Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Name is Tracy, but you can call me Martha: Burlap Topiaries

I got a great crafting project idea from The Goodey Knot: Burlap Topiaries.

The Goodey Knot
I saw this awesome photo and thought "I could totally do that!" Well, yes, I could totally do that and I have plenty of burlap but had I known just how long it was going to take me... and how much of a MESS it would make I'm not sure I would have attempted.

At the end of the day I love how they turned out but man, I didn't think I was ever going to get them finished! It took sooooo long to cut all the burlap circles and each topiary took soooo many circles.

Here were the steps (using some of The Goodey Knot's photos because I forgot to take my own- sorry!):

Spray paint some wooden dowels

Stick foam balls into the dowels

Then cover the Styrofoam balls with strips of burlap.

Cut out a boat load of burlap circles using a can or cup as a template.

Fold each burlap circle into a flower shape and sew it together at the bottom. (I made one topiary by rolling the circles rather than folding- the one on the left- just to see how that would look. It ended up taking way more circles than the others and was thus way heavier so I'm not sure I would recommended it unless you really preferred the look.)

I clipped the point at the bottom of the circles off to give myself a wider surface to hot glue onto the burlap balls.

Hot glue each flower onto the ball until it's covered.

Sit back and admire your work!

Linking Up @ Today's Creative Blog & The Thrifty Home & Savvy Southern Style


  1. I love them!! But I know what you mean about trying something, getting involved and finding out how time consuming it is... but you did a great job and They are soooo cute~~~

  2. Looks great-I think it's was worth the time and mess (easy for me to say)

  3. this looks awesome! worth the time:) would love for you to share at "tell me tuesday"

  4. Those are really a cute idea. thanks for sharing at the newbie party.

  5. Those are awesome! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  6. very pretty!


  7. So cute! I love them leaning casually in your bucket containers.

  8. Adorable! If you knew how much time it would take, would you have actually made them?

  9. Really cute---I saw something similiar once with tulle but I really like the burlap!

  10. Cute idea! I may try a similar project. :)

  11. The triple can you used for the base of the topiaries is completely cute! It totally enhances the burlap tops. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Super cute! I love them : )
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  13. Those look great! I love burlap. I'm glad you stuck with it. Thanks for linking up!

  14. Very very cute!!! love burlap, but yes, looks like a ton of work :) they are beautiful though :)

  15. Those are really great! Thanks for the cute idea! Enjoy the weekend!

    Waving from Our Back Porch,

  16. Absolutely LOVE these and I'm definitely going to make some of my own. I also featured your tutorial on my Tattered Sisters blog with a link right back to your tutorial so that my readers can come and see this great project too. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  17. They came out great! Definitely worth all the effort!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  18. i LOVE these! Oh my gosh they are perfect! I featured you on my blog today for Mouth-Watering Mondays! Come check it out and feel free to grab a featured button! Thanks!