DIY Boxwood Topiary

So lately I've been really wanting one of those super cute topiaries I see everywhere. Y'know, the one with the single round greenery orb at the top, looks adorable sitting next to a tv or really anywhere. They also cost about a zillion dollars everywhere I look (okay, so maybe like $30 but still too much for my cheap butt). The other day while I was browsing around Hobby Lobby for the third time this week....I found this boxwood ball on sale for about $2.50. Boom. A thought occurred to me. Maybe there's a way to make a topiary myself? I promptly pulled out my phone and began browsing Pinterest. I found a tutorial almost immediately and decided yes, I could do it. I gathered up the rest of my items and headed home after purchasing an overflowing cartload of 80% off home decor. I was too excited about my project to take many pictures, but you can find a really good tutorial with pictures here at AKA Design.

What You'll Need:

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  • Some sort of greenery ball. I found this one at Hobby Lobby on sale for $2.50ish, but they can be found at any craft store and likely even a Dollar Tree
  • A dowel rod.
  • Grapevine wire. This can be found in the floral arrangement section of a craft store
  • Some sort of pot. I went ahead and got a pretty small terra cotta pot and it cost me a couple bucks.
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks.
  • A bag of moss. Again. Any craft store. I saw this in Dollar Tree as well!
  • A piece of foam that will fit down into your pot.

How to Make It:

1. Hot glue your piece of foam into the pot. This will serve as the base for your dowel rod vine/stick

2. Wrap grapevine wire around the dowel rod. There's no need to glue at this point. Since it's wire, it will stay in place without additional fastening. Leave some space uncovered by wire at the bottom and top of the rod so that you can poke either end into the foam and the ball.

3. Poke the dowel rod into the foam. Mine didn't end up perfectly secure, so you can squeeze some hot glue around the rod at the entrance point if you want.

4. Cover foam with moss. I applied hot glue, squished down a layer of moss, and repeated until I felt like there was a good amount and the foam was completely covered.

5. Apply a generous amount of glue to the top of the dowel rod and poke it into the greenery ball. This part didn't go perfectly for me either, but I made it work. Try to make sure the glue is touching as much of the greenery as possible and hold it in place until it cools. You may need to add some additional glue after the first batch has cools for added security.

6. Display your cutesy new topiary! I put mine on our dresser at one end of our tv, but once we're back in our own home I will probably display it in our living room.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this and that it was easy to understand! I would love to see everyone's versions. Leave me a comment and let me know if you made it! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday. You've almost made it to the weekend!

Auction Hunting on a Sunday

Last week Mack and I went out and about to run some errands and explore some stores I was interested in. We went to a few different antique stores/salvage places and one of them we discovered was having an auction on Sunday. We'd never been to one before and thought it sounded really fun. Plus, the woman at the store said we could take a peek at the room filled with stuff they were auctioning off and I spotted a few things I was really interested in. So we decided to go. I didn't have my heart absolutely set on anything, but I was definitely hoping to score some cool stuff. We got there a little after it started, but we walked around looking at everything. I took pictures of the stuff I thought was interesting and we bid on multiple things! We were outbid most of the time, which was a little disappointing, but we did not leave empty handed! I actually bought the two things I had my eye on from earlier in the week - a set of old ice cream parlor chairs and a beautiful gold mirror to replace my ugly plastic one in our living room. It was a really fun (but loooong) day and we ended up spending more than I had planned (Mack got carried away with the mirror) but I'm so glad we went. I'd really like to keep my eye out for more auctions and make it a regular activity for us. Since we're staying with Mack's parents for the next 6 months, we don't have a whole lot of room but we're planning on taking things back to our storage unit in VA every so often so I'm using that as an excuse to keep buying stuff for our house. So other than the annoying woman outbidding us at every term who made me want to cut her it was a lot of fun! We're thinking next time we'll bring some snacks and water and maybe even a little booze and make a day of it. Here are some of the pretty items we spotted!

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Hope everyone's had an awesome weekend!