Wednesday, March 24, 2010

$5 Challenge - Spring Topiaries

If you've read my blog before (chances are you haven't), you know that I'm new to this. I didn't start reading home decor blogs until late last year (I know...I know...been missing out)! When I did discover them, however, Living With Lindsay quickly became one of my favorites. I later found out that Lindsay is friends with my best friend in TX! What a small world! She encouraged me to start a blog, so I did. And of course I had to participate in her Five Dollar Challenge!





At first, I was overwhelmed with the task of creating something with only $5 of supplies from the dollar store. But when I looked around Dollar Tree, I got all kinds of ideas. Once I started, I couldn't stop! (I hope I'm not being a challenge hog!)

These spring topiaries are first in a series of three crafts.

I bought a package of floral foam blocks, floral moss, mini terra cotta pots and two yellow/white bead ball thingies from Dollar Tree. I rooted through the woods behind our house to find two sticks of similar size. Don't tell him, but I "borrowed" some of my oldest son's paint and paint brush.


                            
First, I lightly brushed some white paint onto the pots. I rubbed them with a paper towel before they were dry to give them an aged look.



Next, I cut blocks of foam down to fit inside the pots.



I made sure the foam was tight so the topiaries wouldn't wobble.



I snipped the ribbon off of the balls. Exactly what these balls are intended for, I'm not sure, but they make really cute topiary toppers!

I shoved the free backyard sticks into the balls and then hot glued the sticks into the foam.

I wanted to make sure the topiaries wouldn't fall out!

To finish, I covered the foam with moss and hot glued the scrap ribbon to the pots. Voila! Two spring topiaries for $5! I think these would be super cute on a spring dining table as decorations or place card holders.

Thanks for stopping by. Also, many thanks to Lindsay for hosting the Five Dollar Challenge!

23 comments:

  1. So cute! I love the look of the 'beaded' tops. Just darling.

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  2. i saw those little yellow things at the dollar tree and wondered how i could use them... i couldn't come up with anything! love what you have done!

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  3. Yes, I have to say that I like the "beaded" look, too! Clever!

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  4. Beautiful! It seems as if topiaries are the way to go...I made one too!


    Blessings, Grace

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  5. These are so cute! How fun would these be flanking a little bowl of lemons in the middle? Love them.

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  6. I bought a bunch of those yellow balls not sure what to do with them. Great idea. Definently going to remember this.

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  7. Adorable! I saw those pots at my dollar store before I knew about the $5 challenge, later when I went back to get them they were gone :(

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  8. Very cute! A couple more would make awesome place card holders! I love that idea!

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  9. So darling - I was eying those pots - but didn't see anything else inspiring to go with them :).

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  10. Thanks for your comments! I do think I'll make four more to use as placecard holders. Providing Dollar Tree still has the balls and pots!

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  11. What a great project! You are a clever and crafty girl. Happy Spring!

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  12. Those are so bright and springy, they make me smile just looking at them! Love your craft!

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  13. great job, thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Okay, CUTE! Love them! Very springy without the pastel-Easter look.

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  15. I love these! Yellow is such a fun color:)

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  16. Hi, Erin! I love what you did with your challenge. Really cute!

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  17. This is really a great idea and one that I will have to use! Really cute. Judi

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  18. Oh I love it. So creative and fun. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Great project! I showcased you in my blog.

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