Creating a Wedding Topiary
This hub is going to explain how to create a floral topiary easily and inexpensively. We are going to start with and 8 inch the Styrofoam ball. You can get smaller or bigger sizes however, for this project the flowers add 1-2 inches of visual size so keep that in mind. Styrofoam is fairly expensive ($14-$16 a piece) however, I used coupons from craft stores to get them for 40-50% off (http://m.joann.com/coupons). I also used coupons to get 25 yards of tulle which comes in any color, for this wedding I am using white tulle. This project required many trips to the store since you can only use one 40% off at a time, When you consider that I saved $85.75 just on the Styrofoam balls (I bought ten), it was worth the planning.
When I looked for flowers, I quickly realized that coming up with enough flowers for this project was going to be tough. If you follow my other hubs you know that I am a thrift store junkie. One afternoon I found an entire bin of flowers for $25.00 at a local thrift store. I sold the flowers that did not work for this project on ebay and ended up making a profit of $5.00 off the deal. The remaining flowers were purchased with coupons and on sale from Michaels and Joanns. The sunflowers were the toughest to find, I ended up getting those on sale at Michael's. Keep in mind that you are not using the bushes so you can pick up random flowers and the leaves are not important to the project.
Step 1. pin the tulle to the top of the ball using a quilting pin, with the tulle draped around the ball (you can put a rubber band around the tulle at the bottom to keep it out of the way). Cut the tulle depending on how much you want to cascade once you are finished. In this case I need 6 feet of tulle because we are going to use a 24 inch stand and I want it to pool at the bottom.
Step 2. We are doing a Tuscan theme, to create the rustic Tuscan feel I went around the ball with a simple 6inch burlap (this was purchased at Michael's for $6.99). You can see I pinned the burlap in three places on the ball.
Step 3. Cut the stem of the flowers 1 1/2 inches from the base with wire cutters or needle nose pliers.
Step 4. push the flower into the Styrofoam. As you can see I put a few stems into the burlap to hold it in place as well. Continue to cut and place the flowers until you have covered the ball. (The flowers are going through the tulle that is wrapped around the ball).
Step 5. Place the ball on top of a pedestal, pole, candle stand, or tall glass vase. then you can pool the tulle around the base.
Usually I use my glue gun to secure the flowers however, for this wedding we are hauling the topiarys down to Las Vegas and the heat would melt the glue. This is something to keep in mind no matter where you are having the wedding. Chances are that I will have to do some last minute adjustments and replace some fallen flowers.
Although the picture shows a pedestal, we are placing these on a rough hewn round pole and attaching them by putting a nail into the top and impaling the flower ball on them. It should be noted that you can make them any height so theoretically you could put these down the isle as actual wedding decorations. It will be important to anchor the bottom carefully. The ones I am making are for table decorations and will be held down by a 12 inch round piece of wood. As we complete that part of the project I will update this hub.