Sunday, January 23, 2011

Candlestick Topiary

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I really really LOVED Jeana's Valentine Topiary over at In Place of her Crown. Did you take a peek? Aren't they pretty? So I knew I had to make a version of my own.

First I took these candlesticks I got at a thrift store and painted them. I call them my "wastic" candlesticks because honestly, I can't tell if they are some sort of plastic or wood, they are made out of a weird material and look like they were painted to look metal.

Bleh, huh? But I bought them because I knew they had potential.
I painted them a pearlescent ivory color, MUCH prettier as you'll see in the finished product.

I LOVE brown. Love love love brown. It's my favorite color, so I decided to make my topiary part of this project out of brown and pink fabric. Each topiary takes about a yard of fabric, so I used 1/2 yard of pink and a 1/2 yard of brown for each. I cut my fabric into 3" squares. I don't have pinking sheers so I just used regular scissors.

Then I just took a pencil and started poking the fabric into the styrofoam ball. It takes more fabric then you think it will, and least that's what I thought as I was cutting and poking away.

I did get a blister on my finger after poking two styrofoam balls full of fabic. But it's all for the crafting cause! Okay, so the story behind my styrofoam balls is I am cheap and styrofoam balls are pricey, at least to me they are. They are $3.50 for two of them at Walmart. What???? So, I went to the Christmas clearance section which is 90% off and found some yarn ball ornaments that had styrofoam balls inside. They are down to .20 each. I bought all they had (6) to use in future craft projects.

Back to the fabric poking. At the end I left a spot bare to poke into the candlestick where it will be sitting on top.

Then I just put it on the top of my candlestick, added some ribbon and fell in love...

Aren't they pretty???

Yes, I used two different color pinks in each one. Don't the wastic candlesticks look SO much better in that pretty pearl ivory? It's Rust-Oleum's Hammered Finished in Ivory. Love it! These will be on my February mantel for sure!

Items used and cost:
2 wastic candlesticks from thrift store: $1.00
2 styrofoam balls (Christmas ornaments on clearance): $.40
2 yards of fabic (brown and pink) from Walmart: $4.94
Rust-Oleum spray paint (already had)
ribbon (already had)

Total cost: $6.34

Until next time :-)

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  1. They look beautiful!!! Great Work! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  2. Those look amazing! You did a great job! Great job on the styrofoam balls! I am cheap like that too!

  3. Those are just too cute. What a great idea. Can't wait to hit our local thrift store. Thanks for a great idea.

  4. That's just super easy and too cute!!

  5. These are amazing! I have 4 realy nasty candle sticks just begging for an up do, thanks for sharing a great idea

  6. these are so sweet! I do love that ivory color you redid them in. I hope that you will link these up to my Show and Share Sunday linky party, going on all week.

  7. cute! And those candlesticks look so much better---amazing what a little paint will do!

  8. I love these! I like the fabric so much better than the tissue paper ones I've seen. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  9. Love that you used both brown and pink. So adorable. What a fun project. Hope that blister heals soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Wow! Very pretty! I read that you live in the Great Smoky Mountains. I love that area! My hubby and I were married in Gatlinburg in 2009. We live in Virginia ~ only about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Smokies and we visit every chance we get. We hope to move closer one day! Have a great weekend!

  11. I love them! I want to make my own for my dining room. I just need to decide what color I want to do because my dining room is super BLAH right now. Just stopping by the the TT&J linky party. I'm so glad I did. I'm your newest follower! Feel free to stop by and say hello at my blog!

  12. I love these, and I could switch out the top part for different occasions. thanks for the great idea!

  13. Very sweet and so creative of you! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  14. Those are really very beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping by and joining my party and providing such awesome inspiration. Hope to see you at next week's party again.


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