Tippity Top Topiary! Guest

I really love Topiaries, so I thought I would show you this one that I found made by Ela on Life in my P.j.’s.  She has such a great little tutorial and I think this would be wonderful in a little girls room or for a party or a gift or…. 

Anyone who has been reading my blog, knows that I am obsessed having alot of fun making my roses. Well I decided to do a little twist on them. I wanted to know if I absolutely had to use felt to make them stable enough or could I use other fabrics. I decided to try some cotton backed with Osnaburg which is a fabric with a similar texture to linen, but much less expensive, especially when you use a coupon. I got mine for $2 a yard after the coupon. So I tried and it worked. However they come out much smaller as you can see here:
Almost half the size. So it takes alot more to fill up a space than the ones backed with felt. It took be half a yard of each fabric plus Heat N Bond to make my Rose Topiary:
It was very hard to take a good picture of this in my livingroom.
Here is a picture of just a small amount of the flowers I used:
I love the print I used. Its this here. I thought it matched the new colors in my bedroom perfectly. Here is a close up of the top:
I used this tutorial for the butterfly. Then I applied some Spanish Moss from the dollar store to the bottom:
The little pot was painted with Behr’s Ultra Premium Paint and Primer in One in the color French Roast, which in my opinion is a close paint match for ORB. I had sprayed the dowel Ivy Leaf my Krylon.
This will go on the same shelf as my Live Laugh Love picture, once the shelf is finished.
Here is it again:

I got some questions about how to make the 3-D roses found in my Rose Wreath. So today I’m going to show you how to make them.
I promise I did not watch Vampire Diaries while making this tutorial and there are plenty of pictures!
Today we will be making these:
Supplies needed:
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Heat N Bond Lite
  • Iron
  • Felt Glue
  • Sizzix 3-d Flower Die
  • Die cut machine of your choice ( I use a Cuttlebug)
One sheet of felt, makes 9 flowers and I base all my measurements on that.Most felt sheets come in 9 x 12 inch rectangles and can be found at any craft or fabric store for about $.25. The fabric comes out to a fat eighth, if you can get that amount. Most big fabric stores won’t cut fabric that way. I usually get at least 1/2 a yard of fabric at a time anyway, so I can just cut it off of that.
Lay your felt sheet on your fabric and cut:
Then lay your felt or fabric on the Heat N Bond ( also purchased by the yard) and cut to fit:
Iron your Heat N Bond to your fabric as per manufacturer’s instructions:
Allow to cool. Peel off paper backing and iron onto felt piece:
Allow to cool again. Once cool, cut into 3×4 rectangles. I used my guillotine paper cutter and it works great. First cut your 12 inch side into 3 strips, 4 inches wide:
Then cut your strips, long way into 3 strips, 3 inches long:
This can be done with a rotary cutter or scissors. Whatever you have handy. I tried this method out one night and was super excited that it worked.
Here are your 9 squares:
Now its time to die cut! For the Cuttlebug, I sandwich a B plate, the Sizzix die, 2 rectangles over the large die and another B plate, and cut!
(Yes I’ve cut and made a ton of these already. I can’t help myself. Both my B plates look this bad lol)
This is what they look like cut and then pulled apart:

View cut roses

Next we roll, just like any other rosette. This is tough to photograph because you do need both hands to roll these:
When you get to the end:
Time to glue! I use felt glue:
Put the big piece on the bottom and squish it together:
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And that’s it! You’re all done. Admire your beautiful roses:
The possibilities are endless with these.

Love how cute those little roses are!  
Don’t you agree?
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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