Here is what you need to make your own:
- Cone shaped styrofoam topiaries from a craft store (I used three: one large and two small)
- Cable knit sweaters (I used two from Salvation Army)
- A pencil or marker
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue
- Tube shaped item to cover in fabric or short candle sticks (optional)
1. Start off by cutting the sleeves off of both sweaters. Then cut down the seams on the right and left side of each sweater so that the front and back of the sweater are separated.
2. Lay the sweater down so that the inside is facing up. This will be the inside of your topiary.
3. Place one of the styrofoam topiaries on the iside of the sweater. Using a pencil or marker (I used a sharpie because the material was so thick) roll the topiary, tracing the side and bottom edge. Cut the fabric along these lines with your fabric scissors.
After your fabric is cut it should look something like this.
4. Using hot glue, start to attach the sweater fabric to the topiary.
I used about three separate rows of hot glue and you want to ensure that you are keeping the fabric taut around the topiary. Wrap the fabric all the way around and secure with hot glue so the styrofoam can not be seen any more. If the seam is not perfect, dont'worry. You can either add some ribbon to cover the seam or just arrange your topiaries so it can not be seen.
5. Pull the fabric down around the base of the topiary. If the topiary is going to be sitting on a flat surface (table, mantle, etc) then you do not need to cover the entire base. However if the topiary will be on some sort of stand, cut a fabric circle from one of the sleeves to cover the rest of the styrofoam.
Here is the first topiary I made!
6. I made two other topiaries from white fabric using the same process. They looked great but I wanted varying heights so I added a tree base made from the inside of a roll of toilet paper. I simply cut it in half and layered one inside the other for stability. Then I cut a rectangular shape out of white sweater fabric and wrapped/glued it all the way around the tube. Push the remaining two ends into each side of the tube and glue.
7. Here are pictures of the finished product!
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