Topiaries, bushes trimmed into decorative shapes, are so fun to make. You can use them as a birdhouse, or to adorn a tabletop to give it that country look. It’s a piece of your garden in a tiny pot. You can even give them to your loved ones as gifts. Here’s how to make a birdhouse topiary.
What you need:
- 2 ¼ inch x 2 ½ inch peat pot
- Acrylic paints (either warm tones or pastel hues)
- Floral tissue or a floral vignette
- 2 ½ inch to 3 ½ inch tin birdhouse (old and rusty ones will do)
- Your choice of garden miniature
- Spanish moss
- Dry square floral foam (about 2 inch)
- Cinnamon stick (about 4 inch in length)
- Cord: jute and hemp
- Permanent adhesive
What to do:
- Paint your old and rusty birdhouse with your chosen color. When paint is dry, use a sandpaper to even out edges. You can use the sandpaper before painting the birdhouse to scratch off the rust. Just make sure every thing’s clean before your start painting..
- Center and tie your jute cord in a knot to one end of the cinnamon stick. Glue your cord end of the cinnamon stick to the bottom of the birdhouse. Make sure it dries firm and secure.
- Paint peat pot. Decorate it with your flower design / floral vignette by using the permanent adhesive.
- Glue the floral foam inside the pot and glue the cinnamon stick into the center. Glue the Spanish moss to the top of pot and on the top of the birdhouse.
- Get about 30 inches of your cord and tie a knot 1 ½ inch from one end. Tie another knot, 1 ½ inch from the other end. Glue one end of knot to the top back of the birdhouse. Wrap the remaining length around the back of the birdhouse and pot. Glue the end of the knot to the left front side of the pot.
- Thread hemp cord through button holes and make a knot in the front. Glue the button to the jute knot on the pot and the miniature garden item.
For some sample projects you may want to visit site of Michelle Masters, a topiary artist. Image credit to her site too.