I love to see topiaries on a mantel. I really love the preserved boxwood topiaries and plan to make them as soon as the summer color sets on the boxwood in our garden. In the mean time, I found some containers on deep discount at Joanns and decided to make moss covered topiaries to get us through.
I won't bore you with all of the step by step details because we have all seen a bazillion tutorials on how to do this, but I will hit the highlights.
Materials: assorted mosses, dowel rod, container, green Styrofoam ball, plaster of Paris, hot glue gun, stain
- Cut dowel rods to desired length and stain. I used walnut stain.
- Mix plaster of Paris according to directions and fill your container. This to me, is the most important step.
- Place dowel into center of container and hold until plaster begins to harden.
- Place Styrofoam ball onto dowel to desired depth then remove. Apply hot glue to hole in ball and replace onto dowel rod.
- Begin covering Styrofoam balls with moss until they are well covered.
- Fill container with moss.