crafts/ DIY

How to Make a Ribbon Topiary

Don’t you just love a good craft project?  Where you can spread out all the materials around and just think of the possibilities?  Making a ribbon topiary is a simple project to add a splash of color to your space and create some height where ever you decide to place it.

I am going to be redoing mine and will show you as I go along just how simple this project is!

Here is my old topiary when I had my little office space pink, brown and white.  (Mode & Brown for any Gamma Phi’s out there!).

I recently painted the accent wall in my office a pretty peach (go figure!). So I wanted to redo my topiary with new coordinating ribbon. I chose some with different textures (sheer, ribbed, wired, satiny).  Also look in the sewing aisle for Rick Rack (the gray wavy ribbon at bottom of photo).  Other smaller ribbons were on end displays.  Keep your eye out.  The best ribbon isn’t in the obvious spots!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Small Planter
  • Peat Moss
  • Different sized and textured ribbon in coordinating colors
  • Pins
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Styrofoam Balls (2, one to fit inside and one to be a balanced shape at top)

I looked for a different planter and base, but I didn’t find one I liked.  So, I painted the one I had.  Lucky me, I already had white and silver metallic spray paint!

Here’s a tip for spray painting a small item:

Find a box, open it up until 3 walls are open and you have the base in tact.  Place the item inside and spray with out the mist getting on anything in the area. I taped off this edge so I could spray silver on the inside of the pot.

Once dry, I placed the smaller styrofoam ball in the bottom of pot.  Work the dowel through the ball.  Place the larger ball at top.  Place peat moss around to cover styrofoam ball.

Next, the fun part!  I recommend putting your self in front of Netflix or your favorite TV show is this is not a quick 5 minute project.  But your patience will be rewarded every time you look at your beauty.  Plus, if you’re like me, a little project like this is just good for the soul.  It forces you to just relax, SIT, and focus on one task.

Back to the fun part, cutting each ribbon into small strips, rolling and pinning! I can’t really give you the exact measurement to cut as I didn’t measure with a tape measure.  And I don’t know the size of your project.  I simply rolled a piece of ribbon still on the spool held it up close to the ball and gave it a good look until I knew from the look that it was just right.  You’ll know.  From that first piece, I used that as my guide.  Good news, this doesn’t need size for every single piece.  As long as it just ever so slight give a nice look to your piece.

Keep at it with different ribbons, placing them at different angles to give it some movement and play.

I was lucky enough to have my 12 year old want to volunteer and help!  We had quite the system, one would measure and cut ribbon and the other would roll it and pin it.  It was a fun time together.  And no one got hurt.  Too much!

Have fun choosing your coordinating colors!  You could even change this up seasonally. I know I am enjoying this in my work space!

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