I don't know that I'm a topiary kind of gal but I loved the femininity of this and the fact that they are made from old books is just awesome. Simply beautiful.
I decided to try making these but since it was for a baby, I just used plain white and pink paper.
Here are the supplies you need:
I was able to find most of these at the dollar store.
Styrofoam balls, wooden dowels, ribbon, boxes for the base (you can use a pot, square box, vase, etc. These silver boxes came in a set of 2 sizes for $1.25. Done deal.
Not pictured here is the hot glue, some beads (optional) and floral foam (for the base).
You'll also need a lot of paper. You can use old books, music sheet, scrapbook paper, etc. I used plain printer paper.
I used this tutorial to make the roses. Do a test and see what looks best with the size ball you have. I used 4" squares for the small ball and slightly larger ones for the bigger ball.
You will need A LOT of these...I made about 200 roses in total for the two balls.
So... at first your roses might look something like this:
At this point I was starting to doubt whether I could pull this off...
But I had bought all the supplies already so I figured I'd might as well keep trying.
When I finally got the hang of rolling the spirals, they looked a lot better:
The army of roses was starting to grow... These actually take a surprisingly long time to make. So take your time making them. Have a movie marathon and keep on cutting, rolling and gluing.
I started the project in the early evening and by midnight I had finished the smaller ball and about 1/4 of the larger ball.
I thought about wrapping some white beads around the roses but instead went with silver bead in the center of some of the roses.
Before you cover the whole ball with the roses, make sure you know where the dowel will go.
For the base, I glued some floral foam inside the box and then pierced it with the dowel- gluing it in place to make it extra sturdy. The boxes I got are a little on the small size and since the ball has some weight to it, it kept wanting to topple over. So I got some rocks and added them to the box to help make it more bottom heavy and it seemed to do the trick.
It cost about $10 to make both of these. Materials are really inexpensive. The time it takes to make is the real expense. So if you have the time, I say go ahead and make some!