At the risk of sounding like a broken record, sticking to a budget this Christmas is priority #1! So far, I think I have done pretty darn good.
I have always admired the gorgeous topiary’s I have seen around blog land, but the price tag was a bit more than I was willing to pay at some local shops. So, I decided to try my hand at creating a pair for Christmas to flank my kitchen sink.
It started with a trip to Michael’s with coupon in hand for 25% off total purchase, sale items included!
I picked up a bag of moss and 2 styrofoam cones. Both on sale, plus an addition 25% off!
Next was the dollar store to pick up some dry oasis.
I already had two cute tin containers from Ikea, and grabbed a couple of sticks from my hydrangea tree out back. Some Christmas ribbon left over from last year finished the look.
Total spent was about $12.
I started by hot gluing the moss randomly onto the styrofoam cones starting at the bottom and working up to the tip. It has been a long time since I worked with hot glue and had forgotten just how darn hot that glue gets!
At this stage I was a bit concerned about my crafting abilities! It certainly did not appear cone shaped at this point with moss jutting out in all directions.
Nothing a good trim couldn’t fix though! Cutting off all the random pieces that were sticking out made all the difference!
And, while I didn’t take a picture of this step, it is pretty self explanatory. I firmly inserted a stick into bottom centre of each cone.
I cut a piece of dry floral oasis to fit each tin container tightly, and then stuck the topiary top into the foam.
Ta-da! Two cute DIY Christmas topiary tree’s. Perfect for a fireplace mantel, a dining table, or anywhere else you want to dress up for the holidays!
And, when Tim gets my new-to-me kitchen sink installed, they will sit very nicely on either side, adding a touch of Christmas to the kitchen.
And to get the most bang for my buck, I have a plan to make them work well beyond the Christmas season!
‘Til next time!
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