Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk
Instructions for creating a unique topiary style décor.
- Wood veneer edging
- Small cup hooks
- Wood glue
- Hot glue gun
- Small brick of green dry floral foam
- Boxwood and flower cuttings
- Fishing line or string
- Binder clips (x3-4)
- Power drill with thin drill bit
From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long.
Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops.
After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top.
Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle.
Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes.
When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries.
Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet.
Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying.
Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere.
Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant.
Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant.
Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere.
When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.