Paper Flower Topiary from Creative Ramblings

I am so excited to to have my first guest blogger! Sarah has been a savings grace and has jumped on over to fill in while I am at Brimfield, the largest outdoor antique marketplace in the nation. This is my first time at Brimfield and I am not sure if I will be able to blog or not. If it is slow at the booth (fingers crossed it won't be) I will throw up a hot spot and do some sharing. But if not check out Weekend Crafts instagram. I am sure I will be blowing up your newsfeed. 

Well enough about me! Let's turn the blog over to Sarah! 

Hi I'm Sarah, I blog over at Creative Ramblings where I share thrifty creative DIY projects. I am excited to be sharing a Silhouette project with you today. Michelle and I are both big fans of our machines, you've seen some of her awesome projects here before. I hope you enjoy this one. If you want to check out more of my Silhouette projects or just stop on over to say hi you can visit my blog or follow me any way you'd like.

It's spring, it's finally spring. Grass is green, tress are budding and flowers are popping up everywhere. I love this time of year. I have added little pops of spring color and decor throughout my house to bring that cheery feeling inside. I have a couple prints, some colorful vases, and a wreath on my front door. I needed just a little something more to add some color. I've been wanting to try my hand at rolled paper flowers and spring seemed like the perfect time to do it. I made a topiary for a party this month and decided to keep it around for a while. Mostly because it took a LONG time to make, but also because its super cute and adds that extra color I was looking for.

paper flower topiary
paper flower topiary step by step

I started with a styrofoam ball. I chose a 6 inch ball. For a smaller, less time-consuming topiary, you can choose a smaller ball. I found a flower I liked from Bird's Cards, it is the Rolled Flower 3. This is an aswesome site with all kinds of cut files. I urge you to check it out and browse around. I cut more flowers than I cared to count in a variety of colors using my Silhouette.
Then I rolled them up and glued them on. When I started rolling I had such a hard time. The trick for me was to roll one or two revolutions around a pencil then take the pencil out and roll the rest of the way with my fingers. This allowed me to place the petals where I wanted. After a couple I got the hang of it and they rolled up quick. Once they were rolled I was left with a small circle on the end. I put a dot of hot glue on that circle them pressed it onto the rolled base. Held in place like a charm.

paper flower topiary #silhouette

Before I started attaching the flowers to the ball I stuck a kabob skewer into it. This gave me something to hold onto. When I was done I removed the skewer and placed the ball onto a round vase. This was a $2 vase from Wal-mart that I painted on the inside. Side note: painted the inside of glass vases is super addicting. Squirt in some paint and swirl it around, so easy and it looks very polished.
So what do you think? What's your favorite piece of Spring decor?