Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mother Daughter Craft :) – Simple Fabric Topiary


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My cute girls are always wanting to make a craft.  They come by it honestly, right?  I feel bad because I always feel like I am saying, “yeah, maybe later”.  I think it is important for me to take the time to do fun projects with them.  Especially now while they are so interested!  One day they may think it isn’t cool or fun…I hope that doesn’t happen!!

So yesterday, I was making a wreath and the question came…"Mom, can we make a craft?”  Instead of my usual answer, I dropped everything and we did just that. :)  This is probably not the first time this project has been done, but it was a first for us and they turned out so cute! 

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I have a bunch of Styrofoam balls in my craft room and my little one was already playing with them and she said, “lets make something with these!”  I gathered up some ribbon and scraps of fabric and cut them into about 3-4 inch strips.  Then we simply pressed them into the balls, varying patterns and colors, but nothing to technical.  Once they were full we went around and trimmed some of the edges a bit.  We left the fabric with the raw edge and made sure there was variation in the lengths for dimension and interest.


Next we stuck in a stick for the stem, put it in a little pot I had and filled it with moss. (of course)  I then tied a little flower tag on it with jute.  I just used what I had, but it would be fun to have it say something, like “bloom”.  This is the one I made, I gave it to my oldest for her room.  She loves it.  ***I apologize for some of the pictures.  I was in the moment and just took them with my iphone because it was in my pocket. ;)***

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This cute thing is the one my daughter made.  She decided to give it to her Dad for  some spring decor in his office.  So sweet! :)  We stuck hers in a little cardboard bag and stuck a little tag on the front.The possibilities are endless and we are excited to try some other variations.

This was so fun, easy and very fulfilling.  They were quick to make, but spending time doing things like this with my girls is so important.  I need to do it more.  I’m linking up at A Lovely Place to Land for DI4Y. 

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  1. Oh my goodness! How cute are these! I adore them...what a wonderful and creative idea!

    You are such a sweet mommy!


  2. WOW, These are AMAZING! YOU are amazing! I love them, and I know a little girl who will too!

  3. adorable!
    love this. i love any kind of ribbon too! it's such a girly girl decor.
    have a beautiful week!


  4. I absolutely ADORE this! Thank you for sharing this at the DI4Y link party. I've really, REALLY appreciated your support :)

  5. absolutely delightful! easy and charming, too! perfect! Thanks sooo very much for sharing!

  6. This is the cutest topiary idea ever and perfect for a girl's room.

  7. That is adorable and I love that you included your girls. Very pretty :)

  8. I love this! You could make in various palettes to match a room (or even shower/party decor). What a great idea!
    We have a Friday Fun Finds party- if you're interested, we'd love it if you'd link to this!

  9. Very Cute! I need to drop my project's and do the same with my kids! They grow up so fast!

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  11. How sweet is that? What a great project to make your little ones feel so special and foster their own creativity. You have such a lovely blog here! I'm so happy I happened upon it today.


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  13. Such a cute project. I featured it today!

    {tatertots & jello}

  14. Love these! I am trying it out today...thanks for sharing such a cute, springy idea!!

  15. This is so fun, cute, beautiful! I love this idea.

    Fabulous job!

  16. Love this! saw it over at Tater tots and Jello, just had to come and check it out!

  17. Absolutely my favorite thing ever (but I tell all the blogs that) seriously though I love it so very much! perfect for scraps!

  18. That is so super cute, & what's even better than the darling topiaries is that you chose to do something fun with your kids!! Awesome!

  19. These are cute and fun, nice job, mom!

  20. This is sew (he he) cute I wish my puppy wouldn't eat it....

  21. This is super cute. What a fun way to use up leftovers!

  22. So cute! I've been looking for some fun ideas to do with a group of 9 year old girls. I'm gonna try this craft. Thanks :)

  23. I just found your blog...and it is SO cute! I love this idea...and it would be great for my girls' birthday party!

  24. I love this topiary, so fun. How did you make the scraps stick to the styrofoam? I know you said you pressed them in but how do they stay in?
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