Button Topiary

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button topiary

A button topiary doesn’t seem much like jewelry, does it? Of course I have an explanation (as always). I’ve been cleaning up my workspace, and shedding the things I haven’t any plans for, and I came across some styrofoam balls. then I remembered I wanted to make a floral topiary. I blame it on Pinterest.

peony topiary from two twenty two

peony topiary from two twenty one

rose topiary from stay at home artist

rose topiary from stay at home artist

And I never made one. Of course mine would have to be different, so let’s make a button topiary!

supplies

supplies

I basically used what I had on hand: silver leaf sheets, two styrofoam balls, a glass candle cup, Mod Podge, floral moss, a dowel, paint (for the dowel), a small clump of artificial hydrangea blossoms, a hot glue gun and a couple of brushes. I’m pretty sure I bought the glass and balls from our local dollar store, so not counting the silver leaf, this is a pretty inexpensive project.

coat the inside of the glass

coat the inside of the glass

Start by coating the inside of the votive cup with Mod Podge. I didn’t coat it completely, because I wanted it to be bare in some places. Set it aside to dry.

apply the silver leaf

apply the silver leaf

When the Mod Podge is dry, but a little tacky, apply the silver leaf. You can tear it into little pieces and brush them into place with a soft bristle brush. This bowl took about three sheets.

finished glass

finished glass

I could have just painted the votive glass, but I think the silver leaf gives the project a vintage feel.

make the flower ball

make the flower ball

Now let’s make the topiary. Pull the hydrangea blossoms apart, and stack two together.Poke a hole in the ball for the dowel.

pin the buttons to the ball

pin the buttons to the ball

With a little moss underneath, pin a button to the center of the blossoms and stick them into the ball. Work your way around, but leave a space where you made the hole.

glue the dowel into the ball

glue the dowel into the ball

Pump a little hot glue into the hole and stick the dowel in.

glue another ball

glue another ball

Now poke a hole in the other styrofoam ball and glue the other end of the dowel into it.

put some moss into the glass

put some moss into the glass

Put some moss into the cup and push it around the sides. Leave it a little thin on the bottom.

glue the ball to the glass

glue the ball to the glass

Put some hot glue on the bottom of the base styrofoam ball and stick it into the cup and center it.

cover the ball with moss

cover the ball with moss

Cover the top of the ball with more moss.

decorate the moss

decorate the moss

This part is totally optional. I just like the look of buttons in the moss.

Button topiary

Button topiary

And there you have it! A sweet little topiary to add to your mantle, book shelf, side table, wherever! I think it would be fun to make a bunch of these in different sizes and group them together. But that’s another day. Now I just need to find a place for this little beauty.

Button topiary

Button topiary

 

 

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