Valentine’s Day Ruffled Ribbon Topiary Tutorial

This Ruffled Ribbon Topiary Tutorial is one of the funnest projects I’ve ever made!

It was simple and I could do most of it while I sat and watched shows at night with my husband! I’m also pretty happy with the way it turned out. Sometimes I get an idea in my head, and when I actually make it, it looks nothing like I had hoped, but this turned out just like I wanted it to!

What I used:•Little Tin Bucket (last year’s walmart clearance)
•Floral Foam ($ store)
•3″ Styrofoam Ball ($ store)
•4 yards of 1/2″ Braided Elastic
•60′ Satin Ribbon (hobby lobby, didn’t end up using ALL of it)
•Moss ($ store)
•Wooden Rod (hobby lobby)


I started out by making the ruffled ribbon by sewing the elastic to the mat side of the ribbon. I used a zigzag stitch and I stretched out the elastic as I sewed, so that when it went back to it’s original form, it would create a ruffle in the ribbon. Make sure to pull both sides of the ribbon/elastic when sewing or it won’t feed through your machine.

Here is what my ribbon looked like when I was done, it was really fun to see it transform as I sewed!

I used straight pins and pinned a strip down the ball.

Then I just wrapped the ribbon around the strip, up and down in a circle until the whole ball was covered.

I made sure to push the pins through the elastic, under the ribbon, so they would be hidden.

Then I assembled my topiaries by painting the wooden rod white, cutting it to size and pushing it through the ball and into the floral foam in the buckets ( I ended up spray painting my buckets and hot gluing a strip of ribbon on the inside to cover up the heart holes). Then I put hot glue on top of the floral foam and smooshed the moss on top and tied a little bow around the rod!

I had so much fun making these, I think I might make a wreath or some kissing balls with some different ribbon, I think a black and white damask might look pretty!



Megan is a mom to 4 kids who keep her busy, but make life fun. She is the Co-Creator of the site Crazy Domestic, where she used to blog before life handed her a set of twins! She enjoys being creative and can usually be found baking or making something fabulous for her family.

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  1. Bella Bobbin says

    They are ridiculously cute!! I am definitely going to give these a go – brilliant, thanks for sharing!

  2. * Taci * says

    Thank You for your creativity!! This is adorable and could stay up all thru Spring too!!!!
    Thanks for saying where you bought everything. If I can buy it at the $ store and not give MORE $$ to Michael's and JoAnn's– all the better! :)
    I may be lazy and just buy ruffled ribbon because sewing ruffles is a little out of league at this time (I'm more like silly domestic not quite CRAZY domestic just yet 😉
    New follower from MN and it looks like I'll be around quite a bit!
    xo taci

  3. mel {domesticatedlady} says

    I love this! Going to have bunco at my house and this would be a cute little table decoration to make. Thanks!

  4. (un)Deniably Domestic says

    This is such a sweet idea and a very nice tutorial. I will link it on my blog, so I don't forget to make a few. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  5. Terry says

    These are so cute and adorable. These can be used for all kinds of applications in decor and I appreciate you sharing.

  6. Creative Escapes says

    This is awesome! I wonder if I could use a ruffler foot for the sewing machine instead of elastic. I might try that – love the idea!

  7. Richella says

    Your link was right before mine at Wendy's Frugal Friday party, so I thought I'd pop in and say hello. Hello!

    These topiaries are just adorable! I love the way you ruffled the ribbon–that's just brilliant. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  8. Meg says

    That is so cool!!!! I love the elastic ruffle, I could totally do that…I'm not a great sewer…and I've tried the ruffle with regular thread and it didn't really work like I wanted it to…these turned out beautiful!

  9. Lori says

    Seriously, I have a feeling my home will become filled with these! I adore ruffles and this is absolutely the best idea!!!!!! Lori

  10. Sassy Sites! says

    I loved your idea so much, I featured it at Sassy Sites for my "Saturday Shoutouts". Thanks for linking it up to our FFA Friday link party! Happy Saturday! xoxo!!

  11. Claire says

    These are adorable-what a creative idea-love them! Found you on the blog hop and now I'm a follower-come by and visit sometime! -Claire

  12. TCahal says

    These are CUTE!! I might actually be able to figure out how to make these…I'm not good at sewing at all; but I think I can manage to sew in a straight line using a zig zag stitch TFS!! I do agree a black an white damask would be super pretty!

  13. Allison @ House of Hepworths says

    So cute! I will be featuring your project this Thursday at my weekly link party, Hookin Up with HoH #34.

    I'm letting you know in advance as I'll be out of town during the party and will be unable to notify you on Thursday.

    Please feel free to stop by and grab a button on Thursday!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  14. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do says

    Great idea! You've been featured at today's Craftastic Monday. Stop by & grab a Featured On button:)

  15. PeppermintRainbows says

    how wide is the satin ribbon and is it single side or double sided satin.. Such and adorable idea thanks so much for sharing..