Tips for making your very own topiaries to display in your home.
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clay flower pots
cheesecloth or rag
paint (Blue Lapis 2067-40) (Benjamin Moore)
foam topiary forms
sheet of dried moss
artificial lemons (or other fruit)
floral foam material
gold craft paint
1. Use a bunched up piece of cheesecloth or a rag to dab paint onto the pots until covered. Let dry. Cut floral foam pieces and fill the pot.
2. Cut a rectangular piece of moss to fit around each section of the topiary form. Put hot glue directly onto the topiary form and mold the piece of moss around it, folding in any excess pieces and gluing as you go (figure A).
3. Stick some curly willow into the base of the topiary, and then wrap it around the topiary form. Stick the artificial lemons into the topiary as desired and glue them in place if necessary.
4. Glue the topiary form to the floral foam inside the pot. Note: The top of the topiary base should sit slightly higher than the top of the pot. Cover the base of the topiary form with moss glued in place.
5. Paint gold designs on the upper rim of the pot and let dry.
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