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Friday, November 19, 2010

How About Some Matching Topiaries?

That WREATH from yesterday and our SILVER SHELLS are going to need a little accompaniment, so let's have some more silicone adhesive fun! Grab yourself two florist foam cones from 
your friendly neighborhood Dollar Tree.
You'll need two 8" azalea pots, $1.27 each at Home Depot.
Silver, white and aqua spray paint, which I had on hand.
You'll also need:
A 1/2" dowel rod
Goop Adhesive
A brick of florist foam
Assorted bits of shells, sea glass, flat backed marbles and beads
Two glittery floral picks. Mine were $1 each at Walmart
Paint your foam cones silver. I did my usual 3 coats.
Douse the pots in aqua, and paint the dowel rod white. I don't know why the rod isn't pictured. I guess it was spared by some spoiled child.
Gather all of your goodies and let's have some fun. The wine is not included in the supply list but can be added at your discretion.
Go ahead and make the holes for your dowel in the bottom of the cones by simply pressing it in. This will be a lot easier now, trust me.
Same with your decorative glittery pic topper.
Set the cones side by side and use the Goop silicone adhesive to pile on the shiny stuff, working in straight rows and allowing it to dry a little.
Turn the cones and repeat.
The beads make excellent filler.

Pop half of your floral foam brick in each pot.
Stuff the gaps with crumpled newspaper.
Have a sip of wine.
Cut the dowel rod in half (I just broke out my pruning saw) and insert one half in each pot.

Grab your fully encrusted cones and assemble!
Set your finished product up against a cheap and cheesy super high quality back drop and take some cheesecake photos.

I covered the newspaper with flat backed marbles using a technique commonly known as "dumping stuff out of a ziplock storage bag."

Now I can hardly wait to start decorating next Friday! 



Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too said...

These are adorable Sunny & will look great along with your wreath! I will include the glass of wine along with my supplies. Thanks for the tutorial!

Deb said...

So glad to see the glass of wine is now making an appearance rather than hiding behind the scenes :) Cool project!

Anonymous said...

Ok that's it..I'm going to start grabbing the little bags of these things each time i go to the Dollar store. Then I'll have all the supplies to whip these things up as you post them lol Great job, these are soo cute, and they'd look great next to the wreath :)

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

I love these!! And the design could totally be tweaked to match any color or style. Sweet!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your topiaries compliment to your wreath very nicely. I've got a future post that will be similar. Can't wait to see more of your decorations! Have a super weekend!

Christie describeHappy said...

Ok, I'm going through this thinking I don't need any girly topiaries. Well, I am so very wrong. I really like how they turned out! And you make them look so dang easy to put together. Your slowly twisting my arm into jumping right in.

Michelle L. said...

Totes adorbs!

Unknown said...

Hahaha, I love your projects, and of course the commentary is the best! These turned out super-cute - my favorite is the sparkly twig things on top. Hehehe!


Tami / Maddie Lumpkin said...

Very cool project! My email you requested

tina said...

omgomgomgomg. SO going to make this for the guest bedroom. (thats where all my beachy stuff is)

La Vie Quotidienne said...


You always come up with such interesting and fun things...but what is even more important is that you make me smile. Love your posts.(-:

Meredith said...

These are adorable and look great!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

These are so fun!

Pat Harris said...

This is so cute. You got me at the shells!! Anything with shells gets my attention. That and of course the glass of wine. My two favorite things. tee hee

Heather said...

You are so creative!!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Love em!! Especially the way you placed the actual cone tree on the stick!

Cidinha said...

I love it! Very beautiful!


Katherine said...

Fantastic & you had me cracking up the whole way through! I love that it's beachy and still festive for the holidays! Thanks so much for linking up to Holiday Hookup!

Homemade Heather said...

Ooooo so pretty! I love all of your baubles and shiny bits! Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

These are `fabulous`

Thanks for sharing at the Passionately Artistic Blog!!!
always a pleasure


Bella @ Bella before and after said...

These are so cute too. How great you got to make such awesome projects, with like no investment hardly. Lucky you!!!

The wine must surely be your secret weapon, wonder if the magic can happen with beer instead???

Thanks for linking up to **Amaze me AUgust**

Bella )