Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring Paper Flower Topiary

Can I just say how much I like this craft and how it turned out!!!

When Amy from the Post Dispatch said they would like a spring Easter themed craft my head started spinning with all the possibilities.

But one night while lying in bed, I thought of this dried flower topiary that I used to have. And loved!

And thought...why not a spring paper flower topiary!

So there you have it!

I will is a bit time consuming....however once the flowers are made. It comes together really quickly!!

Here's some photos {I apologize...I'll work on new photos pronto as these were shot in poor lighting}

Trace swirls onto paper. This piece was about a 5 by 5.

Cut along lines you traced. Erase any remaining pencil marks.

Here's how it should look once it is cut out.

Decide which paper you would like for the outside of the flower and begin rolling.

This is what it will look like completely rolled up.

And the finished flower. A bit more fluffing, crimping and such will finish it off perfectly!

Supplies needed:

— Making Memories Flutter Collection papers and embellishments (available at

— Making Memories decorative pins

— Bo Bunny double dot cardstock

— Glue Arts glue glider Pro Perma tac adhesive

— 3- or 5-inch Styrofoam ball

— Small Styrofoam block

— Basket shred

— Metal bucket

— Wood dowel

— Colorbox chalk inks (available at Michael's)

— Hot glue gun

Step 1 — First select the papers and designs you would like to work with. Cut your papers into 4-by-4, 5-by-5 and 6-by-6 squares. (Circles are fine, too) Then draw a spiral design starting around the outside working into the center. Cut along the line drawn until you reach the center. You should have a long cut circle spiral.

Step 2 — Next, begin to roll the spiral starting at the outside of the spiral circle working your way to the center. Once you reach the center, allow the spiral to open a bit and relax. Apply a bit of hot glue to the center and bottom of the spiral circle. This will hold the flower together while you work with it.

Step 3 — Next, give the flower a bit of personality. It's best to allow the flower to unroll a bit. Each one will look different depending on how you made the spiral and allowed it to open. Crimp some of the edges in and out. You can also ink the edges with your chalk inks or distress inks for a great look.

Step 4 — For the pom pom style flower, cut a strip of paper approximately 1 1/2 inch by 12 inches in length. Scissor cut along the long side with small cuts making it look like grass. Continue this down the entire length. Then start on one end and roll it up into a tight roll. Unroll just a bit at the end and apply your adhesive to hold.

Step 5 — Next tap open the flower with your fingers, opening the cuts gently. Depending on the color and pattern of papers you chose, you'll get a different look each time.

Step 6 — Select a size of Styrofoam ball to work with. For this project a 5-inch ball was used. A 3-inch ball would work as well. The larger the Styrofoam, the more flowers you will need. A good estimate is 20-40 flowers.

Step 7 — Once you have all your flowers made, it's time to create the topiary. First choose a small container to use for the base. Metal buckets and colored vases work well. Add a Styrofoam block to the container. Next either paint or ink the wood dowel to coordinate with your project. Insert the dowel into the Styrofoam base and then into the Styrofoam ball.

Step 8 — Then select different colors and patterns of flowers, and hot glue the base of the flower onto the ball. Work your way around the ball filling in with the pom pom style flower to complete any gaps.

Step 9 — For the final touches, Making Memories Flutter collection includes matching chipboard buttons. Using long, decorative pins, add these in spots to the topiary. Last, hot glue a butterfly, ladybug and any other embellishment to the flowers.

Step 10 — Add your paper filler to the container, and you have a sweet spring topiary.

And here is a link to the online story showing the craft for those who are not in St. Louis! I also mentioned to my newspaper editor that this topiary would be beautiful to make for weddings...can you imagine these on the tables. They ball of flowers also looked beautiful just "sitting" in the bucket without the stem. So many options! So Brides do take note!

Be sure to share with me if you make one!!!

Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. oh my gosh how absolutely adorable!!! I have seen these "rolled" flowers but this is the first time I have actually seen how to make me I have tried!!! LOL....I love this....thank you so much for sharing.....I gotta make

  2. How darn cute ! It just adorable!

  3. Wow! This is so nice! Thanks for sharing this one to us. I would love to make some for my space here at home!

  4. I am passing along a blog award to you....I love your blog and you DEFINATELY are a ray of sunshine in my day!!

  5. Oh my goodness this is so adorable. I love it and I have been looking for this. I'm planning a baby shower for my cousin and I wanted to make these for table decorations. Thanks so much.

  6. Your posts give me really great inspiration!
    Things you create are awsome!

  7. This is a very pretty work of art!

  8. Amazing work! This is really gorgeous.

  9. P.S. If you have a Silhouette you could cut this from their pattern (which is the same). Saves time.

  10. This is so pretty - you inspired me to make one too! It's on my blog here:

  11. This is so pretty. I really want to make some flower topiaries for my sister's wedding and this is a beautiful one I think I will try. Great instructions too! I think this is doable. Thanks!

  12. Really gorgeous! I'd love it if you'd drop by my blog and link to this on my international crafty linking party every Sunday (thru Tues) at
    hope to see you there!

  13. That is just gorgeous. Love it. I am going to link it up to my blog I love it so much (giving the credit back to you of course!) It is just beautiful. Thank you for teaching us how to make the flowers too. Happiness.

  14. Soooo pretty. I made some spring ribbon topiaries, but I really like the look of this.

  15. these are darling! even i could make this. thanks for the tutorial.

    you have a delightful blog.

  16. Wow! I am LOVING this! I am having a link party tomorrow (Tuesday) and I'd love to see you there!

  17. This is so cute! I really like it! Paper crafting is so much fun and like the commentor said above about the Silhouette would be helpful. I love the Silhouette!

  18. This was so cute that I had to make on for my coworker for Administrative Professionals Day.

    You can see mine here:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

  19. Oh my goodness... this is so cute!!
    Visiting from Creative Jewish Mom. :)

  20. What a fabulous idea!! I featured this tutorial on my blog today, highlighting 3 dozen flower tutorials. Here is the link:

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  21. Beautiful lovely heart wrenching spring flowers. Bring smile on the face of your loved one with flowers from Fleur De Lis!

  22. Very cute! Very springy! I've posted a link ... thanks for sharing! Feel free to add any other great ideas you have to my perma-link at

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  24. OH my gosh; this is so cute. I just love paper crafts like this.

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  26. Wow this is amazing work.Beautiful stuff.keep it up......

  27. BEAUTIFUL AMAZING, great great job. winks-jen

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  29. This topiary is super cute! I hope it's okay, I just couldn't help but feature it in my Easter wreath and topiary round-up I just finished. You can see it here:

    Thank you so much for sharing!


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