I created this topiary as part of my Michaels Makers project this month. That post was getting pretty long, so I created this separate tutorial to show how to re-create this project.
Supplies (contains afflilate links):
2 Burlap Hydrangea Spray
Acrylic Paint (match to hydrangea)
Step 1: If you are altering an existing topiary, wiggle and pull off the existing top. You’ll end up with a spear-type end. If you’re making your topiary from scratch, you’ll need to fill your terra-cotta pot with floral foam (hot glued in). Then cut 8″ from your floral spray stem with wire cutters. Glue the stem into the floral foam and you’re good to go!
Step 2: My foam balls had a small 1/16″ hole in the bottom. I was able to just shove the stem into it really tight. I didn’t use glue, but I recommend using glue if you have a more dull point going into the foam ball, or if it seems loose at all. For this whole project you’ll want to use a low-temp glue gun. I prefer a large format glue gun one like this one from Ad Tech because it accepts the large and extra-long glue sticks.
Step 3: Paint foam ball to match hydrangea blossoms.
Step 4: Use an xacto knife or Awl to create a small hole.
Fill hole with a drop of hot glue:
Step 5: Shove stamen with hydrangea bloom into the hole. Repeat. I suggest placing the blooms about an inch apart, and then the next row stagger the holes so that they are in between the holes on the previous row.
Keep going down the whole ball. If there are areas that seem sparse, add in additional blooms.
Step 6: Add Leaves. Cut leaves off of hydrangea spray stem. Create hole and glue stem into underside of the ball. I used a small quilting pin to pin the leaf to the ball so that had the placement I wanted. Repeat for as many leaves as you want.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of the Michaels Makers program. I received free product in exchange for this post. All ideas, opinions and wording is entirely my own and I had a lot of fun too! I am also a brand ambassador for Ad Tech adhesives and love using their high-quality adhesive products.