Guess what?!? Spring is only about 2 weeks away. How awesome is that? This sun loving, warm weather coveting gal is more than a little bit excited. Soon my windows will always be open with a lovely breeze running through my house! Soon I’ll be sitting on the porch reading while my dog runs around the yard like a fool. And soon I’ll be able to stick my hands in the dirt and garden. I’m even looking forward to mowing the yard!
Every year winter just about kills me. I hate the cold, I hate the snow and ice and I hate having the heater on because it dries me out. So just know that in approximately 2 weeks I’ll be doing a happy dance and waiting for that warm, sunny weather to roll in!
A huge part of why I love spring, besides the awesome weather, are the smells. Flowers bloom and smell so lovely! Every time the yard has the lawnmower pass over it a wonderfully earthy yet clean smell takes over and seeps into the house. And you cannot forget how lovely it smells when it rains. And I’m really big on scent. Probably because I have 4 four-legged creatures living up in my house with me. So I love wax burners and I keep a good stock of seasonal wax melts to keep in them. I don’t know if you have smelled a home that reeks of cats, but I have and I do not want that going up into the nostrils of my guests.
I was pretty stoked to get two new Glade scents, Hello Spring and Poppy Groove plus some awesome and really pretty ceramic electric wax melt warmers. It took no time at all for me to bust these suckers out and pretend that spring came a little bit early by plopping those melts in those dishes!
I LOVE these wax warmers. The ones I’ve had in the past are a mess to change out the wax for. I drip it on myself and inside on the light bulb. To be honest when it comes time to change out the scent I grab a bunch of paper towels and even some foil and the whole process makes me look totally insane.
These warmers however have a flat top to them. No bit open area with a light bulb to drip stuff on. And a flat surface that makes it easy to pick up the warming dish without it trying to slip, slide and skitter away from you. AND my final assessment of total awesome sauce is the fact that these trays have plenty of room on the edges to grab it making changing out wax much neater!
While I had these wonderful scents wafting up at me while I was crafting I decided that I wanted a pretty, spring-like topiary to place atop my fireplace. These scents bring out the lovely and clean floral smell of spring and just like I like to have pine scented wax burning when my Christmas tree is up, I thought having “flowers” around while these Glade wax melts did their thing was only logical!
For this project you will need:
- Topiary form OR dowels and foam balls
- Small flower pot
- Lots of artificial flowers (see below for some help with this bit)
- Sheet moss
- Florist pins
- Cream or white craft acrylic paint
So here is my form and there are another two of those dang cats. And yes they are different cats. What can I say they love to craft.
This is also a topiary form. You can make your own with a 1/2 inch or larger dowel and some foam spheres BUT it was much cheaper for me to use a 40% off coupon on the already made form than to buy everything to make my own. And it was easier. Got to love when something is both easier and cheaper.
I like things to be very, very full. To make my topiary very full I grabbed 16 bunches of artificial flowers. I think I grabbed 12 carnations and 4 of whatever those pink ones are supposed to be.
Take your flowers and trim the “stem” so that you have about 1-2 inches behind the flower. Be sure to use decent nippers. If you try to use, say, a pair of cutters for jewelry, you’re going to jack them up. The metal in these flowers are typically serious business.
Start around the dowel on either end and shove the metal “stem” into the foam. I like to do one and then another directly across. Then turn the piece and do two more in those spaces.
As you continue around you’ll do the same thing for the upper rows until you reach the other end of the dowel. Now I wanted a polka dot look but I went ahead and filled in all of the space with white flowers first.
When the whole sphere was full, I went back and replaced a white flower with a pink one sporadically.
You can fill out your topiary even more without adding any more cost. All of those stems you trimmed your flowers from can be used, too! Where you had previously cut, fold the “stem” over. This will keep the leaves on. Shove into the topiary for some extra pop. I went around my purple flowers mostly and then filled in where it seemed one needed to be to even the shape out.
I finished by making the top sphere nothing but pink flowers and got ready to get this sucker planted.
Oh, and just for the sake of honesty this started out as a very expensive craft FAIL. I purchased some expensive but very lovely artificial flowers from the craft store. BUT I didn’t buy enough. Not hardly. And considering I had already spent more on them than I was really comfortable with I wasn’t about to buy 2-3 times more of them. So I sadly put my pretty flowers away to be used another day for another project.
Just so you know, these things totally happen to crafters everywhere. Even the ones that do this sort of thing for a living!
You’ll need a pot for your topiary to go into. I messed up yet again here! I bought a lovely pot with lots of texture that was whitewashed. It was perfect. I threw it into the trunk with the topiary form and headed home where I promptly realized the pot was way too big. Ugh. Now if I had only tried it out in parking lot I could have saved myself a lot of time!
If your pot isn’t fancy you’ll probably want to do something to make it a bit less plain. Take white or cream color craft paint and apply with your brush strokes always going in the same direction. The coverage doesn’t have to be even. Some lighter and some darker areas will lend itself well to the look in the end.
After having had enough time to dry, take sand paper and rough up the edges to age the pot. Now I only had fine on hand and I was snowed in so I had to make it work. A heavier grit will give you more terra cotta peeking through.
You really want to do this BEFORE you get flowers all over your topiary but I just knew it was going to fit perfectly. Because, you know, I’m good at eyeballing pots for projects (not!) Going to finish it up and I realized that it stuck up way too much out of the pot to look natural so…
I got after it with my pocket knife to trim down the base to actually fit in my pot. It wasn’t difficult it would just be a lot easier if you didn’t have to worry about messing up your flowers in the process.
Boom. Check it. Totally fits.
Next take your sheet moss and tear into chunks. Tear away as needed to make pieces that will fit in your pot. Use florist pins to secure (see that silver thing up there? That is a florist pin). Cover the entire base of the topiary and then rough up the moss a bit to cover up your pins.
There she is! It’s so fun and springy and looks just like my Glade wax melts smell.
Together they are just perfect!
Set out with fabulous scents a little spring/Easter inspired art and you are getting ready for spring, too!
Grab your Glade Hello Spring or Poppy Groove wax melts and smell the scents of spring while you craft some gorgeous decor for the best season ever! (spring)
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.