Sunday, January 22, 2012

Adventures in Decorating: Valentine's Day Topiary

Just before Christmas a new little shop opened up in our town. It is a flower and topiary shop. I know, topi-what? Topiary is the ancient art of shaping living plants into clearly defined, imaginative forms by clipping their leaves and twigs. It got me thinking of how I could make my own topiary with an ivy plant I have.  Since I have been working on a few Valentine's Day projects, I thought I would add a Valentine's Day Topiary to the list of decorations. Here is what I did:

*I am to much of a perfectionist and to little of an artist to free hand a heart. I printed and cut one out.














* When I tried to stick the straw in the dirt, it wasn't strong enough to hold up the cardboard heart. So I had to re-work my plan...






*When the ivy was wrapped around the heart, I thought it looked more like a circle than a heart and wanted to define it a little more. I found some pink fabric in my scrap box and wove it into the ivy heart. 

Look at all the SNOW! 

Are you making any Valentine's Day decorations this year?

6 comments:

  1. Hi Veronica, I love what you did with the heart-shaped ivy. Gorgeous - and it will only get better. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a beautiful topiary and a lovely Valentine's decoration, Veronica!!

    Thanks for sharing this fun project = )

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  3. This is adorable! I love topiaries but haven't had the courage to make one. You make it look so easy!

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  4. I love that you used cardboard as your template! I love the fresh look to this--so fun! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  5. Fabulous idea. Your topiary looks great, especially after adding the ribbon! Love it. I would surely make something like that but... I am lacking any kind of ivy... will have to work something out though:)
    Greetings from Moorland Home :)

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  6. That's so beautiful! Wow! I wish I could keep something like that alive...my fam tells me I have a "black thumb" instead of a green one...lol. Thanks for sharing at our Shine on Fridays party!!

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