On The Cutting Edge - Crepe Paper Topiary

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3”x6” cone, scrap block
  • Clay pot, 4”
  • Spanish moss
  • Cream crepe paper
  • Silver brads
  • Self-adhesive gems: light pink, dark pink
  • Cherry polka dot ribbon

Tools

  • Gina K. Designs Tropical Florals stamp set
  • Sizzix Big Shot Embossing & Die-Cutting System
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Florals die
  • Clearsnap Archival dye ink pads: Dark Cherry, Putty
  • Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Satin Ballet Slipper spray paint
  • Adhesives: glue gun and glue stick, Elmer’s Rubber Cement

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, new pencil, newspapers, paper piercer

Directions

STEP 1

  • Spray paint clay pot pink; let dry. Apply second coat; let dry completely.

STEP 2

  • Die cut 150 crepe paper flowers; see “tip” on this page.

STEP 3

  • Layer flowers in groups of three and pierce hole at center; join flowers with brad. Dot surface of foam cone with hot glue and push brad prongs into foam. Adhere gem to flower center. Repeat to cover entire cone.

STEP 4

  • Cut a 4” crepe paper strip long enough to wrap pot. Stamp Dark Cherry floral image and Putty leaf image over strip. Adhere paper around pot, allowing some wrinkling to create faux handmade paper texture. Wrap excess to bottom of pot; glue to secure. Tie ribbon around top of pot.

STEP 5

  • Glue scrap foam into pot; cover with Spanish moss.

STEP 6

  • Use glue gun to secure ribbon at top of new pencil. Spiral wrap ribbon around pencil, leaving bottom 2” exposed. Glue pencil tip into foam in pot. Press foam cone onto pencil until only a short “trunk” is visible.

STEP 7

  • Gently crumple top two layers of flowers all over cone to create texture.

Tip

  • 1. Cut multiple layers of crepe paper flowers at once to save time. If flower edges stick, hold stack in center and lightly flick edges to separate.
by Keri Lee Sereika
Crepe Paper Topiary
Crepe Paper Topiary