Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ribbon Ball Topiary In Mason Jar

Last week I made a ribbon ball topiary for the first time.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  I made it for friend Kelly, whose daughter is turning one.  The birthday theme is lemonade stand and the colors are red and yellow.  I already had all the ribbons in my stash, so all I had to purchase was the Styrofoam ball, some straight pins and the dowel rod.  I went with a 6" ball and I think the dowel rod is 3/8".
I cut all the ribbons at 5" in length.  The ribbons were looped and secured into the Styrofoam with two straight pins.
I originally cut 175 pieces of ribbon.  But quickly figured out I would need many more.
I quit counting after I had over 300 cut.  I'm guessing this 6" ball took close to 400 pieces of ribbon !
I think it turned out fantastic !!
We put some floral foam into a mason jar, cut the dowel rod to the height we wanted, then stuffed some natural colored straw in the jar to cover the foam.   We added a ribbon and printed "lemon slice" to the outside of the jar and it was complete.
And here is the birthday girl, Harper, sitting on her lemonade stand with the ribbon topiary.....
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  1. Thanks for the great tutorial. The finished topiary looks amazing. I hope Harper enjoyed her day and her lovely gift. Ali x

  2. Super cute - I made a small fabric flower one recently:
    But your post really makes me want to try out a ribbon version - great job! Linda. x

  3. I love making these! Yours turned out very cute. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

  4. Your Ribbon Topiary is so cute,and the bright colors are so cheerful. Great job! I will be sure to share a link from the StyroCrafts Facebook page. Thank you for the inspiration. Sharon

  5. I've never seen one of these before - the effect is stunning! Great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success