Feature Friday- Quilled Topiaries

by Susan Myers on May 4, 2012

Quilled floral topiaries are a beautiful sign of spring!  If you are a regular reader of the Sitcom, then I’m sure you are familiar with my obsession with quilling.  I enjoy the challenge of creating beautiful things with little more than colored cardstock, or upcycled materials.

After playing around with creating daisies using my quilling tool, I decided to create some colorful topiaries to complete the decorating of my new colorful craft room.

For this project I used:

Colored cardstock in shades of purple, pink, yellow, orange and white
Aleenes’s Tacky Glue
Quilling Tool
2 ea. 4″ diameter styrofoam balls
1 ea. 5″ diameter styrofoam ball
2 ea. 3″ diameter clay pots
1 ea. 4″ diameter clay pot
Assorted sticks
Acrylic Paint
Assorted styrofoam pieces
Hot glue
Colorful Ribbons

I began by cutting my flower centers in 3/8″ strips and my flower petals in approximately 3/4″ to 1″ strips.  I then used a small pair of scissors to fringe the flower petal strips.

Using the tacky glue, I glued a flower center strip to each fringed petal strip.  Using the quilling tool, I started rolling from the center of the flower out, dabbing bits of glue along the way.

Keep rolling, and adding glue along the way.  A simple way to add the glue is to use a toothpick to dab it as you go.

Allow the flowers to dry for about 15 minutes, and then fluff them open.

I then made a whole bunch of the flowers in multiple colors.  This particular project takes a lot of flowers, so be sure to make plenty.  It’s actually a fun thing to do in front of the TV.

Then start gluing away with the glue gun, positioning the flowers as close together as you can.

Stuff each of the pots with assorted pieces of styrofoam.  It doesn’t have to look pretty, because it will be covered up later.  I went outside and rounded up three sticks to use for this project because I am too cheap to go buy dowels and I actually like the woodsy look it gives them.  I cut two of them the same length for the two smaller pots and one a bit longer.  I then pushed them into the center of each of the styrofoam filled pots and added hot glue around the base to steady it.

I then pushed each of the styrofoam balls onto the top of the sticks, making the two smaller ones the exact same height and the larger one about 4″ taller.

I painted the pots bright colors to match the flowers using acrylic paint, and then glued moss down over top of the styrofoam in the pots.

The final touch is to tie colorful ribbons at the base of each topiary.

And there you have it.  Quilled topiaries to brighten up any room.  Easy to make and total cost is less than $10.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Barb @ A Life in Balance March 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!


2 Heaven March 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

These are amazing! I never would have thought they were cardstock from your picture. Pinned!


3 Cathy March 23, 2015 at 6:18 pm

These are so pretty and springy – I have never quilled but you make it look so easy. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy


4 Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade April 11, 2014 at 12:24 pm

These are gorgeous, Suzy!


5 Sarah March 31, 2014 at 1:44 am

These are so pretty! I think I want to try to make them. Great idea!


6 Rosita March 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Looks really pretty!!!! I will try to do it!!!!
Nice work !!!!!!! ;)


7 Ann/alba March 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

I Love it, You are so Talented….


8 Sarah@Naptime Delights May 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

These are so adorable! Topiaries are just so cheerful! I love them.



9 michelle@somedaycrafts May 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Awesome tutorial and idea. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com tonight.


10 Johnnie May 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Suzy, I love these! I am making them for my studio. Featuring you this week at Thrifty Thursday. xoxo


11 Carrie @ My Favorite Finds May 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

So, I’ve made ribbon topiaries, and quilling is my next attempt. I absolutely love these! I pinned them and featured them at this week’s Handmade Tuesdays party. Stop by, check it out, and grab a button!


12 Kaitlin-The Not So SImple Housewife May 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Love this! They turned out so beautifully! Must have taken awhile, but the result is lovely! ANy chance you might want to make me one? ;)

Thanks so much for linking up this great creation at my link party! Hope to see you this Wednesday for more wonderful inspiration!

Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife


13 Megan May 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

These are absolutely gorgeous! You are very talented. Megan


14 Carol @arewethereyet May 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

These are very pretty – I don’t quill, but I can appreciate the time and how they turned out.
Found you via Someday Crafts.
Hugs -


15 Mindie May 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!


16 Jill May 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Oh my goodness Suzy! as always your crafts amaze me! These topiaries are fabulous!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success


17 Amanda @ Watch Out, Martha! May 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

All I can say is wow – those are amazing! You are very talented, I’m pretty sure if I attempted these, they would look like a 5 year old made them! :)

I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays, going on now through Wednesday! Hope to see you there!


18 Christina May 6, 2012 at 9:25 am

So festive and lovely! Great work! :)


19 creativejewishmom/sara May 6, 2012 at 1:29 am

Great job Suzy, a nice option other than the roses we’ve been seeing for a few years! Great to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday, and thanks for sharing!


20 maria l rios May 6, 2012 at 12:36 am

Hi Suzy…
These Topiaries are awesome. This is a craft I still have not try…. Great Job… Thanks for sharing..


21 Carol May 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Holey moley that’s a LOT of quilling but well worth the effort. SO pretty !


22 Brenda Williams May 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

I love these! What a great idea to decorate for a shower or birthday party or just about anything. You are hands down the most talented person in the blog world!


23 Brittany May 5, 2012 at 1:29 am

These are darling! I found you through The Answer is Chocolate. Thanks for sharing!


24 Aimee May 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Beautiful! I love TV projects. Great colors too.


25 hani@craftionary May 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

What a beautiful idea.. Perfect for Spring. I just pinned it. :)
Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. Have a nice weekend


26 Marie May 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Very cute! Would be nice for a shower.


27 Creative Mind May 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

Awesome dear, its so cute :) Thanks for sharing the detailed post..
Lots of Love ~


28 deb May 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

As usual Suzy you have delivered a wonderful tutorial and i walk away thinking ‘I can do this!!’ Another to add to my ‘to do ‘ list. I look forward to the next!!Thanks so much! Hugs! deb


29 Paula May 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

there awesome, love all the colors!!!


30 katie May 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

this looks so time consuming but worth it! love it.


31 Cheryl@ Sew Can Do May 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

These are fantastic Suzy! Would LOVE for you to link this to my Craftastic party (it’s open until tonight!). Pinning them for sure:)


32 crystal May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

Adorable! I love quilling but have only done a few projects with it. This is a unique twist on the usual topiary. Great tutorial as well by the way. :-)


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