Although topiary is the traditional art form of shaping live trees into spherical shapes, making your own topiary trees to decorate for parties is easy to do with foam balls and various objects such as flowers, candy and ribbon. A lolly topiary tree makes a sweet decoration for a child's birthday party while being inexpensive and quick to put together.
Things You'll Need
- Small lollipops
- Foam ball
- Wooden dowel
- Ceramic flower pot
- Floral clay
- Spray adhesive
- Spanish moss
Choose a flower pot that is proportional to the size of foam ball you wish to use in making a lolly topiary tree. For instance, a 4- to 6-inch flowerpot works well if you're using a 4- to 6-inch foam ball. Put floral clay into the flowerpot so it is level with the top edge.
Insert a 10-inch-long wooden dowel into the middle of the clay in the flowerpot. Gently push the foam ball onto the upper end of the dowel, centering the ball. Don't let the dowel go through the ball.
Spray one-quarter of the foam ball with spray adhesive, then pat on Spanish moss to cover. Continue this until the whole ball is covered with moss.
Cut or break the lollipop sticks to about 1-inch lengths. Insert the lollipops into the foam ball, covering it completely. The moss will hide any areas of the ball not covered by the lollipops.
Add Spanish moss around the top of the flowerpot to hide the clay. Tie a ribbon around the wooden dowel underneath the foam ball and tie into a bow. Glue it in place.
Tips & Warnings
- Spray paint the moss any color, dry completely and then glue onto the foam ball.
- Any type of container can be used to hold your topiary tree, such as an empty takeout box, an old cocoa tin or a teapot.
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