Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ribbon Topiaries

 I am so excited to be sharing with you one of my most favorite Christmas ideas
....the ribbon topiaires!
 So to start with I was going to make my own out of cardstock but came across these at Porters and decided to save myself a step. I bought the two sizes they had.
This one is the large one.
 Next while waiting in line at JoAnn's (my most favorite place...ever) I came across some super cute ribbon which you need if you are making a ribbon topiary....
 I painted this one red since I was going to be gathering my ribbon
and just incase I had a few gaps it wouldn't be so noticeable. 
 I cut my ribbon into various lenghts and sewed using a basting stitch to be able to gather the ribbon after...Once I was done sewing I gathered my ribbon...
cut the strings and went to work.
 I started with the bottom and worked my way to the top by gluing
on a piece of ribbon at a time.
 This is how the first tree turned out.
 Next I pulled out the smaller paper mache tree and went to work.
 Since this was going to be layered with ribbon I decided not to
paint it as there wouldn't be possible gaps that might show through. 
 I started on one side and angled my ribbon and worked my way around.
 This is what it looked like once I got all the ribbon on.
 Then I added the top on and wound my ribbon around a couple of times and
then angled the pieced and glued to the bottom inside of the topiary.
 Ta-da this is how they look together....
 Finally I took some left over cardboard that we had around the house and
 traced the two trees on top of it and cut out.
 I put a little bit of glue on the outside of the cardboard circle and inserted into the tree.
 Put on top of the candlestands and you are good to go
 You can put these anywhere.....
 here or.....
here...this is where they are going to stay!!
Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas to everyone...
make sure to come back and look for more fun projects!!!!

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