Hey friends! I have been a little behind on posting as we have been planning and hosting Olivia’s 2nd birthday party and my sister-in-law’s baby shower. I have been in DIY heaven over the last few months and I will be sharing a few tutorials over the next couple of weeks. Today, I want to show you how to make a DIY Paper Flower Topiary.
I made this topiary for Ayanna’s baby shower, but they can be used in a variety of ways at home or at a party. I love that you can use them over and over unlike fresh flowers. They just gift a cute handmade touch to the decor.
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Styrofoam ball (I used a 7 inch)
Branches for the base (I got these at Michael’s, but they had no tag. You could probably even use some good looking branches from outside)
Silhouette Cameo (you will use this to cut your flowers, or you can get a punch to cut a similar shape if you do not have a silhouette)
Wire cutter (for branches)
Ceramic pot (IKEA)
Moss (Dollar Tree)
Dry floral foam (Dollar Tree)
Glue gun + hot glue
PAPER FLOWER TOPIARY
Step 1: I used this awesome tutorial to help me figure out how to cover my Styrofoam ball in cardstock flowers. In that link, you will find directions as well as Silhouette templates to help you cut all of those shapes. As mentioned above, you can also use a similar punch to create these flower shapes. I love my Silhouette, but it was a steep purchase.
Step 2: Remove 2 or 3 flowers from the bottom of your ball and set them aside. Cut your branches to your desired length. I cut mine between 12 and 14 inches and used about 4 small branches. Push your branches into the empty spot about 2 inches into the ball. If there is any visible styrofoam, replace the flowers you previously removed. Set aside.
Step 3: Cut your floral foam to fit into your pot. Leave about 1/4 inch from the top for your moss. Twist the branches so they wrap around each other a little and stick them into the middle of the floral foam. Push the branches way down into the pot to prevent tipping and crookedness.
Step 4: Add moss to the pot to cover your floral foam. I used hot glue and tacky glue for this step.
Step 5: At this point you may decide to add a bow. I made this bow using the same method as shown in my Burlap Bow Tutorial. This bow, however, did not include a dimple.
Here is a look at this paper flower topiary at the baby shower. I wish I was able to take a crisper picture. Super cute!
Let me know if you have any questions while attempting this project! Stay tuned (and subscribe) to check out my other party decor related posts!
See ya later!