Monday, February 27, 2012

Egg Topiary


I am continuing the egg theme from the last post with an egg topiary. My inspiration comes from an egg topiary featured in the Williams and Sonoma Spring catalog. I really liked the look of the topiary and wanted to create my own version of it. I found the faux eggs at Hobby Lobby, however they only came in a pastel mix so I painted them blue. This is a step you can easily skip if you would rather have a pastel egg topiary. If you can find faux natural or blue eggs even better so you do not have to bother painting. You can easily create this topiary and have it out all Spring to enjoy.

For this project you will need:


Styrofoam Florists Cone (mine is from Michael's sized 98mmx301mm)


Faux Eggs-small and regular sized eggs (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby, I used 2 small packs of regular sized eggs, and 2 small bags of small eggs)


Moss (I picked up my bag at Dollar Tee)


Hot Glue Gun


Container or flower pot for the topiary


If you would like to paint your eggs you will need:


Acrylic paint in Light Blue/aqua (I used Folk Art brand Sky Blue) 


Acrylic paint in Brown.


Paint brush (small and regular)






To start decide if you would like your eggs the color they are, or if you would like to paint them blue. 


If you would like them blue like mine, lay them on one side or prop in a container and paint one side at a time with the blue paint and regular sized brush.




Let Dry before flipping and painting the other side.




To create the speckles mix some brown acrylic paint with water so the paint is thin a drippy. 


Dab some brown paint onto your small paint brush. Make sure you are working outside or an area where paint can splatter (or cover the area well with paper towels). Holding the brush about a foot and a half over the eggs take your free hand and firmly tap on your hand holding the paint brush to create a spray of speckles onto the eggs.


If you get too big of a brown paint blob just paint over it in blue when dry.




Create the Topiary:


Start by removing approximately 2" of the top of the florist cone so that it isn't so pointy. You can use a knife to slice the tip off.




Hot glue one of the regular sized eggs onto the top of the cone. The glue takes a minute to set so hold onto the egg until it stays put.


Then start hot gluing a couple rows of the smaller eggs near the top of the topiary. Place them randomly with space in between them. 




Continue attaching eggs down the topiary again randomly gluing regular sized ones with some small ones in between. 


Don't glue the eggs too tightly together as we will be filling the gaps with moss.


Once completed gluing all your eggs on the topiary start to fill the gaps with moss.


Make sure you put your topiary on a piece of newspaper or paper towel as the moss is messy.


Fill in a gap between the eggs with hot glue.


Immediately push a small clump of moss into the hot glue and use the back of a paint brush or a stick to press the moss firmly into the hot glue.




Fill in all the gaps with moss and put your topiary into a pot of your choice. If you see any brown paint spots you don't like just touch them up with blue paint.





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Check back soon for our next tutorial!

XOX,

The Rebel Crafter

40 comments:

  1. I REALLY love the robin's egg colour! and the brown specks are awesome! I thought you bought them already like that! Great job!

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  2. I love this and would love to feature it on Scribbles and Swirls the next few days :) great job - it turned out beautiful!
    ~Tami

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  3. Great tutorial and love the results! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

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  4. beautiful eggs. I love the blue color!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  5. What a fantastic idea for Easter! I'm going to have to pin this so I can make it!
    -Melissa
    www.serendipityandspice.com

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  6. This looks fabulous! Great job! Found you on tip junkie. Stop by and say hi.
    Karin :)

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  7. The home-made eggs are fab - so want to try this... only a little concerned my toddler will try to lick them... maybe next year!

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  8. OOO I love this!!! I'm so glad I found your blog! I'm your newest follower. I can't wait to try some of your tutorials! We have similar style, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hair pins you did with the skulls and sparrows. Way cute!
    Stay crafty x0x0
    Jess
    {www.CraftyNonsenseNoted.com}

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  9. Wow!! Love your topiary!! I would love it if you linked up at my party going on now! (It's my very first one!!)

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  10. Oh my goodness, I love this! It is the perfect spring decor without being too over the top. And I love the neutral muted color of the blue with the added brown spots. I might have to try my own. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. So Pretty! Perfect for spring :)

    Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

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  12. Saw your link on Adventures of a DIY Mom.

    Love this idea! Just pinned it so I can try it sometime.

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  13. Saw you at the Adventures of a DIY Mom party and had to stop by! I really like your egg topiary! Nice tutorial too! I have a party going on now...I'd love to have you join in!

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  14. Another great idea! Love this!!!

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

    --Katie

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  15. I love those eggs!!! so cute! They look really great on the topiary too!

    I am having a project party... you can link this up if you want or any of your projects: http://bubblynaturecreations.com/2012/03/project-party-weekend-pretty-striped-pencils-tutorial.html
    Hope you can come!

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  16. I love topiaries and I love Easter! So basically, I absolutely love this! I need to get started on some Easter crafts myself...we don't have much longer!

    I would love for you to stop by the Naturally-Nifty Party and link this and any other great projects you have up!

    http://www.natural-nester.blogspot.com/2012/02/naturally-nifty-linky-party-4.html

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  17. I love this SO much! I'm your newest follower and I'd love it if you followed back. I would love it if you linked up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/03/showoff-saturday-4.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  18. Cute, cute!! I think I might have to try something like this for Easter. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  19. This is sooo pretty! Great job & thanks for the tutorial!!

    xoxo
    twentyfour7

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  20. What a fantastic idea! I am featuring it today:

    http://www.thegunnysack.com/2012/03/who-was-stuffed-in-gunny-sack-week-27.html

    Stop by and grab an I Was STUFFED button! :)

    ~Tonia

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  21. LOVE it, it looks fab, it would be great if you could share this at my party at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-show-off-linky-party-4.html

    thankyou enjoy the rest of your weekend xxxx

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  22. Super cute idea! Looks like it came from a high end catalog!

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  23. How cute and festive!! Love it.
    Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  24. This is really pretty, I love it! Love the blue eggs and all the moss. Really pretty!

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  25. BEAUTIFUL!!1I hope I can shaer this idea at https://www.facebook.com/Bowtterflies?ref=tn_tnmn

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  26. Gave this a little FB love this morning on the CL FB page.

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  27. Hey! Just wanted to let you know that you've been featured at Jillify It! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you link up again tomorrow!

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  28. Love your egg cone. What a great centerpiece to have for spring/Easter. Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend!
    ~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

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  29. This is so cute! Just out looking for an egg topiary and ran across your blog. We would love to have you share this at our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Sixsistersstuff.com
    -The Sisters

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  30. Hi-wanted you to know I featured your egg topiary on my blog today!!

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  31. Just saw this on Pinterest, and then I was like "crafting rebellion, YES!!!" SO so cute, I really want to make 2 of these for my mantel. Will link bak if I do. :) Big hugs!

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  32. Very pretty! Just linked to your tutorial from the StyroCrafts Facebook page. Thanks! Sharon

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  33. LOVE IT!!!!!! I want one!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  34. This turned out really cute. Nice work!

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  35. What an awesome idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I need to use this idea for my Easter table.

    Thanks for linking to the party.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  36. I was just at Hobby Lobby today and wish I'd seen this earlier. I would have bought some of those eggs and a cone form. Love, love, love this!

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  37. This project is egg-celent. haha Thanks so much for joining the party. :)

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  38. This would be amazing as my Easter centerpiece! Thanks for the tip of cutting off the top of the styrofoam.

    So glad you linked this to our Cinch party.
    Kelly

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  39. This is TOO cute! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    -Heather
    Stringtown Home

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