I am about to prove how incredibly #ghettocheap I am. My husband walked in the door & was like, “Seriously, Tausha?! Your covering Presleys toys with crap?!” I told him how expensive styrofoam balls were and I think he understood. I mean, you gotta use what you have. If I can do a craft and use everything I have on hand (like this project – minus one ball and pot I purchased) that is a TOTAL win for me. I mean, there is nothing better than doing something for just a few bucks that you love, that makes an impact on the room & that is fun (and can be done with a toddler!) So, here we go. I’m going to try to break down my ghetto-ness so you can follow and attempt to do this yourself. If you so wish.
Stress balls/Styrofoam balls/circular device. If I couldn’t have found balls, I was going to wad up newspaper into balls.
Hot Glue – lots and lots
Wire if you really want to jazz it up
SO, plan ahead. You will need to skewer the crap out of your balls. I didn’t think that through & ended up covering inflated balls (uhh, blond moment much?) and then had to run to the store to BUY (barf) a styrofoam ball to finish this project. In Presleys multiple bins of stupid trinkets and toys I found two stress balls that were begging to be skewered and covered with moss. She didn’t even mind. So we did those first. Skewer all the way through. Then do tiny sections of hot glue & moss. This is very, very time consuming. I don’t think i would use the sheet of moss (it’s expensive and doesn’t move extremely well. I found this bagged Moss at the 99c store last year and knew I could use it for something so I grabbed two bags. It takes time to cover everything (and you might burn off your fingertips in the process) but you’ll save a few bucks and it looks really magical when you are done.
So, once your balls are covered (too many dirty jokes going on right now in my mind) paint or cover your pots. I grabbed these two purple ones at Goodwill, but wish I would have just gotten them at Walmart. I went back later (After having to make some adjustments to plans and found a Terra Cotta Pot for 77c in the perfect size). I slapped on some chalk paint from Deco-Art, let it dry & then sanded it a bit to rough it up. #Obsessedwithdistressed should be tattooed on my forehead. Heres that oopsie daisy. I ended up keeping one and just setting it on a pot – but methodically cut this one off & put it around a styrofoam ball ($4 at Walmart) to skewer it up for a stacking topiary.
Thats just sitting on a pot. Gorgeous ya? Distressed things & plants just make my heart happy.
So, for the actual skewered topiary. I shoved a piece of the styrofoam down in the painted pot. Cut the skewers to size & then took some wire I had hanging out in the back of my craft desk, wound that up around the skewer, slapped on more paint. And then finished it off with some more moss. I mean, seriously the easiest ever.
3 Balls: Stolen from Presley
1 Styrofoam (is that what it’s called?) Ball: Walmart $4
Styrofoam (totally don’t think thats its real name) for bottom: 97c
2 packs of Moss: On hand (previously purchased a year ago at 99c store)
Skewers, Wire & Paint: On hand
TONS of hot glue. On hand. Pretty sure I used like 50 mini sticks. All the glue.
2 purple pots: $2 at Goodwill Half-Off Saturday
1 Terra Cotta Pot: .77c Walmart
And, thats that. Easy peasy & adorable. I’m super excited to add some pops of greenery to this white space. It’s coming along pretty nice. Thanks for stopping by today! Pin it if you like it y’all! XO