Friday, June 6, 2014

Spring Mason Jar Paper Topiaries

Welcome to your next stop along the Marion Smith/Glue Dots® blog hop!  You can find a list of all the blogs along the hop at the end of the post (and the giveaway).  Today, I have a Spring Mason Jar Paper Topiaries with a photo tutorial.

Originally, I was going to make a few of these for some spring decorations in the house, but then I had a friend who got ill, and I thought it would make a better get well/thinking of you gift instead. 
Whether you decide to make one as a gift or for some home decor, you'll need:

A mason jar and lid (I had some fancy lids, but a regular one with a hole cut in it would work great, too)
Ultra Thin Glue Dots®
Mini Glue Dots®
Marion Smith Never Grow Up patterned paper
Marion Smith Junque & Jems
Small styrofoam ball
Circle punch or dies (or any way you like to cut circles from paper)

 Start by cutting a bunch of circles.  Then crumple those circles into a cone shape.  I like to use the tip of a pencil create the shape.  

 Roll each end with a Ultra Thin Glue Dot® (As you can see, I LOVE my Glue Dots Dispensers.  They make using Glue Dots on a roll so easy).

Place each piece of paper, Glue Dot side down, into the styrofoam ball.  Don't be afraid to push it in there a ways.  Repeat the steps until the entire ball is filled.  

I created a stem for my paper topiary from about a 1" x 9" strip of paper.  I rolled the strip of paper into a straw shape, and used Mini Glue Dots® to keep the paper rolled.  

I used left over circles of paper to stuff the jar.

Wrap the top of the paper stem with another Ultra Thin Glue Dot®, and stick the topiary ball on top.  At this point you can decide how you want to decorate the jar (leave it plain, add a banner, add a tag, etc.)

I chose to add a thinking of you tag made from Marion Smith Never Grow Up paper and a few trinkets from the Junque and Jems.   Ultra Thing Glue Dots® work really well to attach the flowers to paper. 

And there you have it, a completed paper topiary ready to decorate with or give out. 

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Heather said...

what a cute project, very fun and cute!

Unknown said...

Your paper topiary is so pretty!

Cheryl said...

Very pretty!

Anonymous said...

Love the topiary. hadn't thought about making something like that with Glue Dots but they are strong enough to hold the paper to the ball. Thanks for a clever idea.

Blue Rose said...

What a cute idea for a get well wish. Never thought about using Glue Dots to attach items to a Styrofoam ball, will do next time, much easier.

Miss NiceRoad said...

awesome tutorial, really trendy with the mason jar!

Jessica Griffin said...

That's gorgeous!!

dawnmercedes said...

thanks for sharing the tip with the pencil to create the shape!!

Unknown said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!... would make a great well well gift!

marg0006 said...

Wow, what a super creative idea and sooo cute.

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Meme said...

What a great project and a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Hera said...

Really beautiful project! Thanks for the tutorial! I'll do it!

Peggy Lee said...

Love love your project! thanks for hopping along with us.

Unknown said...

What a fantastic idea to pick up the spirits of a friend who is ill. This is great too for someone who has sever allergies, but you want to give them flowers! I'm pinning this project! Thanks for inspiring us.

Unknown said...

How clever! This is adorable!