Felt Rose Topiary

Is anyone else ready for the weekend?

Talk about a crazy week at my house.  Just as we woke up to record-breaking COLD temperatures (like many of you!), our furnace broke.  Without heat for 2 days, Little Man and I stayed at my parents' house off and on. Just as we got the heat working, Little Man heated up a bit too much--try 102 degrees!  He hasn't slept at all lately, and Mr. Oopsey Daisy has been gone since Monday night.  After a delayed flight, he just walked in the door and took Little Man to urgent care.  So I have just a few minutes to myself to finally write up a post!  Whew!
Nothing says Valentine's Day like roses.  Especially red roses.  I can't wear the color red, but I love  to decorate with it.  It's so vibrant! I made 2 topiaries and am having fun deciding exactly what to do with them.  But I do love how they look next to Janet's wonderful printable!

I have seen tons of felt topiaries out there in blogland, but most of them use the folding/pinning technique.  I decided to make actual flat felt roses.  I realize that this is not a new technique, but just in case you haven't made one, here is a quick how-to:

1.  Cut a rough circle.  This doesn't have to be perfect.
2.  From the outer edge, just start cutting around the circle.
3.  Keep cutting around and around until you have a spiral shape.
4.  Start wrapping the spiral around again, overlapping just barely and hot gluing as you go.
5.  Keep wrapping and gluing.
6.  Wrap the very end of the spiral underneath the rose and secure.

Aren't they purty?!  Then I just hot-glued the roses all over the 2 styrofoam balls until they were covered, making sure to overlap them as much as possible.
I wrapped a wooden dowel with festive ribbon, secured it inside the styrofoam ball, and then secured the opposite end in some styrofoam in the pail. Although you can't see it in this picture, I poured conversation hearts all over the top to keep it sturdy.
Ta-dah!  All done and looking sweet on my awkward ledge that I'm still learning to decorate!
I did also experiment with these as ball instead of topiaries.  Not bad. 

 See, I told you I was an indecisive decorator.
 Go here for the love blocks tutorial and here for the 3-dimensional heart garland tutorial.
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  1. Kellie Spiker says

    I cant take it! that is to die for!

  2. I love your rose topiary! I've been wanting to make one and just realized that I have everything I need on hand to make one like yours, so I think I will! By the way, I LOVE the topiary by the subway art too, thanks for the mention. 🙂

  3. These are so sweet! When I first glanced at the pic, I thought you had used a Valentine pencil for the trunk. I love how they turned out : )

  4. Kim @ It's a Crafty Life says

    Beautiful! Love how it all looks together. Hope your weekend gets better! 😉

  5. Stephanie C. says

    Those are really pretty! So different from everything else I've seen online!

  6. Katie @ OhhBaby says

    Those are so cute!

  7. Those are adorable! They look so easy and fun to make:) Your mantle decor looks lovely!

  8. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says

    Very cute, lady! Love these as topiaries and as balls. Bee-u-tee-ful! I hope little man is okay!! Sending good thoughts your way.

  9. I bet you'd look great in red! I don't really know, but you seem like a "winter" and winters look awesome in red. I guess it depends too on the shade. Very cute topiaries btw. They remind me of the song, "We're painting the roses red" from Alice in Wonderland.

  10. WOWZA! Seriosuly the first topiary I have actually liked….no, LOVED! I will definately be making this.

  11. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says

    very cute!

  12. This turned out so so pretty Alison! I love it. I might do one too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Tammy E. says

    I made this topiary for a ladies banquet table at church and can finally post pictures of it on my blog! It was a great idea, and I have gotten so many compliments on it! Thank you SO much for the idea and tutorial!


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