Today we’re going to take a look at how I tackled this adorable idea I found on Pinterest not too long ago. Shara from Palmettos and Pigtails is the creator of the one floating around Pinterest and this is my take on it. I will warn, I grossly underestimated the amount of time, and ribbon, it required. I set out to make two, and only one was made. You could probably help this by choosing a smaller foam ball but I wanted a certain size so one is what we have. My project started with a trip to Michaels and a 25% off coupon! Yay!
See, I was all ready to make two… didn’t happen. For ONE, you’ll need a foam ball, some type of container to set it in (I chose clay pots), a dowel rod, ribbon in colors of your choosing, and a way to attach the ribbon. I started with push pins but quickly ran out so I switched to my glue gun, I actually prefered the glue gun.
You’re going to start by cutting your ribbon. I thought 30 5″ pieces would work… boy was I wrong. Laughable really. After lots of experimenting, LOTS, I found that smaller pieces of ribbon work much better. Mine ended up being about 3 1/2″ each and my finished topiary has probably close to 100 pieces on it. I started by using the push pins, which I liked because I could move them around if necessary but when I switched to the glue gun I realized that was better because I could tuck them in closer to each other and they didn’t fall off when I turned it upside down.
I also learned that you’ll want to pre-roll your ribbon pieces. It took way longer to pick everything up and put it down for each roll. Once I started rolling them in bunches I started moving along more quickly.
Placing them is actually kinda fun, even for a Type A personality. I admit, I kept trying to put them in a pattern but I resisted and am thrilled with the result.
And next to the matching diaper cake…
Perfection! We’ll be doing a Dr. Seuss Baby Shower wrap-up next week where we’ll show all the fun food ideas and games so stay tuned!
I entered this in the “June Pinterest Challenge” over at My Favorite Finds. Tons of cute ideas, check it out!!!