Bathroom Topiary

As promised, here is a tutorial for the cute little bathroom topiary you got a sneak peek of over in my Finished Wall Art post.

I originally got the idea from Greenbean’s Crafterole (her’s are way cuter than mine!), and decided it was time to put my own spin on the cute decoration for my mini-bathroom overhaul.

First stop was good old Target.  I was able to pick up 50% of my supplies there…the rest I had lying around the house.  Here’s what you need:

All of the supplies I purchased came from the $ spot at Target, woohoo!  Bucket, ribbon, and Loofah (2/$1).  I actually purchased the ribbon for another project, but it fit right in.  Now for the supplies I had lying around – Chopsticks (which I used for a dowel, you can use anything.  If you remember from my last topiary project, I used an unsharpened pencil), glue gun, tissue paper, and colored gems.

First step, cover the dowel in ribbon.

Cover dowel (chopstick in my case) with ribbon

I added a small dot of hot glue, attached the ribbon and started wrapping.  I only covered about 3/4 of the way down the chop stick because the bottom half will be covered inside of the bucket.  Once you get down as far as you need to go, end with another dot of hot glue to secure everything.

Now, make a rather large glob of hot glue on the uncovered end of your dowel (chopstick in my case) and attach to the center of your bucket.  Hold in place for at least 30 seconds while the glue cools down and firms up.

You should then be able to let go and your dowel will be securely in place.  Because I didn’t have any empty ribbon rolls hanging around, I just rolled up tissue paper to use as space fillers.  Again, this step is so that you need less of the gems to fill the bucket.

I then attached the Loofah.  Cut off the excess loop of rope. (this is so you can hang a loofah in the shower, but you don’t want it hanging down from your topiary.  Just be careful not to cut it too close, because this is also what holds to Loofah together!)  I then found the center, added a generous amount of hot glue, and stuck on top of the dowel (chopstick).  Hold in place for at least 30 seconds to make sure the glue has cooled down and firmed up.

If necessary, add more glue to make sure everything stays in place securely.  Once everything seems fairly solid, it is now time to add the decorative filler to the bucket in order to cover up the tissue paper.  I happened to have gems lying around that were the perfect complimentary color to my bucket.

Excuse the blurriness!

Now, your topiary is complete!

 Don’t you think its a whimsical but cute accessory for the bathroom?  I love how they turned out, and I think the added pop of color brighten up the room immensely!  And the best part?  This project cost my $2.50!  I did end up making two, which came out to $4 (buckets – $1/each, Loofah – 2 for $1, ribbon – $1, everything else I already had at home) talk about a bargain!   Here they are in place:

 Stay tuned for another bathroom spruce up project later this weekend…and the full bathroom reveal next week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Simply Living

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Finished Wall Art

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  I hope you all had a chance to love up on your favorites.

Because of his practice schedule I didn’t get to see B today, but we made up for it yesterday!  He cooked a delicious meal, (steak, loaded mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans, yummmm!), gave me some pretty flowers, and promised a weekend away at an adorable little bed and breakfast in RI – to be cashed in on sometime late March, early April.  Can’t wait for his season to be done, and a break from coaching…for a few months anyways!  Love that man with all my heart, and I couldn’t be happier to spend another Valentine’s Day as a big puddle of mush.

He knows me well, I have a soft spot for every Daisy 🙂

Today was a pretty fantastic day!  Waffles and coffee at work with some lovely co-workers was the perfect way to start the day.  Not to mention the 60 degree weather!  Even though tomorrow is supposed to be back to freezing, a little hint of spring was a welcome surprise from mother nature.  And today not only marks a day of love, but also marks 5 months since my last seizure.  I recently was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, after having two grand mal seizures out of the blue.  Since the second one I have been on medication and have (knock on wood) not experienced anything since.  One more month and I can drive again…I’m excited, and feeling great!  No words can describe how scary and confusing the seizures have made my life, but I’m finally feeling back on track!

Since B was off being a good coach tonight I spent the night finishing up my Wall Art (click for the tutorial), listening to love songs on Pandora, and eating smoked cheese.  Worked for me!  I picked up a couple plain black frames at Ocean State and got to work!

After checking to make sure the canvas fit in my frame, I pulled out what grey paint I had left from my sample.  Remember I am trying to match the bookcase I painted with the Martha Stewart Anvil paint sample.  That sample made it through a bookcase, small areas on my canvas, and the frame!  Bargain!!

Here it is after 2 coats of paint:

I’m loving the way the painting looks inside!

Here’s how it looks hanging on the wall (please ignore the hideous wall paper…we’ve already discussed how badly that needs to go!):

 As you can tell from the last picture, it wound up in my bathroom.  Not the original plan, but I’m loving it right now!  Wait for the full reveal soon!

As you can also see in the last picture, I was also working on an adorable bathroom topiary today.  Here’s a sneak peek…but be sure to come back for the full tutorial in the next few days!

Thanks for stopping by everyone, hope cupid was good to you!

Simply Living

Valentine Topiaries

Hi All!  With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I have a couple more Valentine related crafts up my sleeve.  And I can’t wait to share them with you!  First up is a cheezy yet cute Valentine Topiary.

All the materials I used were terra cotta flower pots, paint, paintbrush, pencil, scissors, two unsharpened pencils, yarn, glue gun, two empty ribbon rolls, two Valentine Pillows, and heart fillers.  You can substitute materials, or leave out others, totally up to you!

The first thing I did was paint my pots, I decided to paint the actual pot white, and paint the saucer underneath pink.

Paint the pots white

I used a patio paint that is specifically for ceramic and other outdoor type materials, this was perfect for the terra cotta pots.

I used patio paint, which was perfect for the terra cotta pots

Make sure that you paint inside the rim, at least a few inches, just to make sure that no unfinished pot shows through in the end.

Paint just inside the edge

Next I printed each word I wanted to use, in a special font on the computer.  I chose Love and Hugs.  Once I had printed it, I cut out the word, and used transfer paper and a pencil to trace the word onto my pot.  Here is how it looks with the word love.

I used transfer paper to trace my letters onto the pot

Then I used my pink paint, and a very thin paint brush and filled in the letters. 

Itty bitty paintbrush and pink paint

Make sure to let the paint dry before doing another layer, I used about 3 layers of pink paint.

 I used the same technique for my pot that says Hugs.

 Then I took my unsharpened pencil, and glued the yarn onto the end.  I then wrapped the yarn around the whole pencil and glued the other end to the eraser.

I wrapped an unsharpened pencil in yarn

Now it was time to assemble.  Here are all of my supplies laid out.

All my supplies

The first thing I did was to lay my pot on the saucer, and make a pencil mark through the hole, to mark the center.

Make a mark with your pencil through the hole so that you can find the center

Now I took the pot off, and made a dot of glue with the glue gun over my pencil mark.  Stick the yarn covered pencil in this dot of glue.  If necessary you might also need to do a layer of glue around the pencil to make sure it is secure.

Stick the pencil onto the saucer with hot glue

Hold the pencil in place for a few seconds while the glue solidifies.  Here are what mine look like.

Slide the pot over the pencil so that it rests in the saucer.

Slide on the pots

Next I slid the empty yarn holder over the pencil and inside of the pot.  This just takes up more room so that you have to fill less space inside the pot.

I used an empty ribbon spool as a space filler

Now I took my pillow (thank you dollar bin at Target!) and cut a small hole in the bottom.

Cut a hole in the bottom of the pillow

I then slid the pillows onto the top of the pencil.

Slide the pillow onto the pencil

Then I grabbed the purple hearts I was going to use to fill to pot. (again, thank you dollar bin at Target!!)

I used purple hearts from Target as a space filler

Now I filled in the pots.  One box of filler was enough for both of the pots.

Here is my finished product and a couple of close ups.  Cute huh?

 I love how they turned out, even with my incredibly unstable painting hand!

Simply Living