Twisted Crepe Paper Flower Topiary
To make, you will need a couple of rolls of crepe paper streamers, styrofoam balls, glue gun, skewer sticks, ribbon, container, florist foam and beads. All available at DollarTree, except for the beads.
Start by cutting two different colors of crepe paper into strips about 22 inches long and fold in half.
Now take each strip and twist the entire length completely.
Put the two color strips together on one end and begin twisting and rolling it up between your fingers.
Just continue to roll and twist until you have reached the end of the strip forming a flower/rosette.
I like to add a drop of hot glue to the end so that it will not unravel.
Carefully place the twisted flower on a protected surface. Cut two small strips about 1/4" wide off of the end of the crepe paper streamer. Run a line of hot glue across the flower and placed the strip over it; run another line of glue in the opposite direction (cross) and place the other strip over it. This secures the flower from coming apart. Trim off any excess paper from the ends that show.
After you have a few flowers made, start gluing them onto the styrofoam ball.
Glue them close together and place them in where they fit together nicely. If you use the palm of your hand while gluing, the rosette will fit snugly to the shape of the ball.
If you have any areas not covered by the flowers, cut pieces of twisted papers the length of the area and glue in place (around the flower), filling in the gaps.
Additionally, I glued four skewer sticks together and inserted the sticks into the bottom of the larger ball. I also inserted a plain smaller ball below the larger one. Everything was then inserted into the florist foam that was glued to the bottom of the container.
I glued rosettes to the smaller ball, filling in the gaps with cut strips of twisted crepe papers.
To finish the look, I glued two different size beads to the balls, and tied ribbons underneath.
For a special touch, I added pink rose petals and scatter gems as a filler in the container.
I must say this turned out really cute!
Next, the second Valentine centerpiece that I made is the
Decorated Tree Branches Vase Arrangement
For this, I gathered branches from the yard and painted them white. Using a DollarTree vase, I mod podged a cutout heart (paper) to the outside, placed some florist foam inside and put red rose petals all around, covering the foam. I then inserted the branches into the foam and next, glued red scatter gems all over the branches.
Makes for a quick, inexpensive, pretty centerpiece arrangement, don't you think?
The last and final centerpiece made for that special day is a
Valentine Sweetheart Mobile
DollarTree had the cutest pack of oddly shaped valentines. I found them quite whimsical and thought they would make a great mobile, hanging from the chandelier. Just by gluing two of each heart together, and with ribbon attached, the mobile came together nicely. (Sorry about the quality of these photos - it's been rainy and cloudy all week)
Scattering rose petals and adding garland to a tray added a special touch!
Making these Valentine centerpieces has really put me in a festive mood!!! And I hope you are too!
Take a little time to enjoy!