Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Topiary Love

I've been a busy girl!!!  :)

Lots of projects completed....lots more in the works.  The good news...plenty to show you!

I made a stop at Goodwill this past weekend and found this little beauty for $1.99.

I loved the shape,  but it's coloring was very flat and cheap looking.

So, I set off to make it look more like a concrete planter.  To be honest, there is no science to this.  I used, black, white, brown, and gray acrylic paints and just painted, smeared, and dabbed them on until I liked the look.  Then I covered the whole thing in Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze.

This picture, if you look closely, is split in the middle.  The left side is the new finish, the right side is the old.  Subtle...but it made me much happier. :)

Here is the completed after.

I have been wanting make a ball topiary thingy for some time.  I'm not showing you where I'm putting this just yet, but I had my reasons for a ball topiary.

I was going to use a styrofoam ball, but it would have needed to be painted so the white didn't show through and I didn't have that kind of patience.  Luckily, I had this green ball I used in a vase filler awhile back.

I bought the greenery back before Christmas for $5 at a little store I stopped in one day.  I just clipped off 2-3 sprigs and hot glued them onto the ball. 

Drinking several glasses of wine while helping your friend do her college online school work is optional. ;)

I only covered half of the ball because I was going to be sitting it inside the Goodwill planter.

Here is the finished project!!

I am VERY pleased with how it turned out!!  And I can't wait to show you what I did with this little beauty! :)

If I had to guess a price I'd say $3 total...since I owned the ball for ages and I only used one full length of the plant...I've got tons left.

Stay tuned for more projects to come. :)


  1. What a cleaver girl you are ~ very nicely done!

  2. Oh Erin, me likey! : )
    Don't cha just love when you find seasonal items on clearance that you can use year round! I almost gave up on Goodwill, 1.99 was a great deal!

  3. NICE! i am really craving some greens these days!

  4. Doggone! That's super cute!!!

    Many Blessings,

  5. Very pretty. You really made it look old and interesting.


  6. This is just so totally cute!

  7. I love it! You did a great job and I agree, wine helps most anything. :-)


  8. I love that... looks refreshing! I am a new follower!

  9. Love your little topiary and urn!! Great job! Had fun looking a bit at your home posts and am wondering what you did with the spindles? I love that!!!

    bee blessed

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  11. Hi Erin! Thanks for commenting on my page. I love hearing from everyone. BTW, this is a fabulous project that I will copy *wink*
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  12. Love it! Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Stylish Blogger Award so if you have a second, come check it out!
    Have a great weekend!

  13. I never craft without wine- it's the creative juices everyone talks about. I think the new finish on the topiary makes it look much more lux, and the whole thing turned out fantastic.

  14. very nice! Where do you get the ralph lauren glaze?

  15. Hi Erin!

    You worked wonders on the urn that you found at the thrift store! And I love the little topiary ball you made, and think it looks beautiful and right at home inside of the urn! :)

    How are you doing? I hope you are having a great weekend! :)