Topiary trees have become somewhat popular lately, but I just don’t have the room for a big one. So I decided to make this mini topiary tree to sit on a shelf. And it cost less than $4 to make!
Welcome to August! I can’t believe we’re over half-way through the year. I really thought this year was going to just drag by. Some days have, though, I guess, but now it’s just flying by.
Its seems like after July the weeks and months go so fast! Am I the only one that feels that way?
Anyway, it’s the beginning of a new month, which means a fun DIY with some great DIY bloggers hosted by Terrie. She always comes up with some great challenge ideas for us!
If you’re here from Christine’s blog, welcome! I’m so happy to have you here!
This month our challenge was to make something using dowel rods. I had so many ideas of things to make, but I chose to make this mini topiary tree so I could put it on my bathroom shelf.
After my post I’ll share links to the other DIY’s so you can see their amazing ideas, too.
How to make a mini topiary tree
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What you need:
- 1/4 inch foam balls
- 5/16 inch dowel rod
- reindeer moss (I got mine from Dollar Tree)
- succulent flower pot
- hot glue gun
Dollar Tree has these cute little succulent pots in different colors. I forgot to take a picture of it before I removed the succulent, but this is similar to the one I got, except the succulent is green.
What you do
- Remove the succulent from the pot and cut your dowel rod to about 4 inches long.
- Slide one end of the dowel rod into the styrofoam that’s inside the little succulent pot.
- Slide the styrofoam ball onto the other end of the dowel rod. To make this easier, I stuck the end of a ballpoint pen in the foam ball to make a tiny hole. You now have the base for your mini topiary tree.
- Using hot glue, place reindeer moss all over the styrofoam inside the succulent pot. Just cover up the bottom so you can’t see the styrofoam.
- After that part is dry, do the same thing to cover the styrofoam ball. Once the styrofoam ball is covered, trim up the reindeer moss to make it look less straggly. Tip: If your hot glue gun has a lower setting, use that because if the glue is too hot it will melt the styrofoam.
- Let the hot glue dry and your mini topiary tree is complete!
I think the mini topiary tree is so cute! It’s great for sitting on shelves in areas where you don’t have a lot of space.
Next, let’s see what Liberty created for this month’s dowel rod challenge.
Keep scrolling to see what the other creative bloggers came up with month for the dowel rod challenge.
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