Sunday, August 21, 2011

Moss Topiaries

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So, I had it in my head to try and recreate some things from Ballard.

Not huge things, obviously. I'm not filthy rich. Just the little things they use to make their pictures a little more interesting...like their topiaries.

Except I should have taken a better look at them because what I did looked NOTHING like the ones in the Ballard catalog. Oops.

Ah, well, these were still fun to make.

I found the little containers at a store in Amarillo during my last trip there. I took my trusty floral foam from previous paint projects and used my highly scientific method (a bread knife) to cut it up into pieces.


Using a grapevine and some hot glue, I sort of just jammed the pieces around until it was secure and didn't fall over. In my very scientific way, of course.

Why is styrafoam so expensive?? I mean, really...there's not much too it...so why did this little green ball cost over $4? That's just too much in my eyes. Too bad I was lacking one of those nifty 40% off coupons I always seem to have on other occasions...

This was an old moss ball from a previous project eons ago. I decided to recycle it for the topiaries.

After a lot of hot gluing and a very minimal amount of swearing (in my kid-friendly way) I ended up with these.

I got the moss in a package at Michael's. It's kind of smelly....but I like it.

All in all, it was a pretty fun and cheap project. And I'm still liking the outcome.

25 comments:

  1. They look great! My favorite part of the post was where you told us they were smelly but you liked it... and I totally wonder about the price of styrofoam as well. What's up with that?

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  2. They looks great! I need to make some! I always wonder why Styrofoam was so expensive also. Thanks for sharing this project!

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  3. You are so clever! They would be great at Christmas time too!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  4. I like them too! And I love ideas for using natural elements this way. Just beautiful!

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  5. I love your moss topiaries. You did a great job with not copying, but creating your own.

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  6. I really want to make one of these. Great idea.

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  7. Very clever, Meg! I like them! Good for you!

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  8. THese are beautiful! Loving Ballard and recently recreated one of their lovely paintings for my bedroom!
    Also wanted to let you know that I featured your ruffled lampshade on my blog @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/08/pink-hippo-party-43.html
    Hope you stop by and grab a featured button!

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  9. The topiaries are splendid. I have two topiary forms I paid twenty five cents for at a yard sale I could do this with easily so thanks for the example. ♥Olive

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  10. Great topiaries! I am topiary obsessed and these turned out beautiful! I love the natural look of the stems. I would love for you to link your topiary post up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party at

    http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/blog-party-4

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  11. I think they turned out great. Yes, those darn foam balls are expensive, but just think how much you saved by not buying from Ballard.

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  12. Meg, this is beyond fantastic! I have seen these everywhere and I want some too lol Thanks for posting this tutorial!

    Stopping by from the Show & Share :-)

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  13. beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to Show and Share #2. I hope you are having fun at the party :)

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  14. The turned out great, Meg! Honestly, they look more like REAL moss topiarys than Ballards do!

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  15. These are awesome. They look like something you'd see in a store. And why *is* styrofoam so expensive? I know. That irritates me!

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  16. Love how they turned out! I'm in need of some moss topiaries for my piano! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Show and Share!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  17. I love this. I have been wanting to make some topiaries, I was thinking boxwood, but now I think I may go with moss. They are beautiful!
    Krista
    krista-artista.blogspot.com

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  18. Very cute! And as for not looking quite like the inspiration...who needs Ballard design anyway?!

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  19. Awesome! I love the simplicity of these! Great Job :)

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  20. They look great! And yes... why is styrafoam so expensive?!

    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

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  21. Thank you so much for linking up your topiaries at Savvy HomeMade Monday, Meg. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)

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  22. this is seriously so cute! I LOVE it!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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