Friday, April 4, 2014

Burlap Spiral Flowers Easter Egg Topiary DIY

I first saw a spiral flower (although it was curled wood) on a wreath at Target a few years ago before my days of blogging.  I thought it so unique and very creative.  So did many other crafters as it has become a very popular paper craft item to make.  I've had on my list to make an Easter Egg Topiary out of spiral flowers made with my go to fabric, burlap.  Here's what I used and how I made it:

  • Burlap
  • mod podge
  • circle pattern
  • scissors                                                                                     
  • hot glue
  • paper mache egg
  • acrylic paint
  • Urn, candle holder for display

I needed to start by "painting" the burlap with mod podge to make it stiff and fray free.  I've tried heat n bond and stich witchery but these made the spiral flowers too thick.
While waiting for the mod podged burlap to dry, I painted a paper mache egg (about 8 inches tall) using Americana Wild Orchid acrylic that matched the burlap.

After drying, I traced approximately 55-60 circles onto the burlap.  (I used a 3 1/4 inch ribbon spool circle as a pattern)

Next, started cutting a spiral circle within the circle, freehand. My cut was like a scallop edge, weaving in and out.  I thought it looked more interesting than a straight edge.  And don't worry about it being perfect.  Once rolled, you can't really see imperfections.

Continue cutting in a spiral circle until reaching the center and have a small circle at the end. 

Now we're ready to start rolling.  I like to dab a little glue on first and  beginning at the narrow pointed tip, rolling the burlap between your fingers following the inside edge, tightly.

When you reach the end, hold the rolled burlap in the palm of your hand and let go, allowing it to uncoil a little, forming a beautiful spiral flower.

 Holding the flower together so it doesn't unravel completely, turn over and dab a bit of glue on the center of the spiral and in the middle of the end circle piece and stick together.

After making  x amount of flowers, begin by hot gluing one to the top and center (narrow end) of the paper mache egg.

 Continue gluing the flowers around the egg.

 As you get closer to the bottom, place the egg onto your urn or candleholder to judge how far down you need to go so that the egg can sit straight and flat, without the flowers interfering.  It might be necessary to hot glue the egg in place.  Mine was able to sit straight without gluing.

I love the look using a dark urn and I had a hard time deciding whether to use a light color container like this . . .

or the dark color.
Which one do you prefer?
I love both looks!!!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!




  1. I LOVE this, especially in the black vase - it would fit right in to my house :) Thansk for the tutorial!

  2. Very lovely! I think I like the black vase too!
    Have a nice weekend,

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous Gail! I love both looks too, but I think the black stands out more from the wall colour. And the combo of the black and purple is lovely.

  4. Oh my another fabulous creation! I love it with both vases. I guess it would depend on where it will be displayed.

  5. That is an easy gorgeous craft. Come share this on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

  6. This is lovely! I have never seen burlap in this color locally. Hugs from Mindie May at Bacon Time.

  7. Hi from a new fan! stopping by from the Say G'day Saturday party :) Wow this is lovely! I love both looks too! Stunning!

    1. I love it when Say G'day Saturday party folks take the time to Say G'day! Thanks Shel! x

  8. Your flowers are stunning. I'm going to be making these. Thank you for sharing how to make. Love, love, love, did I say LOVE them?

  9. Great idea. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  10. That looks great! I want to do something similar in off-white in my kitchen.

  11. Oh my word, this is gorgeous. Fabulous tutorial too.

  12. This is beautiful. And I love the purple! Definitely pinning this for inspiration. I found you through link it or lump it link party.

  13. Wow - this is beautiful! It must have taken you so long, but it was worth it! - Bre @ Average But Inspired

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  15. Gorgeous and purple is one of my favorite colors. I really like it in the black vase. Do you know how much burlap you used o make the flowers?

  16. Love this, thanks for sharing your great tutorial over at Creative Mondays...

  17. Really looks great! Love the color.

  18. WOW! So pretty!!! It looks like it took forever!

  19. Beautiful! Here from Creative Mondays :)

  20. Gail, you are so creative. I adore your creation. I like both looks. I am sure, you could sell these.....

  21. Love this. So very creative.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  22. Oh wow you’re very creative. Your flower egg topiaries are so pretty.

  23. Your topiary looks beautiful ! You did a great job !

  24. This is really nice i will pin this and have a go when the kids grow up and leave me alone long enough to try it out #flustermuster

  25. I love Easter topiary. Great tutorial too, Gail. I have just shared this post on Google+ and Pinterest.

    Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Say G'Day Saturday linky party. I hope you can join in again tomorrow!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  26. Oh my goodness Gail, you've done it again! May I say you are simply amazing? I love this - in both urns. The color is WOW and it's just so pretty. ( my little owl agrees!)
    :) Cecilia

  27. Hi Gail, Thank you so much for linking up your burlap flower topiary at the Link It or Lump It Link party last week. I just love it. I have picked it as a feature this week! Come check it out and grab a brag button. - Melissa

  28. Geez Gail, you were ambitious to make all of those cute flowers. Your topiary is adorable!

  29. This is gorgeous. I like the white vase best but it appears I may be in the minority. Isn't 'orchid' supposed to be the Color of the Year or something? You're right on trend!

  30. Very pretty and I love both the urns...maybe the black one a little bit more.
    I saw you sharing at the Makeover Madness Link Party
    Debbie :)

  31. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at our Get Your DIY on party! Hope you have a blessed Easter. XO

  32. I would love to pin your burlap spiral flowers but I am unable to figure out how to pin from your blog. There is not pin on the picture and the one on the side doesn't seem to work either. Does anyone know what to do?

  33. you are so creative! I bet your home is full of lovely creations! This spiral flower Easter egg is too neat!


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