Spring has definitely come early to Minnesota, and I couldn’t be happier! March is usually the snowiest month here. Actually we could still have a big snow storm, but I’m savoring the early spring weather that we have been blessed with for the last couple of weeks. I just hope and pray that the weather will continue to be wonderful, especially through Easter. There have been a couple of years where Easter eggs have been put in sandwich bags before they’ve been hidden outside.
I’m so happy that I have a head start on Easter preparations this year (instead of just throwing some decorations together the night before). I have not started dyeing eggs for our Easter Egg hunt yet, but I still have a little over a week till Easter. So there is still time for that. Although this year, I believe that there will be more adults than children at my home for Easter. So I thought of making the Easter table more grownup with a bit of elegance. I hoping to bring the feel of spring inside. Instead of the dyed eggs with names written on them like I usually do, I came up with Mini Topiary Place Card Holders.
I love the garden feel that they bring to my table. Even if it does snow on Easter, there will be spring inside at least. If you have a grown-ups table that you need to decorate, I encourage you to try making these mini topiaries. They are really easy and you can make a bunch of them in an afternoon.
Here’s what you will need to make your own mini topiaries:
- Smooth Styrofoam Balls
- Wooden Dowels
- Small Rocks
- Styrofoam circle or square
- Mini Terracotta pots
- Hot Glue
- Utility Knife
If you want flowers on your topiary you will also need:
- Paper (plain or pretty)
- Mini Flower Paper Punch
- Sewing Pins
I recommend deciding how many topiaries you are going to need, then make them all at the same time. It’s easier to make them all the same that way.
Start by cutting a dowel down to 6 inches. This gives the topiary a nice height, and it will not block views across the table. Apply some hot glue to the styrofoam ball and stick the dowel about a half inch or so into the ball.
Next comes the moss. I recommend getting a bag or two of moss from your local craft store. I haven’t tried fresh moss because the hot glue wouldn’t stick to it.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue onto the styrofoam ball. Take a large piece of moss and press it onto the ball. If the moss is larger than the hot glued area, all you need to do is shoot some hot glue in between the moss and ball and press it down. Continue all of the way around the ball with pieces of moss and hot glue until you have what looks like a moss lollipop.
It looks cute but not at all appetizing. ;P
Now comes the base.
Cut a piece of styrofoam to fit into the bottom of a small terracotta pot. It doesn’t have to fit perfectly, but it does need to be snug in the pot. You don’t have to worry about the rough edges either since you are going to shove it into the clay pot.
Apply a bit of hot glue to the bottom of the pot and push the styrofoam in.
Then apply a bit of hot glue to the base of the dowel.
Press the topiary stem into the middle of the styrofoam in the pot. It’s so adorable! 🙂
Now we just need to hide the styrofoam.
Take some small rocks and fill the pot. Not only does it look more like a real topiary but it also weighs down the bottom so you don’t have to worry about it tipping over.
With that the basic mini topiary is finished!
If you want to make it even cuter you can add mini flowers to it.
All you need to do is take a mini flower paper punch to a sheet of scrapbook or even plain paper. Then using sewing pins poke through the center of the flower and press the flower into the styrofoam ball. Space flowers all around the ball, and you have a blooming mini topiary!
I like to use the pins with colored heads because they are easier to push into the ball and make the flowers look more 3 dimensional.
You could just make a bunch of these and place them down the middle of the table. Or you can make them into place card holders.
All you need to do is print out the names of your guests (I used some extra business card paper I had on hand). Then stick a pin through it and into the topiary. That’s all!
It’s so very cute. I even made blooming topiaries for the ladies and plain topiaries for the gentlemen.
I’m so glad I can check that off of my Easter list! Next thing on the list is going to be a deep clean of my entire home.
There is something about a new vacuum that actually makes you look forward to cleaning. Or is that just me? 😀
My goal is to get my home nice and clean before next week so I can focus on getting all the food ready. Next week I’ll be bringing you something yummy you can make for your Easter.
Until then I hope you are enjoying good weather wherever you are and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.