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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mini Wreath Topiary


This is a super-easy tutorial on a mini wreath topiary that most crafty people could do with their eyes closed, but for those of you who always tell me you're reading & never do anything crafty yourselves, this one's for you. And besides, I've not posted about topiaries in way too long. (If you love topiaries as much as I do & you want to see more tutorials, click here.)

This one starts with some faux boxwood found at Hobby Lobby or other craft haven in the floral department. You'll also need needle-nosed wire-cutting pliers, some thin floral wire, a small container for your topiary (I got my little buckets at JoAnn), a little styrofoam for the container, a small stick from your yard, and a little floral straw. Wow! that sounds like a lot of stuff. It's really not.



Start by cutting a few stems off the boxwood with your wire cutters. (See this project if you need a picture.) Next, taking 3 or 4 of the stems, form a small wreath about the size of a small bangle bracelet by overlapping them slightly end to end. Wrap the green floral wire around it carefully to help hold it together. Only wrap it just enough to hold it together, but still allowing a few sprigs to stick out.


When you're happy with your little wreath, attach it to your stick with more wire, using the pliers to help twist it tightly in place.


Then, push the styrofoam into the container & the stick into the styrofoam.



Then, just cover up your foam with a little floral grass or moss and add a ribbon if you want. I told you this was simple! I had a second container, so I stuck a couple more sprigs in it & made a "bush". I know. This takes a lot of talent. But, these would make really cute place card holders or any number of things!




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20 comments:

  1. All your topiary posts are great!! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

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  2. This is so cute! I love those little pots so much!

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  3. So pretty! I've always liked these - since you make it look so easy, I'm going to attempt it one of these days soon! Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

    Roeshel

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  4. Love it, Julie! I've been meaning to pick up some boxwood when I go to Michael's to use for a couple of projects. Great idea as place card holders or the place cards themselves. Especially for the holidays with the wreath topiary.

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  5. julie that is so cute! i love it, and you can dress it up for all seasons!

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  6. Love those! So simple, even I could do it.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Brooke

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  7. Just found your blog through DIY, so many wonderful projects..had to "follow"!
    Nice to e*meet you,
    Lynea

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  8. So simple and adorable!
    I've seen these before and I love every one of them and yet...I have never made one.
    I thing I will add this to my to do list.

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  9. So CUTE and simple!! I love it! Those are so expensive in the stores! I would love to make my own. Thanks for sharing!

    ...visiting from Sassy Sites! I am a follower! Come by my blog and say HI! :)
    (you have a very Sassy Site!)

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  10. Love them! I think I can do this!

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  11. That looks great, and easy enough for me to try. Thanks for posting.

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  12. Your newest follower! Love this little project=)

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  13. Very cute idea. They turned out great!

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  14. They look great!! Thanks so much for sharing your topiary with us at Anything Related!
    {Rebekah}

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  15. These look great - you make it look so easy to make them.

    Susan,
    http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
    Party and Entertaining Inspiration

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  16. These are too cute. I've been needing inspiration for some plain mini wreaths at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago and now I know exactly what to do with them! Thanks

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  17. Hi Julie! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! You are so talented! I just signed up to be your 501st follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at http://www.modernfamilymagazine.com

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  18. I love all your topiary ideas and want to thank you for making the tutorials.

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  19. I LOVE this project!!!! And I'm going to try my hand at this as well! We have A LOT in common, LOL!
    Kristi

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I love hearing from each of you and will do my best to respond! Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you're here!