How to make a simple topiary (tree of happiness)
Topiary (or tree of happiness) - an unusual fashionable decoration for the interior, combining a wide variety of materials, shapes and textures. Today you will learn how to make a simple topiary decorated with decorative fruits with your own hands. It all depends on your imagination!
You will need:
- Sisal (canvas or skein does not matter - he rolls in the lonely balls well);
- Newspapers for the ball-base (or a ready-made ball of foam);
- A wooden stick or a twig of a tree for a trunk;
- Gypsum for pouring;
- Large decorative jar or glass;
- A small jar (which is placed in a large one) for casting with gypsum;
- Twine or string for winding a tree trunk;
- Decor for decoration (flowers, beads, decorative fruits, rhinestones, etc.);
- Satin ribbons;
- Glue gun and glue for it;
- Scissors, threads.
1. First, we will make the crown of the tree. To do this, you need a ball-base of foam. If you do not have it at hand, then it can be easily and quickly made from ordinary newspapers. To do this, take a few sheets of the newspaper and crumple them into a ball, approximately 6-7 in diameter. Around for reliability, tie with threads.
2. Now we will form the future trunk of our tree. Carefully pierce the ball-base and insert the stick, pre-fill the hole with a bit of glue for more reliability.
3. Dissolve the gypsum solution (following the instructions on the package), and then pour it into a small jar and insert the base for the sapling. Allow time for the gypsum to dry and harden (this process takes from an hour to 6-7 hours, depending on the consistency of the gypsum).
4. While the gypsum is solidifying, prepare the main decor for the tree crown. Cut a small piece of sisal fiber (or a small square when using a cloth) and roll it between the palms. It is better to apply a little force, squeezing the fiber, to get a denser and less "fluffy" sisal ball. Total required from 25-40 beads depending on their size.
5. After solidifying the gypsum, proceed to the decor. To decorate the tree trunk, use twine or string. Fasten the tip of the rope from the bottom with glue and then knead the entire trunk. On top, also fix with a drop of glue (afterwards all the glue will be hidden by the decor).
6. Insert a small glass with gypsum into a large (decorative), and in the free intervals between them tightly stuff the sisal fibers. Instead of sisal, you can use decorative tapes, beads, or string as desired.
7. Now it's time to decorate the crown. At the top of the ball, mark its middle and begin to glue the sisal balls. It is better to position them as close as possible to each other so that you can get as few gaps as possible. It's okay if some threads do not settle down and stick out - then all unnecessary can be cut.
8. When the bowl is completely encrusted with sisal, decorate the crown with fruits, ribbons, beads, flowers or other decorative elements. Fantasy for creativity is not limited! The tree of happiness is ready and will please many years of you and your loved ones.