Thursday, January 27, 2011

candlestick topiary tutorial...

 this is a great project for valentine's day, but could easily be adapted to suit any season or decor just by switching out the flowers.  (personally, i think it would look so cute in a little girl's room or on a vanity table.)

candlestick - thrift or dollar store finds work great!
styrofoam ball - mine's about 3 inches, i think.
silk flowers - once again, the dollar store usually has some.  (but these came from joann's.)  get twice as many as you think you'll need!  i originally got 2 bunches but ended up needing 3 1/2.
craft glue of your choice

1. attach your styrofoam ball to the candlestick.  you could use hot glue or epoxy...but i'll let you in on a little secret.  i just stuck mine on with double stick tape.  that way i can switch out the top if i want or take it off for easier storage.

2. pull the flower heads off your sprig, leaving the bottom stem attached.  (see photo.)  squeeze some glue onto the stem. then, starting at the base of your ball, shove the stem of your flower firmly into the foam.

3. continue this process, placing the flowers in rows as you move up the ball.
4. once your ball is completely covered, tie a ribbon around your candlestick.

that's it! 
it's not a complicated project, but the result is so pretty.
add it to a little valentine's vignette for a romantic look.
happy crafting!


  1. I might use this for my wedding! Thank you! It came out gorgeous :)

  2. This is so cute! I agree with the wedding idea above. My friend is getting married sometime next year....I want to make everything for it!!

  3. OMG! I have been loving all the VDay topiaries but I am NOT spending my time making a million tiny flowers to glue onto a styrofoam ball. But THIS idea is genius! And it looks just as fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Kacey...LOVE this!!! What an awesome turned out great!

  5. OMG!! I Love This Tutorial!
    Personally, I would definitly try this as a Wedding Table Decor idea.
    I know a lot of girls having babies soon or recently gave birth & this is an adorable idea for the girls room as well.
    Thank you so much!

  6. This is so pretty!! I can imagine using the pretty crepe paper roses that are being made in blogland too for this.

  7. Just when I think I'm finally done with Valentine Day decorations, now this. Oh my gosh, these are really cute. Will definitely be making a few of these. Thanks.

  8. Love it...simple and cute! Love the first comment about using it for a wedding...will have to share with my brother and his fiancee...great idea!

  9. These look really great! Would it be alright if I feature these on my wedding planning blog Thanks for sharing the idea!

  10. Hi i am dalys, i love this tutorial.
    I made a post in my blog linking your blog.
    Here it is:

  11. I LOVE this! I am your newest follower and I would love for you to stop by my blog and see what I created from this inspirational post:

  12. This is soooo fantastic...~! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful yet easy (and cheap) decorative gift idea. Heck I would even use this idea for the changing seasons. I would use bright bold colors for winter to chase away the blues, and calmer/poppy colors for spring/winter....

    FUN. Thanks again

  13. Hey! I did something like this for my daughters first birthday. I used party streamer papers, made into little roses. Check it out here on my blog! They really are stunning table top decor and would look awesome for a wedding. I wish I had thought of it sooner and could have used it at our own wedding.

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