OK ladies...get out your fast drying glue, your styrofoam balls and those ubiquitous candy hearts for Valentine's day...have I got a cute idea for you!!
I made these little topiary trees as decorations to use on the table for our Valentine Dinner coming up next week for me and the Captain. I wanted something "sweet" that said Valentine's! I think these certainly do the job.
So, take a couple of styrofoam balls and carefully glue (using the quick drying craft glue) the candy hearts all around the balls. You will need to do this in increments as the hearts make the balls get heavy and they tend to slip off. So if you do one segment at a time and let it dry it will work much better.
I painted a couple of clay flower pots that I had in the house left over from the summer time. I used white and pink acrylic paint and painted a little rick rack design along the top of the pot and some polka dots along the bottom. Then I painted a thin dowel that the Captain made for me with the same colors. I cut a piece of styrofoam to put in the bottom of the flower pot so that I would have something to stick the dowel into and anchor the heart ball.
Here is a close up of the hearts all glued on the styrofoam ball.
After the hearts had dried over night, I added a white lace doily to the bottom of the ball, just for fun. Nothing says Valentine's day like a lace doily...I used to love to color them when I was a kid. It just adds a touch of "prettiness" I think.
I stuck the dowel into the ball and then into the styrofoam base that I had placed into the flower pot. I tied a rick rack ribbon on the dowel and put a little piece of pink felt around the base of the dowel to cover up the styrofoam, giving it a finished look.
Easy and how sweet are they?
And speaking of sweet, how nice was that of Kim to feature me on her blog last night? She writes an interesting post every few days of creative people she finds in blog land and her post last night was about me. Quite flattering....I was so excited and now I am in the company of some wonderful creative bloggers out there...so thanks again Kim for all the kind words!
Hope you can make these love trees for your Valentine Dinner table..just adds a bit of whimsy to brighten up the day.