Hi All! It’s the post you have been asking for! Ever since I shared my Rustic Winter Porch last week I have been shocked by how many emails I’ve received asking for the tutorial for my Burlap Topiaries. Well, you are finally getting it today and they are actually SO simple. So let’s not waste any time. Let’s jump on in on this Burlap Topiary Tree Tutorial…
These Burlap Topiary Trees are relatively simple to make and can work for so many different occasions. I used them for my Winter Porch and plan on keeping them up for spring, they would also work well for a wedding or make smaller versions to use as centerpieces!
I will warn you if you are a regular reader of my blog, these are probably one of my more pricey projects. I generally try to keep things as inexpensive as possible but once I got the idea in my head I just had to go with it this time!
– 2 Terracotta Pots
– 2 Dowels at 1/2″ thick
– 4 Styrofoam 8″ Half Balls (I only used the half balls because they were actually cheaper than buying a complete 8″ ball. I’m always up for saving a few bucks.)
– 2 Green Styrofoam Blocks for the base
– Satin White Spray Paint
– Pack of Straight Pins
– 3 Yards of Burlap
– Bag of Natural Gray Moss
– Hot Glue
Start by spray painting the pots and the dowels in the satin white. Two to three coats may be necessary.
Once dry, place a green styrofoam block in the bottom of the pot and then insert the dowel into the block. In the end, I added a few rocks on top of the block to make it more stable.
Take the two Styrofoam halves and cut a circle in the middle to fit the dowel through. Thread the two pieces through the dowel and then secure them together by placing hot glue around the middle seam and at the top and bottom to make sure the dowel doesn’t slip.
When I started these topiaries, I had a vision of what I wanted them to look like but I was struggling with how to make the bubbles until I landed on this Burlap Bubble Wreath by Today’s Fabulous Finds (her wreath is gorgeous, you must check it out). Janet had a very easy technique for making the bubbles so I decided to give them a try.
I cut my burlap into 4X4″ squares, then started to fold them into the bubbles by holding two corners together and then folding in the remaining two. It will create a little pocket.
Then, using the straight pins attach each bubble onto the Styrofoam ball. Continue until the entire surface is covered.
And here are how my Burlap Topiaries look on my front porch right now!
So easy enough ya? Hope you get as much use out of them as I will!