Home Decor SU Style April Blog Hop – Daisy Punch Topiary. Welcome to the April Blog Hop, if you are hopping along, you have probably arrived from Sara in the USA.
I have mean meaning to have a go at a Paper Topiary for a while now. As I managed to find a polystyrene ball to work on a few days ago, now seemed to be the moment to have a go. I have seen a few of these using a variety of ways of filling the ball, but I decided to try with the Daisy Punch. It works really well and give a good covering.
I punched two daisies for each flower. Having looked through my paper stash, I decided I would use the Team Room Specialty papers from the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue as they are a little thinner . You get a lot of paper in the pack too, so as I wanted to limit my colours a little, this was a good choice. Picking these papers also meant I could use the Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla Ombre Ribbon for the stem. This is one of my favourite ribbons, but as it is with Very Vanilla, rather than Whisper White, you have to be a little selective of the projects you use it for.
I won’t lie, punching, curling and sticking the Daisies together took more than a few minutes, but they were a good ‘watching television’ task. You do have to be careful that you don’t pull the petals off, so make sure you have a firm grip at the base of each one as you go to curl them. Please don’t ask me how many Daisies I punched and stuck together! More than I thought I would need is probably the correct answer!
The stem is just a garden cane covered with the ribbon. I added some Tear & Tape to the first 4 inches of the ribbon to make sure that the top was very secure. Every few inches of cane (feet of ribbon) I added a glue dot to reduce the risk of general ‘slippage’, plus a couple of glue dots at the end. A bow a few inches from the top finished the piece well.
With all the flowers added to the ball, the head of your Topiary is quite heavy, so to balance it out in your home, you will need to add some weight to the pot. I would suggest you fill the base of a pot with pebbles and then add florist foam on top to push the cane into. Alternatively you can just use a pot of sand.
Making these is such fun. You could get a selection of sized balls and have a real forest of them. The finished look will of course be influenced by the papers you use, and could be a great way to use up the sheets you don’t really like as flat paper. Use Christmas colours in December and Yellows and Greens in Spring for different looks. Tie them in which your own home decor for a more finished look. Great to put anywhere in your home (other than a bathroom or kitchen may be), and they don’t need watering, which is an added bonus.
I hope you enjoyed my project, please leave a comment if you would like. If you are hopping along, you are off to Australia next, so have fun there!
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