Monday, July 27, 2009

Plant It

Last week I found two topiary wannabes at the thrift store. I knew that with just a little work I could help them reach their full potential as topiaries. I pulled out my stash of moss and dry foam (also purchased at the thrift store) and two pots, one from the thrift store and one from a plant I had managed to kill. I cut the dry foam to fit inside each pot, stacking one piece on top of another until the foam was just higher than the lip of the pot. I lightly pressed the foam on top of the pot to have a pattern to follow for cutting. Then I shaped the edge of the foam. I like it to look like it's mounding over the pot instead of sunken inside. I used hot glue to secure the foam into the pot and the topiary into the foam. Then, being careful not to burn my fingers, I planted moss on top of the foam. One pot was planted with the store bought moss, the other with moss that I took out of my yard and let dry for a few days.I'm thrilled with my new topiaries, especially since the total cost was less than five dollars.
Linked to Metamorphosis Monday and Southern Hospitality (Rhoda has a new address).

28 comments:

Lisa said...

Beautiful job! Gorgeous furniture too!

the undomesticated wife said...

Great job!

niartist said...

FANTASTIC work! Great containers, and a wonderful eye to find such potential in those topiary forms!

Valarie Lea said...

I have seriously missed your post! Got to get back to reading more blog post! I am feeling a bit crafty :)

Jenglamgirl said...

this is when you KNOW you are truly crafty! I would of looked a those and thought junk, no base no planter holder ekkk! but you now inspired me and taught me! thanks! they look great!

A Touch of Country said...

I likey!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Awesome! I love topiaries and these are so great! They look Fabulous!

Elizabeth said...

They look great! Good job. Not bad for stuff you bought for cheap at the thrift store, huh? :)

Michelle said...

Cute idea and great use of found items too!

Ashlee said...

I love this idea! I have always like similar topiaries in Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs but didn't want to pay the big bucks. I will definitely have to see if I can find something like yours and make my own! Thanks for sharing!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a wonderful job -- the topiaries look FABULOUS. You have a good design eye!
Cass

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Great finds, Joy! And those really look real, the best part. All your pretty details make them really special.

Laryssa Herbert said...

Lovely, great job!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great redo! You did good. :)
Glenda

Stacie said...

I have to start thinking out of the box--I would have passed both of those by and wondered what anyone would be able to do with them. They look great!

Kim said...

Fabulous!!! I need to go thrift shopping with you. You always have the greatest ideas. I guess I have no imagination. It's hard for me to see the potential in something (unless I have seen you or another blogger do it first).

Lynn said...

Wow! You had a good day!
Pretty!

Deb said...

Wow, what a nice job. Looks like you paid lots and lots of money for those. Don't you get a high knowing you got them for next to nothing??

Barbara said...

very nice!

Gwen said...

They look great on your dresser!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

so very nice!

some of my favorite decorations are topiaries.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

Kammy said...

I am thrilled too ! I love the look !
Hugs ~ Kammy

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Great work! You took something little and made something super. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.

Charla

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Joy..... What an amazing make over... They turned out so great. You are very handy with a glue gun, love the pot's they are in and where you set them,,, gorgeous..

Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh yes you did! Just beautiful!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your topairy transformation came out great! You did a fabulous job!

Tina

Marie said...

Hello Joy - love your topiaries! They look so fabulous on your table. I really like how you've arranged everything. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Anita said...

super great- the moss makes them look so much better...and your vignette is too cute...

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