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!