Sunday, June 5, 2011

Star Topiaries: 4th of July Edition


I have been waiting very patiently to show these to you!  I had this idea months ago and have been working on them, but I didn't want to show them too far in advance of the 4th of July, or "America Day" as my daughter so aptly calls it!

But here they are...my 4th of July Star Topiaries!!  (or should I call them "America Day Topiaries! hahaha!)


These are so super simple to make.  But they do take a little bit of time.  But it was well worth the time it took because I think they are so cute!


First, you will need three styrofoam balls.  I used 5" balls.  
I decided to paint them in case you saw a bit of the styrofoam peaking out from underneath the stars.  This is not necessary...but I'm not going to lie, I am a little obsessive like that sometimes!  

I didn't have red or blue spray paint, but I did have craft paint.  So I actually just used craft paint and a good 'ole foam brush and painted my styrofoam balls, one blue and one red.  The other I left white. 

Second, using a star paper punch, I punched out a lot of stars.  I think I used 3-4 sheets of 12"x12" scrapbook paper per topiary.  I actually found fun paper that was double sided, one side was a bit shimmery and the other was a matte finish.  So I decided to use both sides for my topiaries.  

Third, I placed two stars together and put a pearl-top pin through them and started pinning them into the Styrofoam, overlapping the stars as I went.  

Fourth, after all of the stars were pinned into place, I took a wooden dowel and stuck it in the bottom of my topiary.  I used a bit of hot glue to secure the dowel in place. 

Fifth, I secured additional styrofoam into the bottom of three metal pails with lots of hot glue.  And then I inserted the other end of the wooden dowel into the foam in the pail and secured that with hot glue also.


Lastly, I hid the Styrofoam in the pail with a bit of crinkled paper. 

Aren't these just too cute??  I love my 4th of July America Star Topiaries!

Have you started decorating for the 4th of July yet? 

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48 comments:

  1. Those are completely adorable!!! Great idea!

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  2. What a great idea! And they are beautiful! I will be sharing a link on my blog tomorrow!

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  3. those are sonstinkin cute!! (:

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  4. Love these! I stumbled them for you! :-)
    ~Liz

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  5. I love these! I'm a new follower from Meet Me Monday Blog Hop. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

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  6. Aw, those are so cool! What fun decorations...following you - can't wait to read more! :D

    I really like your blog - I'm trying to get mine off the ground and was wondering if you could come check it out and consider following.

    http://www.guitartrump.blogspot.com/

    Hope you have an *amazing* day! :)

    Alex

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  7. These are super cute. I would love it if you would consider sharing these during my Red, White & Blue Roundup. You can see the details on my right sidebar.

    Jessica
    http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  8. Those are really neat. I don't think I would have the patience to punch all those stars though, LOL! I love how the pearl pins against the papers. Visiting from Inspire Me Monday.
    ~Kimberlee
    {Accuquilt Giveaway closes 6/7} 

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  9. Great idea! They turned out wonderfully!

    I'm your newest follower from the Give It To Me Monday Hop! I hope you'll stop by my blog www.mommydigger.com and follow me as well :)

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  10. Those look fantastic!! I am pinning these to my pinterest! You are so good!!

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  11. I love these! How fun! Thanks for sharing the creative tutorial!

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  12. Super cute!!! I love your blog! :)

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  13. Super cute Ashley! I'm going to feature this on Friday!

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  14. These are too cute! I love anything Americana. How creative! Thanks!

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  15. Your blog is so cute! We found your blog through the hop and would LOVE for you to follow us back! Thanks!

    www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

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  16. soooooooooo cute!!!!
    totally love them
    new follower:)

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  17. Love it! I need to start decorating for the 4th of July.

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  18. What a cool idea! I like them in the silver galvanized buckets too.

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  19. great idea! i love that you did this as a set of 3, red white and blue. so cute!

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  21. Fantastic! This idea could be used for all holidays.

    Jen
    www.dishesandsocks.com

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  22. LOVE THese!!!! I will feature these tonight at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  23. Very nice! I know these were time consuming! I did some rolled flower balls and they took FOREVER! Came over via Diamond in the Stuff linky party.

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  27. These are so lovely. What a fun way to recognize our country's founding.

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  28. OH MY HECK.. I LOVE THE STARS!!

    Love your project!! And love that you shared your creation with our readers this week too.

    Thanks for linking up at Nothing But Country Creative Creations Tuesday. You rock!!

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  29. These are so cute. I pinned it on my Patriotic Board on Pinterest.

    http://pinterest.com/tanias/patriotic/

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  30. ADORABLE! This is so going on my Pintrest boards!

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  31. I've seen these in a few places and just had to tell you they look wonderful!

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  32. These are so great! I posted a link to this on our site--just wanted to let you know!

    Here's the link:
    http://www.thecheddarguppies.com/2011/06/tgicf_10.html

    Cheers!

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  33. These are fantastic! They turned out so very cute! Please come link to my party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/vip-party-18.html

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  34. I pinned these to my crafting board on Pinterest. They are so stinkin' cute. I hope to copy them one day.

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  35. Amazing. I think I can do this! I hope so...you made it sound easy. ;-)

    I'm a new follower from Home is Where My Story Begins.

    Have a joy-filled day!
    Pamela

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  36. Those are so creative and just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  37. I love this idea!!! They are just adorable!! Super job :-)))

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  38. SO awesome looking and SO festive! haha turned out great :)

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!!

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  39. I love your topiaries! Thanks for linking up with me. I just pinned this to my pinterest page.

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  40. I love these Topiaries! I hope I can pull something off like that for the 4th of July! You have given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!! Also, I am your newest follower from www.midnightmommy.com, hope you have time to take a look around my blog when you get the chance! :)

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  41. Hi Ashley, These are so cute! What a fun idea for July 4th. I would like to include them on our blog, www.craftsncoffee.wordpress.com, later this week, along with a couple of ruffled topiaries that I made. Would that be o.k.? Thanks! Sharon, www.craftsncoffee.wordpress.com; www.styrofoamcrafts.com.

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  42. These are absolutely adorable!!! You did such a good job.

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  43. I just want to let you know that I featured your cute decor idea on my blog... Thank you so much for sharing it at my link party. Feel free to come and button up ;)

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  44. These are amazing! You definetely have a lot of patiences! Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday! Hope to see you this week!

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  45. Ashley - I LOVE these! I'm sorry that I didn't get them featured in time...I would have loved to have "shown off" these cuties! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity. I just love your style, your projects and your blog! :)

    Roeshel

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  46. Found you on the Along for the Ride link party. These are one of the best 4th decorations of the year! I've been collecting the 'best of the best' in my Pinterest collection and these were definitely added as a 'must try' for next year. Love them - thanks for the inspirationo!
    Michael

    have a look at the pinterest collection if you get a chance.
    http://pinterest.com/bluevelvetchair/holiday-4th-of-july/

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  47. I love these! Featuring you today on Favorite Pins Friday :)
    Meredith
    www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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