. Cindy

  4. This is so cute! I want to make one but I have to figure out where I'd put it.

  5. Cute, cute, cute!! I love your "hope" letters too.


  6. Cute idea! I'm thinking my kids would eat the bubble gum balls before I could glue them to anything. I've already gone through two bags of malted Robins Eggs on my own. It's a mistake to even buy them. Thank goodness they only come out for Easter. :) Have a great day! Tammy

  7. Ruby,
    This is so adorable...luv your idea! Thanks for coming to my PAR-TAY:)


  8. Grace,
    These little topiaries are too cute! What a great idea and thrifty too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Guess I'm not as original as I thought. I made something similar with jelly beans from DT. Check it out.